Southern School of Natural Therapies

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Inside the SSNT campus.
Inside the SSNT campus.

Southern School of Natural Therapies (SSNT) is an Australian private natural health college that offers both tertiary education and vocational education and training. The school is based in Fitzroy, Victoria.

The School is owned by education provider Think Education, itself part of the Laureate International Universities group. Think Education was previously owned by SEEK Learning.[1]

Other Think Education colleges include: Billy Blue College of Design, CATC Design School, APM College of Business and Communication, William Blue College of Hospitality Management, Australian National College of Beauty, Australasian College of Natural Therapies and Jansen Newman Institute. Together these colleges have more than 10,000 students enrolled.[2]


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 the first college in Australia to gain degree accreditation for coursework in naturopathy and clinical myotherapy.[3][4][5]

In 1981, the college was renamed the Southern School of Natural Therapies and in 1983 expanded to include separate coursework in massage. Prior to this, massage was integrated with the naturopathy coursework. In 1997, the School became the first private education provider to gain degree accreditation for naturopathy, accepting students for degree-level coursework in 1998.[6]

In 2002, the School added degree programs for Traditional Chinese Medicine and in 2003 became the first in Australia to gain degree level accreditation for coursework in Clinical Myotherapy.[7]

The School was acquired by Think Education (then the Think: Education Group) in 2010.[8] After this purchase, the school business model changed and it joined Think Education’s other colleges.


Southern School of Natural Therapies offers bachelor's degree-level courses in Health Science specialising in Naturopathy, Nutritional Medicine, Clinical Myotherapy, Western Herbal Medicine and Chinese Medicine. Additionally, a Diploma of Health Science as well as programs in Massage for both certificate and diplomas levels are available.

Think Wellbeing Centre[edit]

The School operates a student-run, public-facing clinic, the Think Wellbeing Centre, where students are able to practice on paying clients as part of their coursework. Each clinic session is supervised by a qualified and experienced practitioner.[9] Students may also arrange practical training with an external complementary health provider.[10]


The School’s courses are recognised by the following organisations:

  • Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA)[11]
  • Health Services Union – Professional Branch (HSU-PB)
  • National Herbalists’ Association of Australia (NHAA)[12]
  • Chinese Medicine Registration Board of Victoria (CMRBV)[13]
  • The Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA)[14]
  • Australian Association of Massage Therapists (AAMT)[15]
  • Association of Massage Therapists (AMT) [16]
  • Massage Association of Australia (MAA).[17]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "SEEK". Fairfax Media. The Age. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "About Us". Think Education. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Leading national complementary medicine agency to receive significant funding". University of Western Sydney. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "About". Think Education. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Southern School of Natural Therapies". Universal Wellbeing. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Naturopathy Accreditation". Australian Natural Therapies Association. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "About". Think Education. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "THINK acquires SSNT". THINK website. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Think Wellbeing Centre". Think Education. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Industry experience: the value of work placements". Career FAQs. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "Australian Natural Therapies Association". Recognised Course Providers. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Currently Accredited Courses". National Herbalists Association of Australia. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "Accredited Courses". Chinese Medicine Registration Board. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Recognised Courses" (PDF). Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Limited. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "Recognised Colleges". Australian Institute of Massage Therapists. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "Recognised Training Organisations". Association of Massage Therapists. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Massage Schools". Massage Association of Australia. Retrieved 20 February 2012.