Grandfathering date is changed to 2019 reflect the Advanced Diploma teach out period

Update from December 2018 deadline

Numerous people have contacted ARONAH in recent weeks asking about our deadline for recognition of Advanced Diploma courses under our grandparenting provisions. Many of these people have been concerned that they needed to apply by December 2018 to be able to apply under grandparenting provisions.

Please note that this deadline was the former deadline imposed during the establishment of ARONAH, and mirrored AHPRA standards that the grandparenting provisions would run for five years after establishment of the register.

When the Community Services and Health Industries Skills Council announced the removal of Advanced Diplomas of naturopathy and Western herbal medicine from the health training package in July 2014 a decision was made by ARONAH to extend recognition of Advanced Diploma graduates throughout the teach out period, which is until December 31 2018.

The ARONAH board is extending this deadline for a further 6 months so that graduates have time to get the necessary paperwork in order, and establish a practice if they are choosing to do so. This deadline will be reviewed again at the end of financial year.

The new deadline to apply for ARONAH membership for those who have an Advanced diploma is 31st August, 2019

ARONAH is currently reviewing its materials to ensure this new time frame is accurately represented in all documentation. This should be completed by April 2019.

In addition to training, admission to the ARONAH register will still be contingent on applicants meeting the entirety of eligibility criteria for ARONAH membership, as outlined in the current application site.

Although ARONAH will recognise Advanced Diplomas during the teach-out period, it should be noted that some benefits for new graduates are becoming increasingly limited to graduates of degree programs.

ARONAH recognises that this is a transitional period, and it recognises the important contribution of diploma programs before the degree standard became established. However, the degree standard is now well established and has been in place for nearly two decades. For this reason ARONAH supports a four-year minimum degree for current naturopathic training and three-year minimum degree for current Western herbalist training. Those considering enrolling in naturopathic or Western herbal medicine training are strongly urged to enroll in degree programs.