The ARONAH Board has been selected by an independent Selection Committee of eminent Australians in accordance with the process outlined by the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.

Under this scheme the Board most compose of:

  • One practitioner from each of the larger jurisdictions (New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia), one of which must be from a regional area.
  • One practitioner from one of the smaller jurisdicitions (Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory or Tasmania)
  • Three community members (members who have not been practising naturopaths or herbalists)
  • Information about joining the board can be found at

The members of the Board of the Australian Register of Naturopaths are:


Practitioner members

  • Mrs Nikki Warren (Queensland), Chair
  • Ms Lisa McDonald (New South Wales)
  • Ms Jackie Arbuckle (Victoria), Treasurer
  • Ms Marion Volk (Western Australia)
  • Dr Matthew Leach (South Australia)
  • Vacant (ACT, Tasmania and NT)
  • Mrs Amie Steel, Immediate Past Chair (2013-2016)



Community members

  • Ms Karen Malcolm, Secretary
  • Ms Deidre Bryson
  • Ms Suzi Ladanyi


Practitioner members

Ms Jackie Arbuckle (VIC)

Jackie Arbuckle is a naturopath practicing in Melbourne, and rurally in Benalla, Victoria. She is a degree-qualified, graduating from Southern School of Natural Therapies in 2007. Jackie also has an Applied Science Degree (Human Biology) and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology, both from RMIT.

Jackie’s practice focuses in treating people with digestive problems as well as stress and fatigue. She has a special interest in iridology and uses it extensively in her practice. Jackie also lecturers at one of the Melbourne based colleges in nutrition and iridology.

Previously, she worked in scientific research at Melbourne University and the Cancer Council Victoria, mainly in the area of cancer prevention.


Lisa McDonald (NSW)

Lisa is a qualified naturopath and passionate about our naturopathy and western herbal medicine profession continuing to be a well educated and a respected health care provider in the Australian health system. Lisa has worked for over 12 years in global organisations in human resources, change management and business re-engineering roles before having children and pursuing her passion as a naturopath.

In additional to her Naturopathy qualifications, Lisa has a Bachelor of Arts (psychology) degree and a Masters of Management. Lisa is a member of the NHAA and an Associate Member of AIMA and ACNEM. Lisa currently practices in a clinic in Sydney and is studying towards a qualification in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine with ACNEM.


Dr Matthew Leach

M Leach Personal photo 6Dr Leach is a Senior Research Fellow and Research Degree Coordinator within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of South Australia. He is also a Registered nurse and naturopath. Dr Leach has made a significant contribution to the field of complementary and integrative medicine since commencing his PhD fourteen years ago. He has published more than 65 journal articles, four book chapters and a sole-authored textbook, and has attracted over 823 citations for his work. Dr Leach is also a member of several journal editorial boards and government committees, has been awarded a competitive Research Fellowship with the Australian Research Centre of Complementary & Integrative Medicine, and has been awarded more than $975,000 in competitive research grant funding.


Mrs Amie Steel

Amie has completed her PhD through the Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney where she examined complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use amongst pregnant women. Amie is a member of the Network of Researchers in the Public Health of Complementary and Alternative Medicine and co-founder of Embrace Holistic Services ( Amie is a Board Member of the ‘Evidence, Research and Policy in Complementary Medicine’ Special Interest Group at the Public Health Association of Australia.  She is also in clinical practice as a naturopath at Herbs on the Hill ( in Brisbane, Australia. Amie’s current research focus includes a diverse area of complementary medicine including pregnancy and women’s health, curriculum content of conventional and complementary medicine courses, integration and regulation of complementary medicine within the wider health system, and the interface between evidence-based medicine and complementary medicine practice. Amie is widely published both in text books and peer-reviewed journals, has given invited talks at international research conferences and is on the editorial board for multiple international peer-reviewed journals related to complementary and alternative medicine.


Ms Marion Volk (WA)

Marion has a background in sociology, education, naturopathy, herbal medicine and homeopathy. She is a naturopath and herbalist in clinical practice with over 16 years’ experience and fellow of the Australian Natural Therapists Association, and a practising member of the National Herbalists Association of Australia, the Australian Register of Homoeopaths and the Australian Homoeopathy Association.

She has a strong interest in supporting the Western herbal medicine and naturopathic professions to improve and maintain their high standards by working in academic and clinical training, and mentoring graduates in clinical practice. She is committed to working towards registration of the profession. Her goal is to contribute to make prudent use of complementary health more accessible to the whole community to promote public health and wellbeing.

She has been lecturing in herbal medicine, naturopathy and clinical practice since 2003 and is also working as academic manager at Paramount College in Perth.

She has completed a Master’s degree in Education, Masters of Health Science degree in complementary medicine and graduated from Bachelor degrees in each Sociology (Hon), Education, Naturopathy, and Bachelor of Health Science degrees in Complementary Medicine and Western Herbal Medicine.



Mrs Nikki Warren (QLD)

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Nikki is a naturopath and herbalist who has specialised in fertility and prenatal care at Natural Reproductive Care for the past decade.  She has a Bachelor of Health Science (Complementary Medicine) through Charles Sturt University and is currently studying towards her Masters in Health Services (Research) at UTS.  Her current research focus is the long term safety of commonly used complementary and alternative medicines for the treatment of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.  Nikki brings her determination, drive and passion for the naturopathy and Western herbal medicine professions to further the vision and missions of ARONAH.



Community members


Suzi Ladanyi (NSW)

Bio coming soon.


Deidre Bryson (QLD)

Deidre Bryson Board Photo lighterDeidre is an information management professional with 25 years of data management and project management experience.

Her particular passion is in data integrity, process improvement and making information systems work for end users. Deidre has worked in a variety of sectors including government, community, private industry and has been self-employed.

Deidre has held national and international roles in IT, ensuring legal and marketing compliance, training and data integrity – and travelled extensively around Australia, Asia and the United States in several positions. Her work in data and information management has been published in academic journals, she has spoken at national and international conferences and implemented an industry leading research project in online repository work involving 7 regional universities.

Her personal interest in natural health and alternative medicine started more than 10 years after experiencing infertility and chronic fatigue.  She works in the Educational Pathways division of Endeavour College of Natural Health.  She was elected as a community member on the Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists (ARONAH) in 2016.

In her capacity as a Pathways Assessor for Endeavour College, Deidre is keen to ensure student outcomes are well matched to the skills they require for participating successfully in business after graduation. As well as her day job, she assists others in their personal and professional development as a Team Leader in a personal growth and development organisation.  She has two beautiful children that she credits to her pursuit of natural therapies.


Ms Karen Malcolm (QLD)

Karen is a remedial massage therapist with 13 years’ experience. Prior to studying natural therapies, Karen was a medical research scientist, working on the development of the cervical cancer vaccine. Her previous career and her love the Eastern approach to holistic health is combined in her practice. Karen is committed to assisting the transition of natural therapies to a place where treatments  are based upon empirical research with proven efficacy.