“I believe the NCNM is a really exciting development for our profession – I am extremely grateful to be involved."

Nicole Hannan

Naturopath, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) canidate

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As evidence-based natural medicine plays an increasingly active role in the suite of solutions to Australia’s growing health care needs, Southern Cross University is at the forefront. The centrepiece is Australia’s first National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine, based at the Lismore campus, with its three-pronged approach: innovation, research and education.

The National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) has developed a suite of innovative courses that aim to enrich clinical practice, enhance professional standing, and empower future leaders in the field of naturopathic medicine.

The courses delivered through NCNM are underpinned by a framework of critical enquiry, clinical reasoning and evidence-based practice. Patient-centredness, integration, interdisciplinarity and the principles of naturopathic medicine form an integral part of these courses. Graduates will be equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to work with diverse patient groups and teams across a range of professional settings.

In an exciting development for the future of healthcare, the Centre has now launched an innovative new clinical training program. The three-year Bachelor of Health Science (Health and Lifestyle) provides a direct pathway into a one-year Master of Naturopathic Medicine, where students will gain the clinical hours required to practise as a naturopath. Applications are now open for the July 2022 intake. Students who wish to commence in March 2022 can apply via the Diploma of Health (Naturopathic Medicine Studies).

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