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The College of Natural Health & Homeopathy, formerly Bay of Plenty College of Homeopathy, has been providing quality homeopathic education since 1989.  The College was the first educational institution in New Zealand to be accredited to provide homeopathy to level 7 on the NZQA framework and the first and only accredited provider for a Diploma of Homeopathy (Animal Health).   The College has become the largest and the leading training institution in New Zealand of homeopathy courses, attending and distance. The College has trained over 1000 homeopaths since its humble beginnings and is a valuable resource for the industry looking to employ professional and highly skilled practitioners.

The College of Natural Health & Homeopathy has recently become a part of Study Group, a global education company recognised for its delivery of high quality education.

Study Group is committed to giving students the best possible learning experience as well as every possible opportunity to reach their career goals. For more information on Study Group, visit

College of Natural Health & Homeopathy offers flexible learning options recognising the varying needs of students today. The College is unique in that it has campuses throughout New Zealand.  Equally, for those students choosing to study by distance, our programme allows you to study homeopathy anytime from virtually anywhere in the world.

The College provides the highest standard of classical homeopathic training in New Zealand, demonstrated by Government accreditation with NZQA and an ongoing commitment to provide a high quality training programme supported by a well-structured curriculum delivered by skilled educators who are experts in their fields. The College believes that education should be an enjoyable experience.

The College believes that education should be an enjoyable experience.

Studying with College of Natural Health & Homeopathy provides you with:         

  • A friendly, supportive, integrated learning environment
  • A range of flexible learning options
  • Highly qualified, professional and experienced tutors
  • Government approved courses 
  • Access to Student Loans and Allowances
  • Lectures for distance courses recorded live and offered online

What we do

Alastair Gray - Associate Director New Zealand Operations, College of Natural Health & Homeopathy


To preserve, share and advance the philosophy of natural medicine within a worldwide community.  College of Natural Health & Homeopathy is a private training establishment focussed on ensuring the philosophy of natural medicine is preserved as interest in this area grows. College of Natural Health & Homeopathy is committed to promoting natural health both nationally and internationally by producing graduates of the highest quality.

The College’s Organisational Values

Values that guide each and every interaction we have with students, staff, consumers and stakeholders:

  • Authenticity - We do not pretend. We do not have false friends or colleagues. We are warm and genuine and understand that robust discussions aim to support openness and growth.
  • Clarity - We speak to the facts. We do not create mythology based on incorrect information. We verify the data and we act in the interests of clarity.
  • Student Centricity - All students are central to our existence. We work to engage and satisfy our prospective, current and past students like no other tertiary institution.
  • Happiness - We value positivity, joy, encouragement and strive to be in the moment. We affirm our own actions, those of others and the organisation.
  • Embodiment - We teach, support, live and breathe natural medicine and wellbeing. Be the contributions large or small, we consciously find ways to contribute to an holistic approach in everything we do.
  • Responsibility - We take personal ownership of our actions. We do not blame others. When we commit – we follow through. We model the very best in ethical conduct.

Homeopathy is a system of medicine based on principles laid down over 200 years ago by a German physician, Samuel Hahnemann. By utilising the principle of 'Similars' or 'Like Cures Like' and using only the smallest doses of non toxic medicinal substances, the therapy is both safe and effective.

Homeopathic teatment is directed at the whole person. A well selected homeopathic remedy can gently stimulate the natural healing forces of the body to bring about health.

Using the Law of Similars, homeopaths match the symptoms of the patient to the symptoms produced by a medicinal substance when given to a healthy person.  The testing of a substance on healthy persons is known as a ‘proving’.

The symptoms produced in provings form the content of our ‘database’, known in homeopathy as the Materia Medica.  It is the knowledge held within the Materia Medica that enables the homeopath to find the precise medicinal substance suited to the individual patient's needs, thereby bringing about an effective cure.

Minimum dose homeopathic remedies are largely derived from animal, plant and mineral sources. They are made using a method of serial dilution. The microdoses produced are called potentised remedies. The high dilutions produce extremely safe and effective medicines.

Homeopathy’s effectiveness in a wide range of conditions is increasingly being verified by high quality clinical and laboratory trials (both human and animal), many of which have been published in respected journals in recent years eg, The Lancet, British Medical Journal, Pediatrics.

Find out more about homeopathy and learn to use it in the home, in first aid situations and acute conditions – refer to Introductory Courses.

Clicking on any of the links below will enable you to find out more in depth information about Homeopathy:

What is Natural Health?

Natural health is concerned with maintaining good health naturally through the quality of the food and drink we take in, the air we breathe, our daily physical activities, quality of sleep and interactions with other people; in other words, how we live our lives on a daily basis.

Natural practices that help us to do this when we are in a state of reduced health are those that are non-invasive and support our intrinsic self-healing processes. These include homeopathy, naturopathic practices and herbalism, iridology, bioenergetic methods, massage, Reiki, acupuncture, yoga, biofeedback and hypnotherapy.

The College has an ongoing commitment to providing teachers who are skilled educators as well as experts in their fields. Our faculty and staff of over 25 trained professionals includes Doctors, Nurses, Midwives, Animal Homeopaths, a Physiotherapist and Registered Homeopaths. The College uses world recognised, high calibre teaching staff who actively pursue their ongoing professional development in their fields of expertise and in teaching.

Julie Andrews - General Manager Academic, College Dean and Senior Lecturer

BMus, DipNat, DipHom, ADH, RCHom

For over thirty years, Julie's academic and professional life has been filled with two great passions - music and the healing arts. In 1968, Julie completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Auckland. By this time, she had also gained Licentiates in Piano Performance and Teaching from both the Trinity College of Music and the Royal Schools of Music. She received a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London and graduated from that prestigious institute in 1970.

On returning to New Zealand, she continued to teach and perform, raise a family and began to pursue her formal study of herbal medicine, naturopathy and homeopathy. Julie completed Diplomas in Naturopathy and Homeopathy in 1988 at the South Pacific College of Natural Medicine. Then she began to apply the teaching skills acquired through her musical career to teaching homeopathy and natural health. Julie has been involved with the College of Natural Health & Homeopathy since 1995 and became the first recipient of the College's Advanced Diploma of Homeopathy.

Julie holds qualifications in Teaching and Assessment and became Dean at the College in 1999. She is currently completing her Master of Science in Homeopathy with the University of Central Lancashire.

Julie Ross - General Manager Operations


Before working for the College, Julie had a challenging career in office management in the corporate sector. Over the last 20 years her desire for a more natural lifestyle introduced her to a range of modalities including aromatherapy, flower essences, propagation, organic gardening and of course homeopathy. Julie became interested in homeopathy after having her dogs treated by a homeopathic vet and went on to complete the College’s Diploma of Homeopathy in 2003. As a consequence Julie further embraced homeopathy by making a career change and commenced working for the College in 2003 as the Auckland Office Manager.

In 2012 Julie accepted the shared General Manager role with Julie Andrews (yes both Julie’s). Julie Ross took on the operations side of the role and became the General Manager Operations. She enjoys the blend of her homeopathic passion with her operational skills.

Judy Coldicott - South Island Course Coordinator and Senior Lecturer

DipTchg, DipHom, ADH, RCHom, ADH

Judy trained and worked as a primary teacher prior to her homeopathy studies. She became interested in homeopathy after seeing great results with her family and went on to complete her Diploma in Homeopathy in 1995. Judy began practicing and teaching introductory courses in South Canterbury and in 1996, became a homeopathy tutor at Aoraki Polytechnic.

In 1999, Judy became South Island Coordinator for the Bay of Plenty College. She is well loved by students and staff alike - especially for the clarity of her teaching and for her energy and enthusiasm!

Jennie Rassell - Animal Course Co-ordinator

BSc Hons, Dip Hom, DipHom(Animal Health), RCHom

Jennie received her degree in Microbiology from Canterbury University and worked in education and research, particularly in the Agricultural sector in NZ before turning her focus to family and farm life. She and her husband began to explore organic production methods and successfully converted their kiwifruit orchard to organics as a result. Jennie found her interest in Homeopathy blooming alongside the passion for organics and completed both the ‘human’ and ‘animal’ Diploma programmes at the Bay of Plenty College of Homeopathy.

Now, Jennie has a thriving practice for both animals and humans in Tauranga, New Zealand. She also lectures at BOPCOH and on the Certificate of Homeopathy programme in the school of nursing in Rotorua, NZ.

College Administrators

Anne Kohu - Tauranga Office Manager, Enrolment Officer and Maori Liaison Officer


Catherine Wilson - Auckland Centre & Clinic Administrator

Catherine started her working life as an apprentice typographer at the New Zealand Herald. On becoming a qualified tradesperson she went from a hot metal environment to the first use of computers at the Herald. She then went on to work in the UK for 7 years for a property marketing company, doing research and the company invoicing. Upon return to New Zealand in 2009 she decided to follow her interest in natural medicine and is consequently working in the Auckland office in an administration role.

Sue Spurling - Academic and Pastoral Support / Lecturer


Sue started her working life at The Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street in London. She worked as a children’s and neonatal nurse in the UK and New Zealand at National Women’s Hospital until 2007. For the past 30 years Sue has also studied (and taught) aromatherapy/massage, craniosacral therapy and is a Reiki Master. She gained a Master’s degree in Therapeutic Bodywork from the University of Westminster, London in 1996. She moved to NZ in 2003 and studied homeopathy with BOPCOH, having used it for a number of years in the UK, convinced of its efficacy after seeing her eldest son’s sinusitis miraculously resolve. She now has her own practice, offers academic and pastoral support for students and teaches at the College.

Lecturers Homeopathy

  • Julia Alabaster
    BSc(UK), MSc(NZ), DipHom, DipHom(Animal Health), RCHom
  • Julie Andrews
    BMusic, ND, DipHom, ADH, RCHom
  • Dr Kerry Clancey
    MBChB, DipObs, DipHom, ADH, RCHom
  • Judy Coldicott
    DipTchg, DipHom, ADH, RCHom
  • Dr Deborah Collins
    MD(NL), RCHom
  • Michael Dong
    MPS, RCHom
  • Josephine Gibbard
    BHSc, ADH, DipNutr, RCHom
  • Mary Glaisyer
    BA(Hons), LCH, RCHom
  • Alastair Gray
    DSH (UK), PCH(UK), RSHom(UK), AHA(Aust), BA Hons(NZ)
  • Su Hutchinson
    DipHom, RCHom, Cert.Natural Health Studies
  • Carol Keelty
    DipHom ADH, RCHom Fiona Lane, BA(Otago), DipHom(Animal Health), RCHom
  • Nikki Leonard
    NZGON, RSHom(UK), RCHom
  • Jeannette (Jem) Maber
    DipHom, ADH, RCHom
  • Jennie Rassell
    BSc Hons, Dip Hom, Dip Hom(Animal Health),RCHom, ADH
  • Genevieve Scase
    BSc(Hons)(UK), DipHom(UK), ADH, RCHom
  • Elizabeth Schmidt
    B.Mus, HED, DipHom, BHSc.
  • Dr Barbara Stumbles
    BVSc, DipHom(Animal Health), RCHom
  • Tineke Verkade
    RN, ND (Holl), DipHerb, DipHom (Animal Health), ADH, RCHom, BSc
  • Jill Wilby
    BA, DipHom.RCHom

Lecturers Medical Science

  • Julia Alabaster
    BSc(UK), MSc(NZ), DipHom, DipHom(Animal Health), RCHom
  • Gudrun Dannenfeldt
    MSc(Nursing), DCur, RCoN(NZ)
  • Dr Judith Nicholson
    BSc(Hons) PhD.
  • Elizabeth Schmidt
    B.Mus, HED, DipHom, BHSc.
  • Dr Barbara Stumbles
    BVSc, DipHom(Animal Health), RCHom
  • Hannah Crawford-McQuillan
    BPhysio, DipHom

Senior Medical Science Lecturer

Gudrun Dannenfeldt

MSc (nursing), DCur, RCoN(nz)

Gudrun has been involved in various aspects of nursing, clinical practice, education and management for over 25yrs. Currently she is Operations Manager ( Education and Support) at Health Waikato in New Zealand. Gudrun believes that a good grounding in the human sciences is essential for all health professionals.

Learn more about homeopathy and treatments in this series of articles by Judy Coldicott ADH RCHom. Judy is a Senior Tutor at the College of Natural Health and Homeopathy and has been practicing homeopathy from her clinic in South Canterbury for over 18 years. She has seen many exciting results during this time, and through these articles hopes to bring you some practical pointers on the use of homeopathy for acute ailments so that you feel more confident and get results using basic homeopathic remedies for your family.