We are delighted to announce the formation of Australian Naturopathic Council, a new co-ordinating body to represent the naturopathic profession. It has become clear from our ongoing discussion with government and industry, as well as feedback from members of the public, that the naturopathic profession must present as one united voice in relation to lobbying, statutory registration, and policy formation and interpretation. This announcement signals the formal commencement of that work.
What is it?
The Australian Naturopathic Council (ANC) is a new coordinating body representing the naturopathic profession. The ANC will provide a united voice on important issues affecting naturopaths in Australia and will be a go-to organisation for external stakeholders such as governments and the media.
Who is involved?
The ANC is comprised of the Australian full, associate and educational members of the World Naturopathic Federation (WNF). These are the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA), Complementary Medicine Association (CMA), Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists (ARONAH), and Endeavour College of Natural Health (ECNH). The NCA also looks forward to welcoming future Australian WNF member organisations should they choose to contribute to our shared vision and mission.
Why is it necessary?
Governments, the media and members of the public need a single, trusted point of contact for our profession, to avoid the spread of misunderstandings and misinformation. The ANC will be a coordinating body on key issues affecting our profession such as registration, education standards and private health insurance rebates. By working together and sharing resources, we will also avoid the duplication of work. The ANC formalises, and builds on the efforts of its current members, who have been collaborating on an ad hoc basis for many years.
How will it work?
The members of the ANC will work together to achieve outcomes that benefit members of the naturopathic profession by:
- Fostering understanding and communication, and where appropriate, sharing information among the naturopathic stakeholders in Australia regarding successes, challenges and new initiatives within each organisation.
- Identifying areas of common interest and, where appropriate, opportunities for cooperative and/or complementary action.
- Facilitating communication among Australian naturopathic stakeholders in support of the quality, viability and sustainability of the naturopathic profession in Australia.
- Improving efficiencies among Australian naturopathic stakeholders by communicating openly and sharing resources where appropriate to decrease workload and duplication.