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 to one another, help with complex cases and support each other throughout our work practices.
p 03 9687 5670
571 Barkly ST, West Footscray, 3012
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Monday - Thursday: 8am - 8pm
Friday: 8am - 6pm & Saturday 8am - 2pm
Jennifer’s inspiration for the Western Health Collective is her own experience with a rare autoimmune condition. Three years spent constantly at hospitals and ER with no clear direction or cure to deal with the unknown condition, meant that her own research was critical to her quality of life. Utilisation of complementary and allied therapies and her own subsequent diploma studies, meant Jennifer saw the results of using holistic (whole body) approaches to manage chronic conditions, both in herself and her patients. After 5 years running a successful private clinic, as a Reflexologist specialising in Autoimmune conditions, Jennifer opened Western Health Collective in her local West Footscray to help other's 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 them manage their health.
Click on links below to find out more about our practitioner's and their therapy;
Clinical Myotherapy / Remedial Massage
Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine
Psychotherapy / Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
Myofascial Release / Remedial Massage
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.
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.
Since 1999, when I started with Foot Reflexology, I have seen a great many changes for clients. Treatments offered to support the body and mind in general as well as autoimmune conditions, unexplained infertility, depression, stress and pain. Since adding Facial Reflexology to my practice, these results have deepened. Specific techniques help to strengthen and relax facial muscles.
The body’s reaction to the treatments shows it wants to be as well as possible. Working on both feet and the face, there are many ways to reach all aspects of the body and mind including boosting the immune system and balancing hormones. As a Reiki Master/Teacher, the Reiki energy is ever present during a treatment and is sometimes used on its own.
Foot Mobilization, a technique combined with Foot Reflexology, supports general foot health. It relieves pain, improves mobility and flexibility and improves balance.
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 Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Holistic Psychotherapist. She completed her social work studies at the University of Melbourne, and postgraduate training in holistic counselling and psychotherapy at the Metavision Institute in NSW.
Cecilia's great passion is to hold a sacred space for individuals to find healing in whatever way they may need it. She works with the deepest experiences that arise in our bodies, our emotions and our psychology and seeks to support anyone seeking to resolve conflicts, address problems, deepen awareness, or find meaning.
Cecilia combines various methods of therapy and mental health treatments to help guide the client through the process of unfolding life's many hurts, difficulties and complex experiences. She loves to meet the client exactly where they are, follow their own unique process, and make them feel understood and deeply listened to. Sometimes talking therapy becomes futile, so Cecilia adopts creative methods to work with other sensory experiences including visual, auditory, kinaesthetic (movement) and proprioception (feeling), dreams and body symptoms. Cecilia is qualified to provide focused psychological strategies under Medicare, including interpersonal therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, psycho-education and skills training.
Services are offered to all people regardless of age, race, cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental abilities. Cecilia also has specialised knowledge and experience working with adolescents, perinatal women, chronic conditions and crisis counselling.
Christine’s 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
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.)
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, she 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.
She is an accredited member of the Australian Association of Massage Therapists (AAMT) and a recognised health fund provider
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.
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.
Dr Patrick Ford - Paddy - B.Sc. M.H.Sc. treats a wide range of acute and long term chronic injuries including spinal conditions, back and neck pain, sciatica, arthritis, headaches and sporting injuries. He can also assist with injury prevention through education and appropriate strengthening activities.
Paddy has lived, studied, worked and taught in Melbourne's inner west since 2006 and considers it his home and backyard. Before beginning as an osteopath, Paddy had a 13 year career with the Australian Defence Force, so understands the stresses and strains placed on the body at both work and play.
Paddy's approach to injury is a three step process: 1. Why did the injury occur? 2. How is it fixed? and 3. How do you prevent re-occurrence?