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by Graeme Little & Charles Kovess

Corrupt government review rules there is no evidence to support the efficacy of natural therapies

New Victorian Health Complaints law heralds an effective abolition of the right to practise 17 popular natural health therapies. While this article focusses on Victoria government, all states have broadly similar laws. The word is that the conservatives in the medical profession are wanting this to be Federal.

Despite our unheeded warnings about the recent Health Complaints legislation, we have witnessed the passing of a remarkably discriminatory Victorian Health Complaints Act, which now sadly heralds an effective abolition of the legal right to practise 17 natural therapy professions.

The new mandatory code of conduct includes a requirement to substantiate “any claims made either directly to clients or in advertising or promotional materials about the efficacy of treatment or services he or she provides”, unlike the far lower standards required of the mainstream medical community.

This strict new test, also applicable in some other Australian states, ensures any natural health profession, or individual practitioner, who is singled out, will have no hope of defending any state-based prohibition proceedings.

There is no hope because our Australian government’s medical science research arm, the NHMRC, has already comprehensively ruled that there is NO evidence supporting the efficacy of natural therapies.

What are these ‘natural therapies’? Consider this list of popular remedies, a number of which the authors have used in their own lives with wonderful benefits:

  • Alexander technique
  • Aromatherapy
  • Bowen therapy
  • Buteyko
  • Feldenkrais
  • Herbalism
  • Homeopathy
  • Iridology
  • Kinesiology
  • Massage therapy and myotherapy
  • Naturopathy
  • Pilates
  • Reflexology
  • Rolfing
  • Shiatsu
  • Tai chi
  • Yoga

When one of these 17 professions, or a practitioner of these therapies, is singled out for pursuit, ‘witch hunt’ prohibition hearings will be held before a state-based Complaints Commissioner, appointed by mainstream medical lobby groups, licking their cherry-picking chops that our naive politicians just abolished many effective and natural therapies, without most politicians even realising the impact of their actions.

The knock-out blow for all things natural is contained in the 2015 National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Review of the Australian Government Rebate on Natural Therapies for Private Health Insurance “to ensure private health insurance covers clinically proven treatments”.

We say that this was a corruptly motivated review and that it is an absolute ‘demolition derby’ of all of the above 17 natural professions by a biased NHMRC, which concluded at page 3:

“The purpose of the Review was to ensure that natural therapies are underpinned by a credible evidence base that demonstrates their clinical efficacy, cost-effectiveness and safety and quality. The Rebate will be paid for insurance products that cover natural therapy services as described in the previous Government’s media release:

The Private Health Insurance Rebate will be paid for insurance products that cover natural therapy services only where the Chief Medical Officer finds there is clear evidence they are clinically effective.

Such clear evidence has not been found.”

Then on page 4 it states:

“Overall, there was not reliable, high-quality evidence available to allow assessment of the clinical effectiveness of any of the natural therapies for any health conditions.”

To understand how biased and corrupt these conclusions are, you will need to consider how the NHMRC dealt with the other contentiousness health debate of the day concerning compulsory vaccination, the ‘no jab, no pay’ game. This is the Australian Immunisation Handbook, which in our contention is staggeringly incompetent in its pseudo-science approach to the efficacy of vaccines and is clear evidence of a raging criminal conspiracy and corruption.

We say it is time for political action to be taken to dismantle the NHMRC’s charade of being Australia’s peak custodian of health science knowledge and ethics and to also address the flagrant conflicts of interest endemic to our health policy determinations by all Australian health regulatory arms.

If you think we are over stating the scenario, consider these facts. One of us assisted an unfairly attacked health practitioner through the 66 day longest Victorian case in 2013 before a blatantly biased VCAT hearing headed by Senior Member Robert Davis.

The VCAT Tribunal overlooked the entire evidence of all six medical doctors, who were experts in the same field as the registered health practitioner. This evidence related to treatment of a single patient who had complained in the first instance only because he did not want to pay the bill owing to the practitioner.

This biased, and we say probably corrupt, Tribunal deregistered the practitioner by cherry-picking evidence from various non-expert witnesses. By the way this practitioner was also attacked previously as a hyperbaric expert, and that attack led to the formation of a body called the ‘Friends of Science in Medicine’, the ultimate source of biased, cherry-picking science.

Please note this amazing fact from this case, which is the reason why natural health practitioners who are singled out have no hope of defending a claim under the new Victorian Health Complaints Act:  the deregistered practitioner had 906 peer reviewed journal articles on his website to substantiate his treatments. “Not good enough science” AHPRA said. At least AHPRA (the Australian Health Practitioners’ Regulatory Authority) was embarrassed enough by VCAT’s bias to later withdraw this case from its website list of relevant cases that are listed to guide other registered practitioners.

Fortunately, the practitioner successfully defended a prohibition order sought by AHPRA; so the brilliant health practitioner still practises, plus significantly, he was found to be of good character, a priceless asset worth fighting to the extremely bitter and disillusioning end.

We say that the NHMRC is a complacent unaccountable gravy train of corruption. We say the same about the Friends of Science in Medicine. Both of these bodies attack any one who dares to question what they say. Both of these bodies are implacably opposed to natural health remedies.

The punchline of this sad state of affairs therefore is this: a practitioner brought before state-based complaints bodies will be unable to substantiate their claims to efficacy because the NHMRC’S 2015 evidence will be preferred.

Let us be very clear: ‘efficacy’ will not be able to be ‘substantiated’ before a government appointed commissioner. On top of this, in Victoria, no peer review applies, unlike the mainstream medical community regime of governance. Thus, the Commissioner’s sole opinion will apply. That is why there is no hope of winning and why we say that the new law sadly heralds an effective abolition of the legal right to practise 17 natural therapy professions.

What can you do?

Both the authors and the editors of this magazine have personal experience of the effects of constituents complaining to their local MPs. Will you add your energy to the battle between freedom and tyranny?

“I have interviewed ministers and non-minister politicians and if one gets 10 unorchestrated letters from a constituent that is a landslide. Each one of us is 10% of a landslide.” (anon)


Graeme Little né Peter Pope, LL.B/B.Ec, is a health politics advocate/lawyer primarily fighting Big Pharma corruption in Australia since 2011, its impact on the political and regulatory framework, and its involvement in an alleged conspiracy to harm the natural medicine professions and their practitioners and patients. He has had a varied business and legal career.


Charles Kovess, LL.B. (Hons), LL.M., CSP, MAICD, has authored ‘Passionate People Produce(published by Hay House), and ‘Passionate Performance, and is the co-author of ‘The 7 Heavenly Virtues of Leadership. He is the Founder of Kovess International, President of the Australia-Hungary Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and is passionate about entrepreneurship, innovation and sport!

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