Advocacy

A major focus of ACNEM’s strategic plan is to have an ‘engaged and networking community of nutritional and environmental medicine advocates and influencers’ so that together we can raise the voice of integrative medicine in the public policy arena. We seek to achieve this through active participation in public consultations, reviews and submissions. Please see the range of our submissions below. We welcome your thoughts and feedback.

2020

Open Letter to New Zealand and Australian Health Ministers 

In September, ACNEM and AIMA joined forces to send an open letter to the ministers of health in Australian and New Zealand asking them to embed an integrative medicine approach into our national health policies. Our letter included signatures from over 200 doctors and more than 400 health practitioners. We will keep you updated on any further communications and outcomes from this. 

Consultation Paper for the National Preventative Health Strategy

In September, ACNEM provided a submission for this consultation paper, which is a key pillar that will help shape Australia's Long Term National Health Plan. Read our submission here

Rescheduling of Medicinal Psilocybin and Medicinal MDMA

In September, ACNEM lodged two submissions to support Mind Medicine Australia's applications for the rescheduling of medicinal psilocybin and medicinal MDMA as part of therapy. Read our submissions here: Application to reschedule Medicinal Psilocybin and Application to reschedule Medicinal MDMA.

Barriers to patient access to medicinal cannabis

In January, ACNEM provided a submission to the Senate inquiry into the current barriers to patient access to medicinal cannabis in Australia. The Senate Community Affairs References Committee will be reporting on this by 26 February. Review ACNEM’s submission.

2019

Public consultation on clearer regulation of medical practitioners

In 2019, ACNEM provided a submission to the Medical Board of Australia for its public consultation on clearer regulation of medical practitioners who provide complementary and unconventional medicine and emerging treatments. We will share any findings or outcomes from the Medical Board of Australia on this consultation as soon as they are released. Review ACNEM’s submission.