Susan Arentz


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PhD, BHSc (Hons)
Adjunct Fellow, NICM Health Research Institute

Dr Susan Arentz was appointed Adjunct Research Fellow at NICM Health Research Institute in 2017. She has over 20 years of translational research experience in traditional, complementary and integrative medicine. Dr Arentz provides expert consultancy to leading organisations including the World Naturopathic Federation the Australian Fertility Coalition, and Barwon Health’s International Diabetes Federation. Her expert knowledge of clinical trials and evidence synthesis has informed clinical practice guidelines, such as the Diabetes: Palliative and End-of-Life Care, and the implementation of clinical recommendations for clinicians and consumers, including YourFertility’s national public education program.

Dr Arentz’s research is grounded in her clinical practice as a naturopathic practitioner. She works in an integrative setting providing collaborative team-based healthcare with specialist multidisciplinary teams, including leading academic obstetricians, gynecologists and reproductive endocrinologists.

As a NICM HRI adjunct, and also editor in chief of the Australian Journal of Herbal and Naturopathic Medicine, Dr Arentz is committed to building research capacity and quality of traditional, complementary and integrative medicine research in Australia. She is an experienced lecturer in western herbal medicine, nutrition and naturopathic clinical practice. Dr Arentz is contacted for expert media commentary on women’s health and traditional, complementary and integrative medicine research. Her work has been the focus of news stories from key media outlets such as Sydney Morning Herald and 2GB radio.

Research focus

  • Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine research and translation of new therapeutic and preventative health strategies
  • Randomised control trials, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses
  • Clinical practice guidelines
  • Patient outcomes and experiences
  • Holistic health and wellness
  • Educational leadership and capacity building through curriculum design, development, and accreditation and supervision of higher degree research candidates

Awards and recognitions

  • 2017 Seed Grant, Endeavour College of Natural Health
  • 2015 Inaugural ATMS and Nature and Health Award for 2015 Student of the Year
  • 2015 Academic Scholarship Award, Western Sydney University
  • 2011-2015 Australian Postgraduate Award, Australian Government


  • 2020-current Natural Health Sciences Foundation Inc
  • 2019-current Australian Fertility Coalition (Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority, Jean Hailes for Women’s Health, Robinson Institute and Andrology Australia)
  • 2018-current World Naturopathic Federation – Education Committee; Rapid Review Taskforce
  • 2017-current Editor in Chief, Australian Journal of Herbal and Naturopathic Medicine
  • 2017-current Barwon Health’s International Diabetes Federation, Victoria Australia
  • 2017-current Australasian Integrative Medicine Association, Member
  • 2015-current Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia Member
  • 2015-current International Society of Complementary Medicine Research, Member
  • 2011-current Fertility Society of Australia, Member
  • 2009-2011 FB Rice, Patent and Trademark Attorneys, Consultant
  • 2008-current Alana Healthcare for Women, Randwick, Australia
  • 2008-current School of Women’s and Children’s Health, University of New South Wales/Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick, Australia


  • 2016 Doctor of Philosophy, Western Sydney University, Australia
  • 2002 Bachelor of Health Science with Honours, University of New England, Australia
  • 1999, Certificate, Natural Fertility Management, Australia
  • 1998 Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy, Botanical Medicine, Nutrition and Massage, Australasian College of Natural Therapies, Australia


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