Natural Therapies Review 2019-20

The Natural Therapies Review 2019-20 is an update on the 2015 review to assess the clinical effectiveness of the 16 natural therapies excluded from private health insurance from 1 April 2019.

Page last updated: 10 September 2019

The Natural Therapies Review 2019-20 is an update to the 2014-15 review to assess additional available evidence of the clinical effectiveness of the 16 natural therapies excluded from private health insurance from 1 April 2019.

Background

Since 1 April 2019 the following natural therapies have been excluded from complying health insurance products: Alexander technique, aromatherapy, Bowen therapy, Buteyko, Feldenkrais, Western herbalism, homeopathy, iridology, kinesiology, naturopathy, Pilates, reflexology, Rolfing, shiatsu, tai chi, and yoga.

The Natural Therapies Review 2019-20 will examine additional evidence which has emerged since the previous review and provide advice to Government on whether any of the natural therapies should be covered by private health insurance and therefore eligible for subsidy through the Private Health Insurance Rebate.

Natural Therapies Review Expert Advisory Panel

The Australian Government Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, has established the Natural Therapies Review Expert Advisory Panel to support him in conducting the Natural Therapies Review 2019-20.

Panel members have been appointed on the basis of their expertise in research or evaluation of scientific evidence of clinical effectiveness and/or experience in practice in the relevant natural therapies.

Contact

Email the Natural therapy secretariat about the review or the work of the Natural Therapies Review Expert Advisory Panel.