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Naturopath

Use natural preparations and techniques to treat illness and promote improved mental and physical wellbeing.

What's it like to be a Naturopath?

Naturopaths diagnose, treat and prevent illness through the use of natural medicines and techniques, as well as promoting improved mental health through spiritual and emotional guidance.

Naturopath

Tasks and duties

  • Assessing and interviewing patients.
  • Identifying and treating emotional and physical imbalances and disorders.
  • Developing and implementing treatment plans.
  • Evaluating and documenting patients' progress through treatment plans.
  • Providing dietary and lifestyle advice and guidelines.
  • Referring clients to other health professionals and alternative medicine practitioners where necessary.
  • Administering physical treatments such as a massage, acupuncture and Bowen therapy.
  • Applying counselling techniques to improve emotional wellbeing and reduce stress.
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Naturopaths take a holistic approach to mental and physical wellbeing and often prescribe treatments and therapies that are designed to improve the mind and body’s overall state rather than treat a specific set of symptoms. These include dietary and lifestyle guidance, herbal and plant-based medicines, as well as tactile techniques such as massage, kinesiology, acupuncture and Bowen therapy.

Naturopaths may employ other alternative medicines such as Aromatherapy, Herbalism and Homeopathy as part of their treatments. They normally work in private practices, or as part of group practises, and may also work in research and consultancy roles in the government and health food sectors.

What can I earn as a Naturopath?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Naturopath is between $55k and $65k

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How to become a Naturopath


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There are no formal prerequisites for becoming a Naturopath, however the majority of practising Naturopaths have qualifications in the field. It is recommended to register with the Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists (ARONAH) upon completing your studies.

  1. Complete a qualification in Naturopathy, such as a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy).
  2. Hold a current first aid certificate.
  3. Hold a current working with children check card.
  4. Register with ARONAH and renew every 12 months, including demonstrating the mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

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Bachelor of Health Science

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How do Naturopaths rate their role?

Latest reviews from 14 Naturopaths surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.2
Job satisfaction
4.4
Career progression opportunities
3.2
Job security
3.3
Pay / Salary
3.3
Variety of work
4.1

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Oct 2018
Being a naturopath is a challenging but most fulfilling career
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Health Science
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Nutrition consulting
The good things
Being a naturopath when you love everything about food, nutrition, health and natural medicine is super rewarding. Some of the best things about my job are learning new things everyday. Not just any k...
The challenges
The difficulties that I face as a naturopath do not compare to the good things I experience in my role. A naturopath is not medically recognised. When dealing with allied health professionals, I need ...
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Oct 2018
Naturopathy is greatly rewarding but often difficult to make significant financial gain.
Reviewer's Qualification
Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
General naturopathic advice with an interest in gut health
The good things
Being a naturopath is basically being someone who gives information and supports another with their journey towards improving their life and health. It is a privilege!
The challenges
It takes a lot of hours and hard work to build up a client base in private practice. If you work in retail there isn’t the recognition (remuneration) for your skills but there is a great need for them...
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