Our conventional health care system

In Australia, about one in two people now have a chronic disease, and the existing health care system is failing to provide adequate care for many of these people.

The standard model of  care including 15 minute appointments that treat only symptoms is failing those most in need. This conventional model mostly ignores the root causes of health issues, and is more concerned with pathology and matching medications to the pathology results. It’s sad to see many people also finding their lab results coming back ‘normal’ and being told by the doctor that there is nothing they can do.

This has left many looking for a more holistic approach that looks at the root causes of their health issues, rather than just the symptoms..

Functional Medicine is holistic and also science based

Functional Medicine is a modern form of health care that treats the person, rather than treating the disease. But what does that mean for you?

You get the time to tell your full story with a practitioner that is trained to uncover the root causes of your health issues. You will be treated as a whole person by a practitioner who understands your health issues, personality and  goals. Your treatment plan will be personalised to you.

The dietary and lifestyle interventions we recommend are based in the latest scientific research, whilst also taking into account your personal case details.

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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?

Functional medicine doctors and nutritionists treat patients holistically, looking at everything from diet to exercise to stress management to sleep patterns to hormone levels. This holistic approach helps them identify underlying issues that might not show up as easily with traditional medical care.

I am trained in Functional Medicine and Personalised Nutrition. I spend time with my patients, listening to their histories and understanding what they have been through.

I look at how genetic, environmental, and lifestyle influences have influenced their long-term health and the emergence of 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 Personalised Nutrition)

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 conventional doctor.

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 targets them by using a holistic approach that considers the impact of your diet, as well as your lifestyle i.e. sleep, rest, movement, stress levels and mental health.

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!

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Because your health matters..

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
  • Long-COVID
  • 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…