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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

Conference recordings now available

20140613-NHAA-IC-Online-banner-smallRecordings from the 9th International Conference on Herbal Medicine are now available. Great speakers and topics at seriously good prices - theres even an Early Bird special until the end of June. 

For all the details and the order form go to our Notes & Recordings page.

Media from the 9th International Conference

Journalist Charlotte Mutoro attended the 9th International Conference on Herbal Medicine and interviewed several of the speakers:

International Conference sets standard: http://megaphoneoz.com/international-health-conference-sets-standard/ 

Common garden weeds can be medicinal: http://megaphoneoz.com/common-garden-weeds-can-be-medicinal/ 

Ebola not the only exotic disease that could strike: http://megaphoneoz.com/ebola-not-the-only-exotic-disease-that-could-strike/

Teach out period extended for Advanced Diplomas

The NHAA has been lobbying the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to extend the teach out period for the Advanced Diplomas due to be phased out next year. From the beginning of 2016, the Advanced Diplomas of naturopathy, Western herbal medicine, homeopathy and nutrition will be removed from the health training package, with the new standard being a Bachelor degree.

A teach out period was available for those currently studying Advanced Diplomas, however the NHAA has been lobbying to extend this period in order to make it fairer for those students and their colleges. The ASQA Commissioners yesterday approved that the teach out period be extended to 31 December 2018. For more information see the ASQA website. Find out more about the change to Degree.

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