Southern School of Natural Therapies

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Inside the SSNT campus.
Inside the SSNT campus.

Southern School of Natural Therapies (SSNT) is a higher education provider based in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia. The school is a provider of natural and complementary medicine education in Australia.

The school was established in 1961 by Alfred Jacka and was originally known as the Victorian Branch of the Australian National Association of Naturopaths, Osteopaths and Chiropractors. It is one of the oldest colleges for health education in Australia and the first in Australia to gain degree accreditation for coursework in naturopathy and clinical myotherapy.

The School was acquired by "Think: Education Group in 2010". After this purchase, the school business model changed and it joined the Group's other properties as for-profit private education providers. Other members of this group includeAPM College of Business and Communication, Australian College of Natural Therapies, Australian National College of Beauty, Billy Blue College of Design, CATC Design School, Jansen Newman Institute and the William Blue College of Hospitality Management. [1]

In 1981, the college was renamed "Southern School of Natural Therapies" and in 1983 expanded to include unique coursework in massage. Prior to this, massage was integrated with the naturopathy coursework.

In 1997, Southern School of Natural Therapies became the first private education provider to gain degree accreditation for Naturopathy. The School accepted students for degree-level coursework in 1998.[2]

In 2002 the school continued expanding by offering degree programs for Traditional Chinese Medicine and in 2003 became the first in Australia to gain degree level accreditation for coursework in Clinical Myotherapy.

Southern School of Natural Therapies held a 50th Anniversary celebration December 2011. This celebration acknowledged program leadership for delivering training in multiple natural therapies.


Southern School of Natural Therapies offers degree level courses in Naturopathy, Clinical Myotherapy, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Additionally, programs are available in Massage for both Certificate and Diplomas levels. The School is a registered VTAC Provider and offers FEE-HELP / VET FEE-HELP to applicable students on selected courses. All Degrees offered by SSNT are accredited by the VRQA (Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority.

Industry Recognition[edit]

Students are encouraged to gain industry recognition by participating in professional associations and regulatory boards. These include the Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA),[3] Health Services Union – Professional Branch (HSU-PB), National Herbalists’ Association of Australia (NHAA),[4] Chinese Medicine Registration Board of Victoria (CMRBV),[5] The Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA),[6] Australian Association of Massage Therapists (AAMT),[7] Association of Massage Therapists (AMT),[8] and Massage Association of Australia (MAA).[9]

The Southern Clinic[edit]

The Southern Clinic is the on-campus teaching clinic attended by senior-level students. All senior-level students receive access to hands-on learning within the School Clinic. This Clinic provides services to students, staff and the general public. Each clinic session is supervised by a qualified and experienced practitioner.

External links[edit]

Southern School of Natural Therapies Website [1]


  1. ^ "THINK acquires SSNT". THINK website. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Naturopathy Accreditation". Australian Natural Therapies Association. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Australian Natural Therapies Association". Recognised Course Providers. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Currently Accredited Courses". National Herbalists Association of Australia. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Accredited Courses". Chinese Medicine Registration Board. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Recognised Courses". Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Limited. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Recognised Colleges". Australian Institute of Massage Therapists. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Recognised Training Organisations". Association of Massage Therapists. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Massage Schools". Massage Association of Australia. Retrieved 20 February 2012.