Sarah Poulton wasn’t feeling the best when she was first introduced to naturopathy.

“After high school I went into nursing, but I got very bad glandular fever. I had to take a year and a half off, and I saw a naturopath who has previously been an RN,” she said.

“When I saw the naturopath she offered supplementary treatments which sped up the healing process and helped me feel better quicker.”

Sarah already holds an Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy but wanted to do some further study online that was flexible but heavily research-focused.

Now she has enhanced her own expertise in naturopathy by completing the University of Tasmania’s Bachelor of Medicines Management with Professional Honours in Complementary Medicines.

“I thought further study would be valuable, and I was definitely drawn to the fact that Dr Jason Hawrelak was the supervisor of the course.

“I’d completed some continuing education courses that were run by Jason and I thought he was excellent. In the naturopathic industry he is a very well-known and well-respected person. Having his name connected to the degree is a bit of a drawcard,” she said.

The degree at UTAS is the most robust course I’ve done so far.

Sarah said the best thing she took away from the course is an enhanced ability to conduct research and to evaluate the evidence that is out there.

“I took a lot away regarding herb and drug interaction, as well as drug and nutrient interactions and the ways they’re processed within the body,” she said.

I definitely have a greater depth of understanding of that field than I had prior to starting the course.

Sarah works at an apothecary with a clinic, and also as a consultant. She believes her knowledge in naturopathy will also be helpful outside her career.

“I think it’s really beneficial for myself, my family and my friends, the knowledge I’ve gained being a naturopath.

“I think moving forward when I have a family of my own it will be really beneficial to have the knowledge and skills gained during my six years of study in the field of health.”

As a “little treat” Sarah travelled to Tasmania from NSW to process in the Hobart graduation ceremonies.

“It’s exciting, I’ve never been to a graduation before. When I decided to come down and I told my boss that I was going to need a couple of days off, she said she’d come with me. My partner is flying down too. It’s nice to have that support,” she said.

It’s been hugely beneficial for me and I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s been very challenging, and very rewarding.

Interested in following in Sarah's footsteps? Apply now to study the University of Tasmania’s Bachelor of Medicines Management with Professional Honours in Complementary Medicines.