The Jacka Foundation of Natural Therapies (JFNT) is a not-for-profit charitable fund that supports research in naturopathy and its related modalities, and the development of a community of researchers, scholars and leaders in the naturopathic profession.
The Foundation was formed on 18th May 2010 after the sale of the organisation’s educational business, the Southern School of Natural Therapies (SSNT), Fitzroy, VIC. JFNT retains ownership of the premises from which the Southern School operates. The Foundation’s income is derived from rental income and the investment of funds derived from the sale of SSNT.
The JFNT company includes respected and experienced naturopaths who are dedicated to promoting the cause of natural therapies in Australia and the development of the profession of naturopathy.
Current board members are listed below. Please see Profiles for further information on the backgrounds of board members.
Debra Schnepper (B Health Sc - Naturopathy, Dip Osteop - Manipulative Therapy, Dip Thought Field Therapy) Naturopath
Judy Jacka (B Health Sc - Naturopathy, Dip NT, Grad Dip H.R.E.) Naturopath
Secretary and Treasurer
Sandra Dillon (Dip NT) Naturopath & Homeopath
Enna Szmulewicz (BA, Dip NT, Grad Dip Bereavement Counselling)Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Dr Pauline McCabe (ND, MHlthSc in Primary Health Care, PhD). Tutor, Wellness Group, RMIT University (semi-ret)
Naturopathy is a system of treatment that uses natural therapies for health care. It combines a traditional approach (some aspects having thousands of years of history) with a modern approach that takes advantage of evidence and knowledge from recent research.
Natural therapies are interventions that promote health maintenance or restoration using natural, holistic or traditional methods. The aim of natural therapy is to assist the body to maintain or regain a healthy physiological balance (homeostasis). Most naturopaths use a selection of herbal, nutritional, homeopathic and flower essence preparations, together with diet and lifestyle improvements, which are combined in a holistic/synergistic approach.
Naturopaths endeavour to educate patients about preventative health strategies and to empower them to discover ways of maintaining a healthy balance specific to their unique constitution.