FAQ

Why do you offer Unlimited plans?

Many people who have long-term health issues feel they aren’t getting the support or the level of care they need through their health professional.

By offering unlimited plans, that offer dietary support and lifestyle changes, you can get that level of care you need with unlimited access to myself. Online consultations are available as and when you need them so that you don’t have to do this alone. The first consultation is normally face-to-face but the rest are done online for your convenience.

Regular contact means you don’t need to be swamped with a tonne of information in a single consultation, and then having information overload paralysis. By working with a client over a longer period, I act as an expert lifestyle coach, making change more manageable.

What consultations are included in your plans?

That’s really up to you and what you need!

Typically the first month includes one longer consultation, generally of 1 1/4 to  1/2 hrs, where we go through your health history and devise a plan together.

We recommend a phone or Skype call every week or two to keep you on track. This allows us to monitor your results and allows to break changes into smaller chunks so that they are manageable.

I like what I see, but I think it’s too expensive

Sometimes it’s worth considering, what is the cost of not taking action? What does it cost you, financially and otherwise, to treat the symptoms and not the root causes of your health issues?

There’s a huge cost in the lifetime dependencies on drugs, supplements, surgeries, and lost wages. Medicines may also cost Medicare thousands whereas lifestyle and nutrition interventions are nothing in comparison, and you have knowledge of a lifestyle intervention for life, and it’s something you can share with your family. You are essentially investing in a healthy way of life.

Seeing a Functional Medicine practitioner involves a very in-depth intake form, history taking, an extended consultation, maybe lab testing, and aren’t covered by Medicare. This obviously increases the initial out of pocket expense.

However, knowing the root causes of your health issues means that we can address these causes and improve your health quicker, meaning less supplements and interventions in the long term.

I recommend the 3-month plan as it’s a results-driven plan. Once, you are committed to it, I’m committed to you for those 3 months. There is a lot of contact before and between the consultations… you can contact me anytime, and even have extra consultations if needed. I’ll be your partner during this time, and this is what you are paying for.

Also on my 3-month plan, you can also pay 50% of the plan price before the first consultation, and 50% after the second consultation. If you aren’t totally satisfied after the first two consults, we can go our separate ways and there’s no need to pay the remaining amount.

When will my plan start?

Your plan will start on the date of your first consultation

Can I speak to someone at Fairfield Nutrition? I have questions

Yes, we are more than happy to have a chat to discuss how we work and how we can support you.

We understand one of our plans is a significant commitment so we are happy to talk you through it.

Get in touch to arrange a time for a call or call us on 0416720981 now.

Are consultations face-to-face or online / on the phone?

We prefer to do our first consultation face-to-face in Melbourne, but we can do this online also.

Follow-up consultations and chats are usually done online or over the phone.

What can I expect during my first consultation?

In an initial consultation, we look at:

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS?

We work together to get clarity around your goals, so that the personalised plan we develop assists you in achieving your goals and re-gaining your health or well-being.

HISTORY TAKING

We go over your health concerns and your Functional Medicine health questionnaire and gather a detailed health timeline since birth to bring your health story to life. The timeline is about you, the individual, and what makes you unique. It helps us to identify your specific imbalances, and so is personalised, and helps the practitioner to identify changes which will help you change your trajectory from one that may be heading towards chronic disease towards one that is towards health and vitality.

WHAT MAY BE CAUSING MY HEALTH ISSUES?

Based on the information that the practitioner has gathered, they will then spend some time explaining how the core-systems of your body may be (mal) functioning, and how your health concerns may have developed. This entails looking deeply at the building blocks of good health such as hormones, digestion, immune system, detoxification and the interconnections between these systems.

WHAT NOW?

Together, we will work on a comprehensive health plan including diet, and lifestyle factors such as sleep, rest, and movement. The practitioner will ensure you understand why each step of the plan is included so that you aren’t simply told what to do, and are motivated to make the necessary changes.

Together, we can do it – you will leave the session with the motivation and knowledge to follow the plan.

To support you throughout the process, you will receive this personalised report by email with my findings and recommendations for appropriate dietary and lifestyle changes.

Where are face-to-face consultations held?

Consultations are held at the wonderful Fairfield Wellness at 145C Station Street, Fairfield, 3078.

Is there parking / train station close to Fairfield Wellness?

There’s plenty of free on-street parking although it can be quite busy but you can expect to find a spot not too far away.

Fairfield train station is also close by.

Do I need to complete the health questionnaire?

It’s best to set aside an hour or so to complete the health questionnaire.

It is needed to be completed before your first consultation as it provides the information needed to personalise your consultation to your unique situation. Everyone is different after all.

Functional Medicine aims to get at the root cause of health conditions but to do that we need more than just a list of your symptoms so we can understand which of the body’s systems may not be functioning aswell as it could be.

What is contained in my six part health plan?

This report will include:

  • A suggested plan in the areas of diet, movement, sleep, stress reduction, supplements, and testing
  • Foods to include or avoid in your diet
  • Any dietary supplements will be tailored to your individual needs and a check will be done to ensure for drug-nutrient interactions if you are on any medication
  • Useful information and handouts

Is the expense of laboratory testing or supplements included in your plans?

Our plans include consultations, phone calls, and unlimited messaging. Any supplements or laboratory testing (that isn’t done through your GP and Medicare) will be an additional cost.

Will I need to take supplements or do laboratory tests?

Laboratory tests offer an insight into your bio-chemistry and enable treatment to be more focused on your unique biology and the root causes of your health issues. They may, therefore, be recommended, although there is no obligation to do the tests. We have access to cutting-edge pathology tests from labs such as

  • NutriPath
  • Genova Diagnostics
  • Precision Analytical
  • Great Plains

Whilst in the first instance, we do support you with nutrition and lifestyle changes, sometimes supplementation is suggested.

We will explain why supplements have been recommended and how they will support you in achieving your goals. We will either have the supplements available in-stock or will provide details of where to order them online. We will also let you know of any possible drug-nutrient interactions with medications you may be taking.

Why aren’t the lab tests covered by Medicare and how are they different from the tests my doctor orders?

Our laboratory tests are often more advanced than the standard conventional tests offered under Medicare, and may include risk factors (metabolites) for conditions that aren’t covered by Medicare. For instance, a stool sample test looks at the health of the gut, its microbiome, parasites that may exist, inflammation and numerous other factors which give us a better indication of the functioning of your gut and how that may be affecting your symptoms. Your GP is not typically trained in the latest Functional Testing and working with these tests. Our practitioners are have undergone years of training for their interpretation.

Can I claim on my Extras insurance (Australia)?

At this time, unfortunately, you are not able to claim our services on your Extras insurance.