December 2014

Dear Colleagues,

The ANPA has been at the forefront of every important issue affecting the profession of Naturopathy in 2014.

The Natural Therapies Review seems to have moved off the Health Minister's radar. Perhaps this is a good thing as we continue to access private health insurance rebates for our services. The private health insurers have cut-off dates that must be adhered to if there are to be any changes. I have heard nothing in this regard and will keep you informed if there are any developments.

The removal of the Health Training Package for Naturopathy was badly derailed for a number of months by one association. The good news is we are now back on track for an entry level Bachelor's for Naturopathy. Members who do not have a Bachelor's do not have to upgrade. Students enrolled in Advanced Diplomas in Naturopathy will have teach-out periods in place. ANPA is actively involved with the newly formed Degree Education Standards Collaboration (DeSC) on both the Steering Committee and the Education Sub-Committee. Our clear responsibility is to recapture the essence of our profession and never allow it to be lost. We have a golden opportunity to create these new education standards without shortchanging our tradition or evidence-based contemporary science.

In November I met with the CMA Board before their AGM. The reason for the meeting was to explore the possibility of inviting the CMA to amalgamate with the ANPA. Practitioners regularly comment on the duplicity of associations. The ANPA took the initiative by opening the door. For many years the majority of CMA members have been Naturopaths. An amalgamation would serve to strengthen the Naturopathy profession in Australia. Additional benefits for both associations would be reducing and streamlining administration expenses. There was some support from the CMA Committee, but not enough to proceed with the proposal. Perhaps this will change in the future and the ANPA remains open to the opportunity. The ANPA continues to have a very good relationship with the CMA as we serve together on various committees for the benefit of Naturopaths.

The ANPA continues to maintain very good collaborative relationships with ANTA, NHAA, CMA, AROH and the AAA. On the international stage, ANPA is in the process of joining the World Naturopathy Federation. As the unique Australian association with only Naturopaths as members, we must play our part on the world stage to progress Naturopathy internationally.   

This e-newsletter includes: a Naturopathy education update; membership of the World Naturopathy Federation; ANPA chapters - Brisbane, new Gold Coast chapter; full and student member interviews; an important research report; and a book review with special discount for ANPA members.
On that note, I wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season. I hope you are taking time out of your clinic to recharge and renew for 2015. 

Let's keep the light of Naturopathy burning bright.

Yours in good health.


Editor, ANPA President


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Full Members

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Student Members

Lesley Andrew, Lyndon Blok, Katharine Chase, Linda Hair, Bianca Holmes-Sawford, Robert James, Kylee Lawson, Lauren Martin, Rebecca McCredden, Magaret Perry, Alexandra Preston, Juliana Ribeiro, Roseanna Smith, Jayne Tauschke, Deborah Tocher, Peter Trubody and Melissa Vercoe.

October 26 2014

This year the AGM was held at the Camberwell Library in Melbourne. The morning started with an uplifting and motivating presentation by ANPA member Isabel Reis, who shares her time between her clinic in Luanda, Angola and her practice in Melbourne. Her stories of Africa and the conditions she has treated were informative, especially now that we are living in the era of Ebola and other viruses.

The AGM proceedings went smoothly. We have transitioned to a new term of office. We thank Ruth Kinsella for her support over the last year. Returning Executives are Eta Brand as President and Maria Bergamin as Treasurer. We welcome new Executive member Deb Ashton as Secretary. New ordinary members include Jennifer Goldsworthy and Michelle Crone, and Charles Antonio is a new Committee member. View Minutes, President's Report and Treasurer's Report

ANPA Professional Excellence Award

2014 Winner

Congratulations go to Rosemary Dunne, the worthy recipient of this
special honour in 2014.
Read more.



Confirmed: Naturopathy Health Training Package Removed

From the Chair Rob Bonner, TPAC, CS&HISC:
The issue of maintaining the Advanced Diplomas of Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Nutritional Medicine and Western Herbal Medicine within the Health Training Package has been the source of much debate, industry feedback and consideration over several months. Due to the level of disagreement between stakeholders at the Industry Reference Group the Training Package Advisory Committee was asked to review the issues and provide advice to the Board of CS&HISC for final decision.
Following a unanimous recommendation from the TPAC, the CS&HISC Board has made the decision to remove the Advanced Diplomas of Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Nutritional Medicine and Western Herbal Medicine from the Health Training Package in December 2015 with no extension.
The Board and staff of CS&HISC are sensitive to the need for appropriate transition arrangements and the impact of this change on students and RTOs.  The CS&HISC also recognises that these matters are largely outside of our control and we will seek urgent meetings with regulators and others to facilitate a smooth transition to the new arrangements. The removal of the Advanced Diplomas of Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Nutritional Medicine and Western Herbal Medicine will take effect in December 2015.
The ANPA, together with ANTA, NHAA, AROH, CMA and AAA, has written a response to the CS&HISC.

We have, firstly, requested an extension on the December 2015 deadline. Secondly, we have informed the Skills Council that the collaborative associations/register will be granting an extension beyond 2015 to education providers.

Many months have been wasted, and some education providers have stopped their curriculum transition planning because of the confusion created.
The ANPA is in the process of submitting our membership to the World Naturopathy Federation (WNF). They will require a payment of $3 per full ANPA member. We understand that as the only association with 100% of our members as Naturopaths, it is important for us to participate on the international stage. 

From what we can understand, Australia will only have one vote shared amongst associations. How this is to be worked out among them is yet to be determined. The ANPA is already collaborating with the other associations that represent Naturopaths. We do this very well and have a strong track record in advocacy for the whole profession. We look forward to further collaboration and participation at such an exciting time for Naturopathy. Read more.

New Graduates

Remember that ANPA offers you very special reduced membership rates. Share this with your fellow students, and contact the Office if you need any assistance with paperwork. Join here.

If your fellow students are not yet ANPA members, please encourage them. Join here.

Well done to all students for completing a demanding year. Enjoy your holidays and time for renewal.

Endeavour Vitality Days

Congratulations to winners of the lucky draw: Nichole Thompson (Gold Coast), Bianca Holmes (South Australia), Lauren Martin (Brisbane) and Andrea McMaster (Melbourne). Each winner received a cheque for $50 from the ANPA.


Dr Nirala Jacobi Workshops 2015

Seminar 1 – Sunday March 15

Naturopathic Assessment and Treatment of Digestive Disorders. Register here

Seminar 2 – Sunday May 31

Detoxification – Treating Patients in a Toxic World. Register here.

Seminar 3 – Sunday June 28

Naturopathic Assessment and Treatment of Women’s Health: Menstrual and Hormonal Disorders. Register here.

Seminar 4 – Sunday September 13

Naturopathic Assessment and Treatment of Thyroid and Adrenal Disorders. Register here.

Brisbane Facilitators for 2015

If you are based in the Brisbane area and would like to get the chapter up and running for 2015, please show your interest by contacting the Office. There are numerous ANPA full and student members in the area. Face-to-face support and sharing is powerful for those who participate. We need two members to facilitate the group. Please make contact so planning can begin now for an early start in 2015.


L to R: Jackie Paterson, Terri Stevenson (ANPA student rep), Eta Brand, Natalie Giannitsadis at a Planning Meeting

Date:      Friday January 16 2015
Venue:   Helensvale Community & Cultural Centre
Time:     6.30pm - 8.30pm
Agenda: Welcome, Naturopathy Tradition, Case Studies. 

All welcome. Please bring a plate to share.
More details.

Sunshine Coast

There are a number of ANPA members in this part of QLD. Meetings are being planned for 2015. If you would like to participate, please email Eta Brand.

Is There A Chapter Near You?

ANPA chapters can be formed by any ANPA member in any location across the country. If you are interested in setting up a chapter group to support the profession, yourself and your fellow colleagues please contact the Office. With a small amount of dedication and a vision of sharing it is easy to get a chapter group up and running. We have expertise amongst members who want to help, support and guide a successful ANPA chapter. Show your interest by emailing the Office:
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Sarah Grossemy

Why did you join ANPA?
I wanted to be with an association that supports registration and is only for Naturopaths.

Where did you train as a Naturopath?
Southern Cross University.
When did you qualify?

How many years have you been in practice?
One year.
What motivated you to become a Naturopath?
I have always wanted to help people and doing that with natural things like herbs and nutrition really appealed to me as they do not have the unwanted side effects of pharmaceuticals. 

Is this still the same nowadays as compared to when you first began?
Yes, but I feel stronger about getting the good word out in public about what Naturopaths actually do, and fix the skewed view society has.
What modalities do you use in your practice? Have they changed over time?
I use predominately nutrition, but herbs and massage are also part of my treatments.
Do you have a vision for Naturopathy in Australia?
I would like to see Naturopathy more accepted here like it is in America or Europe, with more working together with other professions.
What are your interests besides Naturopathy?
Psychology, nutrition, research for the profession.
What words of wisdom would you share with a new graduate Naturopath?
That we can all be successful if you manage your time well enough and try as hard as you can to achieve what you want. Also, word of mouth is one of the most powerful marketing tools in the profession. 

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Research Report

New research commissioned by the ASMI (Australian Self Medication Industry) highlights how we as Naturopaths can make a significant difference in reducing the health burden in dollar terms. See the paper published by Frost & Sullivan: Targeted Use of Complementary Medicines: Potential Health Care Outcomes & Cost Savings In Australia.

The research covers six complementary medicines and four disease states: Osteoporosis, Cardiovascular disease, Age-related Macular Degeneration and Major Depression. It is a significant report and well worth the read. We as Naturopaths are perfectly placed to highlight this information to our clients and in our clinic newsletters. Government health agencies cannot ignore this information. Our PBS should be subsidising these cost savings as a matter of urgency. If the Treasurer is looking to minimise cost blowouts in health care, here is a very good place to start. Read here.

Vicki Hipwell

Why did you join ANPA?
As I am going to be a Naturopath, I wanted to be a member of an association that is going to be focused on my needs as a Naturopath. I wanted to join as a student so I can get involved in the field and network and keep up to date with all that is happening in the area. I also want to lend my voice if there are issues that need to be addressed.

Where are you training?
Endeavour College of Natural Health, Adelaide. 
What is your program of study?
I'm in the first year of a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy).
Do you have any other formal education?
Diploma of Business & Certificate IV in Public Relations. I'm also currently studying yoga teaching with an emphasis on children’s yoga.
Why have you chosen to study Naturopathy?
Having my daughter has really cemented my want to study Naturopathy. I want to be able to show her ways of helping and healing her body naturally and to be able to show her there is another way apart from conventional medicine. I have always wanted to be in a role where I can help people and to do it naturally is so important for me. There have also been many times in my life that friends or family members could not get the help they needed from conventional medicine.  All of this and more has led me to study Naturopathy.

What are the aspects of your study that you enjoy?
I love learning anything about herbal medicine and how the body works. It's fascinating!
What aspects of your study could you see improved?
It's hard to say as I am only at the beginning of my study.
What have you discovered that you weren’t aware of before you started your studies?
So much! How vast and varied this field really is.
Where do you see yourself in five years' time? 
In five years time I see myself either having my own clinic or working in a multi-modality clinic.
Do you have any special interest areas?
Children’s health and mental health, but I am sure as the course progresses I’ll open to many other areas.
Any comments about registration for naturopaths?
I am only just beginning to find out more about registration for Naturopaths and from what I have seen and read I believe registration is definitely something that is needed.
Are you involved in an ANPA chapter?
No, but I would like to be in the future.
Any tips for survival with a demanding study load and often working to pay your way through the program?
Organisation! Try to do a little bit as you go, don’t leave it til the last minute! (If anyone else has tips on that, please let me know ;)  )  Even if you have no idea what to write, just start with what you know and the rest will follow. 
BOOK REVIEW by Eta Brand

Clinical Naturopathy 2e

An evidence-based guide to practice

ISBN 978-0-7295-4173-2

Jerome Sarris & John Wardle

This is essential for the bookshelf of any student or graduated Naturopath. It is an easy-to-read and practical guide by numerous contributors, most of whom are Naturopaths.The contents reveal a broad range of topics that Naturopaths encounter in clinic. The first three sections address naturopathic case taking, naturopathic diagnostic techniques and wellness, lifestyle and preventive medicine. The detailed history of our practice is useful, as is the description of our ‘patient-centred approach’ which assumes that each patient is unique. The section on Vitalism and Holism is well done, and I like the table showing the stages of disease. 

On the other hand, more detail could have been provide for the six foundational principles. They are integral to our practice and many newer graduated practitioners seem to have missed out on this core and fundamental underpinning of our profession. I feel the lack of case studies detracts from the book. While I do not agree with ‘how to’ cookbook approaches, when case studies are applied in the right context, they can inform and be helpful for practitioners. The book does not include the therapeutic order - the overarching model for case management for Naturopaths that links to the six foundational principles. Perhaps the authors can include this in the next edition. I like the discussion of novice and experienced Naturopaths; however, I think it is a generalisation to say that novice Naturopaths use learned protocols.  

I would highly recommend this book for all Naturopaths. We can be proud that Australia has made such a significant contribution internationally in the publication of the second edition of Clinical Naturopathy.

Buy the book and receive a 15% discount. Quote the code ANPA15 and your ANPA membership number. Go to Elsevier.
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