A more mindful approach to medicine
LISMORE'S first integrated medical centre will open today, providing patients with a more holistic health service.
Qualified naturopaths Martina Pattinson and Gabrielle Calder are linking up with general practitioners and psychologists at Prema House in Ballina Road.
“There are already similar centres in Byron Bay and other areas on the North Coast,” Ms Pattinson said.
“But this is a first for Lismore. Something like this is still reasonably rare.”
The idea for the integrated medical centre came about because Ms Pattinson had an interest in working with GPs.
“I've been thinking about doing something like this for some time now,” she said.
“Dr Rita Vinten at the clinic is really open and interested in the integrative approach.
“Now we will be able to assess a patient's mental and emotional state, as well as their physical health.
“A lot of people take natural supplements these days, but they don't tell their doctor about it.
“If we know what people are taking then we can get a better idea of what treatment would be best for them.”
Ms Pattinson has worked as a naturopath in Lismore for 14 years.
To celebrate its opening, the clinic will be offering free one-hour consultations throughout February.
“I think people that will come and use the new service. I think it's quite exciting,” Ms Pattinson said.
“This is the way of the future. GPs and naturopaths need to work together for the health of the patient.”