Dr Amie Steel is a true leader in the Naturopathic profession and she wants to protect safe and qualified naturopaths from the actions of non-qualified persons which sometimes surface in the media. This podcast is highly contentious because "Naturopath" is not a protected title, allowing anyone to use the it.
Today Dr Steel takes us through the legalities facing practitioners of natural medicines, the myths sometimes propagated by those fearful of registration, and what organisations like Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists (ARONAH) are doing to protect not just patients but also properly qualified, safe practicing practitioners from the damage caused by untrained and unethical providers.
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Amie Steel is a qualified naturopath who has been in clinical practice since 1999. Amie not only holds a Bachelor of Naturopathy but also has a Graduate Certificate in Education (specialising in Higher Education) and a Master of Public Health from the University of Queensland. More recently, Amie completed a PhD through the prestigious Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, at the University of Technology of Sydney. 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.
Amie holds a number of professional positions which ensures she is abreast of the most recent research evidence, and important professional practice issues relevant to her areas of specialisation and to naturopathy more generally. These include: Consumer representative on the Mater Mothers Hospitals’ Maternity Clinical Governance Advisory Committee; member of the Network of Researchers in the Public Health of Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Board Member of the ‘Evidence, Research and Policy in Complementary Medicine’ Special Interest Group at the Public Health Association of Australia; Chariperson and Board member for the Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists; Collaborative researcher for the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health.