First course of its form: Australian natural

Southern Cross University is offering a first course of this kind to promote the nation's commitment to the fast growing organic sector, particularly in organic farming.

AO CEO Niki Ford

The eight-month part-time course will improve students' knowledge and practice of organic farming, sustainable and ethical food systems, product travel, and the link between organic food and health.

"It is quite exciting that people can now study a formal organic food and nutrition certificate on a formal level," said Niki Ford, CEO of Australian Organic Ltd.

“Such a qualification is an enormous signal for the progress that the organic industry has made in recent years. This course will undoubtedly pave the way for new research and diverse opportunities. "

Southern Cross's new National Center for Naturopathy (NCNM) has been under development for 12 months. The NCNM, which opened in Lismore, is the first facility in Australia to offer postgraduate courses in naturopathy. It is committed to raising industry standards and finding solutions to Australia's growing healthcare needs.

National Center for Naturopathy: Jon Wardle

Why the need?

"Organic is a rapidly growing industry, but little investment has been made to help industry workers develop a critical and evidence-based understanding of organic principles and practices," said Professor Jon Wardle, director of NCNM.

“The certificate of completion was developed to meet this need. The more actively people are involved in their health management, the more they are interested in the sustainable and ethical cultivation of their food in order to achieve optimal health benefits. "

Dr. Oates, a naturopath for 20 years, says that the use of food to treat, treat, and prevent disease will become more important and require more clarity in the coming decades.

"There has to be more education about recommending foods that on the one hand promote health, but on the other hand contain substances that can potentially endanger them," says Dr. Oates.

Dr. Liza Oates PhD

“This was the impetus for my doctoral thesis, which examined the health and health effects of organic diets. For this reason, the importance of organic products is strongly emphasized in this department.

According to recent reports from the IBISWorld market research group, organic farming is Australia's fastest growing industry. The industry is forecast to grow by around 15 percent per year over the next five years and to become a $ 3.7 billion industry by 2024-25 with increasing demand for turbochargers for health and environmental awareness. It should be noted that exports are expected to grow significantly at 14.6% per year over the next five years.

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