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.
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.
Marta Browne – ANPA Secretary
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.
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.
Janet Haworth – Ordinary Member
Janet Haworth trained as a naturopath at Southern Cross University in Lismore and graduated with a Bachelor of Naturopathy in April 2003 after working as an RN since 1992. Janet has a Graduate Diploma in Health as well as a Masters in Nursing. After practicing in Brisbane, Darwin Janet took a break from practice and moved to the Sunshine Coast QLD after her son was born in 2008. She then returned to naturopathic practice in 2016. Janet’s vision for naturopathy is that we are the first line health stop for individuals. If we all went to naturopaths routinely we would certainly influence the chronic disease landscape substantially. Janet believes social change is required in order to change the belief system of ‘disease treatment’ to ‘disease prevention’. This begins with us as individuals teaching society and other health professionals of our role in health management and disease prevention. Janet uses herbal and nutritional medicine, lifestyle counselling, flower essences, homeopathy and a Bio Impedance Analysis Machine for body composition analysis in her practice. Janet loves nature and tries to get out amongst it as often as possible by going camping. She is an active member of the community, and you will often find her at the farmers market or at the gym.
Alexandra Preston – Ordinary Member
Alexandra Preston is a degree-qualified naturopath on the Gold Coast. She has always been passionate about healing and soon learnt the power of natural healing modalities such as naturopathy. She sees clients with a range of health issues, however her biggest interests as a naturopath are anti-aging and longevity, and health issues related to fatigue, weight and female reproductive health. She wants to help promote Naturopathy as an effective system of healthcare and preserve our unique traditions.
Luiza Lira Hayne – Ordinary Member
Luiza is a Naturopathy student at Endeavour College in Sydney. She is passionate about understanding the body-mind connection and its impact on health and disease. She joined ANPA in May 2018 as a student member and has been serving as a committee member since November of that same year. Luiza has also studied yoga, health coaching and reiki. Her professional background is in account and finance where she’s had over 15 years’ experience. On a personal level, Luiza loves experimenting with food, herbs (she loves the taste of them), learning new languages, experiencing different cultures, travelling, and meeting people.
Debbie Lam – Ordinary Member
Debbie graduated from the Australasian College of Natural Therapies (ACNT) in April 2016, with Advanced Diplomas in Naturopathy, Nutritional Medicine and Western Herbal Medicine. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Sydney. Stemming from personal experience, Debbie has a particular interest in atopy (hyper allergic conditions) and skin conditions including eczema and acne. She is intrigued by the connection between mental and physical health and enjoys the process of listening to, and working, with clients. She is enthusiastic about food, particularly the eating part, and is very happy nosing around produce markets and experimenting with ingredients. Debbie has lived in South East Asia for nearly ten years and experienced distance running, dragon boat racing, scuba diving and plenty of amazing South East Asian cuisine. In Australia, Debbie has been employed in both the private and public sectors. Her work experience has given her the confidence to represent herself and the ANPA as necessary and successfully deliver on projects. Debbie is currently establishing her business/practice so hopes to be a voice for other ANPA graduates who are at this stage of their career.
Amanda Owen – Ordinary Member
I graduated from the Australian College of Natural Medicine (Camberwell) in 2003 and I’m passionate about the philosophy of naturopathy and the connection between mind and body. I am also very interested in the sociology of health and illness and the impact political decisions and media coverage have on the perception of the naturopathic profession. I look forward to a time when there is a greater recognition and understanding of our role in ‘dis-ease’ prevention, health education and the management of chronic conditions. I’m passionate about diet, nutrition and herbal medicine and believe education is at the foundation of empowering individuals to make healthier lifestyle choices. In my spare time I enjoy walking my dog, gardening and spending time with family and friends.
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.