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Looking for a natural therapies short course program, workshop or lecture?

Browse through our Natural Therapies short course program guide. We trust you will find something in this course guide that will spark your interest - whether it is a single subject that resonates with your interests or a career-oriented program. Bookings are essential - please ensure you view the information provided.

Seminars and Conferences can be viewed within the Seminar section.

Building (Geo)Biology: Start addressing the environmental health burden now.

Geovital Academy 2.5 Day Workshop. Held in Melbourne with discounts for interstate students.

Geovital Academy is a Naturopathic Clinic in Sulzberg, Austria, which teaches doctors, therapists, architects, builders and anyone else interested how to conduct their style of home assessment and be able to consult on healthier radiation free living and building. Exposure to domestic radiation from sources like mobile phone towers, internal wiring, smart meters, cordless technology, power supply cables and excesses of natural radiation (Geopathic Stress) is an underestimate health burden (see research ). Geovital was prompted decades ago to investigate and develop solutions for this in order to move patients through therapy resistance and past chronic complaints. (see videos )

You can learn how to conduct these assessments for your own use, to complement what you already do as a health professional, or as a stand-alone business. If you choose to work with us, your local Geovital office will support you with more in depth knowledge where needed, supply the shielding solutions you recommended and the back up support directly to your clients. We can talk to your client’s electrician and trades people when needed so you don’t have to. You remain the consultant, charge whatever is fair for your time and receive a share of the profits on the products used.

AU$675 incl GST. Included manual, assessment tools for Geopathic Stress and transport for field trips. Well priced accommodation is available onsite and nearby.

Discounts (may change in near future):
Those travelling from further than 150Km away receive $75 worth of credit to use on Geovital shielding solutions. Those travelling from interstate receive an ADDITIONAL $100 credit. (Yes, $175 in total) See website  for course and discount details.

Prof. Ivan Engler Dr. med. univ.,PhD : "Geopathic Zones…over time they weaken even the immune system. With almost all of my (roughly 300) patients with a cancerous disease, their bed was placed for years on an energetically unfavorable place in a Geopathic Zone."

Starting dates:
Wednesday 3rd December 2014 (3 days as usual)
Saturday 17th January 2015 (3 days)
Wednesday 18th February 2015 (3days)

More information: 
Patrick van der Burght, Geovital Academy Australia / New Zealand
0407 680 812 or 03-9020 1330.

Seminars presented by CHINA BOOKS

Traditional treatment for the modern world

CHINA BOOKS is delighted to announce that Merlin Young, author of 'Moon over Matsushima: Insights into Moxa and Mugwort' is coming to Australia (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Gold Coast) for ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS in 2015! 

All the profits are going to MoxaAfrica, a registered UK charity -

Moxafrica is a charitable organisation set up to use moxibustion therapy for the treatment of tuberculosis, particularly in resource-poor environments in the twenty first century.

This one day workshop will cover the history and development of moxibustion, especially focusing on the Japanese tradition of okyu - direct moxa. The practical component will give you skills in point location, the direct moxa techniques and use of bamboo tubes. It will feature Dr Hara’s moxa treatment protocol, the inspiration for the Moxafrica project.

One day workshop attendance $220 (inc. GST)
Melbourne Sunday 1st March 2015
Sydney Saturday 7th March 2015
Brisbane Sunday 8th March 2015
Gold Coast Sunday 15th March 2015

For bookings contact

China Books Melbourne - ph: (03) 9663 8822 - e: - 

China Books Sydney - ph: (02) 9280 1885 - e: - 

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Seminars presented by CHINA BOOKS
DNA (Distal Needling Acupuncture): A Synthesis of All the DNA Approaches (Master Tung, Dr. Tan, Chao Chen, et al)

CHINA BOOKS is delighted to announce that ROBERT DOANE will be teaching in Sydney early 2015!

DAY1: DNA (Distal Needling Acupuncture): A Synthesis of All the Distal Acupuncture Approaches (Master Tung, Dr. Tan, Chao Chen, et al)

How to treat upper body pain with instant results
The purpose of this lecture is to describe in detail the distal method of acupuncture (DNA) used by Robert Doane, one of the foremost Chinese medical practitioners in the United States. Mr. Doane has treated over 150,000 patient visits and the DNA method allowed him to operate one of the largest Chinese Medical Clinics in the USA. Mr. Doane’s acupuncture methods are derived from other distal needling masters such as Dr. Richard Tan, Dr. Chao Chen and Dr. Tang from Taiwan. Over his 16 years of experience Mr. Doane has developed his own method of treatment, which he calls DNA, and the first part of this 2-part seminar will explain this method and exactly how it works scientifically. Part 1 will focus on upper body pain and how to alleviate it. The seminar will include demonstrations and an in depth discussion of the DNA system and its similarities to other distal needling acupuncture approaches.

Course goals

Practitioners will receive the complete outline of how to treat pains, numbness as well as other musculoskeletal related problems. We will systematically cover:
the upper body (fingers, hands, forearms, upper arms, shoulders, head/face, upper back, chest)

DAY 2: How to treat lower body pain with instant results.

Part II of the DNA seminar will focus on the lower part of the body. Special attention will be given to the muscles of the lower body, their organization according to the Jing Jin (tendino-muscular channels), and how to use distal needles to effectively treat pain in the muscles of the lower body including the lower back and abdomen. Mr. Doane is an expert at body imaging and will reveal all the major imaging techniques he uses in treating pain. This seminar is not an academic seminar, but a detailed description of how to effectively treat pain in a real clinical setting using a method which boasts a 90% success rate. Live demonstrations will be part of the seminar. Upon returning to their practice, participants will be able to use this DNA system to immediately improve their clinical success.

Course goals

Practitioners will receive the complete outline of how to treat pains, numbness as well as other musculoskeletal related problems. We will systematically cover the lower body (abdomen, lower back, thighs, lower legs, ankles and feet)

DAYS 3 + 4: DNA and the treatment of internal diseases:

Robert Doane will teach the participants the essence of Zhang Wei Yan’s pulsynergy system. This unique, highly structured pulse-diagnosis system allows you as a practitioner to diagnose TCM syndromes as well as bio-medical conditions purely by the pulse within less than a minute. Zhang Wei Yan, (in the US mainly known as Jimmy Chang) - for the first time in Chinese medicine history -has developed a pulse-diagnosis system that is able to assess bio-medical conditions. Due to its highly logical structure it is very easy to learn and integrate in your clinical practice. You will be surprised how much and moreover how precise you will be able to diagnose western medical conditions after implementing the pulsynergy system  into your practice.

Robert has more than 12 years clinical experience with puslynergy system and has further developed it according to what has proved to be clinically most relevant.  We are lucky to have him brief us thru the most commonly seen pulses and their meanings.  

In the afternoon participants will have a hands-on workshop to practically implement the knowledge learned in the morning. There will be case-studies with internal diseases that first will be diagnosed using the pulsynergy system and later on Robert will treat them with acupuncture. This is the first time Robert Doane is teaching publically how to treat internal diseases with acupuncture based on pulse-diagnosis!

Robert will also briefly discuss herbal formulas and herbal strategies for the case studies and participants will receive the complete outline of which pulse is treated by which formula. 

Course goals

After treatment Robert and the group will reassess the pulses of the case-study participants as an immediate and objective (independent from patient’s subject feeling and judgment) tool to evaluate treatment efficiency/correct treatment.

After completing this seminar, participants will:

  • Have the complete outline of how to read pulses according to the  pulsynergy system
  • Have learned the entire system of how to treat internal diseases with acupuncture based on the pulses
  • Have the complete but brief outline of pulse-diagnosis based Chinese herbal formulas

Call CHINA BOOKS on 02 9280 1885

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Online CPE — Any Time Any WHERE

We  provide quality evidence based courses in a very convenient and cost effective format, giving the therapist a scientific understanding to back up their work


  • The Shoulder Guided Study Workshop
  • Understanding Fibromyalgia Guided Study Workshop


Short Courses in Health, Fitness and Lifestyle

A new program of short courses is offered every term, four times a year. Our short courses are an ideal way of giving your career a boost; helping you to acquire new skills to use for employment, self-employment or purely for personal interest and enjoyment.

  • Introduction to aromatherapy - 1 day (9am-5pm)
  • Positional release - 2 days (9am-5pm)
  • Advanced chair massage - 1 day (9am-5pm)
  • Stone therapy massage - 2 days (9am-5pm)
  • MLD- Full body - 2days (9am-5pm)
  • MLD – redirection - 2 days (9am-5pm) 

Moving Beyond Stress
Moving Beyond Stress

Approved for 16 CPE points
Cost $247.00

Gold Coast Workshop 27th-29th June 2014

Melbourne Workshop 25-27th July 2014

Gold Coast  Workshop 1-3rd August 2014

Townsville Workshop 15th-17th August 2014

Sydney Workshop 10th-12th October 2014

Melbourne Workshop 21-23rd November 2014

Canberra Workshop 28th-30th November 2014

All enquiries and to register please email to or phone on 1300 500 177

Eastwise Education
NeuroStructural Integration Technique 5 day Basic workshop

Presenter: Ron Phelan

Contact number : 0419380443 Email address :

  • 14th -18th November. Ocean Grove. Victoria
  • 28th November - 2nd December Sydney. NSW

Presenter : Robert Monro

Contact number : 0448428020 Website or email address :

  • 24-28th October, Brisbane, Qld.
Bowen ST 
Eastwise Education
The Australian College
of Eastern Medicine
Facial Rejuvenation Dry Needling Training Seminar

Facial Rejuvenation Dry Needling (FRDN is a treatment technique, which uses very fine filiform needles that will relax the facial muscles and reduce frowns and wrinkles in a gentle pain free way. This therapy can also enhance the skin tone as well as improve peripheral and lymphatic circulation. This greatly assists in reversing the effects of aging on the face and neck. Laser therapy training as well as facial massage training is included in this seminar. This course is available to complimentary therapists and beauty therapists including:

  • Remedial Massage Therapists
  • Shiatsu Practitioners
  • Beauty Therapists


When: Feb 17th and 18th
Time: 9.00am-3.00pm
Where: Centre Peace Wellness Studio
1/1 Gumtree Dr Goonellabah

Cost: $780 ($680 if paid before July 31st)

Contact us on: 02 66 248 986 or 0407 077 118

Eastwise Education
The Australian College
of Eastern Medicine

Neuro Muscular Dry Needling (NMDN is a treatment technique, which uses small filiform needles to release tight muscles with the goal of permanently reducing muscle pain and dysfunction. This technique can effectively treat acute and chronic orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions. NMDN can help you more efficiently treat your patients, improve your outcomes and save your aching hands.

This course is available to suitably qualified complimentary therapists including:

  • Osteopaths
  • Chiropractors
  • GPs
  • Remedial Massage Therapists
  • Shiatsu Therapists

Level 1 NMDN
An introductory course designed to provide the necessary training required to apply Neuromuscular Dry Needling for chronic and acute neuromuscular disorders.

Special emphasis is placed on health and safety issues of using filiform needles to Trigger Points.

(20 Hours including online and face to face training) ANTA 20 CPD points).

Level 2 NMDN
More advanced Neuromuscular Dry Needling techniques including application of NMDN to the Thoracic Spinal area, Torso and the application and use electrical stimulation apparatus.

(20 Hours including online and face to face training) ANTA 20 CPD points).

Level 1 $650 Feb 10 - 11
Level 2 $650 Feb 12 - 13

Feb 10 - 14th
9am-3.00 pm

Where: Centre Peace Wellness Studio
1/1 Gumtree Dr Goonellabah

Contact us on: 02 66 248 986 or 0407 077 118

Wellness Coaching Australia
Wellness and Fitness Coaching

One day practical skills workshop.

This one day workshop is designed for wellness and fitness professionals who wish to learn more about coaching techniques and theory and how they can be used to build a better dynamic with their clients to deliver confidence and lasting behaviour change.

Workshop Information. In this workshop, participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of evidence-based psychological theories that can turn fitness training into fitness coaching
  • Discover how providing advice alone is not enough to create lasting change
  • Learn how to use principles of positive psychology to build client confidence and success
  • Increase client awareness and promote self responsiblity for their health and wellness through cognitive and behaviour change
  • Help clients plan their change process and overcome barriers that stand in the way
  • Develop active listening and communication skills that will build trust and rapport with your clients
  • Increase understanding of goal setting that helps clients commit to their program while taking small successful steps towards desired outcome
  • Available as an 8 hour online course or via our 1 day workshop worth 8 ANTA CPE’s.

For more formation on Wellness Coach Training courses, visit  or email us at


Helio Supply Co
Pulse on Anatomy

Pulse on Anatomy consists of a variety of short modules in gross anatomy and imaging anatomy. Modules include: (i) Neuroanatomy; (ii) Thorax; (iii) Abdomen and Pelvis; (iv) Upper Limb; (v) Lower Limb; and (vi) multiple Imaging Anatomy modules which accompany each of the preceding modules ie. Can only complete an imaging module with enrolment into one of the other modules.

Students can take one, a combination or all modules in any order. The course is registered as a QUT short-course or Continuing Professional Education course and is therefore ideal for professional societies to engage with in order to provide extended professional development opportunities.

The Pulse on Anatomy website provides comprehensive details of the main focus of each module and how the course is structured: 

Each module is run across three weeks, with each session being 3 hours in length from 5.30-8.30pm. Each session will consist of:

  • An initial 30-minute optional exploratory session on cadavers before formal class begins
  • A 1-hour demonstration period on cadavers and models
  • A 30-minute pathology case study/ surface anatomy exercise
  • A 30-minute self assessment on cadavers

The course completes with a written and practical assessment and certificates of achievement will be awarded on reaching competencies.

Also note that this course is offered as both internal and external delivery – so we can cater for students who are unable to get to the Gardens Point QUT campus in rural areas or interstate as required.


Natural Health Online Short Courses

Study Anywhere, Anytime.

  • Beating Colds and Flu Naturally
  • Preconception and Pregnancy Care
  • Natural Vitality and Ageing
  • Weight Loss Naturally
  • Natural Stress Reduction

Book online & start your 60 days access straight away!

Bookings can be made through the short course website: 

Bush Flower Essences
Australian Bush Flower Essences

Energy medicine is at the forefront of creating a whole new world of options and outcomes. Our workshops and courses explore and teach this new paradigm of health and wellbeing, creating new opportunities for “healing the whole person”.

No matter what your area of expertise, the Australian Bush Flower Essences courses provide exceptionally useful information that can be used in your practice, enhancing your knowledge base, complementing your existing modality, and improving your client outcomes.

Australian Bush Flower Essences has been conducting education and training in Australia, as well as over 42 countries internationally, for over 25 years. Our cutting edge curriculum contains workshops and courses from beginner level to advanced, and includes many special interest modules. All our Training and Education material is written by qualified natural therapists who have experience in flower essences and their integration into various specialty modalities and delivered by our Certified Teachers.
You can attend our live One, Two or Three day workshops in capital cities, regional centres and remote communities throughout Australia. Some of our courses are also delivered via  distance education, via webinar, and across flexible time frames.

The following workshops and courses are Accredited with ANTA for CPE purposes:

Our current workshop schedule for all workshops being held in capital cities and regional centres throughout Australia and overseas is available here.

Oncology Massage
Oncology Massage Training

Oncology Massage Training (OMT) prepares you to work with the growing number of Australians experiencing cancer. Massage does not spread cancer and OMT explains the science of cancer and cancer treatments as well as developing your skills in oncology massage.   

The Course Dates page lists the programmed courses for Modules 1 to 4. Changes may be made from time to time dependant upon interest and venue availability.

OM Module Two date for Northcote from 28th - 30th August 2014 

Pregnancy Massage Australia
Pregnancy Massage Australia

Discover the benefits of massage during pregnancy with our Certificate of Pregnancy Massage

This course will help you understand the many physiological, structural and psychological changes that occur in a woman’s body during pregnancy. You will also discover how beneficial massage is before, during and after labour. You will gain the confidence and guidance to apply appropriate therapeutic massage to your pregnant client.

Then add to your qualifications with our Diploma of Pregnancy Massage
The Diploma will help you gain a greater insight into pregnancy and why massage is a key component to maintaining good health and wellbeing during pregnancy. You will also learn exercise and relaxation techniques, how to inspire partners to be proactive in the labour, and visualisation methods to help the mother achieve a greater connection with her baby.

For more information contact Pregnancy Massage Australia
03-9571 6330



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