Dr Judy Harris Humphries

Lecturer in School of Health - School of Health

Judy Harris Humphries

Phone: +61 2 6773 3953

Email: judy.harris@une.edu.au


I completed my Honours degree at UNE in 1979, followed by a PhD 1980–1984. My field of study was toxic plants; specifically inhibitory effects of the alkaloids contained in the seeds of the weed Datura stramonium on the germination and early growth of sunflowers.

Following submission of my PhD in 1984, I pursued a full time career in primary production, combining the breeding of commercial and stud livestock with a successful eco-tourism enterprise on a property east of Guyra. My interest in plant chemicals extended to the development and maintenance of a medicinal herb garden containing over 100 species, and the completion of a Diploma of Naturopathy by distance education with Health Schools Australia 1991–1994.

Between 1994 and 1997, I was engaged in consultancy work with a number of private sector providers of education in Complementary Medicine, developing curriculum and preparing documentation for Government accreditation of professional Diploma and Advanced Diploma practitioner courses in Naturopathy and other complementary therapies. I also completed a Graduate Certificate in Adult Education and Training by distance education with UNE during this period.

In 1996, I joined the academic staff in Human Biology in the Faculty of the Sciences at UNE, and from 1997 to 2001 I was Coordinator of the Health Science program administered by UNE Partnerships and delivered by Human Biology, to students enrolled with private sector providers of Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses in Complementary Medicine. I have been a member of the UNE School of Health since July 2001, and was course coordinator for the School's Health Science programs 2002-2005.

Currently, I am Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Health Practice, Bachelor of Community Services and the combined Bachelor of Health Practice/Bachelor of Community Services.

I  have contributed to the following initiatives during my time at UNE:

  • Recognition in 1995 of Complementary Medicine professionals as eligible for admission to the UNE Bachelor of Health Science
  • Introduction in 1998 of the Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy), offered in collaboration with selected private providers of vocational education in Complementary Medicine.
  • Introduction in 2004 of the Graduate Diploma and Master of Health Science.
  • During 2012-13, on fulltime secondment to the Strategic Projects Group as Specialist Academic Advisor to the Health Integrated Degrees Dual Sector Project: development of curriculum for three new undergraduate degrees in Health in collaboration with TAFE New England.

I am a full professional member of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society and an associate member of the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association.  I am also a past and current member of the Curriculum Advisory Committees of a number of leading private providers of education in Complementary Medicine.


BScAg(Hons), PhD, ND, Grad Cert Adult Ed & Training.

Teaching Areas

Undergraduate and postgraduate health topics in community, complementary and allied health

Research Interests

My research interests include:

  • Nature and prevalence of use of complementary medicine in Australia
  • Models for the education and training of CAM practitioners, and the roles of and interactions between University and vocational sector providers
  • CAM in medical curriculum
  • Relationships between CAM and medical practitioners, particularly in rural areas
  • Integration of vocational training into higher education

I have co-supervised postgraduate research in the following topics:

  • Role of homoeopathy of in treatment of depression
  • Phyto-oestrogens in premenstrual syndrome and post-partum depression
  • Burnout and stress in the nursing environment
  • Determinants of turnover in Saudi Arabian physicians
  • The health of left-behind wives: the other side of Nepalese regulated labour migration using the social determinants of health framework
Research grants
2003 Armidale Dumaresq Council Economic Development Committee, $19 600. consultancy in collaboration with Dr Alison Sheridan and Lou Conway, UNE NEBS, 'Armidale as a Centre for Health and Wellbeing'


Link to Dr Humphries publications list