Naturopathy is a form of alternative medicine that uses a range of treatments, including diet and lifestyle counselling, homeopathy, herbalism and acupuncture. Naturopaths focus on treating the cause of an illness, rather than just treating the symptoms.
- Health information and advice
- Nutrition advice
- Lifestyle advice
- Physical therapy
- Manual (hands-on) therapy
- Preparation and dispensing of herbal medicines
- Treatment with herbal medicines
- Screening and tests
Appointments can be made directly without a referral.
The cost of naturopathy varies depending on the treatment. Contact the clinic before you attend if you are unsure of the cost.
Naturopathy is not covered by Medicare.
Naturopathy is covered by some private health funds but your coverage will depend on your insurance policy.
RegistrationOptional registration through industry associations
Minimum qualificationsNo official education requirements
Make sure that your naturopath is a member of a recognised professional association.
- You are not required to have a qualification to call yourself a naturopath.
- A good sign of a qualified naturopath is membership of a reputable professional body, or being eligible for private insurance rebates.
- The Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists (ARONAH) aims to introduce a minimum standard of education and practice for naturopaths to support self-regulation.
- Always consult your doctor before starting complementary and alternative treatment, and never stop taking your conventional medicine or alter the dose without the knowledge and approval of your doctor.