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Naturopathy a career developing whole of health

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Josh Jennings

Naturopathy, a rewarding career that helps people build better lives, writes Josh Jennings.

Gina Fox

Gina Fox

One of naturopath Gina Fox’s current patients initially presented with a condition the patient feared would stifle her capacity to conceive, says Fox. An upside in a scenario like this, she adds, is the opportunity it presents Fox to allay her patients’ concerns. In this particular instance, with naturopathic treatment, the woman wound up conceiving within a few months.


‘‘It’s very lovely to be able to discuss ways to manage that, and diet and lifestyle, and ways to improve their fertility and ovulation, so they go away feeling much more able to cope,’’ says Fox.


Fox is a naturopath at Fertile Ground Health Group, a multidisciplinary natural medicine service specialising in fertility, pregnancy and family health. She sees up to 11 patients a day, offering naturopathic care in various areas such as pre-conception health, fertility and IVF support.


‘‘One of the things I love about it is it’s really stimulating on the intellectual side,’’ says Fox. ‘‘It’s a little bit like detective work or an elaborate jigsaw. You’re trying to pull all these pieces together for the individual person in front of you.


‘‘We all have a very different makeup we’ve been given - genetics and health issues and how we’ve lived our life up to that point. Everybody is different, so we have to bring a lot of different skills to that consultation.’’

Fox became a qualified naturopath in 2001, graduating with a bachelor of health science degree in naturopathy and a diploma in nutrition and herbal medicine. She worked in a health food store and a number of smaller multi-modality clinics before joining Fertile Ground Health Group later in 2003.


She says she’s stayed with Fertile Ground ever since because it’s a work environment where the staff members love what they do.

‘‘It’s a place to grow your knowledge.’’

Fox, who is currently completing a masters in reproductive medicine, also supervises naturopathic students at Endeavour College of Natural Medicine. In recent years, she’s additionally drawn on her naturopathic experience to co-establish a guided relaxation CD series called Be Fertile and to work as a contributing editor on an evidence-based book about herbs and supplements. She’s about to record another CD for her series and is co-writing a book offering readers practical advice about how to approach preparing to have a baby.


‘‘If you’re passionate about what you do you always want to learn more and you of course realise there is always more to learn, and that’s never going to stop.
‘‘I love the way you can grow. I’m not interested in standing still.’’
 

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