Naturopaths claim some GPs put 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”.

“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 patients to an unregistered practitioner was “an absolute no”.

“[It] would be inappropriate and carry a high medico-legal risk,” he said. 

“These are untrained, non-evidence based people