The board

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

  • Dr Amie Steel (Queensland), Chair
  • Ms Lisa McDonald (New South Wales)
  • Ms Jackie Arbuckle (Victoria), Treasurer
  • Ms Marion Volk (Western Australia)
  • Mrs Nikki Warren (Queensland), Casual member
  • Mr Peter Lewis (Queensland), Casual member
  • Vacant (South Australia, Tasmania and and territories)



Community members


  • Rabbi John Cooper
  • Ms Karen Malcolm, Secretary
  • One position currently vacant


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 Amie Steel (QLD)

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 state manager at Endeavour College in Perth.

She has completed a masters Health Science degree in complementary medicine and graduated from Bachelor degrees in each sociology (Hon), education, naturopathy, and Bachelor Health Science HSc degrees in complementary medicine and Western herbal medicine. She is currently studying a Masters degree in education.


Mrs Nikki Warren (QLD)

Head and shoulders b & w 80 x 93 pixelsNikki graduated as a naturopath in New Zealand in 2008. While studying naturopathy, she gave birth to her first child which inspired her to establish a clinic specialising in fertility and prenatal care upon graduation (  She then completed further qualifications including a Certificate of Doula Education, Advanced Diploma in Western Herbal Medicine and a Bachelor of Health Science (Complementary Medicine) through Charles Sturt University. Her career background is diverse and includes sales and marketing roles as well as working as an international flight attendant for 7 years.

Nikki moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2011 where she currently practises and looks forward to bringing her determination, drive and passion for the naturopathy and Western herbal medicine professions to further the vision and missions of ARONAH.



Community members


Rabbi John Cooper (QLD)

In addition to rabbinical studies, John has completed postgraduate studies in communal service, psychology, management, mediation and gerontology.  John is a Senior Fellow of the University of the Sunshine Coast in recognition of his contribution to community education through the U3A Sunshine Coast as well as his participation in interfaith activities. John also has an Honorary Doctorate from HUC-JIR in USA.

As an ARONAH Board community member, John’s primary focus is the patient/client, health fund member, and a tax paying citizen’s perspective.  ARONAH has an important role to play in helping the public identify who has met educational and practice standards when selecting a registered practitioner.  ARONAH will also give the public the opportunity to have their complaints dealt with by an independent complaints mechanism.

John optimises his health and wellness by first consulting an experienced and well-trained naturopath.  He has selected a team of professional health advisors who communicate with each other and respectfully cross-refer.  John believes that well-trained naturopaths and western herbalists deserve to be included as an integral component of the public’s health maintenance and prevention team.


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.