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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 mission is to serve and support our membership and promote and protect the profession and practice of Western herbal medicine.

We have a range of membership options for professionals, interested parties and students and our members have access to great resources such as Natural Standard databases, 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

Sue Dean

Sue Dean

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Sue Dean, one of our esteemed Fellows and past President of the NHAA, has passed away from breast cancer.

Sue passed peacefully on Sunday March 9. Her last few months were spent with her family and she had also taken the opportunity to say goodbye to many friends and colleagues over this time. 

We extend our deepest sympathies to Sue's family. Please forward any condolences to the office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will ensure they are passed on.

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Recently, information has been released by a number of organisations to practitioners regarding ARONAH (the Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists). Mostly this is around the issues associated with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) review of their criteria for Therapeutic Goods Advertising Exemption (read more about the TGA Advertising Consultation).

The amount of information has led to some confusion and concern and ARONAH have now released a Communication to Practitioners to help clarify the issues raised. The NHAA Board is monitoring the situation closely. We are in communication with ARONAH and other industry bodies and will release a statement with more detail in the new year.

NHAA 2013 Award winner announced

We are pleased to annnounce that our 2013 NHAA Special Award goes to Elizabeth d'Avigdor for her work on the Botanica Ethiopia Living Pharmacy project. 

Proudly nominated by Despina Lord, an NHAA full member who works with Elizabeth at Blackmore's, Despina says she was inspired by Elizabeth's work with Ethiopia Botanica "which has researched traditional herbal medicine use and herbs in Ethiopia. This knowledge is now being put to use in Ethiopia with the establishment of a herbal medicine garden"

Congratulations to Elizabeth on the vital role this project plays in preserving, sharing and documenting traditional medicine knowledge and practices. For more information about the Botanica Ethiopia project, see the website http://botanicaethiopia.com 

Happy Birthday to Us! 93 Years and counting...

93 in flowersThe NHAA is officially 93 years old! Registered on the 21st day of August in 1920 we have always worked tirelessly to help make herbal medicine an integral part of the healthcare of Australia. As early as 1926, as the National Herbalists Assoc of NSW, we were preparing the Medico Botanic and Eclectic Practitioners Bill to go before Parliament with the aim of protecting and regulating the "business of Herbalists andBday cake greenpurple Eclectics". Today we are as passionate and dedicated as ever and have seen our profession grow and flourish and overcome many obstacles and milestones along the way. We continue to be proud to represent the practice of herbal and naturopathic medicine and work towards making it accessible to all.         

More From NHAA...

  1. NHMRC CAM Guide for Clinicians
  2. Agreement re National Code of Conduct for unregistered health practitioners
  3. National Herbal Medicine Week!
  4. TGA Pharmacy Compounding Proposal
  5. New! Research Section

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