Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Committee On Alternative Health Therapies

20 December 2000 Media Statement

Terms Of Reference For Committee On Alternative Health Therapies

Health Minister Annette King has announced the terms of reference and responsibilities for the committee advising her on complementary and alternative health therapies, products and practitioners.

Mrs King said the committee, funded from money provided in the Budget for Green Party initiatives, would provide her with a report at least once a year on its activities, and she might also commission extra reports on specific issues.

"Committee membership will be broadly representative of key complementary healthcare stakeholders. There will be eight members, including three complementary healthcare practitioners, a mainstream clinician, a nurse. a consumer, a Mäori health representative and a Pacific health representative. Membership can be supplemented by working groups if extra specialist expertise is required, and the Committee will be supported by a small secretariat in the Ministry of Health."

Green Party health spokesperson Sue Kedgley says she is "delighted that Annette King has agreed to taking this first step towards recognising properly registered complementary therapists and ensuring that consumers using complementary therapies are properly protected.

"In the long run, further research into and use of cost-effective complementary healthcare may improve the overall health of New Zealanders, reduce our dependence on prescription drugs, including antibiotics, and help shift our emphasis towards preventing rather than just treating illness.

"As we enter the 21st Century we need to leave behind the narrow mindset that says orthodox Western medicine is the only effective way of treating illness. It's time to acknowledge that there are other effective healing practices."

Mrs King said factors in developing the terms of reference included:

 other initiatives being undertaken by the Ministry in the area of complementary and alternative healthcare

 the paucity of rigorous scientific evidence to demonstrate that people benefit from complementary and alternative therapies (although there is much anecdotal evidence in favour of complementary and alternative therapies and increasing numbers of people are turning to them)
 the significant amount of research to be undertaken in some areas before any decisions can be taken on integrating complementary and alternative medicine with mainstream health
 likely opposition from mainstream clinicians to establishing an advisory committee with a wide brief before a research base has been set up.

The key tasks, or Terms of Reference, are:
i) to provide information and advice to the Minister on complementary and alternative healthcare
ii) to provide advice on how complementary and alternative healthcare can improve outcomes in priority areas in the New Zealand Health Strategy
iii) to provide advice on the need, or otherwise, to regulate complementary and alternative healthcare practitioners to protect consumers who use complementary and alternative healthcare
iv) to provide advice on consumer information needs and, in particular, advice on the benefits, risks and costs of complementary and alternative therapies
v) to review overseas evidence-based research, identify priorities for the development of New Zealand evidence-based research on the safety and efficacy of specific complementary and alternative therapies and support the development of guidelines
vi) to provide advice on whether, and how, specified complementary and alternative health practitioners should be integrated into the mainstream health system.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news