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Our functional medicine experts will optimise your health plan so that you feel amazing, empowered, and in the best condition of your life. We can help with:
Optimise your health to make the most out of today and tomorrow.
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Whether your health optimisation goal is to improve athletic performance or increase your health span, living in alignment with your unique body will make you the healthiest you can be. We'll help you understand how to get the most out of your body through exploration and analysis. Then, show you how to feel (and perform at) your best. Here's how our award-winning approach works:
In your initial 4-hour consult, your functional medicine practitioner will analyse your health status and how your diet and lifestyle is influencing your health. They may also use functional tests to assess factors like:
Through our in-depth assessment and experimentation (that might involve tracking and monitoring specific metrics), you’ll discover what makes you the healthiest. We’ll then give you a truly personalised blueprint to keep you at that optimal level of health now and in the future.
Our healthcare approach gets us 5-star reviews on Google.
You too, can achieve remarkable results that optimise your health and elevate your quality of life.
View our program pricing below.
If you've tried and failed to optimise your health through other medical means, you understand that 'quick fixes' don't often result in long-term health gains. That's why we dedicate significant time to investigating your concerns and customising a scientifically based, results-focused program.
Your health investment includes:
4 hour initial consult
Dedicated Functional Medicine Practitioner
Dedicated Health Coach
6 months uncapped care
*World's best pathology testing
Payment plans available.
*Lab and supplement costs additional
If you don’t feel confident that we’re the right fit for you after your initial four-hour consultation with your practitioner, there’s no obligation to go further with us.
Book a free discovery call to speak with a team member about whether our comprehensive program is right for you.
Our approach is personalised, collaborative and focused on YOU. See what past patients say about our 6-month program in the video below.
Jabe is the Founder and a Functional Medicine Practitioner at Melbourne Functional Medicine. With a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, and ongoing training, Jabe stays at the forefront of health research, and is passionate about sharing this information with patients.
Jabe has a particular interest in treating Adrenal Fatigue, Stress, IBS and digestive conditions, both diagnosed and undiagnosed, and autoimmunity.
Rebecca is committed to high quality, results-driven health care to her patients and, more broadly to excellence in the field of natural medicine. In fact, Rebecca won the 2020 BIMA Clinical Excellence award as recognition from the natural health industry of her outstanding skills as a practitioner!
Rebecca has a special interest in skin conditions, women and children’s health, thyroid issues and digestive health. She brings a wealth of clinical experience to the treatment and management of acne, eczema, psoriasis, period pain, PMS, menopause, thyroid conditions, and IBS.
Mark has 30 years of experience as a clinical health professional, and describes himself as a generalist with a particular interest in working with cardiometabolic health, stress related disorders, immune disorders and helping those living with HIV to achieve a high level of health and wellbeing.
As an active researcher Mark has published and presented his work on clinical education, and the health benefits derived from exposure to natural environments at several conferences and was recognised in 2015 with the Bioceuticals Integrative Medicine Awards for Lecturer/Researcher of the year, and again in 2021 with a Distinguished Service Award from Endeavour College of Natural Health.
Bee Pennington is a holistic health coach, personal trainer, and author whose gluten-free health journey began in 2009 with her diagnosis of Coeliac Disease. Her diagnosis was a catalyst for change and Bee began to really understand the importance of her own health. This saw Bee undertake studies in clinical nutrition, holistic health coaching and personal training.
Char is a certified functional medicine health coach who is passionate about helping people along the path of healing by providing a safe and supportive space to explore meaningful and lasting change.
Faced with a child who had a mystery illness for years before being diagnosed with an autoimmune condition called Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Char began her journey into studying nutrition and functional medicine.
Char has real-world experience using functional medicine to treat her son and has firsthand experience in how challenging and empowering it can be to implement change and see the results.
Jessica’s journey into the health industry started in her late 20s, when she experienced digestive, weight and mental health challenges. After solving her health problems through nutrition and lifestyle practices like exercise and mindfulness, a drive to help others reclaim their health was born.
Liv has a strong desire to support people through change and evolving to their best self. No stranger to the realities of modern life, she openly confesses being someone who epitomised 'Rushing Woman's Syndrome'. After spending 15 years in corporate life as a senior marketer it was stress-triggered health challenges, family priorities and a yearning for change led her to leave her job, driven by a desire to heal herself and help others in a more profound way using her lived experience.
Take the first step towards health now. Book a free call with one of our experts to see if we’re the right fit to partner with on your health journey.
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Functional medicine is a revolutionary healthcare approach that addresses chronic health issues. Research now shows that health issues are influenced mainly by your diet, lifestyle and environment. Functional medicine also acknowledges that each person is biochemically unique and that solving a health problem starts with finding the cause of the problem. Therefore, the resolution of health issues requires a root-cause based, personalised approach.
Functional medicine practitioners seek to understand you and your health picture, as well as your diet and lifestyle. When all of these elements are brought together and assessed, we can start to build a clear picture of what’s going on and why. This assessment can often involve functional pathology testing to dig more deeply into your health. Once insights become clear, your functional medicine practitioner will create a personalised treatment plan to solve the root cause and contributing factors to your health concerns. The outcome is that your health can be restored and optimised.
Around 80% of people fail to achieve their health goals. This is because our habits around health are hardwired into us, making it difficult to change (which is why it’s so easy to reach for that bar of chocolate without thinking). Often, when it comes to food in particular, there’s an underlying emotional connection that needs to be addressed before lasting change can occur. Health coaches understand the science of behavioural change, so they will help you navigate change with clarity and ease.
Health coaches intimately understand the challenges that come with optimising your health, so they will be your sidekick, supporter and guide every step of the way. In fact, past patients often rave about the support their health coach gave them - a service they hadn’t realised existed or that they needed until they experienced it themselves. We’re confident you’ll discover that too!
Unfortunately, when it comes to truly optimising your health, quick fixes and magic pills rarely work. Perhaps you’ve tried conventional drugs and found that to be true.
This is because the conventional approach simply looks to suppress or manage symptoms rather than solve the issue completely. Using the functional medicine approach, your practitioner will invest a lot of time investigating your case to pinpoint what’s causing your condition or symptoms. This detective phase typically takes about 4-6 weeks, especially if pathology testing is required. During this time, you’ll be implementing some small steps, possibly experimenting with food or your lifestyle, and gathering more data that will help your practitioner form a clearer picture of what’s going on with you and your health.
The implementation stage typically involves implementing steps bit by bit over several months so that you can make sustainable, simple changes. Much of your success lies in making the changes required to support your body back to optimal health. Using our understanding of behavioural change, we know that implementing changes in small steps is the recipe for long-term success.
We’ll be here as long as you need us. At the end of the 6-month program, we simply transition to a more customary pay per session model. Each 45-minute session with your practitioner will be $168, and 1-hour calls with your health coach will be $108. Your Slack channel (our main communication platform) will stay open for your general queries and needs.
Your practitioner will be in full detective mode to understand all the pieces of your health puzzle and get to the root of your health or performance concerns. This involves understanding your health history, your diet, lifestyle and other factors like existing test results to start joining the dots on your health.
During this time, you’ll be able to ask as many questions as you like about your health. If you have a list of questions you’ve had unanswered for some time, bring them along! Your practitioner will help clarify what’s going on with your health and explain things in simple terms versus technical jargon.
Towards the end of the session, your practitioner will formulate a plan alongside you to tackle your health concerns and optimise your health. Following that, your health coach will join the session, and you’ll brief them on what you’ve learned so far and share the treatment plan that you designed with your practitioner.
Your health coach will organise any supplements and testing for you and will schedule your first coaching appointment, so together, you can work out the practical steps to take in your treatment plan.
You’ll walk away from the session with some insight into what could be causing your condition. You’ll also likely feel a sense of hope and excitement about the possibilities of optimising your health!
Follow-up consultations are typically 30-45 min. Each session will consider the effectiveness of any interventions implemented and will seek to gain further insight into your condition or explore other issues that need addressing.
The duration of your coaching calls will differ depending on how you are doing! At the start, coaching sessions tend to be longer and more intensive as you’re in a learning and growth phase.
As you progress through your program, sessions are typically a weekly 15–30-minute call along with more frequent contact via Slack - an app that you can access on your phone or desktop for quick and easy communication. Your health coach will be in touch regularly to give you as much support as you require to meet your goals!
As chronic conditions are caused by dietary, lifestyle and environmental factors, the short answer is yes. So if you’re considering working with us, you must be committed to doing what’s needed to get the results you desire. We give you insights into why change would benefit you and how some of these factors are impacting your health negatively, so you’ll be armed with insights and motivation to change. In this way, change will be a gift rather than a hindrance as you’ll feel so much better because of it.
After supporting hundreds of patients through this program, we know that the one thing that sets us apart from other practitioners is our unique approach. First, our practitioners have a broad range of knowledge about optimising health. By using the methodical and thorough functional medicine approach, they leave no stone unturned when finding the root cause of your health concerns.
When you add health coaching into the equation, your chances of success increase greatly because you’ll have someone walking with you step by step through all the challenges that often stop people from getting better.
That said, you do have to be prepared and willing to do what’s needed to get your health back, which usually involves changes to your diet and lifestyle.
A deposit of $870 is required upon booking, and the remaining balance ($4930) is to be paid at your initial consultation or paid monthly over six months, interest-free through ZipMoney.
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Any supplements or lab testing will incur additional fees.
All contact with your practitioner and coach are included in the program fee. Other costs you can potentially expect are for laboratory tests and supplements. Your practitioner will discuss the costs for any tests or supplements they recommend in your sessions.
Unfortunately, as of April 1, 2019, most private health insurers won’t offer rebates for our services.
Please speak with your health insurance provider about whether you are covered. Functional medicine isn’t yet recognised in Australia. You will be billed for ‘Naturopathy’, which is code ‘107’ for an initial consult and a ‘207’ for a follow-up consult.
If you are covered, we have a HICAPS facility on-site, which you can claim your private health insurance rebate from, on the spot.
Most of the testing we do seeks to understand how pathways or systems in the body function. These tests are typically more in-depth and comprehensive than you would’ve encountered before.
We sometimes request standard blood chemistry from your GP for more basic tests, and if we need to go more in-depth, such as looking at microbiome health or food sensitivities, we use the world’s leading labs:
Great Plains Laboratory
Bioceuticals for DNA testing
Many of these labs are overseas, so test results can take a few weeks to come back.
Unfortunately, Medicare only pays for standard tests, conventional medical tests, many of which we find don’t give a clear enough window into your health. The tests we order are different from conventional tests you’ve likely experienced and found to be unhelpful before finding us.
GPs, unless they are functional medicine trained, are only trained in interpreting standard tests that look for pathologies (disease) rather than looking purely at assessing the function of pathways or systems. The functional pathology tests that we use can identify pre-disease states and look at other determining factors that contribute to diseases.
Learning about and interpreting the latest functional pathology tests takes years of functional medicine training and involves continued education as new scientific insights arise.
Given these labs are privately billed, we seek to balance the need for more data on your health with a desire to look after your wallet. Therefore, the amount of lab tests we do varies by individual. Typically, when we ask a patient to invest in testing of this nature, the cost is worth the investment as we uncover insights that inform their recovery.
Most of our practitioner consultations and coaching sessions are now conducted by phone. We recommend that our initial consultations happen in person at our clinic. We have a covid-safe plan that we follow in the clinic, which includes social distancing and increased hygiene measures. We can, however, do a telehealth session for your first session instead if you prefer.
Our clinic hours are:
9:30am – 6pm Monday to Thursday
However, you can reach us outside of those hours via phone or email.
We’re located at 186 Buckhurst Street, South Melbourne.
Yes. Phone or video consultations are available for those unable to make it to the clinic due to location, time or illness. Simply let us know when you’re booking in, and we’ll organise that for you.
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