The ANPA is the peak professional naturopathy association run by naturopaths for naturopaths in Australia. Established in 1975, we are a democratic association that has the longest track record of supporting and representing naturopaths across Australia. We are actively engaged in representing issues that affect naturopaths at a national, state and international level. ANPA members comply with the highest standards of naturopathic practice. We continually strive to educate the public, other health professionals and the media about our profession. more
This has been a very busy year for ANPA and we have achieved wonderful things for our association. At the end of October we held our AGM. We had an excellent workshop before the AGM presented by
Dr Margaret Smith from smartDNA. I am pleased to report that returning ANPA committee members are: Maria Bergamin (Treasurer), Ruth Kinsella (Secretary formerly Public Officer), and Ordinary Committee members Nadine Bedewi, Sheela Gunjur and Debra Ashton. In addition we have three new Committee members: Jennifer Goldsworthy, Michelle Crone and Kim Maruzza. With a diverse group of committed members I am sure we are going to achieve even more for you. I hope you have used the EBSCO database installed on the ANPA website. Feedback from many members is positive about this resource. We are opening a new chapter in December by including two student reps on the ANPA Committee. Theresa Stevenson is a full-time student and Vincent Bowyer is a part-time student. The Committee wants direct feedback from students at the grassroots of our profession. This will assist us in future planning. A Student Subcommittee is being formed where more students can participate. Our aim is to have a rep from every education campus that is training naturopaths in Australia.
2013 AGM Melbourne
The ANPA Office is going from strength to strength. I want to thank our Treasurer, Maria Bergamin, who has tirelessly given her time and devotion to the upgrade of our database and other systems in the Office. Maria was honoured with a small gift of appreciation at the AGM. Both Linda and Thalia are an effective team offering support across four days of the week.
Our big focus for 2014 is recruiting new members. The ‘member signs up a member’ competition is ongoing until the end of June 2014.
I already have three new members next to my name! If every ANPA member signed up just one new member, it would create a serious leap forward for our numbers and increasing benefits for everyone. If you need more details please contact the Office.
The Natural Therapy Review Advisory Committee is due to meet again in Canberra in March 2014. We hope to have a report on Naturopathy from the NHMRC towards the end of February 2014. Full information will only be available some time after the March meeting.
Let’s keep the light of naturopathy burning bright.
Yours in good health.
Editor, ANPA President
FROM THE OFFICE
Website, Facebook address and Clinic Name
Members who would like their website, Facebook page and clinic name included on the ‘Find a Practitioner’ section on the ANPA website need to contact the office with their up-to-date information.
A special welcome to new ANPA members
Roxanne Barber, Kirsten Godier, Julie Helleren, Hayley Postle and Jennifer Wylie.
Rebecca Austen, Litisha Bartlett, Susanne Bland, Aimee Brooks, Sheree Callaway, Steph Heideman, Sherri Irving, Marina Kutalyova, Georgie Lane, Maree Medway, Alicia Murch, Margaret Perry, Kerrie Price, Rathipriya Ramaraju, Lisa Russell, Susan Schafer, Jodee Sinclair, Vanessa Sottile, Louise Whitehead and Melissa Young.
FULL MEMBER INTERVIEW
Where did you train as a naturopath?
Nature Care College in Sydney with an Advanced Diploma in December 2002 and then Charles Sturt University for my BHSc.
How many years have you been in practice?
I started practicing within a month of graduating in 2003 and haven’t stopped since.
What led to your joining ANPA?
I wanted an association that was progressive and focused on naturopaths. Read more
Well done to all students who have completed another year of studies. If you are graduating, remember that ANPA offers very special reduced rates when you convert your student membership to full member status. We know that it can be financially demanding as you begin your practice, so we make every effort to help. This coming year a Student Subcommittee is being formed devoted to student matters. Read more
Third year of an Advanced Diploma Naturopathy at AIAS
Any other formal education?
Bachelor Theology, Diploma Financial Planning, Diploma Remedial Massage, Cert IV Training and Assessment, Certified SCENAR Practitioner®, Dorn Spinal Therapy.
Why have you chosen to study Naturopathy?
My entrance to natural therapies was a major mid-life change of direction for me. I have always been involved with people, supporting them and facilitating change in their lives. This was simply the next step. My wife and I have been running a successful natural therapies clinic in Lismore NSW since 2002. The decision to study Naturopathy, though fraught with complications, has seemed to both us to be a natural progression in our search to better serve our clientele.
Why did you become an ANPA student member? Read more
ANPA now has a Facebook page. We are in the process of setting up an ANPA discussion board. Once this is up and running we will advise all members. In the meantime visit our page and ‘like’ us.Information relevant to members will be posted on the page. The ANPA policy for Facebook can be accessed at:
There is fresh enthusiasm for 2014 to host chapter meetings across the country. All ANPA members are welcome. Non-ANPA members are also welcome. Remember this activity counts for CPE points. When naturopaths share, learn and network, we create a much stronger profession. Go to www.anpa.asn.au/join-here/anpa-chapters
The ANPA recently put forward a submission to the Community Skills & Health Industry Skills Council consultation regarding raising the Naturopathy education to a Bachelor’s Degree minimum standard. This was part of the Health Training Package Review for Naturopathy. The long term vision of naturopathic education in Australia needs to be consistent with the Australian Bureau of Statistics - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, First Edition, 2006: 252213 – Naturopath – Skill Level 1 (Skill Level 1 – Occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification.)
We have recently received official communication from the CS&HISC about the AQF alignment. This an important communication that ultimately will have far reaching implications for both students, training organisations and the profession of naturopathy. There is another opportunity for those who have not commented or wish to send in a submission by the middle of February 2014.
To read the full CSHISC communication Dec 13 click here
If you were not able to attend the pre-AGM workshop, you can take advantage of this valuable resource by accessing the video on the ANPA website. Follow the link to register online at www.anpa.asn.au/my-anpa/online-learning
Presented by leading expert Dr Margaret Smith, the cutting edge information in the workshop will change how you practice Naturopathy. Non-ANPA members are welcome to access the resource as well, so please share with your friends and colleagues.
We are launching a special page on the ANPA website where members can share their favourite recipes and be acknowledged for their contributions. We all know that food is our medicine.
There will be sections for different types of recipes including breakfast options, gluten free, main meals, smoothies and juices, raw food, soups, snacks, cakes, desserts etc. Ultimately we are looking at publishing an ANPA cookbook. The requirements for submitting a recipe will be on the online application form. This is a fun activity and we are hoping for a variety of interesting ideas. As soon as the formatted page is ready we will advise all members to contribute to the project.
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