David Fitts – ANPA Lifetime Member
The Association was originally founded in 1976 and went by the name of the Australian Naturopathic Practitioners and Chiropractors Association; after the Chiropractic Registration Act was passed in 1996, the term Chiropractic was dropped from the title and the Australian Naturopathic Practitioners Association was born.
I first became involved with the organization around 1983 as a student member, and remained on the committee in that capacity till I graduated in 1986; after graduation I took on the position of Public Relations Officer which I held for two years.
At the time of my induction onto the committee the Association was very small and not overly active in the areas of politics, media and inter association dialogue; this in turn provided me the opportunity to market and promote the name of the organization with government, business, media and other associations that had naturopathic memberships. Around the same time we were able to move the committee meetings from a lounge room environment to a board room which gave the Association a much higher professional profile and access to a more sophisticated array of office technology and support.
In 1988 I was elected to the position of Chairman of the Management Committee which I held for 10 years and in 1998 I was elected National President of the Association which I held till 2003. In the 20 years of my active participation with the ANPA, I saw it grow from a small Victorian organization to a nationwide purely Naturopathic Association.
The significance of a purely Naturopathic Association became evident quite early in my time on committee, and I saw a great opportunity to hallmark this as a distinguishing feature as to what differentiated the ANPA from other associations. The ability to commit energy, focus and resources to supporting and developing Naturopathy without distraction from the needs of other modalities was a major strength for the Association that ensured that the welfare of its members and future members would be the primary focus of of all endeavours.
Today the ANPA is a well-established organization of 40 years standing representing the interests of practitioner and student members’ nation-wide.
Maintaining a strong a reputation for excellence and commitment to the future development of Naturopathy in Australia, over a broad range of issues, it has been my privilege to be part of this Association’s history and very gratifying to see how successive generations of members have taken it forward to the position of respect and professional standing it currently holds.
Karen Martin ND, BTeach MDEd – ANPA Lifetime Member
Karen graduated from the SA College of Botanic Medicine and Natural Therapies in 1990. After graduation she lectured in Naturopathy at various training institutions in Adelaide for 18 years and was employed as Deputy Principal and Principal of two prominent Adelaide Complementary Medicine Colleges. In 2003 she was appointed as the first lecturer in Naturopathy at the University of South Australia and later continued there in a research role. Karen has written regular complementary health columns for National Pharmacies magazine and The Advertiser and for the past 20 years has been ‘resident naturopath’ for radio 5RPH.
Karen was President of the ANPA from 2002 to 2007, also representing the ANPA as Secretary of the Federation of Natural and Traditional Therapists (FNTT). During this time she served on numerous Government and non-Government consultative committees for Complementary Medicine nationally. In January 2008 she was appointed to the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s Advisory Committee on Complementary Medicine (ACCM) and served on this committee until 2016.
For the past 12 years Karen has been Naturopath and Director at Well2, a multidisciplinary Natural Therapies clinic in Norwood South Australia specialising in Women’s health, fertility and IVF support. Well2 is one of the first clinics to run an integrated clinical team comprising of naturopath, acupuncturists, massage therapists, psychologist and dietitian. Recently Well2 have developed a specialised organic pregnancy and baby skincare line to complement their clinical work and these products are currently moving into retail outlets across Australia.