Dr. Airdre Grant BA (VUW) Dip Ed (STC) MEd (UTS) PhD (SCU) 

Airdre is an academic in the Teaching and Learning Centre at Southern Cross University
(SCU), Australia. Her current work as a lecturer in teaching and learning is as an
academic developer, working with issues related to quality teaching and learning in
higher education. She works with the Schools of Education and Health and Human Science at
SCU, with a focus on the incorporation of new technologies into teaching practice,
improvement in the areas of course reviews, assessment strategies and related pedagogical

The focus of her doctoral study was an investigation into the role of spirituality as a
key component of education in holistic medicine and in particular whether education
practice reflected professional philosophical underpinnings. Her research interests are
focussed on authenticity in education, and the intersection between theoretical
underpinnings and academic practice. This is driven by an interest in the anchoring of
educational innovation with authentic pedagogy and relevance. At present her work
explores the integration of educational technology, connectivism and communities of

She has built on her thesis research and this is reflected in her work as a contributing
editor to the US textbook, Foundations of Natural Medicine (Bastyr University), where she
has written about education in natural medicine, the need for congruence between
professional philosophy and educational practices. Currently Airdre serves on the board
of the Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists (ARONAH), which is establishing
independent uniform national standards in training and practice for naturopaths and
western herbal medicine practitioners in Australia. 

Journal articles


From herb garden to wiki: responding to change in naturopathic education through scholarly reflection (with Meg O'reilly), Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2012)

The study of naturopathy in Australia has undergone a number of significant changes that have...



Incorporating spirituality into the work of the holistic practitioner, Journal of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (2012)

This paper looks at spirituality and health and the challenge to incorporate spirituality into the...



Spirituality, health and the complementary medicine practitioner, Journal of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (2007)

This paper examines the conceptual relationship between spirituality and health and the philosophical foundations of...



Evidence-based medicine and naturopathy (with Tom Jagtenberg, Sue Evans, Ian Howden, Monique Lewis, and Judy Singer), Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2006)

Evidence-based medicine (EBM) has been advocated as a new paradigm in orthodox medicine and as...



Spirituality and natural medicine education: an investigation into the philosophy and pedagogy of education in natural medicine, (2011)

This study reports on doctoral research into the importance attached to spirituality within the culture...


Book chapters

Spirituality in natural medicine (with Stephen P. Myers), Prescriptions for holistic health (2002)



Looking for the water from a deeper well: an investigation into spirituality and natural medicine education, PhD thesis, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW (2010)

This investigation addresses the importance attached to spirituality within the culture and curriculum of a...