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The Jacka Foundation of Natural Therapies (JFNT) is a not-for-profit charitable fund that supports research in naturopathy and its related modalities, and the development of a community of researchers, scholars and leaders in the naturopathic profession.

The Foundation was formed on 18th May 2010 after the sale of the organisation’s educational business, the Southern School of Natural Therapies (SSNT), Fitzroy, VIC. JFNT retains ownership of the premises from which the Southern School operates. The Foundation’s income is derived from rental income and the investment of funds derived from the sale of SSNT.

The JFNT company includes respected and experienced naturopaths who are dedicated to promoting the cause of natural therapies in Australia and the development of the profession of naturopathy.

About Naturopathy

Naturopathy is a system of treatment that uses natural therapies for health care. It combines a traditional approach (some aspects having thousands of years of history) with a modern approach that takes advantage of evidence and knowledge from recent research. 

Natural therapies are interventions that promote health maintenance or restoration using natural, holistic or traditional methods. The aim of natural therapy is to assist the body to maintain or regain a healthy physiological balance (homeostasis). Most naturopaths use a selection of herbal, nutritional, homeopathic and flower essence preparations, together with diet and lifestyle improvements, which are combined in a holistic/synergistic approach.
Naturopaths endeavour to educate patients about preventative health strategies and to empower them to discover ways of maintaining a healthy balance specific to their unique constitution.


Our Vision, Mission and Key Focus Areas


A society where natural therapies are the first choice for people seeking informed control of their health and wellbeing


To advance natural therapies in mainstream health by facilitating leadership and mentoring in research and practice


Our focus is on building capacity in the profession of naturopathy and facilitating the use of safe and effective natural therapies in the community. We support research, mentoring, leadership, and the development of collaborative partnerships that further these aims. Current strategies are focused on the following areas:

  • Supporting and nurturing naturopathy
  • Enabling best quality research in the field
  • Developing productive partnerships
  • Enabling public education and confidence in natural therapies
  • Ensuring long term sustainability of the Jacka Foundation

Our Funding Activities page provides information about grants and scholarships currently awarded by the Jacka Foundation for Natural Therapies. Read more.


Board Members

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