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What is Naturopathy? 

Everything you need to study to become a naturopath in Australia

If you love natural remedies and holistic health and you’re looking to turn your interest in wellness into a career, naturopathy is definitely the way to go! In Australia, naturopaths play a vital role in the alternative medicine space offering holistic treatments and personalised wellness plans for their clients. If you’ve been considering starting to study to be a naturopath, you’ve come to the right place! This is everything you need to know and everything you need to study to become a qualified naturopath in Australia. 

What is naturopathy?

Naturopathy is an alternative medicine practice that focuses on the body’s ability to heal itself with the help of natural remedies and therapies. Naturopaths take a holistic approach to health and wellness and they may use a variety of treatments including tinctures, herbal medicines, nutritional therapy, acupuncture and lifestyle counselling to help uncover and address the root cause of a problem or issue.

Types of Naturopath Courses Australia

To become a qualified naturopath in Australia you do have to be prepared to undertake some study by completing a recognised naturopathic course. There are a few different naturopathic course pathways you can choose from. Here are the main differences between each pathway and what to keep in mind when you’re making your decision. 

Bachelor of Naturopathy

A bachelor’s degree in naturopathy is definitely the most comprehensive option if you’re looking to undertake further education in the naturopathy space.These bachelor’s courses typically cover a broad range of topics including herbal medicine, nutrition, anatomy and physiology and clinical practice. 

When you graduate from completing your bachelor’s degree you are eligible for registration with professional associations. 

Diploma Programs

Another option for further education is a diploma program. Diploma’s generally offer a more condensed program and tend to not cover as much as a bachelor’s degree, but they provide a solid foundation of the naturopathic principles and practices to get you started. 

Check out our natural therapy diploma programs at The College of Complementary Medicine to see if there is something – like our Diploma of Mind body Medicine – that can kick start your natural therapy course journey. 

Online Short Courses 

As the popularity of a completely online course model continues to grow, so too does the ability to study naturopathy through an online course model. Online courses may be best for people looking for flexibility and convenience when it comes to their studies. 

It is crucial to make sure that the online course you choose is accredited and recognised by professional associations though so that you can utilise the information you learn in a professional setting. 

How to become a naturopath in Australia? 

No matter which path you choose in terms of your naturopath course education, there are a few steps you will need to take in order to become a naturopath in Australia. 

  1. Complete your studies: Step one is to obviously enrol in your course and complete your studies including all the coursework and cynical training.
     
  2. Get registered: Once you’ve finished your studies you’ll need to register with a professional association like ANTA or NHAA. Your registration requirements will probably include proof of education and adhering to a set code of conduct.
  3. Gain experience: You may want to consider getting some practical experience before you head out on your own, you can do this by working as a naturopathic assistant or an intern under the guidance of a qualified and experienced naturopath.
  4. Continue learning: Stay up-to-date on the latest developments in the alternative medicine world by keeping a lookout for potential opportunities to further your education. 

Becoming a naturopath in Australia can be a really rewarding career path, but it’s also one that requires passion, dedication and of course, hard work!. With the right education and training you can begin your journey to a career in alternative medicine as a naturopath!

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