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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, 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

New President & Vice President

Introducing our new President, Natalie Cook and new Vice President, Tobey-Ann Pinder.

Speaking to all members, Natalie Cook says "We have a great board with representation from regional and city areas across 3 states of Australia that brings a real diversity of skills and experience.  I am honoured to have been given this opportunity and look forward to working with you to ensure the NHAA is the best it can be.”

Vice President Tobey-Ann says "I am excited, motivated and honoured to be the Vice President of the NHAA Board of Directors so I may continue to make a positive impact to the association and the profession".

See more information on the Board of Directors and individual Board Members.

Conference Images Available

20140613-NHAA-IC-Online-banner-smallImages from our 9th International Conference on Herbal Medicine earlier this year are now available for viewing and download.

Browse all 2015 Conference Images

TGA adds Arjuna, Maca and others as suitable for listed medicines

Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA) has announced that 10 new ingredients have been assessed by the TGA as suitable for use in listed medicines. This includes 4 herbs: Terminalia arjuna (Arjuna); Berberis aristata (Indian Barberry or Tree Turmeric); Lepidium meyenii (Maca); Trachyspermum ammi (Bishops weed or Ajwain).

Read the full Alert.

AJHM Editor appointed as Research Fellow

Dr Jane Frawley, Editor of the NHAA Australian Journal of Herbal Medicine, has been appointed by ARCCIM as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Dr Frawley is currently working on an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project drawing upon the 45 and Up Study at the Sax Institute to examine women’s use of informal health care for five chronic health conditions. 

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

More From NHAA...

  1. MEDIA RELEASE 10 July 2015: Peak naturopathic association calls for government regulation
  2. Our Office has Moved
  3. TGA recall of Niuhuang Jiedu tablets
  4. Federal budget bonuses for small business
  5. National Code of Conduct to be implemented

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