Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia

Practitioner Resources
Last Updated Jul 17, 2020
Practitioner Resources

Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia

Founded in 1920, the NHAA are Australia’s oldest professional association of complementary therapists. Representing Western herbalists and naturopaths, they are the only national professional association specifically concerned with the practice and education of Western herbal medicine (WHM) in Australia.


  • Enable practitioners and the practice of herbal and naturopathic medicine to become fully integrated into the primary healthcare system in Australia;
  • Make herbal and naturopathic medicine accessible to all;
  • Maintain the integrity of the profession;
  • Continue to promote the standards and quality of education, of the profession;
  • Make greater career opportunities and research pathways for herbalists and naturopaths;
  • Continue the integration of traditional medicine and evolving science.  


Accredited Courses

The NHAA has been setting standards in training and education for the industry since 1920. Their Course Accreditation System (CAS) aims to assist training providers by providing a standard for curriculum design. Training institutions apply for accreditation for specific courses, which involves detailed examination of the course material.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE)
Also known as Continuing Professional Development (CPD), CPE is about keeping yourself up to date in your chosen profession. Most professional associations require their members to complete a certain amount of CPE or CPD each year to ensure competency. This can take the form of activities such as seminars or ongoing formal study, or things like teaching, presenting and mentoring, as well as the purchase of books and journals etc.

The NHAA requires all full members to complete documented CPE annually. This includes practitioners and non practitioners, fellows, life members, and retired members who wish to remain up-to-date.

Become a member

The NHAA has a range of membership categories designed to accommodate students, general interest, professional requirements and more.

Full membership is for those who hold formal qualifications in Western herbal medicine or naturopathy, either practicing or non practicing. This membership level requires an assessment of the applicants qualifications and has ongoing requirements for continuing professional education etc.

ATSI membership is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders with qualifications in bush medicine and Western herbal medicine.

Associate membership is an open category for those who have an interest in herbal medicine and want to be informed. I its also for those who work within the industry in a related field and for professionals who wish to keep up to date with herbal medicine and the NHAA but do not require the benefits of Full membership.

Student membership is specifically for those who are currently studying a formal course in herbal or naturopathic medicine.

Corporate membership is for those companies or corporations interested in a greater level of support for the NHAA and the complementary medicine industry.

Along with other benefits, all levels of membership include our quarterly journal, the Australian Journal of Herbal Medicine.

For more information please visit their website

Originally published on Jul 07, 2017

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