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Liza Oates
Dr Liza Oates
BHlthSc, GradCertCompMed(UQ), GradCertT&L(TORRENS), PhD(RMIT)
Current Appointment: Lecturer
Organisational Unit: Faculty of Health

Mobile: 0412310390
Location: National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine
Campus: Lismore
Personal Website


Dr Liza Oates is a Lecturer and Adjunct Fellow at the National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM). Having initially graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy), she later completed a Graduate Certificate in Evidence Based Complementary Medicine (University of Queensland and Southern Cross University), a Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (Torrens University), and a PhD (RMIT University).

Liza has been practicing as a naturopath and wellness consultant for over 20 years and was a finalist for ATMS Practitioner of the Year in 2020. She has been teaching since 2003 and has been involved in the clinical education of hundreds of naturopaths, nutritionists and medical students.

Her doctoral research investigated the health and wellness effects of organic diets. As part of this research, she developed innovative dietary assessment tools, ran organic consumer surveys, and tested the level of pesticide residues in the urine of adults who consume organic compared to conventional foods. The findings were presented at conferences in Australia, Poland, South Korea and The Czech Republic.

Liza is a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine, and a Member of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia, the Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists, and the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association. She is a current board member for the Jacka Foundation for Natural Therapies whose mission is to promote the development of a community of researchers, scholars and leaders in the Australian naturopathic profession.

A well-known voice for organic food and natural therapies, she has written extensively about evidence-based complementary medicine, and appeared as an expert guest on The Project, Insight and over 200 radio programs. She is a contributing author to Herbs & Natural Supplements: an evidence based guide (Elsevier 2005, 2007, 2010 & 2015) and Complementary therapies and the management of diabetes and vascular disease (Wiley 2006), and has published over 50 refereed journal articles in: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Environmental Research, The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, The Journal of Complementary Medicine, Australian Pharmacist and The Journal of Organic Systems.

Liza is passionate about the role of food in health and the importance of individualised approaches that recognise the impact of lifestyle, values and culture.


For a full list of Dr Oates’ publications and citations, please click on her Google Scholar profile


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