April 2012

Dear Colleagues,

It is always encouraging to see how ANPA membership is growing. Each edition of this newsletter celebrates new members participating and choosing to support the efforts of the ANPA. We must be getting some things right!

I am going to challenge each ANPA member to sponsor a new member before the end of June 2012. Talk to other naturopaths, I know I do whenever I attend trainings and seminars. Let them know what we have on offer! If you are not sure take their details and Linda in our office can follow up to support your efforts. Remember there are special pro-rata rates for new graduate members and other membership categories » Link. Our chapters continue to provide support, networking and education for members and non-members alike.

This edition of our e-newsletter includes: Highlights from the ANPA President’s recent trip to Bangalore, India to attend the 1st International Conference on Yoga and Naturopathy (Feb 9 – 13), a Full Member interview, Chapter News with upcoming Events, PR opportunities for ANPA at Trade Days in Adelaide and Brisbane, National Representation on the ANPA Committee, Media and the ANPA online Survey.

At our recent March committee meeting it was agreed to investigate upgrading our payment systems for new members as well as for renewals. Our plan is to offer online payments via the ANPA website as well as direct payment options via online banking. I will report back to you as soon as these options are in place.

Good News! The ANPA committee have also made a commitment to hold the first ANPA National Conference 25th - 27th October 2013 in the Macedon Ranges, Victoria. Our planning has started in earnest. Our vision is to create a ‘not to miss event’ in the calendar of all naturopaths and naturopathy supporters. We are calling for abstracts and want to offer a variety of interesting topics with good speakers. Abstract submissions: Title - 15 words or less, Abstract - 250 words submitted to admin@anpa.asn.au in a word document attachment by no later than Friday 14th April 2012.

We will keep you posted as more detailed information on the conference becomes available.

Let’s keep the light of naturopathy burning bright.

Yours in good health.


Eta Brand
Editor, ANPA President

Thank you!

  • Linda in the office would like to thank members who are promptly sending in their renewed first aid/insurance certificates.

    We have streamlined our reminder system. A reminder will be emailed one month before your Professional Indemnity Insurance expires and two months before your First Aid expires.

A Special Welcome to New ANPA Members!

Full members
Tanya Bourne, Lucas Georgiadis, Fiona Green, Sophie Shields-Brown, Deepu Vasumathy, Sarina Vecchio, Amanda Wright, Arin Zaria.

Student members
Mihails Baharevs, Gundalina Balston, Holly Banes, Jasmin Bischoff, Alison Bowler, Amy Bowman, Alexander Bowyer, Janette Bridger, Loretta Bryson, Melinda Burdon, Ross Butler, Briony Calarco, Lauren Carlish, Lynette Coxhead, Phoebe Cupples, Sarah Curtis, Kerryn Dingey, Sally Dorsett, Sonia Foord, Alexandra Fox, Sheridan Harvey, Lucinda Hawkins, Natasha Hilton, Simone Holzapfel, Kum Hoong Or, Diane Jurcola, Beth Kavanagh, Rachael Kennedy, Emma Lanera, Racheal Lee, Jonene Lethby, Danielle Lott, Alyson Maier, Perrie Massouras, Amanda McDonald, Melissa Mcfarlane, Helena Morland, Monique Price, Davina Reid, Anita Rimland, Indigo Rodrigues, Kaylene Ryan, Catherine Saltzer, Gae Scott, Abby Simmonds, Holly Simpson, Kylie Snell, Kylie Sorensen, Belinda Survilla, Jayne Tauschke, Cindy Taylor, Amelia Tharmin, Cheryl Warren, Debbie Webb, Siow Wei Tee, Crystal Whitney, Holly Wild, Sarah Wollner, Maria Woodend, Brooke Worthy.

1st International Conference on Yoga and Naturopathy (ICYN 2012) Bangalore, India

Eta Brand, ANPA President

I was honoured to be invited to represent our association and naturopathy from Australia at the ICYN 2012 conference from February 9 – 13th 2012. The ICYN was sponsored by the state of Karnataka’s Department of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy).

ICYN 2012 Main Entrance

ICYN 2012 Main Entrance

The theme for the conference was ‘Yoga and Naturopathy for Holistic Health’. The conference ran 5 parallel tracks over 3 days. There were plenary sessions in the mornings followed by Education, Research and two Advocacy tracks; one in Hindi and one in Kannada (the official language of Karnataka state in India) as well as posters on display. The AROGYA expo next to the conference halls highlighted many products and services. The focus of the conference was to create a global platform for intellectual exchange to strengthen the evidence based practice of Yoga and Naturopathy. My presentation was titled: Naturopathy in Australia: Education and Current Issues. There was great interest with many questions after the presentation about naturopathy downunder.

ICYN 2012 Education Track Presentation

ICYN 2012 Education Track Presentation

Each day overseas delegates were invited to enjoy delicious traditional vegetarian food for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the VIP marquee. This was a great meeting place for networking and sharing of ideas.

In India naturopathy is practiced as a drugless therapy, no herbal or nutritional medicine or homeopathy. Yoga is also a drugless therapy and so these two disciplines are taught together as a Bachelor of Yoga and Naturopathy Science degree (BYNS). The bachelors program is five and a half years including a final clinical year. This degree status is equivalent to that of a conventional medical practitioner in India. There are 12 universities across India that offer the BYNS degree.

The conference was attended by 5000 delegates representing more than 32 countries with 200 speakers, chairpersons, panellists and judges. At the opening ceremony I was called to the stage to receive a commemorative plaque shown in the photo below.

ICYN Feb 2012 Opening Ceremony

ICYN Feb 2012 Opening Ceremony

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ANPA Full Member Interview

Margaret Nolan

Margaret Nolan - Melbourne

Where did you train as a naturopath?

I trained at The Australian College of Natural Medicine in Hartwell, Melbourne.

When did you qualify?

I commenced Naturopathic study in 1996 and finished December 1999, graduating in March 2000.

How many years have you been in practice?

As a Naturopath since completing my studies in 2000. Although, I already was a Qualified Masseur with an established business.

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ANPA Chapters

Brisbane Chapter - Guest Presentation
Date: Friday 27th April 2012
Topic: Social Media: How it can benefit your practice
Presenter: Julie Mason, Social Media Strategist, Social Media Consultant, Trainer, Author & Speaker.

Julie Mason aka The Social Media Princess helps businesses to build an engaging and profitable online presence using social media. Julie worked for over 19 years (including 9 years in aromatherapy sales) helping companies grow using more traditional offline methods of sales and marketing. Realising the potential of the internet, Julie studied extensively methods of social media, affiliate-marketing, pay per click advertising, search engine optimisation and web design. With her wealth of knowledge in off-line sales and marketing, she helps clients build online marketing messages that generate leads and improved profits. Her customers include Natural Therapy Practitioners, Brisbane Airport, BHP Billiton, Gold Coast City Council, The Construction Industry Unions of NSW & ACT, Ericsson and Myer, just to name a few.

Time: 6.30pm - 9.30pm Please bring a plate to share
Venue: 151 Boundary Rd, Bardon
Fee: $8 ANPA members $10 non-ANPA members $5 Students
Must RSVP to: admin@anpa.asn.au by 12 noon, Wednesday 25th April. Limited places.
Contact on the day: Eta Brand naturopath.imatcp@westnet.com.au
or 0411 637 186

Melbourne Chapter

Melbourne Chapter Planning Group

The Melbourne Chapter is meeting regularly and invite naturopaths to participate and enjoy learning, networking, sharing and support. The planning committee (seen here L-R Rosemary Dunne, Bronwyn Stewart, Margaret Nolan, Margaret Crutch, Melissa Rolfe) are pleased to be hosting a guest seminar with an Indigenous theme.

Melbourne Chapter - Guest Presentation

David Fitts

Presenter: David Fitts

David started his connection with the Central Desert Communities in the Northern Territory in 2003. Since then he has returned for periods of 10 days to 2 weeks twice or more times a year. The language spoken is Eastern Arrente. The weather is a determining factor in planning a trip. Mid-Summer is too hot (48°C) and in the rainy season creeks flood and roads are often washed away. The best time is between April and September.

This special presentation will include:

  • David’s quest for new understanding in healing paradigms.
  • Why Aboriginal Communities?
  • Learning about Aboriginal healing methods such as Bush Medicine, Bush Tucker, Art, Song & Dance.
  • The work of Ngangkari or Traditional Healers.
  • Naturopathic treatment for Community members.

Date: Sunday 6th May, 2012
Time: 1pm- Registration with a prompt start at 1.30pm - 3.30 pm
Venue: Holmesglen Campus - Level 1 Building 12, 595 Waverley Road, Glen Waverley
Fee: Members $30 Non- Members $35 Students $15
Early Bird: $25 (ANPA member) $30 (non-member) by 13th April 2012.

RSVP and payment to be made to the ANPA office admin@anpa.asn.au or 1 800 422 885
Contact on the day: Margaret Nolan naturalhealthoz@optusnet.com.au or 0412 078 563
CPD: 1.5 hours of points

Perth Chapter
Contact: Kim Minos kim@holisticwellbeing.net.au
or 0414 887 653

Clinical Observation and Clinical Supervision

Thank you to full members who have stepped up to offer this very important support for our students. This listing of supervisors is only available to ANPA members.

If you have not sent in the application to be a supervisor, you can easily download a copy off the website www.anpa.asn.au and send it through to the office.

ANPA PR at Trade Days

The ANPA will be in attendance at two trade days being held at Endeavour college campuses in Adelaide and Brisbane. Our logo will be included on promotional materials to publicise the event. Linda in the office will be organising information, brochures etc for students and we hope to reach out to many students and faculty at these events. We have 2 volunteers from Adelaide who have come forward to offer a few hours of their time to support our efforts, thank you Deepu Das and Debra Ashton.

I am calling for volunteers to offer support to the Brisbane event for a few hours. Please contact the ANPA office if you are available. All volunteers will receive training before these events so that there is a consistent ANPA message presented to the world. Acting in a volunteer capacity to support the public relations for ANPA is a very important part of our outreach. Thank you to those in advance who participate.

Adelaide: Friday 27th April (1pm – 3 pm) 88 Currie Street, Adelaide
Brisbane: May 2nd (8am – 11.30am) Room 1.2, Brisbane campus, 269 Wickham Street, Brisbane.

National Representation on the ANPA Committee

Full members in SA, NSW, ACT, NT, Tasmania and WA are invited to come forward and participate on the ANPA committee.

We want representation from around the country. We are a growing organisation and there are tasks for volunteers that do not necessarily take major time investment.


The ANPA were recently included in the Probus magazine Active Retirees. Probus is the community arm of Rotary. This publication is targeted at those aged 55+ and reaches a circulation of 140,00 across the country. We acknowledge and thank Probus editor Haillie Donkin and the journalist Simone McClenaughan for including our comments. See article » Spring in your Step.

The other day I was interviewed by the Sunday Telegraph. They were developing an article on the benefits of supplements vs foods. I share this with you because I actually cancelled my interview going to print. This took some doing! After the interview I asked the journalist to send me my quotes to verify that I had not been misinterpreted, and for my consent to go to print. My information had been misrepresented. What they wanted to print were highly inflammatory manipulated comments and leave out the guts of the interview, which was more to the point if they really cared about informing the public. Sometimes the media are a law unto themselves more concerned about selling newspapers than delivering valuable information for their readers. Ed.

ANPA 2011/12 Online Survey

Thanks in advance to members who have already completed the current survey. This information is crucial for our forward planning. The survey is offered each year so that the ANPA committee focus is aligned with the current needs of our membership.

Completing the current online survey is easy and can only be filled out once. Please go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/_ANPA_members_survey_2012

Please share this email with other naturopaths and naturopathy supporters. Ed.


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