Who is Annie Barrett?

My story on becoming a naturopath.


Naturopath Caloundra Sunshine Coast Annie Barrett a shift worker wearing a green and white dress and red shoes, leaning against a bookshelf filled with different herbal teas and books

Hi! I’m Annie Barrett, a degree qualified naturopath and medical scientist based online within Australia.  My passion is turning sleep issues, fatigue, stress, anxiety, and digestive problems, into quality sleep, happiness, and vitality.  Having been a shift worker and done night shifts for 20+ years, I especially enjoy helping shift workers.

About Annie Barrett

I started my professional career in 1998 working as a medical scientist specialising in Haematology and Blood Transfusion.  During this time I worked in hospital laboratories in Brisbane, Melbourne, England, and Ireland. 

My interest in naturopathy began when a colleague gave me the details of their naturopath.  Years of shift work had taken a toll on my body, resulting in exhaustion, sleep and digestive issues.  I kept saying to family and friends, ‘If something doesn’t change I’m going to collapse on the floor in a heap’.  I was totally burnt-out.  Once I was so tired I micro-napped riding my bike to work, uphill!  Something needed to change, big time, so I booked in to see my friend’s naturopath.


My naturopath helped me using herbal and nutritional supplements and lifestyle changes.


I changed my diet, discovered what brings me joy and did it (tap dancing, drinking tea, cooking), allowed myself time for self-care, tried to become more organised, and learn time management skills (I’m still working on this one!).  My naturopath also supported me using herbal and nutritional medicine.

It was hard at times.  Getting enough sleep, eating well and making time for yourself can be tough when you are coming to the end of yet another round of shift work.  However, we came up with tactics to help me during these times.  Such as learning about sleep hygiene and preparing my bedroom for sleeping during the day.  I also learnt about meal prepping and scheduling events in my diary, they could be as simple as going for a walk, calling mum or dinner with friends.  All these little things helped to bring normality to my life.

Soon I contemplated studying naturopathy myself. I decided to take the leap, even though I knew juggling work and study meant more stress and late nights. However, armed with what I had learned, and a massive bottle of medicinal herbs, I felt prepared to face whatever life threw at me.

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After finishing my studies I moved back up to Queensland and opened Annie Barrett Naturopath in February 2020.  Annie Barrett Naturopath is located online within Australia.

You can learn more about naturopathy on the ‘About Naturopathy‘ page and ‘What is Naturopathy?‘ blog post.  And more about my clinic and how I can help.

I hope one day I can help you make the changes you need for a happy, healthy life.


My Qualifications and Memberships