Steering Committee


The Steering Committee for the establishment of the Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists was made up of:

  • Dr Lesley Braun
  • Ms Angela Doolan
  • Ms Judy Jacka
  • Dr Pauline McCabe




  • Ms Karen Martin
  • Professor Stephen Myers


  • Mr Paul Orrock
  • Mr P. Spero Tsindos
  • Mr Jon Wardle


Dr Lesley Braun
Dr Lesley Braun is a graduate of the Victorian College of Pharmacy (Monash Uni), Southern School of Natural Therapies in Melbourne and RMIT in Melbourne. She has training in pharmacy, naturopathy, clinical nutrition and herbal medicine. Her PhD investigated the use and management of complementary medicines in Victorian hospitals and the attitudes and knowledge of medical doctors and pharmacists.

Lesley currently works as a research fellow within the Department of Surgery, Monash University (Cardiothoracic Research Unit, Alfred Hospital), and lectures and tutors medical students at Monash University and chiropractic students at RMIT. She is also a regular contributor to pharmacy and complementary medicine journals and has lectured widely to naturopaths, medical doctors and pharmacists at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Prior to this, she was a technical consultant to the Complementary Medicine industry for over 10 years and had worked in practice as a naturopath and pharmacist.

Lesley is the main author of “Herbs and Natural supplements – an evidence based guide” which was co-written with Professor Marc Cohen and is widely used as a reference text in the field. She is active on several boards and committees such as Vice President of National Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA), an advisory board member to the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA) and on the editorial board of the Journal of Complementary Medicine (JCM).


Ms Angela Doolan
Angela Doolan is a practicing naturopath at Women’s Natural Medicine in Alstonville, Northern New South Wales. She writes the ALL NATURAL column in the Northern Star which highlights naturopathic options for health conditions. She is also the coordinator of Naturopaths for Registration, a rapidly growing collective of over 200 naturopaths and western herbalists.

Naturopaths for Registration is a single issue, political lobby group, independent of any political party, professional association or training provider. Naturopaths for Registration support the position that national registration of naturopaths and western herbalists is in the best interest of public health and safety, consistent with the conclusion of the 2005 La Trobe report conducted by Lin

Naturopaths for Registration is committed to achieving recognition of Naturopaths and Western herbalists as skilled and valued health professionals, offering effective treatments and strategies in naturopathic, herbal and nutritional medicines, with a positive and proactive role to play in the health and wellbeing of the Australian people.

Angela graduated in 2004 from the Bachelor of Naturopathy Southern Cross University, Lismore. She was the winner of the Southern Cross University ‘Spirit of the Clinic Award’ and the MediHerb prize winner for Academic Excellence in Herbal Medicine.

She also holds degrees in education from the University of New England and Arts from the University of Queensland and is the mother of four children. She holds a Black Belt in Karate from Success Martial Arts and is currently a brown belt training with the Japanese Karate Association.


Ms Judy Jacka
Judy undertook General Nursing Training at Prince Henry’s Hospital and graduated in 1960.
After some disillusionment with the current medical model she studied natural therapies at the Southern School of Natural Therapies (SSNT) graduated with a diploma in 1971 and later upgraded to a bachelor degree in Health Science in 1991 at the SSNT.

Judy was principal at the SSNT until 1985 and then chairperson until 1996. In the early 1980s she did a Post Grad. Diploma in Human Relations Education at Melbourne University. During the first half of the 1980s she co-ordinated a number of submissions on behalf of SSNT and the naturopathic profession when various pieces of proposed state and federal legislation threatened the future of natural therapies.

Both during and since that time, she has continued clinical practice plus lecturing at the SSNT in naturopathic clinical practice and has seven books published in the areas of health and healing. She is particularly interested in helping graduates of natural therapies become established in practice using a core synthesis of clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, and homeopathy.

In addition she has always been committed to the appropriate government recognition of naturopathy and herbal medicine through statutory registration.


Dr Pauline McCabe
Pauline McCabe has a background in nursing, naturopathy, midwifery, acupuncture, and various other complementary therapies. She was a ‘naturopathic midwife’ for many years before entering academia and gaining a PhD in the philosophy of natural medicine. Since then Pauline has been involved in the introduction of natural medicine programs and courses into the tertiary education sector. She currently works at RMIT School of Health Sciences on the new Master of Wellness program and also operates a consultancy specialising in natural medicine education. She was a member of the research team that produced the report The Practice and Regulatory Requirements of Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine for the Victorian government, and has had a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals on regulation, education, and other complementary therapy issues. Pauline was also content editor for a textbook titled Complementary Therapies in Nursing and Midwifery: From Vision to Practice.


Ms Karen Martin
Karen Martin has been in private practice as a naturopath in Adelaide since 1991 and is Director of the Australian Centre for Natural Health and Wellness, a multidisciplinary complementary and allied health clinic at Norwood in South Australia.

Karen has lectured in naturopathy at various teaching institutions since 1991. In 2003 she was appointed as the first Lecturer in Naturopathy at the University of South Australia, where she also participated in research projects in CAM. She has also completed a Masters degree in Distance Education at Deakin University, where her minor thesis utilized a needs analysis approach to determining curricular requirements for degree-upgrade programs for naturopathic diploma graduates.

Karen is a Director of the Federation of Natural and Traditional Therapists (FNTT), and is immediate past president of the Australian Naturopathic Practitioners Association (ANPA). In these roles she developed and implemented the Quality Practice Standards for Professional Associations and Quality Standards Assessment Committee. She has been a member of numerous complementary medicine consultative committees, including the National Industry Reference Group for development of the Health Training Package and the Complementary Medicines Evaluation Committee (CMEC) of the Therapeutics Goods Administration.


Professor Stephen Myers
Professor Myers is currently Director of the Natural and Complementary Medicine Research Unit (NatMed-Research) within the Department of Natural and Complementary Medicine at Southern Cross University. He initially qualified as a naturopathic practitioner and later in western medicine, and has a PhD in clinical pharmacology. Professor Myers has been extensively involved with naturopathic education in Australia, and is actively engaged in research in herbal medicine, therapeutic foods and in public health issues in complementary medicine.

Professor Myers is also an Expert Advisor to the TGA’s Complementary Medicine Evaluation Committee, and has acted as consultant to industry, government and educational institutions. Professor Myers has published widely, and is a member of the editorial panel of several national and international journals on complementary medicine and nutrition. He is currently a senior editor of the American Naturopathic Foundations Project creating the definitive textbook on Naturopathic Medicine. In 2004 he was awarded the prestigious Lady Cilento Award by the Complementary Healthcare Council for a sustained contribution to the field.

In conjunction with Dr Alan Bensoussan, Professor Myers co-authored the report Towards a Safer Choice in 1995, which reviewed the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Australia for the Victorian, New South Wales and Queensland state governments.


Mr Paul Orrock
Paul Orrock is a registered general nurse, a naturopath and an osteopath. He has lectured in Naturopathic and Osteopathic courses in both private colleges and universities, and is Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Cross University, which has the first university based naturopathic degree programme in Australia. Paul has a Masters degree by research, and is currently studying for his PhD. Paul also has a private practice as a Naturopath and Osteopath and for over 20 years has integrated the use of natural medicines and osteopathy into family health care. Paul’s goal is to see natural and complementary medicine offered in the health system to the whole community.


Mr P. Spero Tsindos
Spero has been a practicing Naturopath for more than twenty years, working in the United States as well Australia and he is currently registered as a Naturopathic Physician in Washington D.C. He has been a lecturer for the past 15 years in a number of subjects within the Naturopathy field as diverse as Herbal medicine, Botany and Iridology as well as teaching research methods and Public health. He holds a Masters in Public Health from Deakin University and his main area of interest has been how people use and drink water. Spero is the President of the Australian Naturopathic Practitioners Association and has been on the association executive committee for the past 10 years. Spero is the National Program leader for Naturopathy, Nutrition and Western Herbal Medicine at Endeavour College of Natural Health and is co-author of the Therapeutic Reference Manual of Complementary Medicines. He has published in both professional journals and mainstream media and currently maintains a web site providing detailed complementary medicine product information for health professionals and students in the health care field.


Mr Jon Wardle
Jon practices as a naturopath in Brisbane and is a National Health and Medical Research Council Public Health Scholar at the School of Population Health, University of Queensland. He is a founding Director of the Network of Researchers in the Public Health of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NORPHCAM) and is on the editorial board of several journals, including the International Journal of Naturopathic Medicine  and is an Associate Editor for the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine project in the US. He is co-editor of the first evidence based naturopathic textbook – Clinical Naturopathy – and Evidence Based Guide to Practice published by Churchill Livingstone – now used as a set naturopathic text in five countries and recently translated in Spanish. Jon lectures internationally on CAM and has several popular Australian health columns, in addition to his academic publishing endeavours