Southern School of Natural Therapies

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

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