What is naturopathy?

Naturopathy is a type of holistic healing method that is based on the philosophy that when given the right support, the body is able to heal itself. As a result, it uses natural remedies instead of standard medical treatments. The purpose of this form of treatment is to restore the body's equilibrium levels. Naturopaths formulate tailored treatment plans for clients who want to overcome a range of conditions such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Digestive problems
  • Fertility problems
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Hypertension
  • Heart disease
  • Weight issues
  • Skin conditions

In the Sunshine Coast, some of the recognised peak bodies for naturopaths include:

  • Australian Naturopathic Practitioners Association (ANPA)
  • Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists (ARONAH)
  • Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA)
  • Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)
  • Complementary Medicine Association (CMA)
  • National Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA)

Should you study naturopathy?

Are you looking for a fulfilling career where you can improve the health prospects and quality of life of others? If this matches your career goals, becoming a naturopath is the perfect next step for you. It is vital that if you want to become a naturopath that you possess the following soft skills:

  • Passionate about natural therapies and an interest in learning about the continually changing field of naturopathy in particular how a range of natural medicines and traditional techniques can assist a client.
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills to determine the best treatment for the root cause of the problem.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to be able to explain in an easy-to-understand manner how the proposed holistic treatment plan will assist the client and associated risks and benefits.

If this matches your interests and aptitudes, continue reading to discover your course and study options in the Sunshine Coast.

What are the course and study options for naturopaths in the Sunshine Coast?

It is vital that you graduate with either a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) or an Advanced Diploma of Applied Science (Naturopathy) at an accredited naturopathy school if you intend to become a naturopath in the Sunshine Coast. These schools offer a variety of delivery options depending on your availability and study pace. This includes on-campus and online depending on your schedule and learning preferences.

The theoretical lessons are taught by naturopaths who have had years of experience working in this field. During these courses, you will learn about how health sciences, natural medicines and nutrition influence an individual's diet, lifestyle and emotions. Additionally, you will get to complete a practical work experience module where you can put into practice everything that you've learnt in the classroom in a clinical setting.

If you're ready to begin your journey to becoming a naturopath in the Sunshine Coast, you can find a list of different naturopath course providers on this page. If you have any questions regarding their fees, study streams or accreditations you can get in touch with the course provider directly.

What happens after you complete your naturopathy course?

As a graduate of naturopathy, it is highly recommended that you register with the Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists (ARONAH). In addition, there are many different workplace settings that you are able to work in as a naturopath. This includes naturopath clinics, pharmacies, retreats or day spas.

Once you gain an abundant amount of experience, you can start your own private practice. This alternative option allows you to have more control over the management of your business. If you decide to pursue this option in the future, Natural Therapy Pages can assist you with the process of obtaining more clients by allowing you to list either your face-to-face naturopathy services or online consultations through the online practitioner listing page.

Regardless if you choose to work for someone or for yourself, you must fulfill the yearly training requirements of the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) program.

Finally, you have the option to return back to study by pursuing a further education course such as a Master's in Health Science or a Doctor of Naturopathy. This will help improve your employment opportunities and salary.