THE PERSON BEHIND
A Lifetime of Learning
"Beginning in childhood, while gleaning through nursing manuals and medical books, my quest for truth in health knowledge began very early; in the late 70s as a keen work experience nursing assistant in the local hospital, the daughter of a former nurse, moving into formal training and eventually working as a Remote Area Nurse in Western Australia's Kimberley, I made the exodus to study a variety of Natural practice methods, becoming an Integrative Health expert (combining nursing/consulting skills with writing, lecturing, research and product development & a wide range of 'alternative' modalities or fields), with the guidance and mentorship of many prestigious colleagues along the way.
After leaving an earlier career in medicine and prior to undertaking studies in what was to become the focal point of my professional life, I began on the pathway to understanding the body as a whole, in every way possible; beginning in herbal medicine & colour therapy which helped to explain how certain plants & minerals correlate to colour & corresponding organs and systems of the body. From here, never quite satisfied, I began a course to better understand the basis & quality of what would eventually become my remedies: organic farming & gardening. Much of this study was done while travelling Australia & overseas.
After a short hiatus to have my first baby, I completed my studies in homeopathy & acupuncture. After being encouraged by a GP friend to hang out my shingle, the first practice Pingelly Natural Health Clinic was soon established, with a focus on affordable, ethical & gentle health care. From the outset, despite better results than I dared even hope, my career was fraught with controversy and egotistical opposition - including from my own former peers.
Early in private practice, I noticed a few patterns which mirrored what I had noticed in ER & clinical consulting previously) -
People have forgotten how to connect with their own health and bodies
People have handed over their health to strangers in the hope of a quick fix
If given opportunity, natural treatments often avoid an emergency or chronic illness
Natural measures work well with orthodox medicine if given the opportunity
People have stopped taking care of their health, leaving it to chance
People ignore their own bodily warnings until minor symptoms develop into dis-ease
People have forgotten the wisdom that our forebears had used to live healthy lives
Simple measures, if taken early, could prevent the worsening of symptoms
Entire generations of vitally families do not require medical care while others depend on it constantly
Many people can not afford natural health care because there is no insurance or government cover for it
- the entire ethos of Edenic Health has been to focus on these factors and change the way we view health and our bodies. I will never stop learning. In fact, I make it a point to learn something new each day. As the oppositional climate against natural medicine heats up, I find myself moving into an advisory rather than consulting role. That's fine by me; so long as I have a mouth to speak, I will continue to share the truth.
Chair & Speaker (Indigenous Health Management), Medicina Alternativa Medical Congress (1991)
Healthy living lecturer (various)
Homeopathic lecturer (various)
Invited by patients to attend hospital cases in both rural and city hospitals
Presenter Peer Skills Updates Seminars (ATMS)
Minor contributor to health publications and research papers
Ghost Writer Homeopathy II elective of Naturopathy Degree (Paramount College)
Guest Writer Lumigrate Webucation
Apothecary & formulary physician
Mentor to nursing and natural health students
Advisor on various health enterprises
Scientific Research Transcriptionist
Cert Natural Nutrition
Cert Cupping Therapy
Cert IV Workplace Training