Australian Foundation for Healing Touch Inc (AFHT)


Instructor Profiles

Dr Rosalie Van Aken

  • Healing Touch Instructor (Units 1-5)
  • AFHTI Program Coordinator, Instructor
    Representative, International
  • Healing Touch Instructor Trainer (Units 1-3)

Rosalie became a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner in 1996 and has been teaching Healing Touch for over 20 years.

Originally from a nursing background, Rosalie completed a PhD in 2004 studying the effects of Healing Touch on the symptoms of moderate

She has been involved with the Australian Foundation of Healing Touch (AFHTI) since its inception, and sits on the Council as well as serving Healing Beyond Borders on the Certification Board.

Dr Rosalie Van Aken RN, PhD, CHTP/I; Program Coordinator, International Representative and Instructor of AFHTI

Dr Van Aken is a Registered Nurse who has practiced mainly in the areas of mental health and drug and alcohol treatment. She was also employed by Southern Cross University teaching in the areas of Natural Therapies, Stress Management, Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol.

In 2004 Dr Aken was awarded a PhD from Southern Cross University for a study titled ‘Emerging from Depression’. This area of energy work and emotional health are a major interest.

She became a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Instructor in 1996 and continues to have a bioenergetic healing practice as well as teaching all units of the Healing Touch Certificate Program in the Asia Pacific Region.

Dr Aken developed the Way of the Healer series of workshops during 2005 to assist healers to develop their energy system. Her objective is to share bioenergetic healing with as many people as possible through teaching, giving talks and doing the work.

Susan Ashton

  • Healing Touch Instructor (Units 1-4)
  • AFHTI President / Chairperson

Susan is a Registered Nurse and has been teaching Healing Touch since 2005. She is dedicated to integrating complementary therapies into mainstream healthcare, and coordinates Healing Touch programs in Wauchope and Port Macquarie hospitals.

She has many years’ experience teaching professional healthcare workers and people interested in a holistic approach to health and on the AFHTI Council.

Veronika Oliver

  • Healing Touch Instructor (Units 1-3)
  • AFHTI Education Committee

Veronika is passionate about advancing the knowledge and benefits of Healing Touch and promoting the role Healing Touch can play in patient health/wellbeing when used alongside traditional medical diagnosis and

Veronika hopes to bridge the gap between complementary and traditional medicine, to foster better understanding about Healing Touch’s individual and complimentary health values for maintaining or regaining health and wellbeing.

Anna Nolan

  • Healing Touch Instructor (Unit 1)

A Practitioner since 2014 and Instructor since 2020. I have a home-based Healing Touch business in a semi-rural location and hold regular support group meetings for Healing Touch students.

Kay Michaels

  • Healing Touch Instructor (Unit 1)

Kay Michaels is a registered nurse and has been a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner since 2003.

She has owned and operated a Private Wellness Clinic for 18 years working in a Clinical situation in hospitals, business premises, schools and private homes. Kay holds a Diploma in Parapsychology and has studied to Master Level in Reiki.

Eve Jarman

  • Healing Touch Instructor (Unit 1)

Born and raised in England, Eve moved with her husband and 3 children first to New Zealand in 2001, then on to Australia in 2004.

A registered nurse, she discovered Healing Touch whilst living in Tamworth NSW. In 2014 the family moved to Gladstone, QLD, where Eve completed her studies and qualified as a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Instructor. She has inspired classes for Healing Touch in Tamworth and Gladstone, and her passion for the work continues to generate much interest. Healing Touch melds perfectly with her Christian faith and her profession as a nurse.

Glenda Audsley

  • Healing Touch Instructor (Unit 1)
  • AFHTI Assistant Program Coordinator

Glenda has been practicing Healing Touch for over 10 years. She has a strong interest in complementary therapies and has trained in Bowen Therapy, Reiki and Kinesiology. However, her passion is with Healing Touch and the benefits it brings on all levels.

Glenda is keen to share her knowledge and experience of Healing Touch so it becomes practiced by everybody, every day, everywhere, in every home and work place.

Pam Sainsbury

  • Healing Touch Instructor (Unit 1)

Pam has worked in nursing home admin, managed an aged care facility and a retirement village. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Aged Services Management and Human Resource Management.

Pam has been involved with Healing Touch (HT) since 2013 and has introduced and works with HT for residents in an Aged Care facility. As a qualified Meditation Instructor, Pam offers a weekly class for a
cancer recovery group in Port Macquarie, NSW.

Susie Nash

I started my Healing Touch journey in 1999 and it has been one of fulfilment in many ways. I came from an administration background and now retired. I am also on the AFHT Council and run the online group meditation every month.

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