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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

MEDIA RELEASE 10 July 2015: Peak naturopathic association calls for government regulation

Australia’s oldest complementary medicine association, NHAA, has renewed its bid for government regulation for the Naturopathic and Herbal Medicine professions.

The NHAA has long been, and continues to be, strongly in favour of regulation of the profession of naturopathy and herbal medicine through statutory registration.  “There must be confidence when someone calls themselves a naturopath or herbal medicine practitioner” said Leah Hechtman, President of the NHAA, “education and licensing requirements exist that not only protect the public but maintain the integrity of our ethical practitioners.”

Read more: MEDIA RELEASE 10 July 2015: Peak naturopathic association calls for government regulation

Our Office has Moved

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The NHAA office has moved to a newer, more convenient location. We reopen next  Monday 6 July at 3/2-4 Holden St, Ashfield NSW 2131 

Postal address: PO Box 696, Ashfield NSW 1800

New Ph: 02 9797 2244. Fax and emails remain the same.

TGA recall of Niuhuang Jiedu tablets

Well Herb, in consultation with the TGA, is recalling a batch of High Strength Niuhuang Jiedu tablets (bottle of 60) because it has been found to contain arsenic at an unacceptably high level, which may create a risk of serious illness, particularly with continuous long-term use. Symptoms of arsenic toxicity include vomiting and diarrhoea, and in more severe cases fever, skin rash, cardiac arrhythmia and kidney failure. The affected batch, which represents all the product currently in the Australian market, is batch number SJ1220 - expiry date Dec 2017. For details go to https://www.tga.gov.au/alert/niuhuang-jiedu-tablets-high-strength-bottle-60 

Federal budget bonuses for small business

Small business was highlighted in the recent federal budget, with a couple of points that may be of particular interest: 

  • Unincorporated businesses such as sole traders and partnerships with annual turnover up to $2 million will get a 5% tax discount (capped at $1000) through their year-end tax returns from 1 July, 2015
  • Small businesses with a turnover up to $2 million get an immediate tax deduction for any individual assets they buy costing less than $20,000 (currently the threshold sits at $1000). This $20,000 limit applies to each individual item and small businesses can apply this rule to as many individual items as they wish. This starts from Budget night and runs until the end of June 2017

For more details and other benefits, see the Budget 2015 website or talk to your accountant.

National Code of Conduct to be implemented

A recent meeting of the Federal, State and Territory Health Ministers considered the final report A National Code of Conduct for health care workers and the results of a national consultation on standards of conduct for all health care workers who are not registered under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health practitioners. This includes naturopaths and western herbal medicine practitioners.

The Health Ministers agreed to the terms of the first National Code of Conduct for health care workers. This Code, once implemented, will set standards of conduct and practice for all unregistered health care workers. Ministers agreed that jurisdictions would now examine the implementation of the National Code and code-regulation regime. For more details see http://www.coaghealthcouncil.gov.au/Announcements

More From NHAA...

  1. Conference recordings now available
  2. Media from the 9th International Conference
  3. Teach out period extended for Advanced Diplomas

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