Submission for the Australian Government Inquiry into the Issues related to menopause and perimenopause – March 2024

Naturopathy is a system of health care which is based on traditional philosophies and principles and utilises a wide variety of tools and techniques to achieve health and wellbeing for a patient. It is estimated that naturopathic practitioners consult with approximately 6% of the Australian population, equating to some 1.5 million Australians, engaging in around four million consultations each year (Steel et al, 2018). Naturopaths in Australia are required to complete Bachelor level training. They are consulted for a diverse range of health issues, including diagnosed conditions and transitional stages in a lifespan such as perimenopause and menopause.

This submission focuses on TOR b, c, and f, and was prepared by the Naturopaths & Herbalists Association Australia (NHAA) Sexual and Reproductive Health Special Interest Group.