Ahead of the Transition to Practice Seminar taking place on October 18 in Adelaide, we sat down with Kim Hunter from the Herbal Extracts Company of Australia, to find out more about the business and the tips they have for students entering the industry.
What is your role at your organisation and how do you support practitioners / or the industry?
I am the Sales Manager and a Practitioner Consultant for the Herbal Extract Company of Australia. I support the practitioners within the industry by promoting and offering technical information on the Herbal Extract Company’s range of liquid herbal medicines.
How did you get into your area of expertise and why do you stay?
I had a small business and employed a Naturopath. I was always so impressed with the results the practitioner achieved with people’s health, this inspired me to embark on the study of Naturopathy. I have worked for many different health companies’ in different roles throughout the years and have always been passionate about the people and the industry and what we can offer to improve people’s lives.
What has been your main focus or achievement over the past year?
Earlier this year we launched our newest product: Baby Calm Balm, which has a very light 5% concentration of magnesium chloride salts, infused with skin nurturing plant ingredients including calendula, chamomile, rosehip, rose geranium and more. This can be used for baby skin care, relaxation massage and also to prevent nappy rash.
What advice would you give to practitioners setting up a practice?
Believe in your abilities to help change people’s lives and improve their health. Do a business course, so you have a sound understanding before jumping in the deep end.
What are your top tips for starting a career in the natural medicine industry?
My top tips are:
- Study hard
- Keep knocking on doors if you want to work for a particular company
- Keep updating your skills to get noticed
- Don’t give up if it is your true passion
What do you predict will happen in the next 5 to 10 years in your particular field?
I believe the industry will keep growing as people become more aware of their health and how Naturopaths can help improve their health and ultimately their quality of life.
What’s the questions you get asked the most by practitioners, and how do you answer it?
The most common questions I get are:
- What are other practitioners charging for a consult?
I advise to call around or look at websites in their areas to get an idea of what the other practitioners are charging.
- What herbal medicines are used for certain conditions?
I would give detailed technical information on our products on what traditional and other evidence is available, so an informed decision can be made on what would be best for their particular client.
Fun Fact for the Readers: Tell us who inspires you / or who your professional idol is and why?
I think all of the practitioners I visit are fantastic. I have many idols in the industry. I believe people that are in this industry are kind, compassionate, caring people who strive to make people’s lives and the world a better place. Not a bad industry to be in at all!