At the Centre for Health and Wellbeing our philosophy for care reflects the reality that true healing involves much more than simply managing physical symptoms.
Our purpose is to identify and re-balance the underlying causes of ill health in the body, mind and spirit so that we can all live to our full potential.
In order to achieve this aim, we offer an approach to health which combines the best of both worlds - modern medicine as needed as well as deeper, more sustained healing through the use of evidence-based complementary therapies. To deliver this service to you, we have brought together a team of dedicated and caring health professionals.
The values we bring to our work at the Centre are professionalism, compassion, authenticity, respect, hope, sanctuary and love.
Integrative medicine is sometimes also called nutritional medicine, functional medicine or even lifestyle medicine. These are all interchangeable terms and they describe an approach to health care which combines the best of both worlds - modern medicine as needed as well as deeper, more sustained healing through the understanding of biochemistry and the use of evidence-based complementary therapies.
Integrative medicine puts you at the centre of the approach and considers the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that can affect your health.
By exploring each of these areas we can meet your immediate health needs as well as minimising your long-term risks. This process allows you to not only get well, but most importantly, to stay well.
The defining principles of integrative medicine are:
- The patient and practitioner are partners in the healing process.
- All factors that influence health, wellness and disease are taken into consideration.
- The care addresses the whole person, including body, mind, and spirit
- Providers use all appropriate healing sciences to facilitate the body's innate healing response.
- Effective interventions that are natural and less invasive are used whenever possible.
- Because good medicine is based in good science, integrative medicine is inquiry-driven and open to new models of care.
- Alongside the concept of treatment, the broader concepts of health promotion and the prevention of illness are paramount.
- The care is individualised to best address the person’s unique conditions, needs and circumstances.
- Practitioners of integrative medicine exemplify its principles and commit themselves to self-exploration and self-development.
If you are interested in 'natural' or 'bio-identical' hormone therapy, please visit the Natural Progesterone Advisory Network. There are two well referenced review articles for the use of Bio-identical hormone replacement the first being from Deborah Moskowitz, ND "Alternative Medicine Review" (2006) and the second from Kent Holtorf, MD "Post Graduate Medicine" (2009).
For further information about the training and approach of doctors using Nutritional and Integrative Medicine you can visit the following websites: Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, Australasian Integrative Medicine Association and The Bravewell Collaborative. We are aligned with the principles of the Bravewell Collaborative.