Jan22686 F eFbe2b22523386 9 Founded by Jabe Brown, one of the first qualified functional medicine practitioners in the country, Melbourne Functional Medicine is defined by many firsts. Chief among those is its claim to being the first to offer patients a health coach to enhance their move towards real behavioural change. From there, the innovation has continued apace, helping to shape the clinic and guide the team towards better services. Today, Melbourne Functional Medicine is a leader in the industry, with all signs pointing to greater success moving forwards. For Melissa, the clinic’s offerings have aligned perfectly with the trends occupying the healthcare market over the last few years, as she explains in more detail. “As all chronic health conditions are a result of diet and lifestyle factors, people with chronic conditions are increasingly seeking out rootcause medicine approaches that consider all aspects of a person’s lifestyle, alongside supportive systems that help them take clinical guidance and put it into action. Functional medicine and health coaching fill these gaps, and together, create a well-coordinated, outcome-oriented approach to improving one’s health. Our service includes partnering patients with a functional medicine trained practitioner, and a certified health coach, in a six-month high contact support program. We can help people with a wide range of health conditions like bloating, constipation, diarrhoea and other digestive complaints, fatigue, skin conditions, women’s health conditions, thyroid conditions, autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis, as well as cardiovascular conditions and diabetes”. “Our core values—Excellence, Growth, People and Integrity— guide our mission to deliver the highest standard of care in a safe and supportive environment. By embodying Excellence we strive to exceed expectations; by celebrating Growth we foster an atmosphere of continual improvement; by caring about People we provide exceptional care for both our team and our patients; and by acting with Integrity we ensure honest, transparent interactions. This culminates in a healthcare experience our team are really proud of, and delivers lifechanging results for our patients.” More than anything, Melbourne Functional Medicine was created to tackle an urgent healthcare need across Australia, and offer an alternate, more effective, more personalised service for patients. Simply, there are better ways to deliver healthcare services to people, and the clinic is doing it. “We work with patients in a very ‘team-centric’ way. We partner patients with a functional medicine-trained naturopath and a health coach to create a therapeutic partnership. The patient, practitioner and health coach all work closely together to get results. Patients participate in creating their health plan, and deciding what works best for them. This empowers patients to take part in their health journey, and take back control of their health.” “At Melbourne Functional Medicine, we understand that everyone is unique and requires a tailored approach to their healthcare needs.” Yet, the clinic understands that it is on a journey towards constant betterment, and there’s always more that can be done for patients and their healthcare needs. With this in mind, Melissa concludes with explaining how Melbourne Functional Medicine looks to improve moving forwards throughout the remainder of 2023 and beyond. “Due to increasing interest in longevity and performance, we’ve also expanded our optimisers program to incorporate the latest biohacking tools, tests, and tech. Through our new three-month, dataled optimiser program, we give clients the tools and knowledge to implement lifestyle and habit changes to improve their health span and live a life that is meaningful to them. We think of this program as being a ‘Masters in You’ - the most important education of your life”. About Functional Medicine Functional Medicine takes a broad view of a person’s health by recognising the delicate interplay between body systems, genetics, and their diet, lifestyle and environment. Through an in-depth health assessment and testing, a functional medicine practitioner can determine underlying imbalances or issues that may be causing or contributing to health issues. When you find and address the root cause (or causes) of a health issue, the body can swing back in to balance to restore health. Company: Melbourne Functional Medicine Name: Melissa Smith (Marketing Manager) Email: [email protected] Web Address: www.mfm.au Address: 186 Buckhurst Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205 Australia Telephone: 1300614814 Australian Enterprise Excellence Award in Healthcare Delivery 2023 Melbourne Functional Medicine is a clinic based in South Melbourne that focuses on, as the name suggests, an approach defined by ‘Functional Medicine’. For this, the clinic has been recognised for its expertise and excellence within healthcare delivery - we spoke with Marketing Manager Melissa Smith to find out more about Melbourne Functional Medicine’s services and expertise.