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
ANPA has been active these last few months on a number of projects.
The Natural Therapies Review is now with Minister Dutton. We have not yet heard back from him, and maybe that is a good thing. He is very busy with Ebola containment and treatment and, who knows, maybe private health insurance rebates will be relegated to insignificance in comparison.
In this edition of The Naturopath, you will find the details and RSVP arrangements for the ANPA's AGM, pre-AGM workshop, and lunch. We welcome new members and include updates on Naturopathy education and ANPA outreach. We hear about Ebola from ANPA member Isabel Reis, who owns a clinic in Luanda, Angola. Don't miss Isabel's special presentation at the AGM - details below. Our Did You Know section covers a FAQ on patient records. Read the Adelaide Chapter's meeting report, plus interviews with full and student ANPA members.
Let’s keep the light of Naturopathy burning bright.
Yours in good health.
Editor, ANPA President
FROM THE OFFICE
ANPA AGM 2014
Date: Sunday 26 Oct 2014
Venue: Camberwell Library, Camberwell.
Workshop: 'Naturopathy Outside the Box - the Bridge
between First and Third Worlds'
Presenter: Isabel Reis, ANPA Member
AGM: 10.30am - 11.30am
Lunch: ** Please note: Catering RSVP no later than
5pm, Friday 24th Oct 2014 **
Join the ANPA Committee
The date for Committee nominations has passed, but nominations may be made from the floor at the AGM as well as after the event. We are interested in Committee members from all geographical areas but have a particular need for reps from Perth, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Numerous important projects in ANPA rely on the help of members of the Committee and Sub-committees.
ANPA meetings are held once a month via teleconference. Areas that currently require support include: education event planning, student support, ANPA chapter facilitation, membership approvals, and e-newsletter development. If you are interested, please email the Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) to tell us your area of interest.
WELCOME NEW ANPA MEMBERS
Emily Banks, Katie Boniface, Linda Cairns, Sophia Duden, Julie Ann Garner, Bozana Radovic, Andrea Strand and Natasha Zervaas.
Dorothy Agrapidis, Marta Browne, Loretta Bryson, Natasha Burgess, Jarmila Conka, Cathrina Geldard, Amaya Gibson, Stacey Hayes, Liang Ooi, Sally Kelvin, Krystal Kinnish, Perrie Massouras, Andrea McMaster, Michala Murphy, Belinda Newell, Marina Raikhel, Sarah Robertson, Shannon Smith-Ritchie, Nichole Thompson, Kate Touma, Ian Tuddenham and Nicole Young.
Eta Brand - ANPA President
ANPA has played a significant role in urging the Skills Council to honour its own processes! Strange but true. The Council has reneged on a consensus agreement to remove the Health Training Package for Naturopathy out of the VET sector, thus moving from AQF Level 6 to Level 7. Last week when I spoke to the advisor to Minister MacFarlane, who is responsible for the Skills Council, I asked him to bring the government agency to its senses. The Naturopathy profession's consensus agreement needs to be respected. Minister MacFarlane’s advisor said that they would soon respond as they are keen to sort out this unfortunate sequence of events. You will be kept informed.
ANPA, ANTA, NHAA and AROH no longer want two-tiered education for the profession. We do not want entry-level education either; after all, there are no entry-level doctors or pharmacists or physiotherapists. The two tiers have been confusing for the public as well as for other health professions who want to refer patients to us. Nowadays we regularly treat complex and serious cases that demand a higher order of basic training. This in no way diminishes the standing and quality service offered by members who do not have Bachelor's degrees.
The good news is that a collaboration has been formed among ANPA, ANTA, NHAA, CMA, AROH and AAA, and that a Memorandum of Understanding being signed. This is very good news. We are all around the table setting up the Degree Education Standards Committee (DeSC) for Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine, Homoeopathy, Nutritional Medicine and Ayurveda. The synergy is excellent and the goodwill so encouraging.
As a profession, Naturopathy will be entering a phase of safeguarding and protecting our core philosophy and tradition. This seems to have been lost in the race to include the science; we need both. Science should not trump Naturopathy tradition and principles. We deserve to offer quality Naturopathy education and ANPA is playing a significant role on the DeSC Steering Committee as well as on the Education Standards Committee. We thank Karen Martin, Rosemary Dunne and Chris Brooks in advance for volunteering for this very important work.
Endeavour College Vitality Days
Nadine Bedewi & Maria Bergamin, Melbourne Endeavour.
In October, ANPA attended Vitality Days at Endeavour College campuses in Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
These were excellent opportunities for raising awareness of ANPA. We had a very good response from students, lecturers, Endeavour admin and support staff as well as manufacturers. Next year, we hope to include the Sydney and Perth campuses. We have enthusiastic new members and many who are happy to be added to our database for future events and chapter meetings. Thanks to Maria Bergamin, Nadine Bedewi, Michelle Crone, Deb Ashton and Terri Stevenson (ANPA Committee Student Rep) who took time out of their busy schedules to support ANPA outreach.
If this is something you would like to assist with, please let us know by contacting the Office (email@example.com). We have a year to plan, and we need more members to volunteer. Training is provided to ensure that volunteers have sufficient knowledge and skill to act as effective ambassadors for our association.
Terri Stevenson & Eta Brand, Gold Coast Endeavour.
We want more students involved in 2015. At the Endeavour Gold Coast campus, Terri – our student rep - was fantastic. Many students who did not know her now understand that she is a point of contact, not only as an ANPA member but also to support them as fellow students. Many students were impressed that a fellow student was playing such an active role in ANPA. It was a powerful message that encouraged students to join ANPA and get involved in a local ANPA chapter. Thanks, Terri.
Australian Institute of Applied Science: Graduation
ANPA Treasurer Maria Bergamin attended this event recently in Melbourne. ANPA now offers a prize to the top AIAS Naturopathy student plus a year's free ANPA membership. We congratulate Jennifer Care-Griffiths and welcome her to ANPA. We also offered other new graduating Naturopaths reduced membership rates. We understand there are numerous expenses when setting up a practice and we want to help. We were pleased to be invited to participate, and to inform graduates of benefits of clinical supervision and observation by ANPA.
Isabel Reis, ANPA Member
In early August I had a 10-hour wait between flights during my trip home from Johannesburg to Melbourne. I did what I love best – listening to and observing my fellow human beings. I saw a large florid looking man looking around for a seat. I hoped he would give me some space, but this is Africa, where personal space doesn't really count for much. As he sat down next to me, I offered him my warmest smile and moved over one. He sat down, sighing as if he had the world’s problems on his shoulders.
Suddenly, he shouted out to someone walking past and was joined by a colleague who squeezed in between us. I couldn't help eavesdropping.
"How come you're here? Why didn't you stay at home? Did you know there are now 22 locals in quarantine? I'm not sure how many are dead, but I can tell you I am sh***** myself. I should be ok, but you never know."
Helen's Naturopath is moving overseas, and she does not want to see the replacement practitioner. The client assumes her records are her legal property? Is her assumption correct?
Legally, Helen's records belong to the treating Naturopath, although she may request a full, certified copy. Helen may be eligible to receive the original records 7 years from her last consultation, when by law they can be destroyed. At that time, however, the Naturopath can legally refuse to hand them over and proceed with their destruction.
It is always best for a client in Helen's position to communicate openly and frankly with her Naturopath and have the full copies made available to her. A client must consent to have her files transferred to a new Naturopath and may choose to seek further legal advice from the many online free legal services.
Adelaide, October 2014
Hosted by ANPA Committee Members Deb Ashton and Michelle Crone
The ANPA catch-up event at Good Life on Adelaide's Hutt Street was fantastic. Start with introductions and the welcoming of new and long-term members. Add lively conversation and fantastic food (including gluten free and vegan options), and a relaxed and engaging atmosphere.
Anne Clark from Research Nutrition updated us on some of the latest functional testing now available to Naturopaths. Thank you, Anne. We learnt how important testing is as a part of our holistic assessment process. Because we had such a great mix of students and practitioners, we were able to exchange ideas as well as keep up-to-date new approaches. This was balanced with the wisdom that comes from experience in practice underpinned by Naturopathy principles. Feedback was very positive.
We were able to get a clear understanding of what our members are looking for from ANPA. Many were interested in being mentored in practitioner clinics. Those still enrolled in distance learning wanted proper supervision in education provider clinics. Many did not feel adequately prepared to practice with confidence. Some mentioned not knowing enough. ANPA members across the country offer observation and supervision.
ANPA needs volunteers to support chapters in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney and Perth. The outreach to other members and to students is so important. Those interested, including students, please contact the Office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 1800 422 885).
FULL MEMBER INTERVIEW
Where did you train as a Naturopath?
I completed half of my Advanced Diploma in 2000 at the Australian College of Natural Medicine in Brisbane, and later moved to the Australian Institute of Applied Science to complete the remainder of the Diploma. I qualified in 2006 and have been in practice for 3 years.
Why did you join ANPA?
Some of my colleagues also joined ANPA and I liked that it was straightforward to join and you offered new student membership discounts.
This is my first year of an Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy with the AIAS (Australian Institute of Applied Sciences).
Do you have any other formal education?
Just over a year of a teaching degree but it wasn’t the right career choice for me.
Why have you chosen to study Naturopathy?
I’ve been interested in natural remedies and nutrition for a few years now, but the driving factor was the treatment experience I’ve had with my own Naturopath. She has worked absolute wonders on a few chronic health complaints I’ve had and I would love the opportunity to be able to share this effective alternative healing method with others.
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