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The approach to healthcare you’ve been looking for…

In Australia, about one in two people now have a chronic disease, and the existing acute health care system is unable to handle this crisis.

Are you looking for something more from than the standard 15 minute appointment, and want a natural approach that looks at the root causes of your health issues, rather than just the symptoms?

Maybe your lab tests coming back normal and your GP says there is nothing she can find wrong with you, and yet you feel terrible?

Then Functional Medicine is the answer…

Functional Medicine is a modern form of health care that treats the person, rather than treating the disease. It uses the latest scientific research, tools and insights needed to find and address the real causes of chronic diseases.

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Functional Medicine based in Melbourne – Available Australia Wide

             “A new operating system for 21st century health care”

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” – Thomas Edison

Functional Medicine Tree showing causal factors leading to diagnosis as used by Fairfield Nutrition and Functional Medicine Melbourne

How does Functional Medicine work?

As a Nutritional Therapist, and Functional Medicine practitioner, I do not treat people with pharmaceuticals but use nutrition, lifestyle (sleep, stress, movement) and a full consideration of your health history.

I spend time with my patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic diseases.

The aim is then not just the absence of disease, but a return of vitality!

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Principal Practitioner: Stephen Ward (MSc)

What does your first Functional Medicine Consult with Fairfield Nutrition look like?

The first consultation with my clients is 90 minutes, compared to the typical 15 minutes with a GP.

This allows me to get to the root causes of your health issues. This is vital if we are going to work with more than just your symptoms. For instance an auto-immune disease may improve when gut health is addressed, sleep is improved and stress levels managed.

Functional Medicine practitioners use cutting edge laboratory testing to provide personalised and precise treatmemt. These tests go far beyond the labels of disease used in conventional medicine, and provide a more complete picture of your unique biology and underlying imbalances in your body.

Once we have an idea of the root causes that are making you sick, Functional Medicine works by taking a holistic approach that considers nutrition and supplements, the toxins that you are exposed to, your emotional and metal wellbeing, aswell as sleep, rest, movement, stress reduction. We can work alongside your GP as appropriate.

By identifying the root causes of your health issues, we only recommend targeted supplements that are the most likely to benefit you. This saves you money in the long-run!

Functional Medicine (Australia) can help with:

  • Health Optimisation
  • Digestive Health (IBS, IBD, Reflux,SIBO, bloating etc.)
  • Food sensitivities, allergies and asthma
  • Metabolic issues (high blood pressure, cholesterol)
  • Weight loss
  • Detoxification and liver health
  • Autoimmune Conditions (e.g. Hashimotos, MS)
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Anxiety, depression, and brain fog
  • Women’s Health (e.g. PCOS, endometriosis, irregular / heavy periods, menopause)
  • Brain & Mood
  • Skin Health (e.g. eczema, psoriasis, acne)
  • Thyroid Conditions
  • Fertility

Functional Medicine in Melbourne and Australia

Functional Medicine originates from the work of pioneers such as Dr Mark Hyman, Dr Jeffrey Bland, and practiced by Chris Kresser.

In Melbourne and Australia, we are one of the few health care providers trained in Functional Medicine. My MSc training in Personalised Nutrition at the Centre for Nutrition and Lifestyle Management was based in Functional Medicine, and it is deeply ingrained in what I do, how I  practice, and how I think about your case…