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.
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
The 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 and 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.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has prepared two draft documents with the aim of promoting awareness amongst clinicians of the importance of discussing complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use with their patients. They are seeking feedback from potential users on their relevance and usability, as well as suggestions on how best to distribute this information to users. NHAA Board member Lesley Braun is is currently inputting into 2 separate submissions on this. Suggestions will include the need to be more benefit vs risk focused and include more emphasis on benefits on general. For details go to http://consultations.nhmrc.gov.au/public_consultations/resource_clinicians
At its recent meeting, Ministers forming the Standing Council on Health considered the Decision Regulatory Impact Assessment: Options for regulation of unregistered health practitioners and have agreed in principle that the best way forward is to strengthen state and territory health complaints mechanisms via a single national code of conduct and a register of prohibition orders recognised across all states and territories.
This year, we're approaching NHMW from a Grassroots level, working to promote the integral part herbal medicine plays within community health across Australia.
So come on all you herbalists - Seize the day! Have an event or celebration and let your community know you're there! It can be as big or small as you like - have a look at our NHMW page for lots of ideas and check out our Public Events Calendar for some events already listed....