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