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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

Re RACGP 'Just say no to naturopath test requests' Aust Doctor 23/2/16

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) issued a statement via the Australian Doctor on 23 Feb recommending their members refuse patient test requests from naturopathic practitioners. The rationale underlying this position is based on protection of members from medico-legal and financial risk that may arise from liability, litigation, or test rebate fees, as well as perceptions of patient safety. A template letter has been developed by the RACGP to send to practitioners outlining reasons for the rejection of such requests for patient testing.   

Read more: Re RACGP 'Just say no to naturopath test requests' Aust Doctor 23/2/16

TGA adds Arjuna, Maca and others as suitable for listed medicines

Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA) has announced that 10 new ingredients have been assessed by the TGA as suitable for use in listed medicines. This includes 4 herbs: Terminalia arjuna (Arjuna); Berberis aristata (Indian Barberry or Tree Turmeric); Lepidium meyenii (Maca); Trachyspermum ammi (Bishops weed or Ajwain).

Read the full Alert.

AJHM Editor appointed as Research Fellow

Dr Jane Frawley, Editor of the NHAA Australian Journal of Herbal Medicine, has been appointed by ARCCIM as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Dr Frawley is currently working on an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project drawing upon the 45 and Up Study at the Sax Institute to examine women’s use of informal health care for five chronic health conditions. 

Media release: CAM use by Australian women with menopausal symptoms

Statement from NHAA regarding prevalence of CAM use and visits to CAM practitioners for Australian women aged 40-65 years with menopausal symptoms. Download the pdf of this release

Naturopaths and Herbalists have a strong history of supporting women through all life stages through the use of diet and lifestyle advice as well as informed use of herbal medicine and nutritional supplements. 

The NHAA is proud to represent highly qualified and respected practitioners who deliver high quality care for their clients.

The quality of plant based medicines and nutritional supplements must be of the highest standard in line with Australian Government requirements and the NHAA supports measures that ensure consistency and quality of products available in Australia.

Read more: Media release: CAM use by Australian women with menopausal symptoms

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

More From NHAA...

  1. Our Office has Moved
  2. TGA recall of Niuhuang Jiedu tablets
  3. Federal budget bonuses for small business
  4. National Code of Conduct to be implemented
  5. Conference recordings now available

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