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Australian-Canadian partnership to advance naturopathic research and education internationally


Karlyn Gibson
20 January 2023

The National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine at Southern Cross University and the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine have signed a memorandum of understanding, formalising a collaborative relationship that will work to advance naturopathic medicine globally.

This partnership will strengthen current initiatives aimed to advance naturopathic medicine research and education, and may include research collaborations, academic exchanges of faculty and students, joint international projects, Masters and PhD pathways, interprofessional opportunities, continuing education and professional development.

“The Australian and Canadian naturopathic professions have been global leaders in advancing naturopathic research and education, and the two countries share a common commitment to universal health care, equity and diversity, not to mention having some of the highest public use and support of naturopathic medicine globally,” said Professor Jon Wardle, Foundation Director of the National Centre of Naturopathic Medicine

“These commonalities are a strong foundation for collaboration between our two institutions, and I can’t wait to see what this new relationship can bring.”

The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine was established in 1978 as a premier academic institution for education and research in naturopathic medicine.

“The global strategic partnership between the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and Southern Cross University will allow for future growth and development opportunities,” says Dr Rahim Karim, President and CEO of CCNM.

“CCNM is playing a key role in naturopathic education, research and clinical services as it continues to make a global impact.”

The National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine at Southern Cross University is an internationally recognised centre of excellence and innovation in naturopathic medicine and health education, research and practice. NCNM creates, promotes and advocates a strong culture of incorporating evidence-based science into naturopathic education and clinical practice.


Media contact: Karlyn Gibson, Communications Officer at the National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine, 0432 035 323 or