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Welcome to the NHAA

Founded in 1920, we are Australia’s oldest professional association of complementary therapists. Representing Western herbalists and naturopaths, we are the only national professional association specifically concerned with the practice and education of Western herbal medicine (WHM) in Australia. Our Vision is to:

  • Enable practitioners and the practice of herbal and naturopathic medicine to become fully integrated into the primary healthcare system in Australia;
  • Make herbal and naturopathic medicine accessible to all;
  • Maintain the integrity of the profession;
  • Continue to promote the standards and quality of education, of the profession;
  • Make greater career opportunities and research pathways for herbalists and naturopaths;
  • Continue the integration of traditional medicine and evolving science.   

We have a range of membership options for professionals, interested parties and students and our members have access to great resources, our online discussion forum, professional guidance and more!

We also work to connect the public with our highly trained practitioners through our Find A Practitioner service. 

Latest News

Call for Abstracts for the NHAA 2017 Conference

The NHAA 10th International Conference on Herbal Medicine program committee invites authors to submit extracts for presentations that align with the theme of Innovation. Integration. Inspiration.  This is a premier biannual event attracting international and national delegates including Western Herbal Medicine, naturopathic, integrative medicine and allied health practitioners, students, nurses, researchers and academics.

The application of the theme of Innovation, Integration and Inspiration to chronic health conditions including cancer, cardiovascular health, mental health, diabetes mellitus, asthma, arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions, obesity and dementia can address one of the following sub-themes:

  • Clinical: Innovative complementary and integrative approaches to chronic health conditions in clinical practice.
  • Herbal Medicine Manufacture: Innovative and inspirational approaches to herbal medicine manufacturing in a challenging modern clinical environment.
  • Business and Practice Management: Innovative, inspirational and integrative approaches to business and employment opportunities for naturopathic and herbal medicine practitioners, including working collaboratively with allied and primary health practitioners.
  • Research: Innovative and inspirational research relevant to the broad field of herbal medicine, such as efficacy and effectiveness, clinical practice, health services, health behaviour and education.
  • Education: Innovative and inspirational approaches to the field of education of herbal and naturopathic medicine, including both undergraduate and postgraduate education.

Plenary, concurrent sessions, workshops and posters will be considered that are consistent with the themes outlined.  We are particularly interested in presentations that can provide practical application for herbalists, naturopaths, and health practitioners using herbal medicine

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Labor Party Plan to Stop Rebates for Natural Therapies

You may be aware that the Labor Party has announced their policy to stop rebates for Natural Therapies if they are elected on July 2, 2016.

There has been much discussion on this topic.  The NHAA would like to clarify some facts and our understanding of the potential impact should this policy be enacted.

Read more: Labor Party Plan to Stop Rebates for Natural Therapies

AJHM looking for a new Editor

Our amazing Editor, Jane Frawley, is moving on, so we are seeking to contract an appropriately qualified and experienced individual to fill the position of Editor for the Australian Journal of Herbal Medicine.  We would love to hear from you if you are interested or if you know someone who would be perfect for the job please do forward on this information.

Read all the details:AJHM Editor Advertisment

Honorary Treasurer / Director needed

We are currently seeking a qualified chartered accountant or certified practising accountant to be a volunteer director assuming the Treasurer portfolio on the NHAA Board. An average time commitment of 5 hours per week would be required - please click on the link below for more details and how to apply. Closing date Wed 11th May 2016.

Read more: Honorary Treasurer / Director needed

Re herbal supplements lead to hepatic & renal transplantation ABC news online 1/3/16

A recent article in ABC News online described six cases of liver and renal failure ascribed to herbal supplements. While these extremely sad instances of illness are said to be due to a specific class of therapeutic product, there are several aspects to the ABC report that require clarification.

Read more: Re herbal supplements lead to hepatic & renal transplantation ABC news online 1/3/16

More From NHAA...

  1. Re RACGP 'Just say no to naturopath test requests' Aust Doctor 23/2/16
  2. New President & Vice President
  3. Conference Images Available
  4. TGA adds Arjuna, Maca and others as suitable for listed medicines
  5. AJHM Editor appointed as Research Fellow

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