On the weekend of 28 and 29 May, highly regarded herbalists from Australia and around the world will take part in the NHAA Herbal Medicine Summit. Regina Lasaitis, lecturer in our Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine Bachelor courses, are among the guest speakers, and naturopath, Torrens University alumnus and Vice-President of the NHAA (Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia), Hannah Boyd, is one of the Summit organisers.
‘In this conference, we hope to bring the whole gamut of herbal medicine and what's happening in herbal medicine in Australia to the audience. We have lots of beautiful grassroots herbalism. We also have education trends and research being presented by Professor Jerome Sarris and Dr Leslie Braun. It's going to be really exciting.’ Hannah Boyd, NHAA Vice-President
A chance to gain new insights into a career in herbal medicine
At the NHAA Herbal Medicine Summit 2022, you’ll hear from leaders in the field about current research and practices as well as traditional methods, with Group Director of the Blackmores Institute (and also our alumnus), Dr Lesley Braun, discussing ‘Mental Wellbeing – an Integrative Approach’; Regina Lasaitis running a Case Sharing Workshop; and much more.‘When planning the conference, we decided to do a case sharing session, so people could come and talk about herbs, because we learn more about herbs when we share our knowledge. So we invited Regina to run it; she was the obvious choice! Torrens educators are some of the best people in the profession. We love having them as part of our team and presenting for the NHAA.’ Hannah Boyd
Join our academics at the NHAA Herbal Medicine Summit 2022 – leaders in Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine education
Torrens University’s naturopath and herbal medicine academics, such as Regina Lasaitis, are industry connected, widely respected in the field of natural medicine, and committed to sharing their experience and expertise with our students.
Regina Lasaitis, Naturopath and Herbalist
‘I’m a practitioner in herbal and naturopathic medicine with over 25 years’ experience. This is a very rewarding profession that is becoming increasingly needed in our society. I’m also a lecturer and student clinic supervisor in Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine.
What I most enjoy about my work is supporting and encouraging students while sharing my passion for herbal medicine and naturopathy. At Torrens, you will have the support you need while learning the specialised skills to enable you to provide effective herbal and naturopathic treatments.’ Regina Lasaitis, Herbalist, Naturopath and Lecturer, Torrens University, Sydney
Hannah Boyd, Naturopath
‘I graduated as a naturopath from Torrens University in 2012, and like many naturopaths, I decided to make this my career after seeing a naturopath myself. I was inspired to help others just as I had been. It was a radical change from working in film and TV, but little did I know how much I would love my new chosen profession.
Learning about naturopathic philosophy from many of my teachers was a highlight of my studies at Torrens. As they were practicing naturopaths, herbalists and nutritionists, they gave me a good impression of what life would be like outside of college. Now a professional myself, I still see many of these teachers and I still admire them greatly. They helped me become the practitioner I am today. Another great aspect of my studies was the friends I made in the course. Many are now my ‘naturopathic lifeline’, only a text or phone call away when I need help.
I don’t think the public really understand the high education standards naturopaths have to reach. When you tell them it's a four-year Bachelor degree, many people are very surprised. The best advice I can give to students is to keep reading, keep learning and be curious. I truly believe that a good naturopath is one who will keep doing these things throughout their careers – particularly having a sense of curiosity about science, the body, plants, and people. Also, get involved in your profession. I'm a relatively new graduate but I decided to join the board of NHAA because I'm passionate about supporting this profession. I encourage everyone to get involved.And don't forget to find your people. You'll need them!’ Hannah Boyd, Naturopath
The NHAA Herbal Medicine Summit gives you the opportunity to hear from the leaders in your profession. If you can’t attend in person, it will be live-streamed.
To find out more visit: https://nhaa.org.au/summit-2022/