Petition to Minister Sussan LeyGeneral, Government, Industry, Practise
Yesterday AAMT sent a further petition to Minister Sussan Ley on behalf of members discussing disturbing trends in the competitive market and regulatory framework for remedial massage therapy.
Regulatory changes and some current rules are creating an uneven playing field which is unfairly penalising legitimate, qualified remedial massage therapists and undermining the financial viability of remedial massage clinics.
This is the result of compounding market pressures, weaknesses in the self-regulatory system, and regulatory changes at a Government and Insurance Fund level.
Reforms are needed, the economic loss to the health system and remedial massage therapy sector will far outweigh any immediate saving from current and proposed regulatory change or a failure to respond to the needs of the sector and health needs of patients that depend on remedial massage.
In building our case, the AAMT used data that was commissioned in an independent research project identifying the impact current changes to health rebates may have on members who are small business owners.
AAMT continues to provide educative and informative petitions to the Minister on members’ behalf. Some of the key points of this latest petition, supported by evidence included;
- REMEDIAL MASSAGE makes a significant contribution to reducing the cost of health care and the health budget
- Regulatory bias against qualified remedial massage therapists directly threatens the professional standing and viability of the remedial massage sector
- Excessive competition and market bias against remedial massage therapists
AAMT is requesting assurances from Minister Ley that:
Any further changes to regulations and eligibility to Government rebates will not:
- discriminate against remedial massage therapists
- contribute to further economic losses to the sector
- contribute to loss of patient access to remedial massage therapy and;
That future proposed changes will involve full consultation with the professional associations as imperative to ensuring the long term viability of the sector.