Eta Brand – President
Eta Brand completed her Naturopathy studies at Southern Cross University. She was an exchange student to Bastyr University, Seattle for 3 months in her final study year. She was the Chancellors’ Medallist in her graduating year of Public Health at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Eta is also a trained Medical Technologist. She has more than 30 years of experience internationally in diverse areas health. She has held positions in health marketing to clinical, research, pharmaceutical and environmental health. Eta is passionate about minimising harm and raising the profile of naturopaths and what they have to offer to the public. This includes creating bridges of understanding and collaborating with the extended professional health community. She has been interviewed by the media and regularly comments on the issues for naturopaths. She lives in Nambour, QLD and is passionate about growing many herbs and other edible plants. She supports sustainable agriculture, community gardens and heritage seed savers. She practices in a multidisciplinary clinic she established offering patient-centred integrated care. She was a member on the recent Natural Therapies Review Advisory Panel to the government. She is inspired by the wonder of nature, diverse traditional wisdom and culture, elders, music and art.
Marta Browne – Vice President
Marta is an integrative naturopath drawing on conventional and natural health sciences to assess, treat and offer preventative strategies for her clients. She enjoys working with a team that may include: GP’s, specialists, physiotherapists, psychologists, dieticians and other health professionals. Marta uses herbal medicine, nutrition and lifestyle strategies in her clinic. Marta originally trained in microbiology and parasitology at the University of Queensland (UQ) and focused on tropical health. She also studied psychology and practice management before pursuing a natural medicine career through AIAS. Marta has a special interest in women’s health. Her focus is fertility, pregnancy and post-natal health. She is a certified doula providing support during pregnancy, labour and the immediate post-partum period for new parents. Marta plans to contribute to the efficient and smooth running of the ANPA with her extensive knowledge and administrative skills for the benefit of ANPA members.
Maria Bergamin – Treasurer
I have been a member of the ANPA since 1996. In all these years their help has been invaluable to me. I keenly read their journals, e-letters and the web site is an excellent source of information also. This year I was keen to attend the AGM and was already thinking about what can I now offer back to my association. I’m still not sure what I can offer but my many years of naturopathic and homoeopathic work must account for something so here I am on the committee prepared to help where I can. I studied Naturopathy at The Australian College of Natural Medicine (Camberwell Campus) and graduated in 1996. I continued studies in homoeopathy and the Vega method of diagnosis. My main modality in clinic is homoeopathy. My passion is vibrational medicine as its ability in dealing with dis-ease is truly remarkable.I would dearly love to see a bigger focus on vibrational medicine and low potency homoeopathic prescribing in our industry and by being on the committee it may just be me who sees that this form of prescribing and treatment is brought out into the community more.
Nadine Bedewi – Secretary
Nadine Bedewi has been practicing clinical Naturopathy for over 16 years. She completed her Naturopathic studies at the Australian College of Natural Medicine (Camberwell campus) in 1997, after a life-long interest in healing with plants. Nadine’s professional background was in Sales and Executive Recruitment, before she embarked on a career change with the birth of her first child. As a mother of three, Nadine understands the demands and challenges faced by families, and how they can impact on our well-being. She brings this deep empathy and understanding to her work, always considering the individual needs and capacity of her patients. Nadine sees her contribution to the ANPA as that of co-educator and networker. With experience in public speaking and writing, she brings these skills to the Committee in helping to communicate the ways in which ANPA continually supports and actively represents its Members. Nadine joined the ANPA committee wanting to be involved in communication. She believes it is important that members are kept up to date with issues that affect our profession, as well as providing a reliable bank of reference material and resources. When she’s not working, Nadine enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as dancing and pottering in her garden.
Jennifer Goldsworthy – Ordinary Member
Jennifer has been a naturopath for the past 17 years. She joined the ANPA because of the association’s dedicated focus to Naturopathy as well as consistent efforts in maintaining high standards for both alternative and allopathic medicine. Jennifer’s training includes Shiatsu, Ayurvedic medicine principles, Live Blood Analysis, Counseling and Flower Essence therapy. After working for many years in a multi-disciplinary clinic, she established her own practice. Jennifer has naturopathy clinics in Seaford, Rye and Hampton. She is passionate about using treatments that address the cause of the complaint as well as resonate with the level of disease development in the individual. She likes using herbal remedies as well as homoeopathic and flower essences to restore homoeostasis or balance. Jennifer believes firmly in what nature provides to heal mind, body and spirit. Jennifer feels it is a privilege to be working alongside many talented committee members supporting naturopaths and students, and thereby public health.
Patricia Rae Oakley – Ordinary Member
Patricia graduated from the Australian College of Natural Medicine in Camberwell in 1997 with a Diploma of Naturopathy. Patricia has been an ANPA member since 1997. She enjoys working with people and has many years retail experience in health food stores. She also had a home based naturopathy practice. Patricia is excited to be supporting members in the ANPA office. She also participates as an ANPA committee member. As a new member of the admin team I know that I have many skills that will assist raising awareness for the profession. I like using vibrational therapies, herbal medicine, nutrition from foods and other targeted nutritional supplements. When I am not having fun in the ANPA office I like spending time with my four lovely grandchildren. I also enjoy travel, ancient temples, different healing methods, gardening, the beach, cooking and meditation.
Terri Stevenson – Ordinary Member
I completed my Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) at Endeavour College on the Gold Coast. I joined ANPA because I wanted to be a part of an association that is dynamic and at the forefront of every significant issues affecting the profession of naturopathy. Prior to being a naturopath, I had a successful career in retail management. My passions have always been linked to natural health. These include eating a wholefood diet, regularly exercising the body and mind and believing in nature’s innate ability to heal. My influence in these areas has encouraged family and friends to alter and improve their food and lifestyle choices. I’m excited to participate and volunteer my time on the ANPA committee. I recognise that my feedback is important for the ANPA committee when planning various avenues of support. Some of these support areas include: mentoring, access to chapter meetings and professionalization. When I am not working or spending time with family I like to spend my spare time outdoors, enjoying the beach, walking along the water or finding a quiet spot to meditate.
ANPA Administration – Linda Mandelt
I have been the ANPA administrator for the past ten years. I work with the ANPA committee, the general membership as well as the public. I like communicating with the people and enjoy my work supporting the ANPA association. I maintain and oversee the day to day functions and smooth running of the ANPA office. I am in the office three days of the week and am kept very busy. I cover a range of tasks some of which include: answering emails and telephone calls, maintaining ANPA membership records, preparing regular submissions to health insurance companies, ANPA bookkeeping and banking, enrolling new members, preparing and distributing committee reports for meetings, taking minutes, preparing mailings and liasing with advertisers.