The support of the Board requires considerable decision making, strategy direction and ensuring of outcomes in many different areas from education, seminars and conferences, media and marketing, membership issues, to governance, law and ethics, government liaison (at the state, federal and even international level) and industry cooperation.
Each Board member is an elected representative of the membership and works in a voluntary capacity. Elections take place at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Association and all Full members of the NHAA are eligible to vote. To find out more about how the Board of Directors works please read here.
All board members also work on a series of committees
Originally studying Behavioural Sciences at USQ and followed that with Registered Nurse training and Graduating as a Naturopath in 1992 David has been consistently in private practice as a Naturopath in various clinic types over the years since. In 2002 David commenced teaching mainly herbal medicine and supervising clinic subjects, this lead to a Masters Health Science (Herbal Medicine) at UNE and an upgraded his original diploma qualification in Naturopathy to a degree.
Currently the co-owner of a Naturopathic clinic in Brisbane, situated in a medical specialist building adjacent to a major metropolitan teaching hospital. Currently a PhD candidate at UTS investigating The naturalistic practice of herbal medicine in relation to anxiety and depression. Keenly interesting in advancing the profession but equally determined the traditions must be respected and form the basis of our practice, David is joint secretary of the World Naturopathic Federation (WNF) and actively involved in the associations work towards statutory registration.
Hannah is a Naturopath and Herbalist based in Sydney, New South Wales. She was first elected to the NHAA Board of Directors in 2018 and has lead the Marketing and Media subcommittees during her time on the board.
Hannah has been in clinical practice since graduating from her studies in 2012, when she established her own Naturopathic clinic. Hannah areas of interest include mental health, women’s health and fertility.
As well as running her Sydney clinic in Marrickville, Hannah has volunteered at the Leichhardt Women’s Community Health Centre as a research assistant. She has also presented at various events including The Real Food Project and the Marrickville Business Association. In 2019 Hannah was asked to present at the Central & Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network annual conference, Rethinking Mental Health and the 2021 National Symposium on Herbal and Naturopathic Medicine.
Kathleen MurphyVice President
Kathleen is a naturopath and acupuncturist. She has been an NHAA Board Director since 2017 and is Chair of the Events Subcommittee.
Kathleen has been in clinical practice since 2009. Over that time, she has worked in several large integrative clinics; first in Brisbane where she trained, then in Sydney where she worked for eight years, and is now based in beautiful Northern NSW. Kathleen has also been involved with a number of community and corporate healthcare programs over this time: she is passionate about sharing the value of preventative and holistic medicine. Kathleen also works as a lecturer and clinical tutor in naturopathic education. Prior to working in health, her background was in the arts, as a performer and researcher.
Outside of her work, Kathleen enjoys spending time with her family, reading, gardening, eating good food and practicing yoga.
Originally a teacher with the Adult Basic Education Unit, TAFE NSW. Diana moved to Queensland in 1992 and studied Naturopathy at the Academy of Natural Therapies. She lectures in clinical herbal medicine subjects and supervises naturopathic clinical practicum and has aintained her private practice as a Naturopath, focussing on children’s health.
As an advocate for higher academic standards and professional regulation, Diana joined the NHAA board in 2017 and accepted the role of chair of the Examiners & Education sub-committee as well as became an active member of the Professions sub-committee.
Diana holds a Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science (Naturopathy) and a Master’s Degree in Health Science (Herbal Medicine).
Fi is a naturopath in clinical practice in Brisbane. She is particularly drawn to herbal medicine and treasures the privilege of utilising both traditional wisdom and scientific research.
Before Fi studied naturopathy, her professional background was in law. She is the Chair of the NHAA’s Legal & Ethics Committee, a member of the Professions Committee and a founding member of the local chapter, SEQHerbs, which hosts regular professional development and grassroots naturopathic and herbal medicine events. Fi is also a member of the Education and the Special Interest Group Committee.
Fi is honoured to have been given the opportunity to formally support and advocate for the profession and to continue the work being done to achieve greater acknowledgement of our potential to be a positive force in the healthcare of all Australians.
Kamalini is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute Company Directors and brings to NHAA over 15 years’ experience in financial management and corporate governance. Having worked with organisations in the commercial and not for profit sectors in the United Kingdom and Australia.
She is a CPA and CIMA qualified finance and operations executive with experience in leading and advising organisations through periods of transformation and growth, and is currently the CFO and Chief of Corporate Services at Youth Support & Advocacy Services (YSAS).
Rose draws on 3 decades of private practice, academia, education, advocacy and health industry experience. She has a strong commitment to the profession, the value of traditional and cultural knowledge, plus its intersection with evidence-based natural medicine for patient-centred care.
After switching part way through a veterinary science degree to pursue her passion for naturopathy and herbal medicine (SSNT), Rose went on to run a successful multi-disciplinary practice for a decade. At the same time, she maintained a ‘pay it forward approach’ through mentoring, growing and gathering of plants and stories, plus radio and community outreach programs. She then scaled back to part-time practice to work in related fields such as herbal medicine education, technical and industry advisory roles. Rose has also completed a Master of Health Science (Herbal Medicine) and was named a Vice Chancellor’s Scholar (UNE) in 2017.
Jenny is a naturopath and herbalist.
She was appointed to the position of NHAA Board Director in September 2020.
Jenny graduated in 2014 and has worked as a volunteer naturopath in an integrative complementary medicine clinic in Victoria since then. This followed a 33-year career in Australia’s corporate sector. Jenny commenced further study in 2016 and completed a Bachelor Honours degree and Graduate Certificate in Evidence Based Complementary Medicine in 2017. Jenny is a passionate advocate for the statutory registration of Western herbal medicine practitioners and naturopaths. To that end she commenced her doctoral studies in 2020 researching the regulation of traditional and complementary medicine professions. Apart from her interest in health care regulation, Jenny has an interest in kidney health and the naturopathic treatment of chronic kidney disease.
Jenny lives and works on the ancestral lands of the Boon Wurrung/Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation and deeply respects their elders as traditional custodians of knowledge for this land.
Lauren is a qualified Naturopath (BHsc) and clinical researcher. After graduating, she began working in industry as an advisory naturopath and technical editor. Currently, Lauren is a product development manager working across a variety of projects including evidence development, formulation and product compliance whilst completing her Master of Research.
For her Master’s thesis (MRes) she investigated whether 12-weeks of Sailuotong (Ginkgo biloba, Panax ginseng and Crocus sativus) vs. placebo modulated brain wave activity in people with mild cognitive impairment.
Beginning her PhD in June 2021, Lauren will explore the potential for ketogenic therapies to prevent cognitive decline in post-menopausal women at high-risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
In 2018, Lauren volunteered with Naturopaths Without Borders, helping to provide much needed healthcare to a number of rural villages in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
Strongly supporting NHAA’s visions for the future of the profession; particularly registration and the integration of naturopaths and herbalists into public healthcare, Lauren looks forward to working towards these common goals on behalf of the membership.
Board Member Advisory Committee
One of the major responsibilities of the BMAC relates to recruitment to the Board. It is the responsibility of NHAA members to elect the Board. However as the Board’s tasks change and become ever more complex, the NHAA also needs to ensure that procedures are in place that will enable it to access members with the right mix of experience, skills and interests for Board positions, both to fill interim vacancies and to stand for election at AGMs.