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


Response to MACCAH report released

16 December 2004

Response to MACCAH report released

The Government today released its response to the report of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Complementary and Alternative Health (MACCAH). Health Minister Annette King said the MACCAH’s recommendations were generally aimed at reducing barriers to safe and appropriate use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

“MACCAH recommended that treatments proven to be safe, efficacious and cost effective should be publicly funded. While I support this recommendation in principle, I acknowledge that there is debate about what constitutes good evidence. In this context I am pleased to note the establishment in July this year of a New Zealand Centre for Evidence-Based Research into Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the University of Otago,” Ms King said.

Some of MACCAH’s recommendations have already been implemented, such as the establishment of a risk-based regulatory framework for health practitioners under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. However, Ms King said some recommendations such as self-regulation of low-risk CAM practitioners and development of research methodologies that are appropriate for CAM treatments could only be implemented by health practitioners and researchers themselves.

Ms King said the Ministry of Health's complementary and alternative medicine website was a vital part of providing consumers with reliable information. Ongoing funding of the website was recommended by the Committee. The website summarises existing research on the safety of various CAM treatments and how well they work.

A CAM summit, organised by the National Health Committee, was held in November as an opportunity for mainstream and CAM sector representatives to discuss how the two sectors can work together in the future to improve the health of New Zealanders.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Rabuka’s Possible Return In Fiji

Fiji signed onto China’s Belt and Road initiative in 2018, along with a separate agreement on economic co-operation and aid. Yet it took the recent security deal between China and the Solomon Islands to get the belated attention of the US and its helpmates in Canberra and Wellington, and the Pacific is now an arena of major power rivalries...


Budget: Climate Investments Provide Path To Economic Security
The Government is investing in New Zealand’s economic security by ensuring climate change funding moves away from short-term piecemeal responses and towards smart, long-term investment... More>>


Budget: Updated My Vaccine Pass For Those Who Want It

New Zealanders who are up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations will be able to download an updated My Vaccine Pass from 24 May, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>

Speaker: 2022 Register Of Pecuniary And Other Specified Interests Presented
The 2022 Register of Pecuniary and Other Specified Interests of Members of Parliament was presented in the House today. It contains a summary of members’ interests as at 31 January 2022... More>>

Classification Office: Following Decision To Ban Manifesto The Buffalo Mass Shooting Livestream Is Now Banned
The livestream video of yesterday’s mass shooting in the United States has now been banned, Acting Chief Censor Rupert Ablett-Hampson announced this morning. The decision follows on from his decision yesterday to call in and ban the ‘manifesto... More>>

Borders: New Zealand Poised To Welcome International Students Back
New Zealand is fully reopening to international students and the Government is committed to help reinvigorate and strengthen the sector, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>

Inland Revenue: Commissioner Appointed
Deputy Public Service Commissioner Helene Quilter QSO has today announced the appointment of Peter Mersi to the position of Commissioner and Chief Executive, Inland Revenue Department... More>>




InfoPages News Channels