The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-04-29T00:45:00Z Media Alert: Natural Medicine Week is back from 24 – 30 May 2021 2021-04-29T00:45:00Z media-alert-natural-medicine-week-is-back-from-24-30-may-2021 #naturalmedicineweek#naturalmedicineworkswww.naturalmedicineweek.com.au Australia’s only celebration of the full spectrum of complementary therapies, Natural Medicine Week, is back in May 2021! Hosting a huge variety of digital events and special offers, the week-long event aims to promote, educate and raise awareness of the important role natural medicine plays in the health and wellbeing of Australians.As part of Natural Medicine Week, 24 – 30 May 2021, registered practitioners of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS) and partners will present online workshops and special offers focusing on the three primary models of natural medicine; Ingestive Therapies, Bodywork and Massage and Chinese Medicine. ATMS urges the public to get involved by visiting their local practitioners to take the challenge to experience that #naturalmedicineworks. Health-conscious consumers can visit the website to increase their knowledge and gain invaluable information and resources about the benefits of natural medicine. New to 2021, ATMS ambassadors are sharing their top tips on supporting consumer's health and wellbeing in the blog and are encouraging people to make, bake and taste their healthy recipes – all on naturalmedicineweek.com.au. Find an event near you:WHAT: NATURAL MEDICINE WEEKWHEN: Monday 24 May 2021 – Sunday 30 May 2021TIME: All day/weekWHERE: Online events and special offersHASHTAG: #naturalmedicineweek #naturalmedicineworksWEBSITE: www.naturalmedicineweek.com.au This is an unmissable opportunity for natural medicine practitioners and users to come together to share knowledge and good health through a range of online events and offers running throughout the week.To learn more, visit: www.naturalmedicineweek.com.au -ENDS-Notes to editors: Looking to interview practitioners? ATMS has a board of practitioners and Natural Medicine Week Ambassadors from around Australia who can speak to media. Make a request via the media contacts at Zadro Agency. About Natural Medicine WeekNatural Medicine Week, 24 – 30 May 2021, aims to promote, educate and raise awareness of the important role natural medicine practitioners play in the health and wellbeing of Australians. Proudly supported by the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society, Natural Medicine Week celebrates the three primary models of natural medicine; Ingestive Therapies, Bodywork and Massage, and Chinese Medicine. www.naturalmedicineweek.com.au About the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society:The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS) is the leader of the natural medicine industry, promoting and representing professional practitioners of natural medicine, who are encouraged to pursue the highest ideals of professionalism in their natural medicine practice and education. As Australia’s largest national professional association for natural medicine practitioners, ATMS is a multi-disciplinary association representing approximately 10,000 accredited practitioners throughout Australia. ATMS was founded in 1984 and is an incorporated not-for-profit company. In 2014 ATMS celebrated their 30th anniversary representing natural medicine practitioners in Australia. ATMS is governed by a Board of Directors with specialised departments for Massage Therapy, Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy, Nutrition, Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine.www.atms.com.au Media Contacts: Jessica Kauffman, Senior Account Manager, Zadro | +61 400 433 182 | jessica@zadroagency.com.auDebbie Bradley, Account Director, Zadro | +61 420 761 189 | debbie@zadroagency.com.au Leader of natural medicine industry welcomes Health Minister’s review of natural therapies rebate 2019-04-09T01:00:00Z leader-of-natural-medicine-industry-welcomes-health-ministers-review-of-natural-therapies-rebate On Sunday 7 April 2019, Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, MP announced that the Government will commission a new review of natural therapy rebates. The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS) welcomes the review and will continue to lobby on behalf of natural medicine practitioners in Australia. Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, MP said in the announcement the review will “assess additional available evidence for natural therapies, undertake public consultation and provide advice to Government on whether certain natural therapies should be eligible for subsidy through the private health insurance rebate.” ATMS plan to contribute to this public review and encourage practitioners and consumers alike to actively participate in the consultation processes once formally announced. After more than a year of campaigning, Charles Wurf, CEO, ATMS, embraces this decision for further review. “We have been vigorously advocating to Government to reconsider the removal of certain natural therapies from the private health insurance rebates. The announcement from Minister Hunt to activate a new review is a good one. ATMS will work closely with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and continue to actively support and promote the return of natural medicine therapies to private health insurance,” said Mr Wurf. ATMS is the leading professional natural medicine association in Australia representing over 10,000 practitioners across more than 20 therapies. -ENDS- The full announcement is available here: https://www.greghunt.com.au/review-of-natural-therapies-for-private-health-insurance/ NOTES TO EDITORS: Interviews and comments are available upon request via the contacts below. Charles Wurf, CEO, ATMS Christine Pope, Director, ATMS and Naturopath For media enquiries please contact: Jessica McLean, Senior Account Manager, Zadro P: 0400 433 182 E: jessica@zadroagency.com.au Debbie Bradley, Group Account Director, Zadro P: 0420 761 189 E: debbie@zadroagency.com.au Image: Charles Wurf, CEO, ATMS About Natural Medicine Week: Natural Medicine Week, 20 – 26 May 2019, aims to promote, educate and raise awareness of the important role natural medicine practitioners play in the health and wellbeing of Australians. Proudly supported by the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society, Natural Medicine Week celebrates the three primary models of natural medicine: Ingestive Therapies, Bodywork and Massage, and Chinese Medicine. www.naturalmedicineweek.com.au About the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society: The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS) is the leader of the natural medicine industry, promoting and representing professional practitioners of natural medicine, who are encouraged to pursue the highest ideals of professionalism in their natural medicine practice and education. As Australia’s largest national professional association for natural medicine practitioners, ATMS is a multi-disciplinary association representing over 10,000 accredited practitioners throughout Australia. ATMS was founded in 1984 and is an incorporated not-for-profit company. In 2014 ATMS celebrated their 30th anniversary representing natural medicine practitioners in Australia. ATMS is governed by a Board of Directors, with specialised departments for Massage Therapy, Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy, Nutrition, Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine. www.atms.com.au Natural medicine industry welcomes Wentworth victory for Dr Kerryn Phelps 2018-10-25T02:05:32Z natural-medicine-industry-welcomes-wentworth-victory-for-dr-kerryn-phelps-1 Media Announcement: 25 October 2018 Natural medicine industry welcomes Wentworth victory for Dr Kerryn Phelps The largest Australian body representing 10,000 natural medicine practitioners, The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS), today welcomed the historic victory for Dr Kerryn Phelps on securing her seat in Wentworth following the by-election. Dr Phelps recently spoke at a Candidates Forum in Wentworth hosted by ATMS with Angela Vithoulkhas, Licia Heath and Shayne Higson. The candidates presented their positions on natural medicine, healthcare and small business with strong support from all candidates for complementary medicine, recognising its current role as a viable option for the health and wellbeing of Australians. ATMS are thrilled that Dr Phelps has gained the seat and support her principles of continued coverage of natural therapies within health funds, despite changes being implemented by the current Government. Charles Wurf, CEO, ATMS stated, “The election of a candidate who is supportive of complementary medicine is critical in this current environment seeking to remove subsidies for private health insurance. Further changes forecast by the recently announced Labor policy would seek to remove the GST exemption for naturopathy and herbal medicine treatments.” “ATMS maintains that restricting the choice of natural medicine treatments available within health insurance will prove a false economy. Policies targeted at limiting effective, proven natural medicine treatments will lead to greater pressure on public health and public hospitals,” finished Mr Wurf. ATMS looks forward to working with Dr Phelps and like-minded, committed Parliamentarians to ensure natural medicine treatments are available as effective, viable choices within the Australian healthcare and wellness system. To see how ATMS are representing natural medicine professionals in Australia, visit: www.atms.com.au -Ends- NOTES TO EDITORS: Interviews with: Charles Wurf, CEO, ATMS, are available on request through the below contacts For media enquiries please contact: Debbie Bradley, Group Account Director, Zadro P: 02 9212 7867 | debbie@zadroagency.com.au Sinead Andrews, Account Coordinator, Zadro P: 02 9212 7867 | sinead@zadroagency.com.au Image: Charles Wurf, CEO, ATMS About the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society: The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS) is the leader of the natural medicine industry, promoting and representing professional practitioners of natural medicine, who are encouraged to pursue the highest ideals of professionalism in their natural medicine practice and education. As Australia’s largest national professional association for natural medicine practitioners, ATMS is a multi-disciplinary association representing over 10,000 accredited practitioners throughout Australia. ATMS was founded in 1984 and is an incorporated not-for-profit company. In 2014 ATMS celebrated their 30th anniversary representing natural medicine practitioners in Australia. ATMS is governed by a Board of Directors, with specialised departments for Massage Therapy, Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy, Nutrition, Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine. www.atms.com.au ATMS LAUNCH ‘HOW DARE THEY!’ CAMPAIGN 2018-07-11T00:10:00Z atms-launch-how-dare-they-campaign The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS) has launched the How Dare They! campaign aimed at the Federal Parliament, as the Coalition Government moves to scrap the private health insurance rebate on natural therapies. The move will make it more expensive for Australians with private health insurance to visit their local natural health practitioners. Charles Wurf, Chief Executive Officer, ATMS, said Australians with private health insurance already pay a premium so that they can choose the best medical treatment for themselves and for their families. “Natural therapies are vital to not only the economy but to everyday Australians, with 68.9% of Australians having used at least one form of natural therapy in the last 12 months[1] and 69.2 million visits to natural medicine practitioners[2]. “For many Australians private healthcare is about choice. Removing the private health insurance rebate on natural therapies seriously limits the choices available to Australians to manage their personal health and may affect the preventative steps they take to keep their families well/healthy,” said Mr Wurf. With the natural medicines industry employing over 36,000 Australians[3], the potential economic effects are also of concern. “With 28,000 Australian small businesses operating in the natural medicine industry, it’s not only consumers of natural medicine who will be impacted by this move,” concluded Mr Wurf. ATMS ask that Minister Hunt reconsider this policy and reinstate choice back into the Australian private health insurance system. The online campaign will run parallel to planned Federal Government consultation on this issue in July 2018, with the new private health insurance rules being finalised for commencement in April 2019. More information on the collaborative How Dare They! campaign can be found here: www.howdarethey.com.au For more on ATMS visit: www.atms.com.au -ENDS- NOTES TO EDITORS: Interviews with: Charles Wurf, CEO, ATMS, are available on request through the below contacts For media enquiries please contact: Jessica McLean, Account Manager, Zadro P: 02 9212 7867 | jessica@zadroagency.com.au Debbie Bradley, Group Account Director, Zadro P: 02 9212 7867 | felicity@zadroagency.com.au Image: Charles Wurf, CEO, ATMS About the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society: The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS) is the leader of the natural medicine industry, promoting and representing professional practitioners of natural medicine, who are encouraged to pursue the highest ideals of professionalism in their natural medicine practice and education. As Australia’s largest national professional association for natural medicine practitioners, ATMS is a multi-disciplinary association representing over 10,000 accredited practitioners throughout Australia. ATMS was founded in 1984 and is an incorporated not-for-profit company. In 2014 ATMS celebrated their 30th anniversary representing natural medicine practitioners in Australia. ATMS is governed by a Board of Directors, with specialised departments for Massage Therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy, Nutrition, Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine. [1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17718647 Xue et al. 2007 Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in Australia: A National Population-Based Survey [2] Australian Department of Health and Ageing. Medicare Statistical data for the June Quarter 2005. Available from: http://www.health.gov.au/, 2005 [3] IBIS World Report, March 2018 Australians turn to natural therapies in the millions 2018-05-17T03:01:36Z australians-turn-to-natural-therapies-in-the-millions Australians are continuing to turn to natural therapies for their preventative health and wellbeing management with research revealing over 68% of the population having used at least one complementary medicine in the last 12 months[1]. The third annual Natural Medicine Week 21 – 27 May 2018, organised by the leading association for natural practitioners, Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS), is a time for the industry to celebrate its major role in the healthcare of Australians. As the only event of its kind, Natural Medicine Week features workshops, clinic open days and promotions from over 100 businesses throughout Australia, focused on educating the public and policymakers on the three primary models of natural medicine: Ingestive Therapies, Bodywork and Massage, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. However, it is not just the health of Australians that benefit from their 69.2 million visits to a natural medicine practitioner every year[2], said Mr Charles Wurf, CEO of ATMS, it is also a major contributor to the economy, and continuously growing. “Natural medicine has seen a massive 3.1 per cent growth in Australia over the last year[3]. We know there are over 28,000 small businesses in this sector which employ 36,487 people and contribute $4.7 billion to the economy annually[4]. “This is a burgeoning industry and major employer that is also supporting Australian’s choice to seek highly regarded preventative health and wellbeing management care.” ATMS consumer surveys during Natural Medicine Week 2016 & 2017 found 93.85% of the sample had consulted a natural medicine practitioner, while 96.61% of participants describe natural medicine as ‘effective or very effective’. “Natural Medicine Week 2018, is a pivotal event of the year in which our 10,000-strong membership community band together to raise awareness of the work natural medicine practitioners do and to share their knowledge and experience with consumers who want to learn more,” said Mr Wurf. This year ATMS are calling on consumers to share their personal success stories of using natural therapies via naturalmedicineweek.com.au/customer-survey To learn more about Natural Medicine Week, 21 – 27 May 2018 please visit: www.naturalmedicineweek.com.au. #naturalmedicineweek -ENDS- [1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17718647 Xue et al. 2007 Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in Australia: A National Population-Based Survey [2] Australian Department of Health and Ageing. Medicare Statistical data for the June Quarter 2005. Available from: http://www.health.gov.au/, 2005 [3] Complementary Medicines Industry Audit 2017 by Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA) [4] IBIS World: Alternative Health Therapies - Australia: Market Research Report https://www.ibisworld.com.au/industry-trends/market-research-reports/thematic-reports/alternative-health-therapies.html NOTES TO EDITORS: Interviews are available on request through the below contacts with our ATMS spokespeople: Charles Wurf, Chief Executive Officer, ATMS Christine Pope, ATMS Director, Treasurer and Chair of the Marketing Committee, Naturopath, Homeopath and Nutritionist Peter Berryman, ATMS President, Naturopath, Homeopath, Medical Scientist and Educator For media enquiries please contact: Debbie Bradley, Group Account Director, Zadro M: 0420 761189 | P: 02 9212 7867 | debbie@zadroagency.com.au Jessica McLean, Account Manager, Zadro P: 02 9212 7867 | jessica@zadroagency.com.au Sinead Andrews, Account Coordinator, Zadro P: 02 9212 7867 | sinead@zadroagency.com.au About Natural Medicine Week Natural Medicine Week, 21 – 27 May 2018, aims to promote, educate and raise awareness of the important role natural medicine practitioners play in the health and wellbeing of Australians. Proudly supported by the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society, Natural Medicine Week celebrates the three primary models of natural medicine; Ingestive Therapies, Bodywork and Massage, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. www.naturalmedicineweek.com.au About the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society: The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS) is the leader of the natural medicine industry, promoting and representing professional practitioners of natural medicine, who are encouraged to pursue the highest ideals of professionalism in their natural medicine practice and education. As Australia’s largest national professional association for natural medicine practitioners, ATMS is a multi-disciplinary association representing approximately 11,000 accredited practitioners throughout Australia. ATMS was founded in 1984 and is an incorporated not-for-profit company. In 2014 ATMS celebrated their 30th anniversary representing natural medicine practitioners in Australia. ATMS is governed by a Board of Directors with specialised departments for Massage Therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy, Nutrition, Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine. www.atms.com.au