Judy Jacka OAM

Jacka Foundation for 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.

Judy Jacka OAM
BHSc, ND, GD.HRE, Hon.Fellow WSU


1 August 1938 – 1 March 2022

Judy Jacka passed away at the age of 83 after a life dedicated to service to humanity.

It is impossible to encapsulate the magnitude of almost 60 years of Judy’s commitment to natural therapies in Australia – to clinical practice, the development of formal educational courses and qualifications, her authorship of eight books on natural therapies, her solid commitment to research, and Judy’s well-known participation in the battle to enable the positive regulatory system we now enjoy for natural medicines in Australia.

Her career culminated in a decade of philanthropy following the establishment of the Jacka Foundation in 2010 and included service on the Board as Vice-Chair until her retirement in 2021. Read more.

In June 2015 NICM Health Research Institute published a wide-ranging interview with Judy. It provides many insights into her career and the evolution of naturopathy in Australia over her lifetime.

A full list of Judy Jacka’s book publications can be accessed here.

“The most important reason to support Natural Therapies is to express the relationship between the basic principles of the universe, being: spiritual purpose, the complexity of every form on the planet, and the uniting love that binds them all.”

- Judy Jacka OAM, Violet Town, Victoria, 9th Feb 2022 -