International Borderless Medicine

International Borderless Medicine

​Volunteer herbal health care exchanges & opportunities in botanical medicine, from Africa to Belize and other regions of the world to study and serve within realms of natural medicine & the preservation of indigenous plants and healing wisdom. 

HWB International Borderless Medicine Programs

 
Herbalists Without Borders provides volunteer health justice and humanitarian aid to thousands of people in more than 20 countries with multiple chapters in some of those countries. Health, wellness and compassionate care are served by our volunteers in regions where there are either natural or human-induced crisis or disaster. Examples of such care during the past decade include Herbal Medic Support for First Nations People and the Water Protectors in North Dakota (U.S.), victims and survivors of the earthquakes in Nepal and hurricanes in Haiti.  Helping people when there is political upheaval and subsequent violence or displacement is also part of our global volunteerism. An example of this is happening with our HWB chapters is the United Kingdom and Greece where refugees from Syria and other nations are being assisted. Herbalists Without Borders also assists global people facing discrimination, oppression and other barriers to accessing health and wellness. HWB does not impose care upon countries or cultures of people, we go when invited and typically encourage residents of countries to organize and start an HWB Chapter in their region. Cultural autonomy, preservation of healing traditions, indigenous plants and healers are priorities for Herbalists Without Borders.

Where We Volunteer

Visit our interactive map to learn where 72 Herbalists Without Borders global chapters and projects are located

Frontline Global News

Each quarter we feature the unique volunteerism of one of our global HWB Chapters.  This month we are featuring the Corfu, Greece Chapter.

Cross Cultural Delegations

Every year or two, we work to co-host a cross cultural medicine exchange or health delegation to a country that HWB is invited to engage with. To read an interview about the HWB 2016 delegation, Women in Cuba:  Herbalism, Health Care & Sustainable Agriculture. Keep an eye out on the blog for a recap of our Cuba trip.

HWB Vision and Values

​ Our Primary Values 

  • HWB believes that health and wellness are human rights, not privileges
  • HWB recognizes many global citizens lack access to primary health and wellness due to economic hardship and other barriers
  • HWB promotes health justice and oppression free local and global wellness practices
  • HWB engages in volunteer efforts focused primarily on natural and botanical health and wellness solutions via education, prevention, empowerment, grassroots advocacy and organizing
  • HWB builds a renewed consciousness about conditions created by dominant social and economic institutions that impact all human beings; emphasizing the roles of traditional herbalists and healers who live and work within those systems often experiencing social stigma, pressure, devalued status and sub-standard wages for vital services they provide
  • HWB believes that poverty is inherently violent in nature and health services must be accessible and affordable
  • HWB embraces non-violence, social justice, health and wellness as means to transform cultural and global trauma and violence
  • HWB creates and promotes inter-cultural herbal health education, herbal borderless medicine exchanges and actions via local to global chapters
  • HWB promotes the protection and preservation of indigenous herbs and healers, including intellectual property rights that honor and respect the wisdom of both traditional plants and healers globally; regenerating valuable traditional healing wisdom and practices that have been negated, oppressed, misused or extinguished

 

  • HWB educates the public about growing and eating of traditional local healthful natural foods and herbs; relearning and recollecting of everyday traditional cultural healing lifestyles

 

  • HWB supports equitable, sustainable, community-based, fair trade practices pertaining to foods, herbs and botanical products

 

  • HWB embraces grassroots empowerment models and actions, encouraging local people to utilize their own unique community resources to create accessible peoples' natural medicine clinics and other innovative holistic model projects

 

  • HWB promotes sharing of holistic health and wellness resources and open source information that will assist all people and practitioners

 

  • HWB believes in building foundations of honesty, trust, openness, compassion and collaboration within holistic health and wellness realms

 

  • HWB assists herbalists and other healers with continuous training, education, technical assistance and resources

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  • HWB believes in creating alternative natural medicine solutions that individuals, communities and countries may begin implementing NOW

HWB Victoria Constitution 2021

Herbalists Without Borders Victoria Incorporated - Constitution 2021

 Download - Current constitution

 

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The following text includes statements for the HWB-Victoria CHARITABLE PURPOSE - (Draft) = requires editing (pre lodge). Send comments to admin@hwbvictoria / will be addressed as an agenda item (2021)

  1. Herbalists Without Borders International global movement

HERBALISTS WITHOUT BORDERS VICTORIA is part of the global movement of Herbalists Without Borders International. The worldwide movement of Herbalists Without Borders International - including HERBALISTS WITHOUT BORDERS VICTORIA - is a non-denominational, non-partisan movement, independent of all governments, political parties and religious institutions.

 

  1. HERBALISTS WITHOUT BORDERS VICTORIA’s structure

HERBALISTS WITHOUT BORDERS VICTORIA is a democratic organisation comprising members and supporters who work to achieve the objects set out below.

The  organisation is  established  to  be  a  charity  with  the  principal  purpose  of  enacting the Herbalists Without Borders vision for Health Justice;  with the purpose of advancing health, education, social and public welfare and culture, protecting  and enhancing  the  natural  environment and promoting human rights.

In addition to the global vision of Herbalists Without Borders International, HWB Victoria promotes reconciliation, mutual respect and tolerance between groups of individuals that are in Australia.

Herbalists Without Borders Victoria will be registered with Herbalists Without Borders International and must meet all requirements for club endorsement set by Herbalists Without Borders International as established in the HWB global Constitution or Policy.

 

  1. HERBALISTS WITHOUT BORDERS VICTORIA's values and objectives 
  • HWB believes that health and wellness are human rights, not privileges
  • HWB recognises many global citizens lack access to primary health and wellness due to economic hardship and other barriers
  • HWB promotes health justice and oppression free local and global wellness practices
  • HWB engages in volunteer efforts focused primarily on natural and botanical health and wellness solutions via education, prevention, empowerment, grassroots advocacy and organising
  • HWB builds a renewed consciousness about conditions created by dominant social and economic institutions that impact all human beings; emphasizing the roles of traditional herbalists and healers who live and work within those systems often experiencing social stigma, pressure, devalued status and sub-standard wages for vital services they provide
  • HWB believes that poverty is inherently violent in nature and health services must be accessible and affordable
  • HWB embraces non-violence, social justice, health and wellness as means to transform cultural and global trauma and violence
  • HWB creates and promotes inter-cultural herbal health education, herbal borderless medicine exchanges and actions via local to global chapters
  • HWB promotes the protection and preservation of indigenous herbs and healers, including intellectual property rights that honour and respect the wisdom of both traditional plants and healers globally; regenerating valuable traditional healing wisdom and practices that have been negated, oppressed, misused or extinguished
  • HWB educates the public about growing and eating of traditional local healthful natural foods and herbs; relearning and recollecting of everyday traditional cultural healing lifestyles
  • HWB supports equitable, sustainable, community-based, fair trade practices pertaining to foods, herbs and botanical products
  • HWB embraces grassroots empowerment models and actions, encouraging local people to utilise their own unique community resources to create accessible peoples' natural medicine clinics and other innovative holistic model projects
  • HWB promotes sharing of holistic health and wellness resources and open source information that will assist all people and practitioners
  • HWB believes in building foundations of honesty, trust, openness, compassion and collaboration within holistic health and wellness realms
  • HWB assists herbalists and other healers with continuous training, education, technical assistance and resources
  • HWB believes in creating alternative natural medicine solutions that individuals, communities and countries may begin implementing now
  • HWB works to promote, defend and protect the human rights of all people as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and subsequent United Nations conventions and declarations based on the UDHR, as well as in regional codes of human rights which incorporate the rights contained in the UDHR, the provisions to which governments have voluntarily acceded;
  • HWB works to encourage, and raise awareness, that every human being possesses rights based on their humanity and that respect for human rights improves people’s lives;

 


This following content is relevant to our registration as a Charity. (DRAFT STATEMENT) This portion has not yet been lodged and is open for comment/edit.  

To achieve the organisations objectives in clause 3, HERBALISTS WITHOUT BORDERS VICTORIA may:

The Association will pursue the principal objectives set out in (3) by:

  • establishing events and venues as places for community-based learning, delivery of health services, community health promotion, gardening, artistic and folkloric activities to create environmentally beneficial, socially just, economically satisfying, culturally enriching and spiritually nurturing ways of living together through and the pursuit of health justice for all people;
  • providing community health services focused on the needs of the community;
  • directly providing education and information services to increase understanding of health and the human impacts on the natural environment and their relationship to wellbeing and health justice; made possible through activities such as education seminars, workshops, courses and events, community health and development;
  • providing training to members, volunteers and health professionals who work with HWB Victoria to ensure that they have the highest level of skill when carrying out their duties;
  • conduct investigations and publish well-founded, evidence-based research on health and environmental issues; 
  • prepare, publish (in a variety of media) and promote topical information in areas such as humanitarianism, health and wellbeing, community development, botanical medicine, food security, health justice, agriculture, and environmental sustainability; 
  • take humanitarian actions in response to humanitarian need and disasters by providing crisis response services, volunteers and health services; and collaborate with communities towards response, recovery and resiliency; 
  • support, directly or indirectly, individuals and their families whose health and welfare are at risk and protect, directly or indirectly, those who are at risk and have deficient access to essentials of food, shelter and access to health care; 
  • conduct agricultural and horticultural ventures, food security programs, support and nourish community gardens, food forests and agroforestry amongst other regional responses to issues of human rights, health and sustainability; 
  • establishing food security programs, harvest and processing of foods, the cooking, preservation and distribution of foodstuff, seeds, seedlings, and plants; 
  • work in partnership with other organisations and individuals; 
  • promote public support for, and advocacy of human rights; 
  • inform public opinion to encourage individuals, non-state actors, and governmental and other entities to protect, promote and defend human rights, access to health care and the protection of indigenous medicinal knowledge; 
  • promote a culture of respect for all human rights; 
  • promote economic, social and cultural rights as a means of alleviating poverty, which is a grave violation of human rights;

Q2 Global report

Our Q2 report has been submitted to HWB global. We look forward to the annual report and the snapshot of the global effort.

Thanks for all you do!

A copy is available in the members section / HWB policies / reports archive / Q2. 

 

 

HWB Victoria Incorporated - General Meeting - May 2021

Our first general meeting as Herbalists Without Borders Victoria Incorporated!

  • Election of committee members
  • General business (startup topics, organisational requirements. insurance, accounting, reporting, communication)
  • Project report(s)
  • ...please send your agenda items to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When: May 2021, Date/Time to be announced (after group consultation)   

Where: Melbourne +/or Online 

 

AGENDA ITEMS

Please send agenda items to:

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Online form: link to form