Course accreditation

ARONAH has written course Accreditation Standards for educational providers who deliver naturopathic or Western herbal medicine degrees.

The role of the ARONAH Board is to assess educational programs and the capacity of the educational institution offering the award to do so according to specified standards.  The ARONAH Board considers not only the curriculum and the delivery of education but also the ability of the program to ensure quality outcomes, the resources available and the performance of graduates

Educational programs are accredited for a period of 3 years at which time there will need to be a renewal application submitted.

Below are the documents required to apply for course accreditation.

Background

In 2015, the ARONAH benchmarked and developed the first accreditation standards to guide naturopathic programs in Australia. These standards were developed by the ARONAH Board following invited stakeholder feedback and were benchmarked against primary care professions in Australia and naturopathic education standards internationally. The standards reflected Board consensus on the content, characteristics and resources of a naturopathic medicine program as necessary for:

  1. Graduating safe and effective practitioners capable of working within the broader context of the Australian healthcare systems, and
  2. Achieving its educational mission and objectives.

In addition to recognising the need to circumstantially review the published standards as needed, the Board committed to a comprehensive review of the approved Naturopathic Education Accreditation Standards (2015) in five years.

Fulfilling that commitment, in August 2020 ARONAH engaged an independent consultant to lead and conduct a complete review of the accreditation standards to ensure the incorporation of emerging trends in naturopathic practice, and the Australian higher education and healthcare landscape.

The review was conducted across three separate stages, with stakeholders offered the opportunity to provide feedback via survey, written submission, online teleconference, telephone, or face-to-face.

The revised and updated Naturopathic Accreditation Standards reflect an evaluation of the aforementioned emerging trends and were informed, in part, by work conducted in conjunction with the World Naturopathic Federation to ensure that Naturopathic practice in Australia (and the ARONAH member regions) aligns with and the global efforts of the profession. Stakeholder feedback was incorporated at each stage of the consultation process.

Accreditation fees are as follows:

Initial Accreditation Fee

$3,800

Renewal of existing accreditation (no changes to course)

$1,890

Interim notification of minor changes to accredited course
(within the 3 year accreditation period)

$500

Interim notification of major changes to accredited course
(within the 3 year accreditation period)

$2000