Southern School of Natural Therapies (SSNT)
Southern School of Natural Therapies (SSNT)
The Southern School of Natural Therapies (SSNT) understands that it is one thing to take responsibility for your own wellbeing, but it is quite another to accept the challenge of helping others achieve better health.
SSNT aims to produce highly trained primary contact healthcare practitioners who have a sophisticated understanding of clinical research methodology, using both scientific methods and new research models.
SSNT is particularly concerned with training practitioners who are dedicated to helping people take responsibility for their own health and promoting a balanced lifestyle in their health advice. Disease prevention and health promotion are emphasised within this holistic approach to health and the environment. Visit our website for more information.
SSNT is the longest-established education institution of its in Australia with over 50 years of academic excellence. Pioneered by Alfred Jacka in 1961, as the Victorian Branch of the Australian National Association of Naturopaths, Osteopaths and Chiropractors, SSNT gained its current name in 1981 with the association now known as the Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA).
An international leader in education
SSNT is part of the Laureate International Universities (LIU).
LIU is a leading international network of quality, innovative institutions of higher education. The LIU network of more than 80 accredited institutions offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than one million students in 28 countries around the world. Many Laureate institutions are ranked among the top providers of higher education in their respective regions and fields, and have received international recognition for their academic quality.
The SSNT campus is located in the vibrant Melbourne neighbourhood of Fitzroy, with an eclectic mix of restaurants, cafés, boutiques and nightlife close at hand for students to experience.
SSNT is close to the Melbourne CBD with students able to choose from the multitude of accommodation options in the surrounding areas.
Campus facilities and teaching clinic
SSNT has a wide range of services available, including a student rooftop area, off-site herb garden and on-campus Wellbeing Centre. See images of our campus .
During your studies, the Wellbeing Centre forms an integral part of your learning. You will join a team of students and receive support from skilled supervisors, from initial observation in your first years to your final trimesters of study where you treat patients as a student practitioner.
This hands-on, practical experience forms a key part of your learning, ensuring you have the experience and confidence to enter your chosen field upon graduation. More on our services and facilities can be found here .
SSNT offers a variety of courses, including: Chinese medicine, clinical myotherapy, naturopathy, nutritional medicine, health science and massage. We also recognise that everybody learns differently, which is why we offer flexible study options to reflect this.
Our lecturers are many of the country’s leading natural health practitioners who, with their expertise and experience, deliver the highest standard of education in a nurturing environment. Some of the most important developments in complementary medicine in the last 50 years have been instigated by the school and contributed to the growth of complementary medicine in the wider community.
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Magda Piszczuk wanted to be a naturopath since she was 15 years old. Originally Magda began studying at another institution but when she decided to move to Melbourne she researched Victorian tertiary institutions and found that “SSNT had the best reputation”.
What Magda most enjoyed about SSNT was “the quality of lecturers”. Students also frequently mention how friendly everyone on campus is, the practical experience in the Wellbeing Centre and the relaxed vibe on the campus rooftop.
While Magda loved the student experience at SSNT she credits the college for helping her get into her first dream job in the industry, before she even graduated. “I got my first job through a connection I made in final year during one of the industry days SSNT put on for us. I now practise full time as a naturopath, four to five days a week. I see clients, specialising in children’s health, as well as thyroid and bone disease.”
Going forward Magda plans to open her own business and continue to help her clients with their health and wellbeing through the skills she learnt at SSNT.