The New Zealand Naturopaths and Medical Herbalists Conference, taking place August 6-7, will be an opportunity for over 150 naturopaths, medical herbalists and other healthcare industry professionals from around the world to come together in line. The conference program includes scholars and graduates of Torrens University.
NMHNZ and Torrens University share goals for the naturopathic industry
A member of the World Naturopathic Federation (WNF), NMHNZ is committed to promoting the recognition and advancement of naturopathy and aims to advance and protect the development of naturopathic medicine in New Zealand. Additionally, the organization offers the public a guaranteed standard of natural health care.
At Torrens University Australia, scholars, students and graduates of Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine share these goals – for recognition of the profession and constantly striving to achieve the highest standards. Also, like the NMHNZ, Torrens University is closely associated with the WNF.
With our shared values and aspirations, we are proud that Torrens University has a strong presence at the NMHNZ conference.
Torrens University Speakers at NMHNZ Conference
International speakers at the Conference will include Torrens University scholars Catherine Smith, Michelle Mravunac and Lisa Costa Bir.
Catherine Smith, Program Director of Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine
Catherine Smith is Program Director for the Bachelor of Health Sciences – Western Herbal Medicine (WHM) and Naturopathy programs at Torrens University in Australia. She holds degrees in naturopathy, health sciences, post-graduate nutrition, complementary medicine and education, and has worked in education and university management for over 10 years and has been a qualified naturopath for over 20 year. During the COVID pandemic, the Naturopathic and WHM academic team at Torrens University quickly and successfully implemented a telehealth service as an alternative to the in-person consultations offered at The Practice Wellbeing student-run clinic. Center. Catherine will talk about her experiences with telehealth in her presentation: Thriving with Telehealth: Practice for the Future.
Michelle Mravunac, Lecturer in Naturopathy and Nutritional Medicine
With a passion for teaching and mentoring the next generation of naturopaths, Michelle Mravunac teaches and supervises the student clinic in Naturopathic and Nutritional Medicine courses at Torrens University Sydney. She completed a Masters in Human Nutrition and a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Naturopathy and has worked in private practice for the past 22 years. Michelle has extensive experience treating a range of conditions including female reproductive disorders. Her commitment to women’s health is reflected in the topic of her conference presentation: The Naturopathic Management of Endometriosis: A Case Study.
Lisa Costa Bir, Naturopath and Lecturer Naturopath
Lisa Costa Bir specializes in women’s health and autoimmunity. She holds a Masters in Women’s Health, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Science in Naturopathy, and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Naturopathy. In addition to running her practice in Sydney, Lisa is a lecturer and clinical supervisor at Torrens University. She also contributes to a range of naturopathic industry textbooks. Lisa’s work has the potential to improve the lives of women around the world and she will talk about it in her lecture session, PMDD Naturopathic Management – What Works? PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) is a serious condition similar to PMS (premenstrual syndrome) that affects 3-8% of women worldwide.
Sally Mathrick, naturopath and speaker
Torrens University host Sally Mathrick is a leading Australian naturopath, health educator, writer, lecturer and Sound Medicine’s leading naturopath. She was Director of the NHAA (Naturopaths & Herbalists Association of Australia) from 2018-2020 and is a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (FASLM).
Sally is skilled in treating menopause, migraines and other chronic health issues, and offers health classes and workshops to guide people through a detox or healthy eating process.
Holds a graduate degree in medication management with a specialization in complementary medicine, a bachelor’s degree in naturopathy (science) and a bachelor of arts. she is highly qualified. Sally has practiced alongside other health practitioners, primarily osteopaths and general practitioners. She was instrumental in bringing five integrative medicine conferences to Byron Bay which explored some of the elements of joint practice for better patient care and better outcomes. Since 2006, Sally has been a DIY Detox columnist for Wellbeing Australia and is widely published in newspapers and magazines. During the conference, Sally will speak on the subject: Our Vital Role in the “Decade of Decline”.
Our Natural Medicine Graduates Also Speak at the NMHNZ Conference
Rachel Arthur is a respected and widely published naturopath and nutritionist specializing in integrative nutrition and diagnosis. With over 20 years of clinical and classroom experience, Rachel is respected as a leading nutrition educator. She has contributed to authoritative texts, including all four editions of Herbs & Natural Supplements: An Evidence Based Guide. She also offers a monthly podcast, Update in Under 30. Rachel is a graduate of the Southern School of Natural Therapies (SSNT), the oldest institution in natural therapies and has been part of Torrens University Australia since 2014. She will speak at the conference. on the topic of confidence and competence in the interpretation of pathology.
Sophie Friend, graduate of a bachelor’s degree in health sciences (naturopathy)
Sophie Friend graduated from Torrens in 2020 with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Naturopathy. Now a qualified naturopath and nutritionist, Sophie runs her own clinic, Sol Natural Health. At the conference, she will present a poster presentation of her research: Efficacy of Actaea racemosa for Relieving Climacteric Complaints. She says that during the pandemic, while medical professionals need to care for their Covid patients, they cannot overlook non-communicable diseases and conditions, such as menopause. Sophie studies the effectiveness of herbal medicine as an alternative to HRT for postmenopausal women. Supervising her study is her undergraduate lecturer, Amber Moore, and Ian Breakspear. Both are academics at Torrens University: Amber is a Senior Learning Facilitator in Health Sciences and Ian is a Senior Learning Facilitator in Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine.
As our involvement in the NMHNZ conference shows, our scholars and graduates are active and respected members of the international community of natural medicine professionals; our connections and collaborations span the globe and across the industry.
If you want to be part of the dynamic, people-oriented natural health profession, you can take the first step by exploring our complementary medicine courses.