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ACNT Celebrates 30 Years

ACNT celebrated 30 years in the industry in 2012. It is an achievement that we are extremely proud of – so we continue to expand and improve on our courses and facilities, delivering courses both on campus and online via distance education. ACNT is not only one of the largest colleges of natural medicine in the world. It is one of the most respected private educational providers, recognised by many worldwide organisations, universities and industry associations.

The ACNT Journey Begins

ACNT's history begins in the 1970s with Freida Bielik, Principal and co-founder of ACNT. Freida spends years of sleepless nights at the local hospital with her son, Danny, who battles severe asthma. She and her husband Peter are at a loss as to how to treat their son's health. But by a stroke of good luck, they discover osteopathy, and the results are astounding.

ACNT Flourishes from Inspiration

Freida is so inspired by this form of medicine that she goes on to study osteopathy, chiropractic and naturopathy. Once qualified, she opens a small practice in Bondi. Then in 1982, she and Peter start ACNT (known then as the Eastern Suburbs College of Natural Therapies). The College consists of one classroom and four treatment rooms. Quickly outgrowing the premises, the College moves to Double Bay, where they run a range of successful massage workshops.

With an ever increasing demand for natural therapy courses, the College shifts all over Sydney, from Ultimo to Broadway to Glebe, Surry Hills and finally a new holistic health and wellbeing campus in Pyrmont.

State-of-the Art Facilities

  • In 2003 Online study options became available for selected courses.
  • In 2004 ACNT adds a Spa Therapy Training Facility. A day spa and distinctive training environment that allows ACNT students to take advantage of the booming spa industry. Today, this is offered through our partner college the Australian National College of Beauty (ANCB). Nourish Café and Bookstore is also born, aimed to nourish the bodies and minds of both ACNT students and staff.
  • In 2006 ACNT grows over a further two floors, with additional room for an extended café, bookstore and library facilities. The Student Clinic repositions itself on campus, to deliver ACNT students the ultimate training experience.
  • In 2008 ACNT is acquired by Think Education Group. This helps to improve the student experience with significant improvements to the college's facilities. A campus in Brisbane is also established in 2009.
  • In 2013 the newly renovated Pyrmont Campus opened as the first in Sydney to bring key leading health and wellbeing colleges under one roof. The unique collaboration between the Australian National College of Beauty (ANCB) and the Jansen Newman Institute (JNI) has created the ultimate learning environment in its field, combining state of the art teaching facilities with a highly professional working clinic.
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