Judy Jacka graduated from General Nursing Training at Prince Henry’s Hospital in 1960. She studied natural therapies at the Southern School of Natural Therapies (SSNT) and graduated with a diploma in 1971. In 1981 she received a post- graduate diploma in Human Relations Education from Melbourne University. In 2001 she upgraded her naturopathic diploma to a bachelor degree in Health Science.
Judy was principal at the SSNT from 1974 to 1985 and chairperson until 1996. She was concerned during this period to create a high standard in both medical and naturopathic sciences within the college. She was particularly interested to help graduates become established in practice using a core synthesis of clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, and homeopathy.
During the first half of the 1980’s Judy co-ordinated a number of submissions on behalf of SSNT and the naturopathic profession. It was a time when various pieces of proposed state and federal legislation threatened the future of natural therapies.
In 1999, Judy was awarded Life Membership of Australian Natural Therapist Association for her contributions to the profession, education and industry. In 2012 she was given an award by the Complementary Health Care Council of Australia (CHC) in appreciation of ongoing support for the Council.
Judy has continued in clinical practice for over 40 years plus lecturing at SSNT in naturopathic clinical practice until recently. Her publishing output includes seven books published in the areas of health and healing plus many journal articles. Currently she is vice-chairperson of the Jacka Foundation of Natural Therapies and is particularly interested in promoting research which reveals the core synthesis relating all natural and complementary therapies.