Kerrie Oakes has been a practising herbalist since 2017. She is a chapter co-ordinator for the South-East Queensland chapter of Herbalists Without Borders, and a member of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia and Integrative Medicine for the Underserved.
Her interests are in equitable and affordable access to natural medicine, the place of herbal medicine within the primary healthcare sector, and the role of community in service provision. She holds graduate and post-graduate qualifications in Western Herbal Medicine, Health, Education and Community Welfare. She has local, state, and federal experience in community development, youthwork, child protection, eDemocracy, policy making and disaster management. Currently she manages the Somerset Community Supported Herb Clinics based in Southeast Queensland and is an inaugural board member of the Somerset Health Hubs Cooperative. She is undertaking a PhD at the National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine examining the concept of community-supported herbalism and cooperative models of healthcare.