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The Australian Naturopathic Seed Fund (Seed Fund) is an expansion of the ANS vision. There is a need for more mentoring, internships, residencies and supervision opportunities for next generation Naturopaths. In answer to this need, the Seed Fund is a ground-breaking grassroots initiative to establish and fund new internship programs in a clinical setting in Australia.
The ANS are dedicating 15% of all sponsorship dollars at the ANS 2018 toward funding new clinical internship programs. The Seed Fund will be available for application by any clinic or any practitioner in Australia to fund a new graduate intern in their clinical practice, with the successful recipients to be determined by the Seed Fund Selection Committee at the end of the application period.
New naturopathic graduates are often still in need of refining their clinical skills as they enter practice, yet need to financially support themselves upon graduation. The Seed fund works both ways, in offering financial support for clinical centers of excellence to support and train the eligible applicant and removing financial pressure upon graduates to step immediately into practice. Rather, clinical upskilling becomes the focus.
We believe there are many Naturopathic Elders and Practitioners who can hand on great skills to the next generation. The Seed Fund is about being torchbearers of our own solution and growing ourselves, leading ourselves and learning from each other. Together we can grow a stronger profession we can all be proud of.