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Purpose and Mission

A homeopath is a holistic healthcare practitioner who treats conditions using the principle that the symptoms of an illness can be resolved by very small quantities of the same or similar substance that caused the problem, as this stimulates the natural healing ability of the body. Homeopathy is known and a part of the lives of 550 million people across the globe, based on recent World Health Organisation data.

Homeopathy has been scientifically proven to be effective in treating conditions such as mental health, chronic pain, allergies and menopausal issues.

Naturopaths, on the other hand apply a wide variety of holistic remedies to treat health problems by addressing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual condition of the patient. Common naturopathic treatments include herbal medicines, vitamin supplements, minerals and custom diet plans.

Reports To

Alternative health practitioners such as homeopaths and naturopaths typically work in private practices, so they may not have a direct supervisor. A junior practitioner may report directly to a senior partner in the practice for her first few years. Those employed at healthcare facilities may report to a department head or similar position.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Many homeopaths and naturopaths do have significant direct supervisory responsibilities, in particular managing the professional and administrative staff at the practice.

Qualifications

Naturopaths must graduate from an accredited 4-year naturopathic medical school, where they study both traditional and alternative medicine. Next you must pass the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exam.

Most actively practicing naturopaths are members of the Australian Naturopathic Practioners Association.

Homeopaths typically complete a three to four-year training program (Advanced Diploma or Bachelor’s degree) before clinical practice.

Most actively practicing homeopaths are members of the Australian Homeopathic Association.

The Australian Register of Homœopaths (AROH) is the organization that registers homeopaths who have completed training at Registered Training Organisations or Universities that meet the National Competency Standards in Homœopathy (NCSH).

Responsibilities of a Homeopath / Naturopath

Alternative health practitioners use a wide variety of treatment modalities. For example, homeopaths use highly dilute botanical and mineral substances called remedies to treat specific health problems, while naturopaths might prescribe herbal remedies or a specific nutritional supplement.

Most alternative health practitioners enter clinical practice themselves or become partners in a healthcare clinic or community health service. Others are employed in the healthcare industry, in research, or work for government agencies. Some also work in pharmacies and a range of social welfare settings including community health-related agencies.

Primary responsibilities of alternative health practitioners include:

  • Conducting follow up appointments, monitoring patient status and making changes as required
  • Developing individualized treatment plans such as supplement or nutrition programs
  • Performing an initial consultation with clients to determine current health and lifestyle
  • Offer other advice to clients relating eating habits and improvement in lifestyle
  • Recommending suitable herbal remedies, vitamins and minerals for specific health problems
  • Applying iridology to analyse organs (studying the iris of the eye).

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