How long is a consultation? Please allow about an hour for your first appointment or 90 minutes if you have a complex medical history. Subsequent appointments take around 30 minutes.
What should I bring to my first appointment? Please bring any recent blood tests, other pathology results, X-rays or imaging you may have with you. It is also necessary to know details of any medications you are taking including dosages – some people find it easier to simply bring the medications with them which avoids any confusion at the appointment.
What training do you have? I hold Advanced Diplomas in Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine and Nutritional Medicine and a Certificate in Optimal Sports Nutrition. I also regularly attend seminars to keep up to date with emerging treatment options and have a special interest in mental health, mood and stress and women’s health. These courses cover many subjects including the medical sciences – anatomy and physiology, chemistry, biochemistry, nutrition, pathophysiology, biology. Other subjects include massage, counselling, ethics and clinical practice. I am a member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society – Member 25718 – which is your assurance of training quality, professional indemnity, adherence to a code of conduct and that I meet the requirements of continuing professional education.
I have also recently been published in an industry journal outlining a case study and my treatment protocol for a complex health problem. This journal is distributed to health professionals as a source of information, reference and best practice.
What is the difference between a GP and a Naturopath? Like GP’s, Naturopaths have training in medical sciences and disease processes. The main difference is one of philosophy. GP’s have a medication based approach which is focused on alleviating symptoms, generally within a 15 minute consultation. Naturopathic treatment is based in treating the whole person – physical, mental and emotional. We take the time to get to know you and your individual circumstances and identify the root cause of your health issues to alleviate symptoms, promote recovery and encourage general wellbeing.
Why see a naturopath? People who seek the help of a naturopath are generally interested in being empowered to take control of their health and want to work in partnership with their health care provider. Naturopaths aim to help people take an active role in improving their health whilst providing a supportive and encouraging environment. Naturopathy is a viable alternative for those who are interested in a safe, less invasive and more collaborative approach to wellness.
Is it safe for children and during pregnancy? Yes. The very individualised and tailored approach we take allows for a safe and effective method of care for everyone.
Can I claim a health fund rebate ? Yes, I am a registered provider for all health through the ATMS. (Limitations may apply depending on level of cover)