October newsletter: gift voucher discount ♡ upcoming workshops ♡ herbal medicine week ♡ welcoming a new practitioner

In today’s newsletter:

Clinic news

Online gift vouchers & discount code for 50% off second voucher

Upcoming workshops- Brunswick & Geelong

Welcome to our newest practitioner- Emma Hall

Herbal Medicine week 2019

Miso kale salad with crispy chickpeas & shiitake mushrooms- recipe by Hetty McKinnon

New blog article- modern herbal medicine 

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Clinic News

♡ I have just returned from a trip to Brisbane where I had the opportunity to meet Professor Kerry Bone and tour the MediHerb‘s quality-control laboratory and factory in Warwick where raw herbs are milled and mixed with ethanol to make the herbal extracts that are used in your herbal liquid formulas.

♡ Next month I will be holding x2 “Natural birth skills & birth preparation” workshops with fellow midwife and hypnobirthing instructor Rosie Fitzclarence from Geelong born. We will be exploring:

> Introduction to hypnobirthing tools for birth, self-hypnosis, conditioning, relaxation, breathing & visualisation
> Nutritional supplements in pregnancy: multivitamins, probiotics, Vitamin D, Fish oils, Iron, Calcium & Magnesium
> Herbal medicine for birth & lactation: Raspberry Leaf tea, galactagogues & safety issues
> Antenatal & postnatal nutrition: healthy eating & tips/tools

 An update from ‘Your Health Your Choice‘ in regards to the 2019-20 Natural therapies private health insurance review:

“On 11th September 2019 the Department of Health in Canberra hosted the first meeting of the Natural Therapies Review Expert Advisory Panel (NTREAP) to oversee ‘review updates’ of 16 natural therapies stripped of Private Health Insurance benefits in April this year. 

Public protest via the Your Health Your Choice campaign over removal of Private Health Insurance (PHI) rebates for natural therapies resulted in the Government announcing on 7 April 2019, a $2 million review update program to determine which natural therapies are once again eligible to attract the PHI rebate.

The announcement came after 13,324 Australians wrote to the Health Minister, local Liberal National Party (LNP) members and State LNP Senators between February and March 2019 protesting the policy and demanding that rebates be restored.

The National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is once again being put in charge of conducting the reviews, despite being under active investigation by the Commonwealth Ombudsman over allegations of scientific and procedural misconduct in the 2012-15 Homeopathy Review.

The 2019-20 review Terms of Reference specify that it will only asses any additional evidence of the clinical effectiveness of the 16 therapies published since the 2014-15 review, as well as any high quality evidence not included in the 2014-15 review.

There are potential problems associated with this approach, which risks dismissing evidence not published before 2014-15. It assumes the previous 2014-15 NHMRC reviews of 16 natural therapies published in 2015 were robust, when this is not the case. The previous NHMRC reviews were so limited in scope that they dismissed from consideration vast bodies of evidence, to save time and money and progress a political agenda to remove natural therapy rebates.”

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Online gift vouchers & discount code

You can now purchase gift vouchers online via the website! Use the code NEWSLETTER to receive 50% off your second voucher.

There are several options to choose from;

  • Naturopathy
  • Natural Fertility Management
  • Pregnancy support
  • 4th trimester/Postnatal recovery

Treat yourself or someone special to any of our health services or dispensary products. Perfect for birthdays, Christmas presents, baby showers, newborn baby gifts and special occasions.

Once online payment for your first voucher has been completed please email us with your contact details and discount code so that your vouchers can be sent to you via email or post. All vouchers are valid for 12 months from the purchase date. 

Upcoming workshops- Brunswick & Geelong

National Herbal Medicine Week

‘National Herbal Medicine Week’ begins on Monday 28th October and is a celebration of herbal medicine use in Australia through a series of workshops and events.

Herbal medicine is the use of plants and plant extracts to manage illness and enhance overall health and wellbeing. Herbalism has a long history; it is the oldest and most widely used system of medicine across the globe. The use of medicinal plants can be found within all cultures and traditional health systems – through the types of plants and the ways in which they are used in treatments will often vary in different cultures and countries. 

Although steeped in history, there is an increasing body of evidence supporting the efficacy of herbal medicines. Science shows us how medicinal plants’ unique biochemistry can impact on health and disease processes.

Herbal medicine practitioners approach health holistically and tailor treatments to each individual, based on their own unique needs; considering underlying causes for illness while also addressing the symptoms. 

Herbal medicines can be taken as teas, or infusions, in tablet or powder compounds, as potent liquid extracts, or by incorporating medicinal plants as ingredients into the daily diet*. ​

Find out more about Herbal Medicine and connect with an event near you


Welcome to our newest practitioner- Emma Hall

Emma is a performance psychologist based in Melbourne and the Director of Vashti Performance Services. She previously competed at State level in a variety of sports including swimming, athletics, and volleyball, and has recently moved into aerial training and competition. Her focus is applying the characteristics of successful high performance to both athletes and business people alike.

Emma has worked across a number of fields including elite sport, career transition and coaching, recruitment and selection, crisis support, drug and alcohol programs, health psychology and behaviour change. She has travelled both domestically and internationally to provide one-on-one sessions and group workshops to some of Australia’s most successful athletes, coaches, and entrepreneurs. Her varied experiential background contributes to her unique approach in providing a supportive, client-focused and practical basis to her work.

Emma also provides counselling for the treatment of mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety. She is passionate about helping others to achieve their own personal best.

Contact Emma via phone 0414 710 536, email or her website


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