The Western Health Collective is a unique form of health clinic with a range of health businesses and practitioners under the one roof who have a specific view to helping those who suffer from chronic health conditions. The therapies and modalities inside the Collective are specifically chosen to help in all aspects of health - physically, mentally and emotionally, inside and out.
This is a one stop shop for our clients who want a complete health plan. We are linked with local GP's, hospitals and midwives, as well as other clinics and local specialists. With a team that boasts naturopaths, myotherapy, remedial massage, psychology, reflexology, acupuncture & TCM, osteopaths and pyschodrama, we are uniquely suited to help the whole family with all your health requirements.
Working in a collaborative and engaged way with each other for the benefit of our clients. We refer complex cases to one another to help and support each other throughout our work practices to ensure the best client support is provided.
Jennifer’s inspiration for the Western Health Collective comes from her own experience with a rare autoimmune condition. She spent three years constantly visiting hospitals and emergency rooms with no clear diagnosis, direction or cure to deal with the unknown condition. It meant that her own research was critical to her quality of life. Utilisation of complementary and allied therapies, instigating her own subsequent diploma studies, meant Jennifer saw the benefits and results of using holistic (whole body) approaches in managing chronic conditions, both in herself and her clients. After 5 years running a successful private clinic as a reflexologist specialising in autoimmune conditions, Jennifer opened the Western Health Collective in her local West Footscray. Her aim is to support others like herself who have limited time and energy to run around town to the various health practitioners and modalities they need to pro-actively help manage their health.
The Western Health Collective aims to be a "one stop shop" where you can consult with evidence based complementary therapies to help you achieve the best health, no matter what the circumstances. Being passionate about preventative health and proactive measures, the clinic is geared to not just help with symptoms and pain but to get in front of these things altogether.
Jennifer is also the Case Manager at the Collective to help clients achieve wellness and autonomy. Focussed on patient centred care, case management assists with planning a care model for yourself, utilising the expertise of your case manager to know what therapies are available to assist, for what purpose they can specifically assist with your condition and help you make informed decisions regarding your treatment and health plan.
Jennifer follows up with case-managed clients closely to keep track of progress and satisfaction with results. She works closely with her team to make sure the client gets the best possible outcomes and results for their investment.
Click on links below to find out more about our practitioner's and their therapy;
Psychology (Child / Adolescent / Family)
Clinical Myotherapy / Remedial Massage
Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine
Counselling / Psychotherapy
Acupuncture / Chinese Herbalist
Myofascial Release / Remedial Massage
Psychology (Child / Disability)
Myotherapy is the assessment, treatment and management of musculoskeletal conditions, which may cause pain and dysfunction thus affecting movement and mobility. Ainslie utilises a range of treatment techniques (including massage, exercises, stretches etc) to restore and maintain strength and functionality of muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. Ainslie has worked with Western Bulldogs players such as Chris Grant, Scott West, Brad Johnson, Scott Wynd and Tony Liberatore. Melbourne Demons and Basketball players too.
In a previous life she was a dental assistant so she figured why not use her dental knowledge and contacts and specialise in jaw pain related to clenching, grinding, stress & sleep disorders! A perfect mix. Pain free movement is so important. We don’t know what we’ve got ‘til we’ve lost it and that includes pain free, flowing movement.
For more on Ainslie go to: http://feelmyotherapy.com.au
Amy has completed her Degree in Clinical Myotherapy at the Southern School of Natural Therapies, where she also received her Diploma in Remedial Massage. Amy has a strong passion in helping people returning to their everyday activities as well as getting them back out into their chosen sport. She is a strong believer in helping the local sporting clubs and has been a Sports Trainer and Remedial Massage Therapist for Broadford Football Netball Club. In the past Amy was a therapist for the Richmond and Carlton AFL teams where she worked with the sports’ elite players. In the clinical setting Amy enjoys a challenge, and working on tricky cases such as chronic conditions and injuries.
Amy hopes to continue her study, with a Masters in strength and conditioning, she also has plans to complete a clinical pilates course.
In her spare time Amy is a competitive horse rider, competing mainly in showjumping. She has had great success over the years in her chosen sport, as it has lead to her representing the country on a number of occasions, even earning herself a silver medal and a teams win on 2 consecutive occasions. Currently Amyworks with kids as a showjumping coach for the Lancefield Pony Club to share her knowledge and experiences.
Alex is passionate about helping people get the best start in life by providing psychological support to children, young people, and families. He has over 10 years experience working with children and adolescents in many settings and continues to be energised by the spark that young people bring to a room.
He has a Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology (UWA) and experience working with children and young people, from Perth and Melbourne, to the Kimberley, Pilbara and Arnhem Land.
Alex aims to provide high quality care and personalised, friendly service to young people and their families. He works in line with his core values of an individualised approach for each person, focusing on genuine human connection, being passionate about his work, utilising evidence based approaches, and providing a safe experience for people of all backgrounds, genders and beliefs.
Alex utilises psychological techniques from a range of therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Family Therapy. He aims to support recovery by providing a safe environment, choices about care, and a collaborative approach to treatment.
For more on Alex and Boots and Bouch Psychology go to : http://bootsandbouch.com.au/
Qualified as a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Acupuncturist, Catherine specialises in women’s reproductive health including; childbirth, pregnancy, menstruation, menopause, gynaecological issues, IVF and fertility as well as and pre / postnatal care.
With more than twenty years professional experience, and as the mother of five, she brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to her medical practice. Catherine spent a year working in Bejing and Shanghai, China where she loved the fact that the Traditional Chinese Medicine hospital was right across the road from the Western Hospital and that patients were encouraged to go to both depending on their needs at the time. Science and western medicine when it’s needed and more traditional health practices to support the body the rest of the time. She truly believes this is how healthcare should be everywhere.
Cecilia is an experienced Counsellor and Psychotherapist who works with adults, adolescents, couples and families. Her approach is warm and empowering, while offering practical and evidence-based strategies to overcome difficulties. Cecilia's great passion is to hold a sacred space for clients to find healing in whatever way they may need it. She supports anyone seeking to address emotional and mental health challenges, resolve conflicts, develop coping strategies and deepen awareness. She loves to meet the client exactly where they are, follow their own unique process and make them feel understood and deeply listened to. Some areas of focus include:
- Depression & Anxiety
- Grief & Loss
- PTSD & trauma counselling
- Relationship Conflict
- Perinatal Mental Health
- Change and Life Transitions
- Adolescent Mental Health
- Crisis Counselling
- Body-Image & Self-Esteem issues
Specific therapies and approaches used by Cecilia include:
- Interpersonal Relationship Therapy
- Mindfulness-Based Therapy
- Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Process Oriented Psychology
- Person-Centred Counselling
- Biography / Life Story Work
As an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Cecilia is able to offer services under the Better Access to Mental Health Initiative for which a Medicare rebate is available. She is also accredited to provide up to 3 sessions of Perinatal Counselling to women. In order to be eligible for Medicare funding, you must have a referral from a doctor. Services are offered to all people regardless of age, race, cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental abilities.
Christine is our Bachelor qualified Naturopath, whose work has stemmed from implementing emotional health programs and working with people with chronic health conditions such as anxiety and depression, fibromyalgia, chronic pain & fatigue. Her passion is working with whole families to restore everyone to their optimal health! Perfect for our community.
During your sessions Christine will focus on the cause of illness as opposed to solely symptomatic relief. Your initial consultation will involve discussing specific health issues, your health history and what you would ideally like to achieve. This is done in a caring environment where you will feel safe and supported. You will then be shown a number of naturopathic options focusing importantly on diet and lifestyle with the potential support of some herbs and vitamins. The object is to support your health and emotional well-being in a practical and caring manner by creating a health plan together, tailored to your specific needs, based on where you are now in your life.
For more on Christine go to: http://lovethyhealth.com.au/
Clare is a qualified practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine with a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Chinese Medicine). She also has a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Melbourne and worked for a number of years as a research scientist studying how the brain develops. Clare believes that more traditional or natural therapies can go hand-in-hand with conventional or western medicine, complementing each other to improve health and wellbeing.
In her treatments, Clare considers all facets of a patient’s health (current and previous conditions, family history and emotional well-being) to develop an individualised treatment plan. She has a gentle and caring treatment approach, using techniques such as acupuncture, cupping, gua sha (spooning) and Chinese herbal medicine, together with diet and lifestyle advice.
Clare is interested in a wide range of conditions, including chronic illnesses, autoimmune conditions, fatigue, insomnia, digestive complaints and general health issues. She is committed to helping people recover from illness and to assisting them maintain the best possible levels of health.
Clare also practices at the Acupuncture Pregnancy Clinic in East Melbourne, supporting people with fertility issues and throughout their pregnancy.
Clare is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA). She is covered by all major health funds and her patients are eligible for private insurance rebates on consultations.
A registered psychologist, with over 10 years experience, Fiona will support you to good mental health. She primarily uses a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) framework, which gives you, the client, the tools you need to overcome depression, anxiety, addiction, stress and many other concerns.
Fiona tailors her counselling sessions to each of her client’s unique needs and goals, to provide a targeted and sustainable treatment solution. She draws from multiple evidence-based therapy modalities including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focussed Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Therapy.
Fiona provides her clients with an open and relaxed atmosphere allowing their goals and needs to be discussed in a collaborative way. She supports her clients to regularly check in with themselves to ensure their needs are being met. Fiona is focused on providing her clients with effective practical strategies and techniques necessary to gain resilience and work through challenges. (Medicare rebates apply with a referral from your doctor.)
For more on Fiona go to: www.fionajensenpsych.com.au
Jasmina Kotorac is our skilled Reflexologist and graduated from the Australian School of Reflexology and Relaxation here in Melbourne. Jasmina has a strong thirst for knowledge and has just completed the Facial Reflexology Diploma. Never one to slow down Jasmina has many years of experience in the health and well-being industry with 15 years spent as a physiotherapy assistant. Her knowledge of the body is especially beneficial in this new career of Reflexology.
Jasmina has a passion for health and feels very strongly about the connection that we make in all the things we do in lifestyle and environment and how this affects our health - mentally, emotionally and physically.
Jasmina works holistically (whole body) to ensure her clients are always striving to their goals. She particularly loves to work with those dealing with chronic and autoimmune conditions and due to being a Grandmother, she has a special soft spot for her mums and bubs. Working with the face and feet Jasmina stimulated the whole central nervous system to promote relaxation which is where repair and rejuvenation start to work. This work also assists with removing stressors from the body, in all muscles, tissues, glands and organs. This ancient hands on therapy is a brilliant complement to a health management plan. It is used in conjunction with maternity hospitals and with oncology at Peter Mac Hospital (Australia's largest and only public Cancer hospital).
Dr. Jim Pattinson B.Sc. M.H.Sc. has lived and worked in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne for a over a decade, establishing Yarraville Osteopathy in 2002. As a healing professional, Jim focuses on holistic diagnosis and treatment to help each patient overcome pain, improve mobility and enjoy an overall sense of wellbeing.
In addition to clinical practice, Jim has lectured in anatomy, physiology and clinical medicine at the Melbourne College of Natural Medicine, also working as a clinical supervisor at the Victoria University student osteopathic teaching unit.
Jim’s interest in movement and physical awareness extends to yoga and twenty years practice of martial arts, with black belts in both Aikido and Ju Jitsu.
Beginning her career as a Remedial Massage therapist over 10 years ago, Lisa Harris then went on to study Polestar Pilates. Through these two modalities, she was introduced to the concept of how fascia works in our bodies.
As a hands on therapist she was intrigued by the continuity and depth to which the fascia in our body goes, the pressure that it can create after any kind of trauma, and the amazing effect it has on every muscle, organ, cell and system in the body.
She began learning about the John F Barnes Myofascial Release method (JFB MFR) in the USA and after seeing and experiencing wonderful results, JFB MFR has become a large influence in her career. This has allowed her to help people not only relieve their symptoms, but to target the actual problem in their bodies.
As one of only a very few practicing JFB MFR therapists in Australia, she endeavours to educate people in this fascinating and extremely effective treatment method, increasing her knowledge by continuing education under the guidance of John F Barnes at his seminars in the USA.
For more on Lisa please go to: http://soleluna.com.au/
She is an accredited member of the Australian Association of Massage Therapists (AAMT) and a recognised health fund provider.
Lisa Harris is currently on Maternity Leave and will be back at the January 2018.
Lisa Rodda is a psychologist who has excellent skills in working with young people in areas of mental health and disability. She has an extensive knowledge of the developing brain and the experiences of a young person during adolescence, including risk taking behaviours. Lisa appreciates the importance of relationships, social interaction, and community inclusion during adolescence, and provides a range of interventions to support these areas. In her previous experience, Lisa has felt extremely fortunate to witness the resilience of young people and finds fulfilment in helping people improve their wellbeing.
Lisa has a special interest in supporting young people who are unable to attend mainstream education due to learning and social difficulties. Many of the young people who Lisa has worked with are on the Autism Spectrum, and she helps young people to explore their individual strengths and identities to succeed in their goals.
Michael has been practicing hypnosis and hypnotherapy in a clinical setting for more than 7 years. He studied hypnotherapy at the Government Accredited Academy of Hypnotic Science and is a Professional Member of The Australian Hypnotherapists’ Association. You may have even heard him on the radio, on stations Kiis FM, 3RRR and Fox FM.
For more on Michael go to: http://www.hypnotherapymelbourne.net/
Hypnosis is a powerful tool and can assist you in changing habits such as quitting smoking, dealing with anxiety, losing weight or boosting your confidence in public speaking. It is also a unique way of assisting yourself to make big changes in your life - but faster than perhaps it might take you under will power alone. Need to make changes for your health? Change your diet, or your reliance on certain foods? Is your health dependent on those changes? Have a talk to Michael and see how he can help make those changes happen smoother and with more staying power.
Michael is also a experienced remedial massage therapist and you can find out more about his work at http://remedialmassagemelbourne.net
Richard qualified from Victoria University, Melbourne with a Bachelor of Science (Clinical Sciences) and a Masters of Health Science (Osteopathy). He has been working in private practice since 2001, initially moving to Seddon when he joined a long standing, multi-disciplinary clinic and now in West Footscray where he works in 2 clinics, his own – Inner West Health Clinic in Seddon – and Osteopath here at the Collective.
Using an holistic Osteopathic model that follows the ‘find it, fix it and leave it alone’ mantra, Richard has been treating a wide range of patients from children to elderly with variety of Osteopathic techniques tailored to best suit the individual patient. He also employs Dry Needling techniques, which he has found useful for treating soft tissue injuries that don’t always respond to other treatments, as well as chronically tight muscles, that may refer pain into other parts of the body.
Richard has always had a keen interest in sporting injuries and rehabilitation having competed and then worked for a variety of amateur and professional sports clubs over the years. He has also sustained one or two injuries of his own along the way! Consequently, he has a passion for seeing sports-people of all pursuits return to their sport as soon as possible.
Having children of his own, he has a keen interest in pre and post natal care and loves assisting women through their pregnancies. He can see the difference it makes to having personalised treatment and care during and after pregnancy.
Dr Tammy Ben Shaul is an experienced psychologist with both Australian and international qualifications. She works in an approach called Psychotherapy Integration combining several therapeutic orientations, focusing on her clients’ current needs. Her relational approach translates to a flexible treatment that will aim towards long lasting changes in life.
The decision to go to therapy is a stepping stone onto a journey towards greater well-being. Tammy firmly believes that personal and life changes become steady when walked through with professional assistance. Initial consultations will provide a thorough and clear understanding of what will be the most helpful process in order to face one’s conflicts, challenges and patterns.
Tammy is trained in psychoanalytically oriented psychodynamic relational therapy. She holds a PhD and an MA in the fields of developmental, socio-cultural and clinical psychology.
Tammy offers medicare rebates with GP referrals within the Better Access initiative and creates ongoing arrangements for long term therapies when required.
Member of International Association for Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IARPP); Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR); MAPS.