AAMT Government Submissions – 10 June 2014

AAMT Government Submissions – 10 June 2014

Government, Industry

AAMT submitted last month to AHMAC our views for the first national Code of Conduct (National Code) for healthcare workers and the legislative provisions necessary to apply and enforce the National Code, and the extent to which national uniformity is considered necessary or desirable for massage and body workers. One of the key points AAMT made was around a single title of practice to ensure that the public are clear around who is qualified and a health professional. Another major point made was to enable the legal ability for professional associations to share information around ethical matters with each other and the health care commissions to close some of the loops available for inappropriate conduct.

AAMT also submitted to the ACCC Competition Framework Review as to which regulatory impediments restrict competition. AAMT identified the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA) and the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 which does not recognise massage therapists as allied health providers and The Health Insurance (Allied Health Services) Determination 2010 Medicare act and subsequent amendments Health Care Professionals and Allied Health Professionals (AFP). Remedial Massage Therapists are not recognised as specialist trained in their field for provider services. It is AAMTs view that the existing legislation places a restraint of trade on Remedial Massage Therapists, and prevents public patients from accessing the best and more cost effective massage health services in Government supported health markets.

The outcomes from both submissions are due to be reported later this year.