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Welcome to the NHAA

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 Vision is to:

  • Enable practitioners and the practice of herbal and naturopathic medicine to become fully integrated into the primary healthcare system in Australia;
  • Make herbal and naturopathic medicine accessible to all;
  • Maintain the integrity of the profession;
  • Continue to promote the standards and quality of education, of the profession;
  • Make greater career opportunities and research pathways for herbalists and naturopaths;
  • Continue the integration of traditional medicine and evolving science.   

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

Call for Expressions of Interest for the Board of Directors

Did you know that the NHAA’s Board is entirely voluntary? All of the direction, responsibility and motivation behind what this Association achieves professionally and in industry is driven by a small group of highly skilled, passionate and unpaid members. Reflect on that for just a moment...

The NHAA is currently seeking suitably qualified and enthusiastic people to stand for nomination to the Board of Directors and are also looking for a Company Secretary, preferably with some financial background and/or qualifications. The Company Secretary works closely with the Board although they are not a Director.

Read more: Call for Expressions of Interest for the Board of Directors

Media release: CAM use by Australian women with menopausal symptoms

Statement from NHAA regarding prevalence of CAM use and visits to CAM practitioners for Australian women aged 40-65 years with menopausal symptoms. Download the pdf of this release

Naturopaths and Herbalists have a strong history of supporting women through all life stages through the use of diet and lifestyle advice as well as informed use of herbal medicine and nutritional supplements. 

The NHAA is proud to represent highly qualified and respected practitioners who deliver high quality care for their clients.

The quality of plant based medicines and nutritional supplements must be of the highest standard in line with Australian Government requirements and the NHAA supports measures that ensure consistency and quality of products available in Australia.

Read more: Media release: CAM use by Australian women with menopausal symptoms

MEDIA RELEASE 10 July 2015: Peak naturopathic association calls for government regulation

Australia’s oldest complementary medicine association, NHAA, has renewed its bid for government regulation for the Naturopathic and Herbal Medicine professions.

The NHAA has long been, and continues to be, strongly in favour of regulation of the profession of naturopathy and herbal medicine through statutory registration.  “There must be confidence when someone calls themselves a naturopath or herbal medicine practitioner” said Leah Hechtman, President of the NHAA, “education and licensing requirements exist that not only protect the public but maintain the integrity of our ethical practitioners.”

Read more: MEDIA RELEASE 10 July 2015: Peak naturopathic association calls for government regulation

Our Office has Moved

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The NHAA office has moved to a newer, more convenient location. We reopen next  Monday 6 July at 3/2-4 Holden St, Ashfield NSW 2131 

Postal address: PO Box 696, Ashfield NSW 1800

New Ph: 02 9797 2244. Fax and emails remain the same.

TGA recall of Niuhuang Jiedu tablets

Well Herb, in consultation with the TGA, is recalling a batch of High Strength Niuhuang Jiedu tablets (bottle of 60) because it has been found to contain arsenic at an unacceptably high level, which may create a risk of serious illness, particularly with continuous long-term use. Symptoms of arsenic toxicity include vomiting and diarrhoea, and in more severe cases fever, skin rash, cardiac arrhythmia and kidney failure. The affected batch, which represents all the product currently in the Australian market, is batch number SJ1220 - expiry date Dec 2017. For details go to https://www.tga.gov.au/alert/niuhuang-jiedu-tablets-high-strength-bottle-60 

More From NHAA...

  1. Federal budget bonuses for small business
  2. National Code of Conduct to be implemented
  3. Conference recordings now available
  4. Media from the 9th International Conference
  5. Teach out period extended for Advanced Diplomas

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