Final Report, Report into Traditional Chinese Medicine

Report Date Wednesday 9 November 2005
Date Tabled Wednesday 9 November 2005
Ordered Printed Wednesday 9 November 2005
Number of Pages 78
Context Possible Regulation or Registration of the Practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (inquiry), Health Care Complaints Committee

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This inquiry was established on 10 June 2005 to inquire into and report on the possible regulation or registration of the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine with particular emphasis on quality assurance issues, the feasibility of a National Registration System and the approaches to the regulation and registration of the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine in other jurisdictions. Summary of Recommendations

RECOMMENDATION 1: That Traditional Chinese Medicine be registered in New South Wales

RECOMMENDATION 2: That registration should be through protection of title

RECOMMENDATION 3: There should be three distinct divisions of the register: acupuncturist, Chinese herbal medicine practitioner and Chinese herbal dispenser

RECOMMENDATION 4: That the Traditional Chinese Medicine registration legislation should be as uniform as possible with the existing twelve New South Wales health registration Acts

RECOMMENDATION 5: That the Traditional Chinese Medicine Board be placed under the administration of the Health Professionals Registration Boards

RECOMMENDATION 6: That professional indemnity insurance be a compulsory registration requirement with the New South Wales Traditional Chinese Medicine Registration Board

RECOMMENDATION 7: That draft legislation be prepared and tabled for public comment

RECOMMENDATION 8: That all members of the New South Wales Traditional Chinese Medicine Board be appointed by the Governor on the recommendation of the Minister for Health

RECOMMENDATION 9: That at least one member of the New South Wales Traditional Chinese Medicine Board be able to communicate in English and either Mandarin and/or Cantonese

RECOMMENDATION 10:That the New South Wales Traditional Chinese Medicine Board consist of one registered doctor, one lawyer, one layperson, one NSW Health representative with the remaining members being Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners

RECOMMENDATION 11:That doctors who perform acupuncture be allowed to use the title “medical acupuncturist” after meeting the relevant educational and skill requirements of the New South Wales Medical Board

RECOMMENDATION 12:That all health professional boards who endorse their practitioners to perform acupuncture have transparent educational and skill requirements that are developed in consultation with the New South Wales Traditional Chinese Medicine Board

RECOMMENDATION 13:That the Minister for Health require the Traditional Chinese Medicine Board to develop a code of conduct which practitioners must adhere to

RECOMMENDATION 14:That the model for complaint handling and disciplinary processes for Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners should be co-regulatory involving the Board and the Health Care Complaints Commission in line with all other registered health professionals in New South Wales

RECOMMENDATION 15:That the staff of the Health Care Complaints Commission receive formal training in cultural competency

RECOMMENDATION 16:That the Health Care Complaints Commission employ the services of peer reviewers with qualifications in all three divisions of the Traditional Chinese Medicine register

RECOMMENDATION 17:That the Health Care Complaints Commission ensure that their provision of translating and interpreting services is in line with best practice

RECOMMENDATION 18:That an approved course of study which is a Bachelors degree or equivalent be the requisite criteria to meet registration requirements to practice Traditional Chinese Medicine

RECOMMENDATION 19:That all Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners be required to list with the New South Wales Traditional Chinese Medicine Registration Board as an initial step in the registration process and that this listing last for an initial period of five years

RECOMMENDATION 20:Listed practitioners who have had five years full time practice experience within the last ten years but do not have the academic qualifications to meet the registration criteria should be eligible for registration after meeting the requirements of an approved bridging course or having passed an examination set by the New South Wales Traditional Chinese Medicine Registration Board

RECOMMENDATION 21:Acupuncturists should remain under the jurisdiction of the Public Health (Skin Penetration) Regulation 2000 until such time as the New South Wales Traditional Chinese Medicine Registration Board has the ability to conduct clinical inspections

RECOMMENDATION 22:That a certificate from the relevant council verifying that an inspection of an acupuncturist’s premises has been conducted and safe hygiene practices are being complied with be a registration requirement for all acupuncturists

RECOMMENDATION 23:That the New South Wales Traditional Chinese Medicine Registration Board be required to pass on details of listed practitioners and their clinics to the relevant council for inclusion on the council’s register of premises kept in accordance with the Public Health (Skin Penetration) Regulation 2000

RECOMMENDATION 24:That New South Wales Health consider substantially increasing penalties for non compliance with hygiene practices regulated under the Public Health (Skin Penetration) Regulation 2000 when the regulation is reviewed

RECOMMENDATION 25:That the New South Wales Traditional Chinese Medicine Registration Board appoint a community liaison officer to work with local councils and provide training in Traditional Chinese Medicine practices to assist them with their duties under the Public Health (Skin Penetration) Regulation 2000

RECOMMENDATION 26:That the New South Wales Traditional Chinese Medicine Registration Board, where possible, work to achieve consistency of standards across Australia for registration of Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners

RECOMMENDATION 27:That NSW Health, the Traditional Chines Medicine Board and the Health Care Complaints Commission jointly undertake a bilingual public awareness campaign on the introduction of registration for practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine and on the roles of the relevant agencies in handling complaints

RECOMMENDATION 28:That the New South Wales Traditional Chinese Medicine Registration Board receive seed funding from NSW Health in order to establish itself

RECOMMENDATION 29:That the Western medicine component of professional entry-level courses for Traditional Chinese Medicine be increased and that courses include practical experience in Traditional Chinese Medicine within a clinical setting

RECOMMENDATION 30:That all registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners be required to undertake Continuing Professional Education

RECOMMENDATION 31:That all educational courses which are recognised by the New South Wales Traditional Chinese Medicine Registration Board be approved by the Minister for Health by way of regulation on the advice of the New South Wales Traditional Chinese Medicine Registration Board

RECOMMENDATION 32:That the New South Wales Traditional Chinese Medicine Registration Board establish an education Committee to advise it on suitable educational standards and courses

RECOMMENDATION 33:That the Traditional Chinese Medicine Registration Board promote and co-ordinate research into Traditional Chinese Medicine, in particular the interaction between Western medicine and Chinese herbal medicine To download this report click on the document icon(s) below.

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