How to become a Natural Therapist

Natural therapists specialise in a range of complementary and alternative medical techniques and remedies (including homeopathy, herbalism and aromatherapy), which they use to diagnose, treat and prevent physical illness or dysfunction.

Personal requirements of a Natural Therapist

  • Desire to help people achieve good health
  • Committed to promoting complementary and alternative medicine as a complement to conventional medical treatments
  • A mature and confident personality
  • Good communication skills

Education & Training for a Natural Therapist

To become a natural therapist you usually have to complete a VET qualification. You may be required to attend an interview. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.

Additional Information

Natural therapy is not a registered health profession. However, national professional bodies such as the Australian Traditional Medicine Society and the Australian Natural Therapists Association set standards for membership.

Duties & Tasks of a Natural Therapist

Natural therapists:

  • analyse patients' eating habits and develop personalised nutrition plans
  • prescribe natural medicines such as herbal remedies, vitamin compounds and mineral supplements
  • use organic techniques to stimulate the body's capacity for self-healing
  • examine the iris (the coloured part of the eye) to analyse and treat illness in various organs of the body (known as iridology).

Employment Opportunities for a Natural Therapist

Natural therapists usually work in private practice, and success depends largely on the local community's willingness to receive complementary and alternative medical treatments. Other career options include employment in group practices, research, consultancy, government agencies or in industries such as health food and natural products.



An aromatherapist blends therapeutic plant oils, including essential oils, and uses methods such as topical application, massage and inhalation to promote psychological and physical wellbeing.


A herbalist prescribes and prepares natural remedies specific to their clients' health profiles, using plants and plant parts. These remedies can take the form of tablets, capsules, teas, tinctures, extracts, essential oils (aromatherapy) and other herbal preparations.


A homeopath prescribes medicines and therapeutic measures to assist the natural tendency of the body to heal itself. A homeopath takes into account the individual's whole physical and emotional environment as well as the specific symptoms of illness.


A kinesiologist uses non-invasive muscle monitoring to evaluate imbalances in the body's nervous system and energy systems and employs muscle-testing techniques to restore and promote overall health and wellbeing.


A naturopath provides holistic remedies for physical ailments by assessing the client's lifestyle, including mental, emotional, nutritional and physical habits. They prescribe necessary changes (as well as herbal and natural medicines) to encourage the maintenance of a lifestyle that supports health and wellbeing.

Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT ACT 3.5%

NSW NSW 24.9%

NT NT 1.3%

QLD QLD 23.9%

SA SA 11.8%

TAS TAS 1.5%

VIC VIC 28.8%

WA WA 4.4%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 26.8%

Female 73.2%

Education level:

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 28.3%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 71.7%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0%

20-24 - 1.7%

25-34 - 17.2%

35-44 - 26.9%

45-54 - 22.2%

55-59 - 16%

60-64 - 6.1%

65 and Over - 9.9%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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