Naturopathy is a system of traditional medicine that innovates and integrates within contemporary health care around the world. Yet our ability to reach our fullest potential within the Australian healthcare system has been limited, in part, by the absence of any protection of the naturopathic title. For this we need to be included in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS).
Naturopaths in Australia dedicate years to their training, and provide amazing care to the community. Statutory registration is needed to protect their investment of passion, time and money by ensuring that the title 'naturopath' is only used by practitioners who are qualified to do so. Registration protects your practice and your profession for the long term.
Like most naturopaths in Australia, the Australian Naturopathic Council - representing the Australian member organisations of the World Naturopathic Federation - are committed to seeing naturopaths included in the NRAS. And we are not alone.
Marcus Blackmore has been committed to the Australian naturopathic profession for his entire life and is determined to support us in achieving this goal. He has offered to match each dollar the profession raises, up to $20 000, to help us achieve statutory registration.
Statutory registration is a journey that the profession has been moving towards for a number of years. The government has finally announced its criteria for considering the inclusion of new professions in NRAS. So now is the time for us to act!
The total funds raised, including Marcus Blackmore's contribution, will be used to employ a consultant to prepare a submission for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council (CHC) to present the case for statutory registration of naturopathy and Western herbal medicine in Australia.
Please help the Australian Naturopathic Council raise these funds so that naturopaths can become a registered profession in Australia. We know this is a challenging time for many Australian naturopaths, but we also need to keep progressing towards registration. Even a small donation will help bring us closer to our goal. For those who contribute, we would love to hear about why registration is so important to you, so please leave a comment.
If you would like to know more about registration, and what it means for the naturopathic profession, please visit the Australian Naturopathic Council website for their article on this topic.
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