Board plans tougher stance on doctors who offer CAM

The proposal would cover the gamut from herbal remedies to experimental stem cell treatments
Complementary medicine

Doctors who offer alternative therapies would be warned against initiating treatment without a “reasonable expectation” of clinical benefit, under new guidelines proposed by the Medical Board of Australia.

The board has begun consulting on plans to introduce specific regulations for doctors working outside mainstream medicine, arguing new rules are needed to protect patients against financial exploitation and unnecessary treatment.