2019 11th NHAA International Conference

 

 

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

Poisons Standard Scheduling of Herbs that contain Arbutin

Has there been a recent change to the Scheduling of arbutin and arbutin-containing herbs?

No. The change occurred in 2010. There is a TGA administrative follow-through on previous Scheduling decisions about the chemical substance hydroquinone and related substances found in certain herbs. Arbutin is included as a cross-reference to hydroquinone in the Appendices to the Poisons Standard and is affected by this follow-up. Therefore, the TGA is correct in communicating there is ‘no change’ in the Scheduling of arbutin-containing herbs per se. What has changed, is the TGA’s follow through and further analysis on arbutin-containing herbs, such as Arctostaphylosuva-ursi folium (bearberry leaf), and how they are to be captured by this rescheduling...

Please click here to read the full resource document.

Naturopaths call for government regulation in the name of public safety

Australia’s oldest complementary medicine association, the NHAA, has renewed its bid for government regulation for the Naturopathic and Herbal Medicine professions.

The Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA) has long been, and continues to be, strongly in favour of regulation of the profession of naturopathy and herbal medicine through statutory registration. “The public must have confidence that when someone calls themselves a naturopath or herbal medicine practitioner” said Natalie Cook, President of the NHAA, “the education and licensing requirements exist which not only protect the public but maintain the integrity of our ethical practitioners.”

“This same level of protection is something we take for granted in many health professions like doctors and dentists, but also Chinese Medicine Practitioners. Now naturopaths and herbal medicine practitioners are renewing their call for the same type of government controlled checks and balances through statutory regulation.” Currently the professional associations take on the role of not only providing member support and services, but also that of quasi regulators. There are however many associations with differing standards and requirements and Australia’s most respected practitioners are calling for a national licencing board. Ms Cook said, “The NHAA already ensures its standards are in line with those set by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as one of many actions we hope will allow this to happen sooner than later.”

What we have seen this week, is that the current system is clearly not enough and we are calling on the Federal Health Minister to open pathways for new professions to apply to be regulated under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme. The professions of Naturopathy and herbal medicine have been assessed against the requirements by previous government reviews, have been found to meet the requirements and yet remain unregistered. Naturopaths in Australia are required to complete a 4 year degree with a strong foundation in biological sciences to meet requirements for practice. However, “When someone with no recognised training in naturopathy is able to claim to be a naturopath and then be found to cause harm in doing so, the whole profession is unfairly tarnished”. The NHAA has been setting standards for the industry since 1920. Protection of title and compulsory registration of practitioners will help ensure these high standards are maintained.

Natalie Cook
NHAA President

Government announces PHI reforms

Today, the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, announced a series of reforms to private health insurance; http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2017-hunt106.htm. Included in this announcement is the proposed removal of private health insurance providing rebates for natural therapies including herbalism and naturopathy from 2019.

This announcement comes after a recent Review by the former Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer on Private Health Insurance for Natural Therapies.

The NHAA exists to support Western Herbal Medicine and Naturopathy practitioners and is strongly against the proposed reform. The NHAA is providing a response to the Minister for Health and is working closely with stakeholders to support a united front on this matter.

As this announcement is breaking news the NHAA is in communication with Government and stakeholders to better understand the detail of these proposed changes. We will provide further updates on this matter.

Natalie Cook

NHAA President

Upcoming AGM & Nomination Results

Information for Members

Upcoming Annual General Meeting

Our Board elections will take place at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday 18 October 2017 at 7.30pm (AEDT). The AGM will again be conducted online via a webinar to allow more members to participate. Members have been emailed with details on how to register for this event.

Below are the results of the call for nominations to be voted on at the AGM. Click here for the Proxy Form for those members who wish to vote but cannot be present at the AGM.

Read more: Upcoming AGM & Nomination Results

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More From NHAA...

  1. Name change to Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia
  2. Call for Abstracts for the NHAA 2017 Conference
  3. Labor Party Plan to Stop Rebates for Natural Therapies
  4. Re herbal supplements lead to hepatic & renal transplantation ABC news online 1/3/16
  5. Re RACGP 'Just say no to naturopath test requests' Aust Doctor 23/2/16

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