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Central and North Queensland.

In my last report I acknowledged that distinctions were being made within our industry between the mainstream natural health practitioners (naturopaths, herbalists, nutritionists, massage therapists etc) and the more spiritual natural health modalities (spiritual healing, reiki etc). Since that report was written another trend has been emerging and if it continues, the spiritual healing modalities will be outnumbering the more mainstream modalities.

There may be a number of factors involved in this trend. For example, one of our major industries has been downsizing recently with a considerable number of employees losing their jobs. I am referring of course to the mining industry. These workers who have been earning well above average wages for a number of years and living to their means during that time now find themselves out of work. Recently unemployed mine workers appear to find it easier to see hope or find answers in the spiritual rather than the physical modalities.

Another possible factor is a reduction in the number of organisations in the region providing training in the more mainstream natural health modalities. The Registered Training Organisations appear to be retreating to the south-east of the state. To undertake studies in these modalities students would need to either travel or live in and around Brisbane or study externally.

In contrast, courses and workshops on spiritual healing, reiki etc. can be taken through many different avenues on any given day of the week. They are available and affordable, with many people looking towards the spiritual and psychic for answers and support.

While these workshops are easy to find, I would encourage our members to check the ATMS website where you can find CPE activities. You just might find some of these courses will suit your needs.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a wonderful, healthy and safe holiday season. I would also like to remind you to feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns that I may be able to help you with, or point you in the right direction to find the answers.

I can be contacted through my home email catherine.lee5@ or work email

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Title Annotation:State News
Author:Lee, Cathy
Publication:Journal of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society
Date:Dec 1, 2012
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