What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathy is a holistic approach to wellness based on the principle that the body has the inherent ability to heal itself. Using the healing power of nature and gentle therapeutic techniques, the body, mind and emotions are supported during the healing process.
Naturopathic principles are based on treating each person as an individual and treating the whole person, not just the affected area.
Naturopathy encompasses a variety of treatment methods including:
- Herbal Medicine and Nutritional Medicine to help prevent and treat various illnesses
- Dietary and Nutritional advice for restoration of balance, detoxification and prevention of disease
- Lifestyle advice to promote well-being and reduce stress
Who is our Naturopath/Nutritionist?
Dr Andrea Robertson (Osteopath) is also our qualified Naturopath and Nutritionist.
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What to expect when you visit a Naturopath
Andrea’s approach to Naturopathy and Nutrition is very evidence based (scientific) and she follows an integrative medicine approach to practice. Therefore Andrea will take a very thorough case history at your initial appointment, and it is possible that she will send you for some blood, stool, saliva, DNA or urine testing, depending on your symptoms. Some of these tests can be done by your GP and are covered by Medicare, however there are a number of tests that are not able to be covered by Medicare. Andrea can send you directly for these tests without you seeing your GP, however you will have to pay the pathology collecting centre for these yourself.
It is likely that Andrea will prescribe you some nutritional/dietary changes at your first visit. Please be open to making such changes, as the more willing you are to make changes, the better outcome you will have from treatment. It is also likely that Andrea will prescribe you some herbs and/or supplements. By taking a comprehensive history and doing pathology testing, Andrea aims to only give you supplements that are really specific to your symptoms and your case. She will aim to give you no more than 3-4 supplements at any one time.
How long will your treatment take?
Allow up to 1 hour & 15 minutes for your first visit.
Allow up to 45 minutes for your follow up visits.
How much does it cost to see a Naturopath at Southside?
Initial Visit: $135
Return Visits: $99
Concession rates (Pensioner and Health Care Care Holders): $10 off the rates above.
We have HICAPS facilities. Some health funds will allow you to claim on the spot via HICAPS; some will require you to claim later with a receipt; Some may not cover Naturopathy or Nutrition.
Andrea is available for Naturopathy & Nutrition appointments between 9.30 – 11am Tuesday to Friday (most weeks), and also every second Friday and Saturday early afternoons.
What to bring
Andrea will send you the following forms to fill out prior to your visit, or else you can download them from here. If possible, please return these to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 5 days before your initial visit. If this is not possible, please bring them filled out on the day. The forms take quite a while to fill out, so please do this prior to your appointment time.
- New Patient Intake and Symptoms Questionnaire
- DASS21 Screening Questionnaire
- Methylation Screening Questionnaire
If you have had any blood, urine, stool, DNA or saliva testing done in the previous 6 months please bring these with your to your appointment. Even better, please email them to email@example.com 5 days prior to your appointment so Andrea can review them.
If you haven’t been to the GP for a while, it can be useful to go 2-3 weeks prior to your Naturopathy/Nutrition visit with Andrea and ask for a general health screening blood test. Most GP’s will be happy to do this for you once per year. You could ask for:
- General biochemistry
- Full Blood Examination
- Urine Analysis
- Fasting Glucose
- Iron Studies
- Vitamin D
Common Conditions people may see a Naturopath for:
- Gut and stomach issues
- Fatigue and low energy
- Anxiety and Depression
- Hormonal imbalances
- Weight loss