Wellpark College of Natural Therapies is an NZQA-registered private training establishment. It offers tertiary education in Aromatherapy, Ayurvedic Medicine,Herbal Medicine, Massage, Naturopathy, Nutrition and Yoga.
The College is dedicated to integrated medicine. In this healthcare model, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and natural therapists work together to determine individual health plans that recognise the whole person (mind, body and spirit), optimises well-being and effect the best possible recovery from illness.
Wellpark’s proposal for a national programme of well-being reflects the NZ Ministry of Health’s priorities, most of which relate to lifestyle and life choices. We envisage national healthcare that, unlike the present ‘ambulance at the bottom of the cliff’ system, educates individuals on how to achieve balance in life. This will improve the health of individuals and ultimately, that of their families and communities.
Wellpark is moving towards research-based teaching and staff-conducted research projects. We recognise that the Western medical model is based on evidence-based medicine. While natural medicine has grown through generations of wisdom from many cultures, it too must prove its efficacy.
The future for natural therapies is exciting. The use of natural medicines is growing annually as individuals take responsibility for their health and well-being. The more paternalistic models of medicine are being challenged. The first goal for natural therapies students is to find out how to manage their own physical health, mental well-being and spiritual awareness.
They can then assist others in this process of self-discovery. Such work has many implications for our communities. It will bring a lifetime of rewards.