Medical board chair explains why alternative medicine crackdown was ditched

Dr Anne Tonkin says complementary, alternative and emerging medicine is hard to define accurately
Dr Anne Tonkin
Dr Anne Tonkin.

The Medical Board of Australia has no more plans to single out doctors offering complementary, alternative or unconventional medical treatments after abandoning its proposal for stand-alone guidelines.

It’s been two years since the board unveiled its draft code, which explicitly warned doctors against providing treatments without a “reasonable expectation” of clinical benefit.