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Welcome to the NHAA

Founded in 1920, we are Australia‚Äôs 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

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 

Federal budget bonuses for small business

Small business was highlighted in the recent federal budget, with a couple of points that may be of particular interest: 

  • Unincorporated businesses such as sole traders and partnerships with annual turnover up to $2 million will get a 5% tax discount (capped at $1000) through their year-end tax returns from 1 July, 2015
  • Small businesses with a turnover up to $2 million get an immediate tax deduction for any individual assets they buy costing less than $20,000 (currently the threshold sits at $1000). This $20,000 limit applies to each individual item and small businesses can apply this rule to as many individual items as they wish. This starts from Budget night and runs until the end of June 2017

For more details and other benefits, see the Budget 2015 website or talk to your accountant.

National Code of Conduct to be implemented

A recent meeting of the Federal, State and Territory Health Ministers considered the final report A National Code of Conduct for health care workers and the results of a national consultation on standards of conduct for all health care workers who are not registered under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health practitioners. This includes naturopaths and western herbal medicine practitioners.

The Health Ministers agreed to the terms of the first National Code of Conduct for health care workers. This Code, once implemented, will set standards of conduct and practice for all unregistered health care workers. Ministers agreed that jurisdictions would now examine the implementation of the National Code and code-regulation regime. For more details see http://www.coaghealthcouncil.gov.au/Announcements

Conference recordings now available

20140613-NHAA-IC-Online-banner-smallRecordings from the 9th International Conference on Herbal Medicine are now available. Great speakers and topics at seriously good prices - theres even an Early Bird special until the end of June. 

For all the details and the order form go to our Notes & Recordings page.

Media from the 9th International Conference

Journalist Charlotte Mutoro attended the 9th International Conference on Herbal Medicine and interviewed several of the speakers:

International Conference sets standard: http://megaphoneoz.com/international-health-conference-sets-standard/ 

Common garden weeds can be medicinal: http://megaphoneoz.com/common-garden-weeds-can-be-medicinal/ 

Ebola not the only exotic disease that could strike: http://megaphoneoz.com/ebola-not-the-only-exotic-disease-that-could-strike/

More From NHAA...

  1. Teach out period extended for Advanced Diplomas
  2. 9th International Conference an inspiring success
  3. Confirmation of removal of Adv Dip WHM & Nat
  4. Changes to qualifications for Western herbal medicine and naturopathy
  5. Combined PI / PL policy for NHAA members

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