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Kathleen Murphy is a clinical naturopath and acupuncturist based in beautiful Northern NSW.

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For the past eight years I have been working from central Sydney; most recently as a member of the integrative medical collective at Paradigm & Co in the CBD and I’ve also been doing home visits for the past three years with MamaCare Health Services.

I am however about to relocate to Northern NSW, as my husband is working with the new National Centre of Naturopathic Medicine. We are looking forward to settling down and establishing roots in this beautiful part of the world: an area I spent a lot of time in during my late teens and early twenties.

At present, I haven’t confirmed a location for face-to-face clinical appointments in the Northern Rivers (watch this space), but I am available for telehealth appointments with both new and existing patients, as I have been since March. Please get in touch if you would like to schedule an appointment or find out more about the process.

If you have any questions about seeing me or how I may be able to help you, please email (hello@kathleenmurphy.com.au) or send me a message via the website contact form, and I will get back in touch with you directly.

How Can I Help You?

naturopathy

Naturopathy is a holistic system of medicine that recognises the body’s inherent ability to heal itself. A naturopath uses dietary changes, lifestyle advice, and herbal or nutritional supplementation to support these natural processes. Individualised treatment is a key tenet of naturopathy, as no two people are the same, and recommendations are always tailored to the needs of each person.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture involves the placement of very fine needles into precise points on the body to benefit a person’s health. These needles are not painful or uncomfortable. In fact, treatments are usually very relaxing. Acupuncture is part of a larger system of medicine known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and can be used for a wide range of acute and chronic ailments.

Postnatal Home Visits

These in-home health appointments are designed to support women and their families’ health during the fourth trimester; as they adapt physically, mentally, and emotionally to their new family unit. The intention of this service is to create a continuum of care during what is often a time of great upheaval. This ensures that each new mother receives the support she needs to take care of herself, her baby, and her family.

What happens in an appointment?

If you haven’t seen a naturopath before, prepare for lots of questions and an opportunity to talk! During your consultation, I’ll spend time taking a thorough health history and reviewing any recent pathology or medical testing. I’ll work out a plan that suits you and aims to improve your specific health needs. This will always involve diet and lifestyle advice, and may also include herbal and/or nutritional supplementation.

In an acupuncture treatment, I will insert very fine needles into precise points on the body to benefit your health. Some people are afraid of needles, but contrary to their fears, needle insertion shouldn’t be painful or uncomfortable; though it’s not uncommon to feel a heaviness or distending sensation in the body, during a treatment. Usually, treatments are very relaxing… and lots of people find themselves having a nap while they’re on the table! Depending on your needs, I may also incorporate cupping, guasha or massage into your treatment, in order to provide the maximum benefit.

I may recommend we schedule regular clinic appointments, particularly at the beginning of treatment, or you may be someone that doesn’t require follow up for some months. Everyone is different.

Between clinic appointments, I am always happy to provide support via phone and email. However, for more involved enquiries or significant health developments, I recommend coming into the clinic.

Consultation Costs and Health Fund Rebates

Please note, I have a 24-hour cancellation policy. The full consultation fee will be charged if an appointment is missed or cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice.

Consultation type Fee Duration
Initial consultation / treatment $170 60 mins (naturopathy) 75 mins (acupuncture)
Follow up consult / treatment $105 30 mins (naturopathy) 45 mins (acupuncture)
Home visit consult / treatment $220 60 – 90 mins

You may be able to claim a portion of the cost of your consultation through private health – please check with your fund and level of cover to determine eligibility.

Unfortunately, HCF does not provide a rebate for acupuncture treatment, but all other health funds do.

From 1st April 2019, no health funds will provide a rebate for naturopathy (we are lobbying to have this changed!)

Pensioner, child and concession card holder discounts are available.

Acupuncture – AACMA Member #3472 | AHPRA #CMR0002146398

Naturopathy – NHAA Member #154928

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