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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

Labor Party Plan to Stop Rebates for Natural Therapies

You may be aware that the Labor Party has announced their policy to stop rebates for Natural Therapies if they are elected on July 2, 2016.

There has been much discussion on this topic.  The NHAA would like to clarify some facts and our understanding of the potential impact should this policy be enacted.

Read more: Labor Party Plan to Stop Rebates for Natural Therapies

AJHM looking for a new Editor

Our amazing Editor, Jane Frawley, is moving on, so we are seeking to contract an appropriately qualified and experienced individual to fill the position of Editor for the Australian Journal of Herbal Medicine.  We would love to hear from you if you are interested or if you know someone who would be perfect for the job please do forward on this information.

Read all the details:AJHM Editor Advertisment

Honorary Treasurer / Director needed

We are currently seeking a qualified chartered accountant or certified practising accountant to be a volunteer director assuming the Treasurer portfolio on the NHAA Board. An average time commitment of 5 hours per week would be required - please click on the link below for more details and how to apply. Closing date Wed 11th May 2016.

Read more: Honorary Treasurer / Director needed

Re herbal supplements lead to hepatic & renal transplantation ABC news online 1/3/16

A recent article in ABC News online described six cases of liver and renal failure ascribed to herbal supplements. While these extremely sad instances of illness are said to be due to a specific class of therapeutic product, there are several aspects to the ABC report that require clarification.

Read more: Re herbal supplements lead to hepatic & renal transplantation ABC news online 1/3/16

Re RACGP 'Just say no to naturopath test requests' Aust Doctor 23/2/16

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) issued a statement via the Australian Doctor on 23 Feb recommending their members refuse patient test requests from naturopathic practitioners. The rationale underlying this position is based on protection of members from medico-legal and financial risk that may arise from liability, litigation, or test rebate fees, as well as perceptions of patient safety. A template letter has been developed by the RACGP to send to practitioners outlining reasons for the rejection of such requests for patient testing.   

Read more: Re RACGP 'Just say no to naturopath test requests' Aust Doctor 23/2/16

More From NHAA...

  1. New President & Vice President
  2. Conference Images Available
  3. TGA adds Arjuna, Maca and others as suitable for listed medicines
  4. AJHM Editor appointed as Research Fellow
  5. Media release: CAM use by Australian women with menopausal symptoms

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