NZQA Review of Natural and Traditional Health and Healing qualifications and unit standards
It appears that the NZQA has pretty much completely removed a huge chunk of pseudoscience from its list of accredited qualifications.
"The decision was made for NQS to exit from standard setting responsibilities in Natural and Traditional Health and Healing national qualifications and unit standards by 2007. There was extensive consultation with the sector, including providers, since 2002 and this confirmed the decision to designate the qualifications and unit standards as expiring."
This affects, acupuncture, aromatherapy, complementary therapies, Hellerwork, homeobotanical therapy, homeopathy, hypnotherapy, kinesiology, massage, and reflexology.
The unit standards and qualifications are listed as expiring, and will expire completely at the end of December 2012. Which frankly is far too long a wait for me.
This is a fantastic move by the NZQA, but I can almost guarantee that there will be another body set up by the pseudoscientists to accredit their 'qualifications' after 2012. Quite possibly this will fall on the council of elders (council of homeopaths).
I am not quite sure why massage has been lumped in with the other quals, as I love a good massage as much as anyone else. I also know that it is a valid therapy for some ailments, not to mention playing a pivotal role in foreplay. However, don't fear you can still complete a unit standard in massage through the Beauty Therapy qualification.
I will be getting in touch with the NZQA to ask some questions about their reasons for removing these quals, and I will also try to get a response from some of the institutions that are currently offering these qualifications to see what their plans are post 2012.
Watch this space.
Most institutions demand unqualified faith; but the institution of science makes skepticism a virtue. ~Robert K. Merton, Social Theory, 1957