The current World Naturopathic Committees consist of five committees:
- Naturopathic Roots Committee chaired by Tina Hausser, ND (Spain)
- Professional Mapping Committee chaired by Jill Dunn, ND (New Zealand)
- Research Working Group chaired by Iva Lloyd, ND (Canada)
- Fundraising Committee chaired by Michael Cronin, ND (United States of America)
- Global Affiliation chaired by Iva Lloyd, ND (Canada)
Naturopathic Roots Committee
The Naturopathic Roots Committee was created to collect and codify information on naturopathic history, definitions, principles and theories from around the world. The goal is to advance the mission of the WNF and to support the growth and diversity of naturopathic medicine worldwide. The Naturopathic Roots Committee will create ways of conserving the traditional naturopathic knowledge and the core foundational principles and theories of naturopathic medicine.
The current initiative involves collecting original writings and publications on the roots of naturopathy, its principles and theories and how they were applied in practice. The committee is also exploring how the roots of naturopathy are taught within naturopathic schools and how they are integrated into the curriculum. A detailed survey has been sent to 80 naturopathic schools worldwide. The results of this survey will be shared with all participants and will posted on our website in the summer of 2016.
Members of the Naturopathic Roots Committee consist of:
Professional Mapping Committee
The aim of the Professional Mapping Committee is to examine regulatory and education infrastructure and policy frameworks that impact on the development of naturopathic medicine within each country around the world. This will be achieved through several surveys of regulatory and professional naturopathic associations and education providers. Curriculum mapping and scopes of practice will be investigated and will result in published papers to inform decision making.
All health professions are shaped by policy, regulation and education and numerous inter-related formal and informal infrastructures and frameworks that have the potential to advance or limit development and variation of practice. In well-developed professions considerable work has been committed to the identification, codification and application of frameworks and infrastructure in the context of these professions. This work has not been undertaken in naturopathy and there remains extraordinary variability in naturopathic practice, education and regulation globally. World Health Organisation has established minimum benchmarks for training in naturopathy, although also acknowledges that these do not reflect the reality of (usually more comprehensive) naturopathic education and practice. Little research has focused on naturopathy in terms of: discrete knowledge base; education standards; professional research outputs; ethics in practice; continuing professional development; and the degree to which education levels, curriculum content and regulatory frameworks are an influencing force compared with similar regulated health professions.
This project involves naturopathic education and professional association members of World Naturopathic Federation from across the globe. Five countries and three world regions are represented:
Western Pacific: Jon Wardle (Chancellor’s Research Fellow, University Technology, Sydney [UTS]) and Amie Steel (Post-doctoral Research Fellow UTS, Associate-Director of Research at Endeavour College of Natural Health/Chair of the Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists, Australia), Jill Dunn (Academic leader Wellpark College of Natural Therapies.
Europe: Dominick Léaud-Zachoval (Director of Education, Aesculape School of Naturopathy and Vice-President of FENAHMAN, France) and Niloofar Tochaie (Spain)
North America: Nicholas deGroot (Dean of the Canadian College of Natural Medicine, Canada).