Who is behind the secret “white” ANTA

The ANTA board members are a secret!!!

They will not tell me and the website is silent.

My recommendations to members of ANTA follow.

1. Members should ring, write and use social media to ensure ANTA publishes the names of directors on its website, and makes a satisfactory explanation as to the need for current secrecy.

2. An extraordinary general meeting to be called to consider:

(a) appointing an interim administrator to examine the workings and corporate governance at all layers of ANTA’s operation for the last 10 years;

(b) a resolution as to whether registration with AHPRA should be supported;

(c) alternative solutions to maintaining public protection and confidence, and recognition of the strong track record of support from patients of natural therapy professions.

Has there been 60 years of silence, or is it just this latest era they show abominable corporate governance scarcely seen in my corporate life?

Let’s count the days before they come clean on their identity.

I will reveal one name each day TO YOU as a little birdie has filled me in with their secret, plus a far bit more about what happens to your membership fees

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My guess about the ANTA Board composition is

 one monkey who hears no evil

another monkey who sees no evil

and one monkey who speaks no evil

Do you find this secrecy about ANTA board members rather odd?

Particularly for the body that wants to be your policeman

UNDER THE AHPRA VICE

(and with cosy running mate ARONAH )

WHY DO THEY PERSIST with their insane push to move natural professions like naturopathy to AHPRA’s den –

lambs to the slaughter I say 

talk to the chiropractors – the demolition derby target of Friends of Science

I say AHPRA is just another Big Pharma corrupted arm of  government,

led by Head Corruptor herself,

Liberal Health Minister Sussan Ley

Back to the white ANTA’s, why would you be scared to reveal your identity as directors to your very own members, or potential members, and helpful health politics advocates like me, with my strong anti big pharma missions described at  www.fightpharmacorruption.com.

See if you can work out the motives of CEO Brian Coleman, and his secret puppet masters from the white ANTA’s website which follows,

plus see if you can find the annual report anywhere at

  Australian Natural Therapists Association.com.au/about/about_anta.php

why do the white ANTAs refuse to tell me who runs their show when I ring up?

why do they not respond to vital email correspondence?

Why does CEO Brian Coleman write behind my back:”It appears a person calling himself a lawyer is attempting to drum up business by peddling this type of information” ?

why is ANTA’s website grossly misleading its members as to the codes of conduct they are mandated to follow?

has this GROSSLY UNETHICAL BEHAVIOUR been going on for all 60 years of ANTA’s life?

do you know who is looking after you and your hard earned money?

are the secret ANTA directors way more accountable with your money, than they are with their own identity disclosures?

Should they be treated like Geelong City Council and have an independent administrator immediately appointed on a temporary basis, until proper elections can be held?

When you get a grounding as Principal Legal Officer of the fledgling National Companies and Securities Commission (now ASIC) at the age of 27, imagine how cynical you get at seniors card age of 60,

particularly when you have invested all your time and assets into the last five long years fighting for natural health practitioners with intense battles with Rumpole of the Bailey, Dr Ian Freckleton QC, AHPRA, The Chiropractic Board of Australia, The Supreme Court of Victoria, the VGSO, the VCAT, The Melbourne Age, Channel 7, Channel 9, Four Corners, 3 AW, ABC, Friends of Science in Medicine, TGA, endless Health Ministers, the Health Services Commissioner, NHMRC, ATAGI, PBAC, MSAC, Minister for the Environment,Greg Hunt, Alzheimers Australia President Graeme Samuel, ACCC, AMA, Medicines Australia, Johnson & Johnson, CSIRO, Landcare, Essendon Football Club, AFL, AFL Players Association, ASADA, WADA, Worksafe, Minister for Transport, and I forgot, the Medical Board, who just wiped out my absolute gun integrative doctor yesterday (silly move guys – you are getting way too cocky Martin Fletcher, CEO of AHPRA).

My recommendations to members of ANTA follow.

1. Members should ring, write and use social media to ensure ANTA publishes the names of directors on its website, and makes a satisfactory explanation as to the need for current secrecy.

2. An extraordinary general meeting to be called to consider:

(a) appointing an interim administrator to examine the workings and corporate governance at all layers of ANTA’s operation for the last 10 years;

(b) a resolution as to whether registration with AHPRA should be supported;

(c) alternative solutions to maintaining public protection and confidence, and recognition of the strong track record of support from patients of natural therapy professions.

I must say I got very suspicious of ANTA’s motives when they repeatedly ignored my communications to discuss what I knew was a dark side of the moon event for their natural profession customers, namely this confusing state based health complaints legislation.

The fact that the CEO Brian Coleman finally did communicate behind my back making false and misleading statements and showing his ignorance, arouses even more of my curiosity as to his credentials to be representing a key cross section of our talented natural therapy professions.

I have invested an enormous amount of my time since late February 2016 for no reward, and with no vested interests,  comparing all the various State based health complaints legislation.

This has required careful examination with the National/State AHPRA legislation, and a sea of differently structured codes of mandatory conduct impacting in some cases, both AHPRA and unregistered practitioners, but not in others.

I plan a series of webinars to progressively enlighten you, the natural practitioners, as to your responsibilities, and the various differences between States, some minor but subtle. Why there are significant and confusing differences between States rings alarm bells to me. I ponder why the Health Ministers have so departed from uniform legislation. Brian Coleman is simply incorrect saying all States are the same.

My guess is that 99% of practitioners in New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia are not fully complying with their respective Codes attached to their State Act which regulates the Code’s requirements.

Even the NSW Complaints public servant I rang yesterday at the Health Care Complaints Commission had not heard of the NSW Code of Conduct for Unregistered Practitioners, or the requirement in Clause 17 (1) (b) of the Code for a health practitioner to display “a document that gives information about the way in which clients may make a complaint to the Health Care Complaints Commission, being a document in a form approved by the Director-General.”

I wrote yesterday to see what the Director- General has actually approved because his staff do not know.

The reason the Friends of Science have not focused on using the State based Acts in NSW, established pre AHPHRA days in 2008, SA in July 2014, and QLD in October 2015, is that the Friends are clever, military and never to be under-estimated. They want to get Victoria operational first, so as not to alert you “naturopathic lovelies” what is in store for you then.

My past five years of specialist “battles” with the ANTI NATURE forces has given me as good a grounding as any in the country of what game is really being played, let alone a wealth of lessons in my school of hard knocks over the last 40 years of my professional and business career.

If you were involved in a 66 day Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal case, being the longest health practitioner case probably in Australia, you would reckon you should be a person worth a hearing if you were running a natural medicine association.

But not so Brian Coleman, CEO of white ANTA. He likes shooting from the hip. Well I don’t – I endeavour to make my words count based on what I have researched. I will be reporting Brian Coleman to the ACCC for any false or misleading statements he is making to members about what I am saying or any personal insults.

I tire of these constant intimidatory tactics being waged across social media, particularly against proponents of natural health measures. ANTI HEALTH merchants will soon find out about Federal Crimes Act offences relating to intimidation and harassment. I am just letting that collective of sceptics chalk up a few more offences before we say enough is enough.

Just for the exercise, I reviewed part of the white ANTA’s website which I reproduce below, with my “crosses” through words I find debatable. Enjoy and enlighten me if I have been unfair, or too lenient.

 

Check out the “About US” section of ANTA’s website

“The Australian Natural Therapists Association Limited (ANTA) is the largest national democratic association of ‘recognised professional’ traditional, complementary medicine and natural therapy practitioners established for more than 60 years who work in the areas of health care and preventative medicine.

 ANTA was founded in 1955 and represents the multi-disciplinary interests of approximately 10,000 accredited practitioners Australia-wide. ANTA is one of the original Schedule 1 bodies as defined in the regulations of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989.

For over 60 years the ANTA name has been synonymous with “Quality” and ” Peak of the Profession“. ANTA is committed to Quality Assurance and Public Safety by maintaining the highest Qualification and Ethical Standards. Our members prime concern is your optimum health. Working with Governments, Researchers, Educators, Health Funds, WorkCover Authorities and Professional Organisations, ANTA represents the interests of:

{ Author’s comment: I am starting to think ANTA more represents the interests of the Directors, AHPRA and Big Pharma}: 

ANTA was recognised by the Australian Taxation Office, in November 2002, under a private ruling as ‘…a professional association that has uniform national registration requirements for practitioners of traditional, complementary medicine and natural therapies…’ thereby allowing ANTA practitioners of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine to practise GST- free.

ANTA:

  • provides an egalitarian representation of all disciplines accredited by the association
  • possesses infrastructure, systems, policies and procedures which enables the association to encompass all aspects of the profession
  • represents the interests of individual disciplines
  • acts as advocate for practitioners of all disciplines accredited by the association
  • promotes the health and safety of consumers of traditional medicine and natural therapy health services
  • supporting statutory registration of natural therapists 

The disciplines recognised by ANTA and accredited by the Australian Natural Therapists Accreditation Board (ANTAB) are:

ANTA is committed to continuous quality improvement and providing the Australian public with the highest possible standards for the conduct and safety of traditional medicine and natural therapy practitioners, and addresses standards for conduct and safety through:

  • The high standard of entry requirements for potential members
  • Yearly review of entry standards to maintain currency and ensure relevance
  • Active participation in setting standards at national and state levels via industry reference group and working committee participation
  • Free student membership to the Association
  • Yearly review of the courses on offer within the profession, and courses currently accredited by ANTAB
  • Compulsory yearly proof of minimum continuing professional education requirements of members
  • Provision of “free” continuing professional education seminars in all states of Australia
  • Provision of additional avenues of continuing professional education for members
  • Compulsory up-to-date senior first aid certificates
  • Compulsory specialised professional indemnity and public liability insurance
  • The Association enforces a strict Code of Professional Ethics
  • The Association maintains effective public complaints handling and resolutions mechanisms outlined in the Constitution 
  • The Association maintains a National Administration Office, which is open five days a week and staffed by an Executive Officer and fully trained support staff
  • The Association maintains fully computerised membership, accreditation and course recognition databases and systems 
  • Provision of communication via the Members’ page on the ANTA website of the most up to date information related to the profession

  • Provision of regular Newsletters and ANTA e-News detailing information of current interest to the profession
  • Provision of a Professional Publication ‘The Natural Therapist’, four times a year offering the latest information available on topics of interest to the profession
  • Provision of an ANTA website to allow interested persons and consumers to obtain information about the Association, natural therapies and traditional medicine and the location of accredited practitioners of the Association
  • Provision of the latest up to date scientific information and monographs including:Provision of funding grants for research into traditional medicine and natural therapies
    • 300 Herbs
    • 350 Diseases & Conditions
    • 250 Supplements
    • Herb – Drug Interaction Guide
    • Supplement – Drug Interaction Guide
    • Treatment Options
    • Organ & Body Systems
    • Drug Induced Depletions
    • Evidenced Based & Peer Reviewed Information
  • Provision of annual ANTA Student Bursary Awards totalling $10,000 p.a. to encourage excellence in the study of traditional medicine and natural therapies
  • Setting of standards for clinics, hygiene and infection control
  • Setting of standards for skin penetration
  • Setting of standards for keeping and maintaining patient records
  • Making public the requirements for recognition of traditional medicine and natural therapy courses by ANTA for membership purposes
  • Making public details of traditional medicine and natural therapy courses recognised by ANTA for membership purposes
  • Only recognising government accredited courses that meet ANTA’s stringent requirements (note – ANTA does not recognise courses delivered totally by distance education)
  • Making public details of ANTA membership criteria and qualifications
  • Consultation with Members on matters of importance.  The Association uses the Members’ web page, consultation meetings, newsletters, ANTA e-News and the magazine to consult with Members

  • A ‘1800’ free-call number promoted to consumers and practitioners, facilitating a direct path of communication with the Association’s national administration office staff
  • A ‘1800’ free-call number and web page promoted to consumers and practitioners, to identify appropriately qualified practitioners in the consumer’s geographical area
  • Undertaking ongoing internal audits of its policies and processes of operation and all matters to do with professional practice
  • External audits of procedures, policies & processes to ensure compliance with the principles of best practice
  • Publishing an Annual Report on the activities and performance of the Association
  • Undertaking a yearly audit of its Constitution which includes the Association’s Complaints, Ethics & Disciplinary Panels
  • Undertaking a yearly audit of its Code of Professional Ethics

  • Ongoing consultation and collaboration with other professional associations

  • Ongoing dialogue and correspondence with ministers, government departments and regulatory bodies
  • Ongoing research of policies in overseas professional associations and policies of overseas governments
  • Maintaining a Natural Therapy Adverse Events Register
  • On line polling of Members and the Public on relevant professional and health issues
  • Democratic voting system for the election of directors by members 

ANTA is a public company limited by guarantee, and is governed by a National Council [Board of Directors] which is elected by the Members of the Association for a term of 3 years.   The Council in turn elects all office bearing positions within the Association, which are for a term of 1 year.

National Council is supported by the services of a full time Executive Officer, full time Company Secretary and full time National Administration Office Staff.  

ANTA practises a policy of consultation with representatives of all stakeholders of traditional medicine and natural therapies, as well as being available to all government and regulatory bodies associated with the professions.

Persons wishing to discuss with ANTA any matters relevant to the professions of traditional medicine and natural therapies should contact the Australian Natural Therapists Association Limited on free-call: 1800 817 577.”

My recommendations to members of ANTA follow.
1. Members should ring, write and use social media to ensure ANTA publishes the names of directors on its website, and makes a satisfactory explanation as to the need for current secrecy.

2. An extraordinary general meeting to be called to consider:

(a) appointing an interim administrator to examine the workings and corporate governance at all layers of ANTA’s operation for the last 10 years;

(b) a resolution as to whether registration with AHPRA should be supported;

(c) alternative solutions to maintaining public protection and confidence, and recognition of the strong track record of support from patients of natural therapy professions.

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