Past webinars

NHAA Engage is excited to present the NHAA Webinar Series. Each month we’ll present a live webinar delivered by some or our most respected and trusted names in the profession.


Topic: Herbal Medicine and the Gastrointestinal Microbiota – Herbs that nurture and herbs that kill.
Research demonstrating the vital importance of the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) microbiota to human health has been growing exponentially over the past two decades. Investigations have also been finding that an altered GIT ecosystem (i.e., dysbiosis) is involved in the pathogenesis of a number of different disease states – from depression, autism, and metabolic syndrome, to Alzheimer’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and even hypertension. Recent studies have also highlighted that many herbal medicines have the capacity to alter the composition and functioning of this microbiota. In this presentation, Dr Hawrelak will provide a brief overview of the importance of the GIT microbiota and highlight some of the published research that has assessed the impact of herbal medicines on our GIT microbiome. Herbs that appear to nurture and nourish the microbiota will be highlighted, as well as herbal preparations that can be used to target specific infections or imbalances in the ecosystem, as well as those whose use may result in unwanted collateral damage to this vital human ecosystem.

Key Learnings:

  • Gain greater insight into the interactions between the herbal medicines we use and our gut microbiota
  • Deepen your understanding of the key role of the GI microbiota in the action of many medicinal herbs
  • Discover which commonly used herbal medicine compound when used long-term is associated with decreased levels of beneficial bacterial species, reduced ecosystem diversity, and increased levels of pathobionts in the gut.

COST: $45 AUD for members – $60 AUD for non members
– $30 AUD Student Members

When: 26 October 2022
Time: 6pm AEDT
Topic: Let’s Get Down to Business – Refreshing your Practice

Refreshing your business: The past few years have completely shaken up the way we practice and do business. Many practitioners have felt the pinch and had no other choice but to pivot, with some even slowing down completely. We are now looking to a new era and there are a few timely and timeless strategies that we can use to refresh our business as the world starts to open up again. This presentation is especially for established practitioners looking to do things differently. 

Key takeaways
By the end of this presentation you will:

  • Realise why getting another qualification isn’t going to get you more clients
  • Understand the role of nature in your business strategy and how it can be an antidote to burnout
  • Experiment with shaking up your business model to benefit you and your clients
  • Become aware of the top 3 new places established practitioners can create traction
  • Explore 3 actionable ways to get more flow in your business

COST: $45 AUD for members – $60 AUD for non members
-$30 AUD Student Members

When:  30 November 2022
Time:  6:00pm AEDT
Topic:  Health care through an LGBTIQA+ Lens

In this webinar Monica Francia and Sage King will explore inclusivity in health care through an LGBTIQA+ lens. This workshop aims to increase LGBTIQA+ literacy within the Naturopathic  profession. 

Monica & Sage will be delving into what LGBTIQA+ means, pronouns, gender expression versus sexual orientation, and the importance of diverse screening for LGBTIQA+ clients. 

This webinar will upskill practitioners to better support the LGBTQIA+ community. Learn the skills to confidently use correct pronouns and modify case taking for diverse clients. Take home additional resources to continue to practice inclusively and make your clinic more accessible for LGBTIQA+ folk.

Key takeaways
By the end of the presentation you will:

  • Feel comfortable using pronouns and other sexuality and gender diverse language
  • Have an understanding of LGBTQIA+ abbreviation
  • Understanding the difference between sex and gender
  • How to talk to patients about sex, sexuality and gender and what to do when you get it wrong
  • How to make my clinic a safe and inclusive space for gender and sexuality diverse clients

About our presenters:
Monica Francia, Naturopath, Herb Farmer, Trained teacher in Natural Fertility (BHSc Nat, MNHAA)
Monica Francia (she/her) is a queer Naturopath, Trained Teacher in Natural Fertility and Medicinal Herb Farmer practicing at Goulds Natural Medicine in nipaluna/Hobart and growing on mumirimina land as a part of Rocky Top Growers Collective. She has a strong sustainability and social justice base to her practice and is the chapter co-coordinator for Hobart Herbalists Without Borders, a non-profit organisation running Free Naturopathic Clinics in Tasmania as well as regular community events. She runs workshops and talks on Herbal Medicine Making and Menstrual Health and provides professional education and mentorship for Community Herbalism and LGBTQIA+ inclusive practice. 

Sage King, Fertility Naturopath + Nutritionist, & LGBTQIA+ Advocate (BHSc – Naturopathy)
Sage King (she/her) is a degree-qualified naturopath and nutritionist, specialising in fertility, infertility, complimentary ART support, pregnancy care, & reproductive health. As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, she advocates for the recognition & inclusivity of her community & is passionate about providing safe spaces for all. Sage recently co-wrote & presented practitioner education on preconception care, as well as educative content on LGBTQIA+ inclusivity in naturopathic practice & provides mentoring for practitioners wanting to comprehensively support their LGBTQIA+ patients. Sage is currently working alongside NICM Health Research Institute investigating the impact of naturopathic interventions on premature ovarian insufficiency and pregnancy outcomes.

COST: $45 AUD for members – $60 AUD for non members
– $30 AUD Student Members

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