The Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists has been established to provide minimum standards of education and practice for naturopathy and Western herbal medicine. The Board has developed this independent register which mirrors government requirements for the regulation of health practitioners.  Specifically, ARONAH mirrors the statutorily regulated Boards administered by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme. Naturopathy and Western herbal medicine are not regulated professions in Australia and do not currently fall under this scheme.
The ARONAH register opened in July 2013.


A Steering Committee was set up in mid-2009 to establish a Board and Register. The steering committee was made up of a group of individuals with naturopathic and/or Western herbal medicine training who were committed to:
  • helping the naturopathic and Western herbal medicine professions achieve and maintain a level of excellence and also promoting public health
  • initiating and developing the process of registration for these professions to safeguard the public

Details of the Steering Committee can be found here: Steering Committee Details

The Steering Committee called for applications for Board positions, in line with the procedures set out by the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme, which were advertised in The Australian, via media release and online. All major organisational stakeholders were also given written notification of this call.

An independent Selection Committee – a tribunal of eminent Australians with experience in corporate governance and no link to the health professions – selected the Board members from these applications in the Board Selection Criteria based on that outlined in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.

Selection Committee details can be found here: Selection Committee details