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Thursday, 2 June 1994
Page: 1278

(Question No. 1332)


Senator Newman asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 27 April 1994:

  (1) With reference to the Self-Regulation Task Force of the Natural Medicine, Chinese Medicine and Natural Therapies Professions: (a) is the task force operating under the sanction of the Commonwealth; (b) is the task force receiving departmental support; if so, what is the nature of this support; and (c) was it always the intention of the task force that massage therapy be included in its charter.

  (2) What legal, or other obligations, if any, exist for massage therapists under Schedule 1 of the Therapeutic Goods Act.

  (3) What legal or other obligations, if any, exist for massage therapists under subsections 4(2) and 4(2A) of the Therapeutic Goods Regulations.


Senator Crowley —The Minister for Human Services and Health has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1)(a)—(c) As a `peak' body of participating alternative health care professionals, the activities of the Self-Regulation Task Force of the Natural Medicine, Chinese Medicine and Natural Therapies Professions, including internal decisions as to whether to include massage therapy within its Charter, are not within the responsibilities of the Commonwealth. No Departmental support is provided to that organisation.

  (2) & (3) Schedule 1 arrangements under the Therapeutic Goods Regulations do not regulate alternative health care professionals at all, but rather deal with matters concerning advertising, by the manufacturers, of therapeutic goods (proprietary medicines and medical devices) to those persons.