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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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Naturopath roles in AUS were typically advertised between $55k and $65k over the last 2 years.
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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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Latest Naturopath reviews

Latest reviews from 19 Naturopaths surveyed on SEEK
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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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May 2021
Naturopathy is a challenging and very rewarding career.
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
I'm self-employed
Specialisation
Whole body health, Mental health, Uterine Cancer
The good things
Being a Naturopath has enabled me to dive into a deeper understanding of myself and others, opportunities to teach others about their bodies and optimum health and to experience myself and others deep...
The challenges
The challenges of my profession would be affording and completing the study component which actually never ends, as practise is dynamic and always changing in this industry. The fact that Naturopathy ...
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