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About Kerry Bone

Kerry Bone


The principal of the Australian College of Phytotherapy is Assoc. Prof. Kerry Bone BSc (Hons), Dip Phyto, FNIMH, FNHAA, AHG, MCPP, FANTA.

Kerry Bone is an experienced research and industrial chemist, who graduated with first class honours from Melbourne University and won the Masson Memorial Prize as Australia’s top chemistry student. He studied herbal medicine at the renowned School of Phytotherapy in the UK, and graduated with distinction in 1983.

From 1985 to 1992, Kerry was a senior lecturer in herbal medicine at the Brisbane College of Traditional Acupuncture and Natural Medicine and then the Australian College of Natural Medicine.

Since 1994 he has been a frequent guest lecturer at the UK School of Phytotherapy. Kerry is a Fellow of both the National Herbalists Association of Australia and the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK).

He has been appointed Associate Professor in the School of Health at the University of New England.

Lecture Program

Kerry is one of Australia’s most successful herbal clinicians responsible for the pioneering development of the herbal profession throughout Australia and New Zealand. His unique approach to herbal medicine, by combining tradition with current science, provides dynamic and effective treatment solutions for patients.

A leader in education, Kerry is invited to speak at professional and scientific conferences throughout the world. He gives presentations each year in Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, South Africa, the United States and Europe to health care professionals as well as scientists and researchers in the field.

It was his passion for education that led him to establish the Australian College of Phytotherapy to further develop the professionalism and safety of modern herbal practice.

Clinical Practice

With over 20 years in practice as a medical herbalist, Kerry remains committed to his clinical work with patients. He runs a practice in Toowoomba (Australia) where he consults with more than 80 patients a month despite his extensive travel itinerary.

Talkback Radio

Kerry can be heard regularly on Toowoomba ABC radio where he has been a popular guest speaker on talkback radio for more than ten years.

Consultant to Industry

Kerry is the Co-Founder and Head of Research and Development at MediHerb, Australia’s most successful herbal company supplying only to health care professionals. Established in 1986, MediHerb quickly set the gold standard for quality and service in the herbal industry.

Kerry was instrumental in developing unique extraction processes that maintain herbs in their whole form, complete with their essential components. His insistence on rigorous and comprehensive testing of products ensures their purity, integrity and quality. MediHerb has a pharmaceutical licence from the Therapeutic Goods Administration of the Australian government to manufacture its own range of herbal products and is thus able to closely monitor and give genuine assurances about their quality. Kerry maintains a very active role in the technical and research operations at MediHerb.


Kerry’s professional text “Clinical Applications of Ayurvedic and Chinese Herbs” is now in its eleventh print run, and his collaboration with English herbalist Simon Mills entitled “Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy”, published by Churchill Livingstone, has sold more than 20,000 copies worldwide. It is now used as the main textbook for teaching herbal medicine in colleges throughout the English-speaking world.

A Clinical Guide to Blending Liquid Herbs, published September 2003, is an essential clinical reference text for all practitioners prescribing in both liquid and tablet form. A second collaboration with Simon Mills, The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety, published in 2005 has been described as the most thorough and comprehensive text on the market for herbal safety in practice.

The Ultimate Herbal Compendium, published in 2007, is a comprehensive desktop herbal prescribing reference designed for the busy health practitioner.

Healthy Children, published in 2008, was written in collaboration with Rob Santich and provides a comprehensive treatise on herbal treatment for the common health problems encountered by children.  

Clinical Applications of Ayurvedic and Chinese Herbs

Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy

A Clinical Guide to Blending Liquid Herbs

The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety

Healthy Children


Regular articles written by Kerry can be found in the Townsend Letter, the Modern Phytotherapist, Nutrition and Healing, the British Journal of Phytotherapy as well as MediHerb’s Professional Review.