Medicine from the Heart of Nature

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of questions and answers that are aimed at giving you a better understanding of our services. If you have any questions that are not listed below, please contact us.

What is Naturopathic Medicine (Naturopathy)?

Naturopathic medicine (also known as Naturopathy) is an integrative health care system that is focused on uncovering the underlying causes of illness or poor health, not just in treating the symptoms.

Naturopathic medicine combines both the wisdom of nature with modern scientific knowledge and evidence. It emphasises treatment, prevention, and optimal health through the use of natural approaches to therapy that encourage and support the body’s inherent capacity to heal itself.

Naturopathic medicine utilises modalities such as botanical medicine, diet and nutrtional therapies, lifestyle counselling and physical therapies. 

What are your consultation fees?

Naturopathic Medicine and Nutrition Consultation Fees

Initial Consultation: $160

Initial Consultation with Customised Meal Plan (Package): $250

Standard Follow-up Consultation: $110

Extended Follow-up Consultation: $125

Short/Acute Follow-up Consultation: $95

Customised Meal Plan without Consultation: $155

Prescription Fee for Herbal/Compounded Medicine Repeats without a Consultation: $10

 

For more details about each of these consultation types, please go to our booking page here.

What are your qualifications and which professional associations do you belong to?

Madeleine has the following qualifications:

* Master of Health Science (Herbal Medicine)
* Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy)
* Bachelor of Natural Therapies
* Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy
* Certificate of Plant-Based Nutrition
* Bachelor of Arts (Clinical Psychology/Media Studies)

Madeleine is a member of member of Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA) and Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA).

What is your cancellation policy?

Your appointment is reserved for you. Missed appointments or late cancellations cannot be filled at short notice, and prevent Madeleine from being able to accommodate others waiting for an appointment. Please consider it a courtesy to contact us as soon as possible should you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment either by email or by indicating the amendment via our booking system.

We have a 24-hour cancellation policy. Appointments cancelled or rescheduled in less than 24 hours will incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the consultation fee, plus GST.

Failure to attend an appointment will incur a cancellation fee of 100% of the consultation fee, plus GST.

We thank you for your understanding and consideration.

What methods of payment do you accept

We accept credit card, EFTPOS and cash. Online consultations can be paid online by bank transfer or PayPal.

What should I expect during my first consultation?

Naturopaths are trained to explore and uncover the root cause of health concerns. Madeleine will take an extensive case history in order to understand the complexities of your health, your symptoms, and the impact that these have on your life. Madeleine will review any pathology test results you have, conduct any physical examinations, as appropriate, and review your diet. Madeleine will then devise and discuss a treatment plan with you. This may include dietary refinement, herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, requesting pathology testing, lifestyle recommendations etc. Madeleine may also refer to, or recommend, other health care practitioners to assist you, if appropriate.

Madeleine takes a patient/client-centred approach meaning that treatment plans are devised in consultation with you to ensure that they are manageable and appropriate to your situation and needs, and with respect for your preferences.

How many consultations will I need?

This varies from person to person and depends on a number of factors including: the complexity of your condition or health concerns, the length of time you’ve had the condition or concerns, how well you respond to the treatment, and your personal preferences.

Initially Madeleine usually recommends consultations approximately every 3 – 4 weeks for the first 2 – 3 appointments to monitor and refine the treatment. This can then be spaced out to 6 – 8 weeks or so, for further management or maintenance, depending on your situation and needs.

Do you do online consultations and do I need to be good with technology?

Yes, online consultations are available. You really don’t need to be good with technology to have an online consultation. Consultations are conducted via Zoom, a secure and easy-to-use video conferencing platform.

Are consultations covered by private health insurance or Medicare?

Madeleine is registered with all the private health funds, however, the government rescinded rebates for naturopathic medicine consultations on 1st April 2019. We are optimistic that this will change in the future and will keep you informed. Medicare does not cover complementary medicine.

Are you qualified in nutrition?

Yes! Naturopaths study nutrition in detail and it is a foundational subject of our degree. Nutrition is fundamental to the practice of Naturopathic Medicine. We also study a number of other modalities such as botanical medicine, lifestyle medicine, aromatherapy, massage, and others. Madeleine’s primary modalities are nutrition, botanical medicine and lifestyle medicine.

What is the difference between a naturopath and a nutritionist?

A Nutritionist provides advice to help you improve or manage your health primarily through your diet.

A Naturopath takes a more holistic perspective and views diet and nutrition as just one component of health, albeit a fundamental one. Naturopaths also consider other factors such as lifestyle, stress management, mental health and other components to health. Naturopaths, in addition to being trained in nutrition, are also trained in other modalities such as botanical medicine and lifestyle medicine. That said, if your issue is primarily a nutrition-related concern, then nutrition will be our key focus.

Will I need to take herbs and nutritional supplements?

Herbal medicine and nutritional supplements can be a component of a naturopathic and nutritional treatment plan. Madeleine may recommend these, if indicated (e.g. due to dietary deficiencies), and if they are appropriate in helping you to achieve your health goals.

What if I am taking pharmaceutical medications?

Some herbs and nutrients can interact with pharmaceutical medications so it is important that you inform Madeleine of any medications that you are taking. Madeleine will always take into consideration any possible interactions before prescribing anything. Some medications can contribute towards nutritional deficiencies, so this is also something that will be taken into consideration when devising your treatment plan. Madeleine will never advise you to stop taking any of your prescription medications. If you wish to do this, please consult with your General Practitioner or medical specialist, as appropriate.