ACHS evolved from the distance education department of the South Pacific College of Natural Therapeutics (SPCNT), an on-campus naturopathic college in Auckland, New Zealand. Dorene Petersen, a graduate of SPCNT, was selected to head this department in 1976. In 1978, SPCNT proposed closing the department due to an internal change in direction. To provide a teach-out opportunity to the SPCNT distance-learning students, and with the blessings of SPCNT, Dorene founded ACHS (at that time Australasian College of Herbal Studies … more on our name change later!). From these small beginnings, ACHS has continued to flourish!
Since its inception in 1978, ACHS has remained an industry leader, well respected worldwide for its distance education holistic health programs. The name Australasian reflected the geographical nature of the student body at the time, encompassing New Zealand, Australia, and the South Pacific islands. Read more about our history, decade by decade!!!