Natural Therapies Review 2019-2020 - update


Further to our earlier communications about private health insurance reform relating to Pilates, the Department of Health has appointed an expert panel of advisors for its 2019-2020 review of the rebate for natural therapies.

The role of the advisory panel is to provide advice to the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, about the 16 excluded natural therapies and any additional evidence of their clinical effectiveness published since the original 2014-15 review.  

Two physiotherapists have been appointed to the panel, neither of whom is an APA member. We are disappointed that the APA’s recommendation was not taken up and will address this at a meeting with Minister for Health, the Honourable Greg Hunt, this week.

Further details about the advisory panel members and its terms of reference can be found here.

We are very aware that this issue remains contentious and confusing for many of our members, and we wish to assure you that we are actively pursuing clear and consistent guidelines for the continued use of Pilates-informed physiotherapy for individuals, groups and classes.

We urge members to use the APA as their credible source of information and thank you for the trust you have placed in us to do this work. We know this issue affects a significant proportion of our membership and we are looking to reach a satisfactory outcome for you.