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:  A Deep Dive Into Male Infertility
When:  Tuesday 26th September 2023,
Time:  6pm AEST

Join Giselle in examining the global rise of male infertility rates, the current contribution of the male partner to infertility cases and the looming crisis of falling population numbers due to declining sperm quality. Giselle will present novel approaches to investigating and managing male infertility, in particular the relationship of male microbiomes to sperm quality and correcting dysbiosis for better fertility outcomes. Finally, we will explore the spectrum of holistic management solutions at our disposal as natural health practitioners which can help to resolve some of the challenges facing our male patients who are planning their families. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Systemic and environmental drivers and stressors impacting male hormonal imbalance, impaired sexual function and poor sperm quality 
  • Clinical diagnosis: Investigation of the infertile man, Identification of causative factors and Interpretation of semen analyses 
  • Profiling the semen microbiome in men – the genitourinary and gastrointestinal microbiomes and their relationship to sperm quality 
  • The Functional Medicine approach to improving male fertility 
  • The Healthy Male Protocol – addressing issues of diet, exercise, lifestyle, social drugs and stress 
  • Environmental remedial strategies – EMR and hazardous chemical avoidance  
  • Integrative male fertility management in your practice 


Giselle Cooke has practised holistic and integrative medicine in Australia since graduating from the University of NSW in Medicine and Surgery in 1979. With postgraduate qualifications in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Herbalism, Nutrition, Ayurveda and mind-body medicine, Giselle has served in an advisory capacity to government committees on complementary and alternative medicine over two decades. She served the founding executive of the Australian Complementary Medicine Association, was convener of Health Network Australia and spokesperson for the Complementary Health Care Council. Giselle has taught at universities and colleges since 1983 and extensively presented at Integrative and natural medicine conferences in Australia and Internationally.

Giselle Cooke has recently completed PhD research at The University of Sydney into male infertility and its relationship to the emerging field of the human microbiome and has a lot of cutting-edge information to share with us.

Cost:  $46 AUD for members -$62 AUD for non-members – $31 AUD Student Members


Topic:  Keynotes from the COVID 19 Chapter in our Thyroid Biography
When:  Tuesday 25 July 2023
Time:  6pm AEST

While there’s nothing new about the potential for viral driven thyroid disturbance, both acutely during infection and chronically, following ‘recovery’, what is new and making news in the aftermath of the Covid 19 pandemic is the particular predilection this virus has shown for this gland. Thanks to its naturally high expression of ACE2 receptors (far more than seen in the lungs for example) the potential impacts, covering a wide spectrum of thyroid dysfunction & disease, have been observed and documented. This ranges from unprecedented rates of Euthyroid Sick Syndrome & Thyrotoxicosis during the acute phase to either activation (in an individual with a personal hx) or provocation (no previous hx or diagnosis) of autoimmune thyroid conditions as a result of either the infection or vaccination. Although there will be more research to come that will help us clarify and confirm some of this detail, the data already in existence is undeniable and warrants our attention.

Key Takeaways:

  • Acute Covid Thyroid presentations including unprecedented high rates of Low T3 Syndrome
  • Follow-up thyroid sequelae for ‘recovered’ patients including activation and provocation of autoimmune thyroid disease
  • Documented effects of vaccines on thyroid function mirror many of the effects of the infection but at lower rates
  • Discuss possibility of ‘next wave’ being AITD


Rachel’s favourite colour is red, as in the deep red of a blood sample collected for analysing labs to gain optimal insights into patients.  And her preferred soundtrack for life is 80’s all the way – to which she will happily bust a few moves and many professional myths, on underground dancefloors and international conference stages, alike.

With her impressive credentials as a contributor to many authoritative texts, author of peer reviewed articles, and regularly invited guest speaker, Rachel has become a household name in our profession.  Her trademark?  Translating complex scientific concepts into accessible language and providing practical, easy-to-implement solutions that are delivered with a splash of colour and humour.  But don’t let her entertaining style fool you – Rachel’s conscientious research is what sets her apart and has earned her international recognition as a leading authority in the fields of integrative nutrition and diagnostics.

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

Principal – Yara Law

Topic: Business Basics for Complementary Medicine Practice from a Legal Perspective
When:  Thursday 27 April 2023
Time:  6pm AEST

Before you launch your practice, it’s important to make sure you consider all the legal aspects.  This webinar will give you an overview of some relevant business and practice considerations for you to think about and act on.  From how to get your set-up right to meeting your obligations and protecting yourself to provide the best chance of success.

Key Learnings:

  • Structure of business or practice
  • Liability and insurance issues (practice and non-practice issues)
  • Asset protection
  • Government business registration/compliance requirements
  • Location of business or practice
  • Funding and costs
  • Online presence
  • Business legal documents
  • Intellectual Property (TMs)
  • Taxation and related requirements

Please note that this presentation is merely for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.  Please seek out specific legal advice as required.


Tim is an experienced lawyer, trademarks attorney and Principal of Yara Law with a focus on the complementary medicine industry.   Tim has extensive experience in respect of intellectual property and commercial law as well as experience assisting businesses deal with the TGA.   In addition to his legal and commerce qualifications, he has also completed a degree in complementary medicine (naturopathy) at the UNE so has a unique understanding and insight in respect of the issues that face complementary medicine practitioners and businesses.   Tim combines his passion for complementary medicine, business and the law and he regularly assists Yara Law’s stable of clients, ranging from business and practice start-ups to well-established national and international businesses, in respect of legal matters in the complementary medicine industry.   

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


Topic: Kickstarting your Practice
We’ve all been there. Which is why we’ve created a webinar series to give you the first steps you need to build a thriving practice, and to have a happy, successful and long lasting career in our wonderful profession.  
Take a deep breath – we’ve got you covered!

Part 1: Praccy Basics
 22 February 2023
Time: 6pm AEDT
Topic: In this session, you will be given an easy to follow framework to get your practice up and running in no time at all. 

Key Learnings:

  • Getting your ducks in a row when it comes to setup and legal. 
  • What you need to know when launching yourself online. 
  • Creating systems for pathology testing and prescribing. Delivering a treatment plan that sticks. 
  • How to make Zoom/telehealth consults work for both you and your client. 
  • What to do when cases get more complex (and why it’s a good thing!). 

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

Part 2: Creating a Thriving Business that Lights You Up
 29 March 2023
Time: 6pm AEDT
Topic: You’ve got the basics in place. Now it’s time to take things to the next level, show up confidently online, create an abundance of clients, and have the business you’ve dreamt about! 

Key Learnings:

  • Attracting your ideal client. 
  • Nailing your marketing, and building a relationship with your followers. 
  • Staying motivated, confident and focused, even in unpredictable and uncertain times.  
  • Creating your suite of online offerings.  
  • Growing and scaling your business, and going from strength to strength. 

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


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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