Naturopathy is a system of medicine with its origins in Europe, however it incorporates herbal medicines from both Eastern and Western herbal medicine traditions. It is based on six key principles;

1. First do no harm by using the least invasive and non-toxic treatments suitable for the client.

2. The healing power of nature; nurturing the inherent ability of the body to heal itself.

3. Identify and treat the cause: Identity, address and where possible remove the underlying cause of disease.

4. Doctor as teacher: educate and empower clients to take an active role in their health and increase their knowledge.

5. Treat the whole person: gaining a holistic picture of the individual recognising the body as an integrated whole, not a single symptom or disease.

6. Prevention: work to prevent ill health from arising through dietary and lifestyle interventions.

Naturopathic care forms part of an integrative approach to health, with client outcomes at the centre of all treatment advice and recommendations. As a naturopath I only work within my scope of practice. I am not a medical doctor and will refer to other health professionals when in the best interest of the client. I will work with you and your health care providers, including considering any possible interactions of proposed treatment protocols with current your medications and other supplements.

This will depend on the complexity of your issue and whether it is a chronic long-standing condition. Naturopathy is not a quick fix or magic bullet solution and it does takes time and commitment on your part to see results. Typically, clients will require an initial appointment and two follow up appointments within the first 6 weeks, further appointments at longer intervals may be required depending on progress and the type of health concern.

Routine pathology tests as requested by your GP are an important assessment tool to establish a baseline of health. This baseline pathology provides a valuable insight contributing to the holistic picture of health obtained during your naturopathic assessment, particularly in relation to deficiencies, dysfunction and disease.

Functional pathology provides biochemical, nutritional, metabolic and hormonal status with a focus on assessing optimal ranges, providing a tool for early intervention and helping to determine the underlying cause for health issues.

I work in partnership with specialist functional laboratories to arrange for functional pathology testing as required. Testing may require collection of urine, saliva, stool or blood samples. Test kits are posted directly to your home and come with complete instructions and postage paid return satchels. When a blood draw is required you are able to attend your local pathology lab to complete these tests and they will be sent directly to the functional lab partner for analysis.

I hold a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) degree am a practising member of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA) member no 156527.

The minimum education standard to practice as a naturopath with professional membership in Australia is a 4-year full-time bachelor level degree undertaken at a government accredited educational institution. As a qualified naturopath, holding professional membership I am also required to undergo a minimum amount of continuing professional education each year.

At this present time, naturopathy does not currently qualify for a rebate from private health insurance funds.

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