Naturopaths say ‘substandard’ GPs putting public at risk

GPs with “substandard” training in herbal remedies place the public at risk if they provide advice on herbal remedies and have an ethical responsibility to refer patients to “well-trained naturopaths”, according to the Australian Naturopathic Practitioners Association.

ANPA spokeswoman Eta Brand said “some health professionals” including GPs, specialists, pharmacists and others claimed knowledge of herbal remedies but were “out of their scope of practice”.

She said herbal and nutritional medicines were different to pharmaceuticals and needed to be prescribed by a practitioner with specialised training “to ensure the patient’s safety”.

“For the sake of public safety, their duty of care is to refer patients to well-trained naturopaths,” she said.

The call has been flatly rejected by AMA Council of General Practice chair Dr Brian Morton, who said referring