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The Healing Touch program was developed by American practitioner Janet Mentgen (RN, BSN) who had practised energy-based care since 1980 in Denver, Colorado.

Janet was honoured as the Holistic Nurse of the Year by the American Holistic Nurses' Association for her work in energy-based therapy and taught classes in Australia on many occasions.

Healing Touch was first taught in Australia by Mary Jo Bulbrook (RN, Ed.D) and Donna Duff (LPN) in 1993. The program continues to grow and is supported by Certified Healing Touch Practitioners and Instructors throughout Australia.

Healing Beyond Borders (formerly Healing Touch International Inc) is a non-profit organisation established to administer the Healing Touch certification process for both practitioners and instructors.

The International Standards of Practice, the Code of Ethics and Research are additional foci of Healing Beyond Borders.

There are over 100 successfully completed research projects to date with more in progress, investigating the most effective techniques for Healing Touch.

This dedicated team of inspired and professional practitioners and instructors is making a difference in the world of healthcare.


Quality of body. Quality of mind. Quality of spirit.