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Teach out period extended for Advanced Diplomas

With the removal of the Advanced Diplomas of Naturopathy, Western Herbal Medicine, Nutritional Medicine and Homoeopathy, from the Health Training Package at the end of this year, training providers initially thought they had 18 months to teach out students already enrolled in December 2015. That was then extended to 2 years with some recent changes […]

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Confirmed – Advanced Diplomas to be deleted December 2015

On Friday 21 November 2014 the Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council (CS&HISC) issued a notice confirming the decision to delete the Advanced Diplomas of Naturopathy, Western Herbal Medicine, Nutritional Medicine, and Homoeopathy, from December 2015. Whilst this decision was made months ago, extreme opposition by a small number of stakeholders with vested interests […]

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ARONAH supports removal of Advanced Diplomas

Whilst there is still some push-back against the CS&HISC decision to discontinue the Advanced Diplomas of Naturopathy, Western Herbal Medicine, Nutritional Medicine, and Homoeopathy, ARONAH has come out in support of the decision. The Australian Register of Naturopaths & Herbalists (ARONAH) makes their position clear – that the future of these professions lies with Bachelor […]

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ATMS Seeks to Maintain the Lowest Standards

As you may have seen in my recent posts (here and here), the CS&HISC recently made a decision to remove the Advanced Diplomas of Naturopathy, Western Herbal Medicine, Nutritional Medicine, and Homoeopathy from the Health Training Package in December 2015. This came after almost 18 months of discussion and consultation, and majority support amongst stakeholders. […]

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Training the Next Generation – Video

Following on from my last post, here is a video on the topic of why Bachelor degree is a more appropriate qualification level than Advanced Diploma, in the disciplines of naturopathy and herbal medicine. This video is based on a presentation I delivered at the 8th International Conference on Herbal Medicine in 2013, and thanks to the […]

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Training the Next Generation … Advanced Diplomas or Bachelor degrees?

For a little over 10 years the minimum qualification in naturopathy and Western herbal medicine in Australia has been the Advanced Diploma. After December 2015 all that changes, but the real question is how and why? In late 2013 I published a commentary piece in the Australian Journal of Herbal Medicine (Volume 25, Issue 4) […]

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No more Advanced Diplomas – Industry Skills Council

On 2nd July 2014 the Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council (CS&HISC) announced that as of December 2015 the Advanced Diplomas of Naturopathy, Western Herbal Medicine, Nutritional Medicine and Homoeopathy would be aligned at Bachelor degree level and removed from the Training Package. Why is this fantastic news, and what does this mean for […]

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Masters DVD – Cardiovascular Herbal Medicine by Ian Breakspear

A couple of months ago I was asked by OptimalRx to participate in an interview as part of their 2013 Sessions with the Masters DVD series. The result was an approximately 50 minute interview covering a range of cardiovascular conditions and providing great herbal clinical tips. Read more to see how to order and view […]

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