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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. 

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Contribute to the AJHM

The Australian Journal of Herbal Medicine publishes material on all aspects of herbal medicine with emphasis on the philosophy of Western herbal medicine and the phytochemistry, pharmacology and clinical applications of medicinal plants.

Contributions to the Journal are welcome. Categories include:

  • Letter to the Editor - word count: up to 1000 words.
  • Commentary/discussion pieces - issues of significant interest to practitioners and researchers in the field of complementary medicine. Word count: up to 2500 words.
  • Original research articles - this section contains empirical research. Word count: up to 3500 words.
  • Review articles - literature reviews, systematic reviews. Word count: up to 5000 words.
  • Global dispensary - articles from other cultures or traditions. Word count: up to 3500 words for empirical research and 5000 for review articles. 
  • Case study - a detailed exploration of an interesting case or a case series. Word count: up to 2500 for a case study and 3500 for a case series. For more detail see Writing for publication - case studies.  
  • Materia medica - covering all aspects of medicinal plants. Word count: up to 3500 words.
  • Book reviews - new books of interest to herbalists, naturopaths, integrated medical practitioners and researchers. Word count: up to 1000 words.  

Topics for feature articles include: 

  • All clinical conditions
  • Clinical trials
  • Quality and safety of medicines
  • Monographs
  • Evidence based practice
  • Traditional use and philosophy
  • Education
  • Growing and manufacturing
  • Sustainability and the environment, social impact
  • Public health
  • Professional practice and policy

Quick links

Information on how to present case studies: Writing for publication - case studies

Instructions for authors: AJHM manuscript submission guidelines      

Contact the Editor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Editorial policy

  • Subject material must relate to herbal medicine and its scope of practice.
  • Manuscripts are submitted with the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere or are under consideration for publication elsewhere except in the form of an abstract.
  • Accepted manuscripts become the property of the Australian Journal of Herbal Medicine and will be copyrighted by the National Herbalists Association of Australia.
  • Contributions are subject to peer review and editing.
  • Any author whose name appears on the manuscript assumes responsibility and accountability for the final published manuscript.
  • By submitting a manuscript to the Australian Journal of Herbal Medicine the author/s agrees to each of the above conditions.

Peer review

  • All feature articles will be reviewed by two independent peer reviewers.
  • Reviewed articles will be returned to the author for modification if required.

Contribution requirements

  • Files should be saved as a Word document, emailed to the Editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as a complete version.
  • All graphs, tables and pictures not in Word form must be included as .tif or .jpeg quality files or as a high resolution pdf.
  • All statements must be referenced and a full reference list must be included. If the statement is the author’s observation or opinion this should be made clear.
  • All statements should be of a professional nature and exclude any inflammatory, derogatory or other inappropriate style of writing.
  • An abstract of the paper should be included and should be no longer than 250 words.
  • Botanical names must be used in the first appearance, thereafter either the botanical or common name can be used.
  • Please refer to the AJHM manuscript submission guidelines  for more details. 

Submissions

Please send all submissions to the Editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.