FULL MEMBER INTERVIEW – Matthew Allan (continued)

What motivated you to become a Naturopath?
I was completing an apprenticeship in painting and decoration. I became ill from lead poisoning due to not wearing the correct PPE. I decided to research various treatments for lead poisoning, and before I knew it, I was inspired to enroll in a Naturopathy course.

Is this still the same nowadays as compared to when you first began?
When I first began, my motivation was based solely on my own health. Now, my motivation is more centred around those who are in a similar situation.

What modalities do you use in your practice? Have they changed over time?
I also studied Traditional Chinese Medicine through the Medboo Training Hospital in Beijing. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has become a lot more recognised as a valuable health system over the past 10 years, which is evident by the stringent registration laws.

Do you have a vision for Naturopathy in Australia?
I have a vision that integrative medicine will be more of an option for people in the future. It would be good if people had the option of seeing their GP or a Naturopath on the same premises, with both practitioners respected by each other, and both working together to tackle chronic illness.

What are your interests besides Naturopathy?
I love being in the garden so I like to grow all sorts of weird and wonderful exotic vegetables. Just being amongst nature is awesome.

What words of wisdom would you share with a new graduate Naturopath?
Always take the time to listen to those more experienced than you. Textbooks are good, but real knowledge comes from experience.