There are many excellent foundation programs in herbal medicine to be found, online and in classes. Learning how to take care of your own health, and that of friends and family has never been more popular or more important.  There are also some excellent schools of herbal medicine offering professional clinical trainings.

What has long been lacking is an independent clinic where serious students can learn by experience, can run a herbal medicine clinic and manage patient care under supervision, without needing to be enrolled in a lengthy and costly comprehensive program. Individuals who have previous studies in herbs and healing but are not formally enrolled in a school or college program still need a clinic to gain experience of patient management and running a practice.

The Student Training Clinic of Innisfree Farm provides this opportunity, under the supervision of herbalists and naturopaths. In a monthly Saturday clinic, by donation from patients, the students are coached and mentored in clinical practice. Before commencing in Clinic, students are required to take the Clinic Preparation Program (14 hours).




May 11 and 12      9.30 am – 5.30 pm            14 hours     $250 + GST

Pre-requisite for entering student clinic practicum

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Course overview
Student Clinic handbook review
SOAP guidelines
Case taking and Interview techniques
Case report template
Screening Physical exam, Vitals
Red flags in clinic
Suicide procedures
Record keeping and case managemen
Confidentiality and privacy law

Who is this program for?

This 2 day intensive is a preparation or induction into clinic, into seeing patients. It introduces the senior student to the rules and regulations of clinical practice, policies and procedures for case management and best practices in the dispensary.

Course Objectives

To prepare the student for seeing patients in a clinical setting
To provide tools and techniques for successful interviews and consultations
To demonstrate best practice in writing and maintaining case records and patient files
To ensure safety and implementation of the precautionary principle in prescribing
To document the intention of privacy and confidentiality




Monthly Saturday clinics 9.30 am – 5.30 pm      
Seeing patients and conducting case reviews, formulating and prescribing, dispensary practicum     7 hours per month      $75 + GST

Limited to the first 7 students (4 senior, 3 new) to apply each month
Students who have not completed the induction program may attend clinic as an observer only, if there are spaces available

Course overview

This monthly on-going program is the final step for clinical herbal training. It is intended to inculcate a substantial level of professionalism and competence in clinical practice.

Students who have completed the Clinic Prep course are invited to attend and receive coaching and mentoring on real cases. Patients will attend the clinic and students may bring cases for discussion as well.  These hours of clinical practicum can be counted towards professional designation in the herbal associations.

Who is this program for?


People who intend to make a career from herbal medicine, from seeing patients and from helping people to better health with herbs. People who are prepared to work hard, to learn a lot and to take on this great responsibility of clinical practice. People who are already health care professionals but want to add botanicals to your protocols (recommended to take the Advanced Materia Medica series as well)