December 2018
ANPA Office
TGA certificates for 2019 will be mailed to full members on the 15th of December. Remember the office is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday each week. Call if you need any support or information. We are happy to help. If you have any issues you would like raised at committee meetings, your agenda item can easily be included. If there are services you would like to see ANPA offer you, that we do not offer yet, let us know and we will investigate. We are here for you, our members.


A special welcome to new ANPA Members

Full members:

Benita Delpech and Ruby Wardlaw-Stingel.

Student Members:

Olivier Francois and Kylie Ludeke.
Support Calls
If you are a new graduate ANPA member, you are invited to join the monthly support teleconference call. If you missed the last few, catch up here.

January 30th, 12:00pm Melbourne time.

Topic: Referrals and Reaching Out to GPs
Presenter: Marta Browne

February 27th, 12:00pm Melbourne time.

Topic: Why Buteyko Method has been Helpful in Practice
Presenter: Brigitte Bennet
ANPA Media
On Tuesday, the 20th of November, Eta Brand, ANPA President, (panellist in the Natural Therapies Review) was interviewed on the ABC Radio National Life Matters program about the proposed removal of private health insurance rebates for natural therapies.

Listen here. Know that the program director was contacted about the right of reply to the last comment made by Prof Ken Harvey about Naturopathic education.

Your comments here.

Thank you.
The ANPA has set up a petition to save our Private Health Insurance rebates. Go to this link and send it to as many people in your networks as possible. Send the link to your patients. We want to see many signed up to make a very big show of support to get the Minister of Health and the CEO of Private Health Australia (umbrella organisation) for all the Private Health Insurers to revoke their poor decision to remove rebates. Go to the Petition.

October 12th & 13th 2018

Eta Brand, ANPA President

It was a privilege and a pleasure to attend this gathering. The first day was started with a welcome by Dr Jim Sensenig, founder of the Natural Medicine Institute.  This was then followed by a presentation delivered by Dr Jared Zeff, author of the well known and often quoted research paper The Therapeutic Order. His talk was titled ‘Therapeutic Order in Practice’. He highlighted how we need to use this order in our thinking and practice. This order underpins our case taking, guides and informs our treatment plans as well as the ongoing care of our patients. I look forward to Dr Zeff offering ANPA members a webinar on this very important topic in 2019. The next two presentations were about ‘Assessing Digestive Health”, central to what we do as Naturopaths. The afternoon session was focused on hands-on training, Tongue and Pulse, Chapman Points, Acoustic Cardiograph, Calcium cuff testing (see photo), and the Achilles reflex. This session was led by Dr Daniel Young, Dr Letitia Dick-Kronenburg and Dr Jared Zeff.

Calcium cuff test
The Calcium Cuff test being demonstrated by Dr Dick-Kronenburg.

Day 2 was devoted entirely to Homoeopathy. Dr Eli Camp and Dr Aviva Wertkin gave a spectacular presentation on ‘Foundations of Homoeopathy’. This presentation was inspiring and motivating especially if you, like me, have some reservations about how challenging it can be to identify the ‘right’ remedy. Excellent flow charts on the process of determining a remedy and how to manage the case were so cleverly created. Many lose the case because the follow up is poorly managed. The next presentation was brilliant, where some of the elders demonstrated taking the case. There were different styles with some critical points in what kind of information is essential to glean first up, using two volunteers from the audience. The second was a mom and her ‘out of control’ kid who could not would not sit still. Hilarious and brilliant in showcasing how to observe closely to get the symptom picture from the verbals as well as the non-verbals, especially in children. There were valuable contributions from panels at the end of each day. Open-hearted sharing of clinical pearls to ensure the continuity of our naturopathic heritage.

I want ANPA full members to join up with the NMI in 2019. Watch out for a dedicated email to explain how you can take advantage of a series of special ANPA member only membership options.

Dr Kerryn Phelps, New Member for Wentworth

Sent on the 19th of November, 2018. We are awaiting a response.

Marcus Blackmore

Sent on the 30th of November, 2018. Letter of congratulation on his donation of 10 million dollars to Southern Cross University for post-graduate research in Naturopathy. We are awaiting a response.
Mathew Allan

Matthew Allan

Where did you train as a Naturopath, and when did you qualify?
I trained with The Australian Institute of Applied Sciences. I started in 2006 and graduated in 2010.
I  hit the ground running straight after graduation. I have been in practice for about eight years.
What led to your joining ANPA?
ANPA is very involved with its members; plus the website is modern and progressive. Also, the support staff are always helpful and friendly. It feels good to be involved with a professional organisation that is moving forward.

Marta Browne

Substance Addiction – An Integrative Approach

Marta Browne, ANPA Secretary


Addiction treatment is rarely straightforward, but an integrative approach maximises the chance of success by utilising a variety of techniques. This encompasses psychological therapy, nutritional guidance, lifestyle management and appropriate prescribing.

Conventional treatment
Addiction treatment varies considerably depending on the substance or habit to be modified, as well as the person guiding the treatment. However, most medical professionals will recommend a combination of psychological therapy and medication, often including analgesics, anti-depressants, anxiolytics or sedatives. Replacement medications, such as methadone in opioid addiction, are sometimes prescribed in combination with these. Treatment success varies considerably, although approaches that utilise multiple treatment options generally have a greater success rate than a single-method approach.

SP is a 23-year-old female call centre worker with drug, alcohol and tobacco dependence, presenting initially for purely physical complaints.

Olivier François

Olivier François

Tell us about your study program? 
I am currently in my second year of study for the Bachelor of Health Science – Naturopathy, at the Endeavour College of Natural Health in Melbourne. I also have an Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Certificate III in Commercial Cooking.
Why have you chosen to study Naturopathy?
Honestly, I would say that this modality has chosen me; the events and experiences of my life have lead me there. I have personally witnessed the healing power of nature which made me more aware; since then I started looking at health in a holistic way. The clarity and awareness gained from that, I believe, is to be shared with whoever is ready to re-establish a state of wellbeing. My grandmother and my great-grandmother on both maternal and paternal sides were traditional healers, mainly herbalists. According to traditional culture, my parents told me it is believed that healing is a gift passed on to the next generation.

Xmas 2018
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