They say that grey hair is a symbol of wisdom. This is so true as many Australian seniors are now taking a more proactive approach to their own healthcare by doing independent research to stay healthy and active.
Australia’s complementary medicines industry has warned the opposition Labor party that its new policy to cut the rebate for natural therapies was a “false economy” that would only succeed in damaging the nation’s health.
The Australian complementary health industry lobbied state and territory ministers assembled at a Medicare reform meeting in Canberra last weekend to press for increased policy recognition for natural nutrition.
A family’s youngest child is most likely to miss out on breastfeeding, according to an Australian study that also found that a woman’s education level and the number of children she has also affect its likelihood.
The decision by Blackmores, the well-known Australian supplements company, to fund alternative medicine research at Sydney Univeristy has sparked a debate into whether universities should accept money from corporations to fund research.
As Australian authorities review the way they regulate complementary medicines, they could uncover a real opportunity to implement more harmonisation between countries. It just needs to be found if this could be done practically.
By Carl Gibson, chief executive of Complementary Medicines Australia
General practitioners need to gain a better understanding of complementary medicines, especially now that the Australian health minister, Sussan Ley, has announced a collaborative governance arrangement for future GP training.