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About us

Our clinic

The Jocelyn Centre for Natural Fertility Management was founded in 1996 by Francesca Naish as a clinic and outreach service to carry out specialised natural therapy treatments & educational programs for reproductive health - which she had originally pioneered and performed in solo practice since 1975.

The Jocelyn Centre is now a thriving multi-discipline team of naturopaths, doctors and other natural health practitioners who work alongside administrative staff to serve a broad community of patients and customers from all over the world. With a range of treatment programs and products - as well as having now trained over 1000 health care professionals from Australia and overseas - 'Natural Fertility Management' has come to describe a modality and is practiced in many other clinics nationally and internationally.

In November 2008, the Jocelyn Centre moved into lovely new premises in the Sydney CBD in response to the need for improved access across all Sydney regions (we're a 2 minute walk from Town Hall train station), to cater for an expanding demand of couples working in the city and to reflect a new era in advanced fertility and health services.

Francesca
Founder & Director of Natural Fertility Management Pty Ltd

Francesca Naish pioneered specialised methods of natural fertility management over 30 years ago as a direct result of searching for better ways to manage her own fertility in a climate where reproductive health was increasingly becoming medicalised instead of being viewed as a natural and healthy part of life.

In addition to her work on contraception and general reproductive health, she pioneered the concept and practice of 'preconception health care' which is now a term in common use throughout both natural and orthodox approaches to fertility and pregnancy.

Due to the demand for this information, Francesca wrote her first best-selling book Natural Fertility and has since co-authored, with Janette Roberts, a further four books including The Natural Way to…Better Babies, Better Pregnancy, Better Birth & Bonding and Better Breastfeeding, with international editions published in several countries.

Francesca remains at the forefront of the field by engaging in continued research and development of the increasingly popular and critical areas of natural fertility management, preconception health care, reproductive health and all associated health modalities. She continues to practice at our Clinic and is a popular lecturer and speaker at colleges, seminars and conferences in Australia and overseas. She also appears frequently on radio, TV and print media and has trained many health practitioners nationally and internationally in Natural Fertility Management.

Philosophy

Our vision at Natural Fertility Management is to create optimal health for ourselves, our children and future generations by making known the specific methods of fertility awareness, nutrition, natural therapies, lifestyle and environmental approaches which lead directly to peak reproductive health, empowered self management of fertility and to the birth of healthy new generations.

These methods call for the practice of healthy lifestyles which furthers our ultimate vision of playing an active and responsible part in the movement toward a sustainable, environmentally friendly and healthy future for this planet and all those living on it now and into the future.

We aim to meet this vision by providing worldwide accessibility to our educational materials, self-help kits, publications and other products, as well as offering specialised and tailored natural therapy treatment programs for women, their partners and families.

"Reproductive Health Care for Every Stage of Your Life"

General Information

Bookings: For your convenience, our naturopaths are available 6 days a week with after-hours consultations on most days.

Please phone (02) 9268 9000 to make an appointment.

Reception & Dispensary*:
Monday to Thursday
Alternate Saturdays
9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
*Please call if collecting dispensary items after hours or on Saturday.
Naturopathic consultations: Monday to Thursday
Alternate Saturdays
9:00am - 7.00pm
9:00am - 5.00pm
Acupuncture consultations: Monday
Thursday

9.20pm - 1.20pm
1.40pm - 5.40pm
Hypno therapy : Wednesday
Thursday
9.00am - 12.00pm
9.00am - 12.00pm
Maya Abdominal Therapies: Monday
Tuesday
Alternate Saturdays
3:00pm - 7.00pm
9:00am - 7:30pm
9:00am - 5.00pm

Distance Consultations:

We offer treatments via phone to patients unable to attend in person, after at least one face-to-face consultation which is an industry requirement. If treatment continues for more than 6 months, a further face-to-face consultation may be required. Natural remedies can be posted nationally and internationally via secure delivery methods.

Cancellations:

As missed appointments are an inconvenience to both our practitioners and patients they will, without adequate notice, unfortunately incur a late cancellation fee. Please refer to respective appointment types for exact cancellation fees and policies.

Rebates:

Standard Medicare rebates apply for medical consultations only. The Medicare Safety Net may apply for annual family medical expenses. Most private health funds offer partial rebates, though these vary for natural therapy consultations and for natural medicines and supplements.

Net Medical Expenses Tax offset:

Naturopathic consultations and supplements can count towards the tax-deductible medical expenses incurred each year. In order to claim the costs incurred at the Jocelyn Centre, you will need to organise a letterhead referral to your naturopath from a doctor before you attend your first consultation. Health costs over $1500 in a financial year can qualify for a 20% tax deduction.

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Our team

With over 30 years experience, our Director, Francesca Naish, has chosen the top specialist practitioners in the field to ensure our patients receive premium care across facets of our service.

All our practitioners have extensive academic and practical experience and undertake continued professional development to ensure they are at the forefront in terms of research, knowledge and specialist care. Our practitioners are registered with all professional industry associations such as ATMS, ANTA, NHAA and are members of all major health fund providers.

Our team of committed administrative staff ensure your practitioners are free to focus on quality patient care.

 

 

Francesca Naish
DCH, MATMS, MANTA, MNHAA
Founder & Director of Natural Fertility Management Pty Ltd

Francesca Naish pioneered specialised methods of natural fertility management over 30 years ago as a direct result of searching for better ways to manage her own fertility in a climate where reproductive health was increasingly becoming medicalised instead of being viewed as a natural and healthy part of life.

In addition to her work on contraception and general reproductive health, she pioneered the concept and practice of 'preconception health care' which is now a term in common use throughout both natural and orthodox approaches to fertility and pregnancy.

Due to the demand for this information, Francesca wrote her first best-selling book Natural Fertility and has since co-authored, with Janette Roberts, a further four books including The Natural Way to…Better Babies, Better Pregnancy, Better Birth & Bonding and Better Breastfeeding, with international editions published in several countries.

Francesca remains at the forefront of the field by engaging in continued research and development of the increasingly popular and critical areas of natural fertility management, preconception health care, reproductive health and all associated health modalities. She continues to practice at our Clinic and is a popular lecturer and speaker at colleges, seminars and conferences in Australia and overseas. She also appears frequently on radio, TV and print media and has trained many health practitioners nationally and internationally in Natural Fertility Management.

Jacintha Gunasekera
BHSc, ND, MNHAA

Jacintha is a highly qualified naturopath, specialising in Natural Fertility Management. With a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) and postgraduate studies in nutrition, herbal medicine and a range of naturopathic specialties, Jacintha is an experienced practitioner with a wealth of knowledge across all facets of reproductive health. She has been an integral member of The Jocelyn Centre team since 2002.

Jacintha is also one of the few Australian Certified practitioners in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapies ô, these techniques aim to support the reproductive health of all women of all ages, including women who are trying to conceive. Jacintha has also received training in advanced techniques specific for women who are undergoing IVF cycles and who are pregnant.

Jacintha believes in a sensible approach to diet and lifestyle coupled with an enthusiastic attitude to achieving all health and fertility goals. She is experienced and supportive of couples with additional challenges such as recurrent miscarriage and has been able to assist many people achieve their respective health and conception goals.

In addition to her naturopathic practice, she ensures the clinic is at the industry forefront in her role as Dispensary Manager. The clinic dispensary is strategically stocked with products from the respective industry leaders and has a comprehensive range of quality herbal and nutritional products, including the highly-regarded NFM Professional preconception health care range.

Erin McLean

Erin is a University educated and clinically trained Naturopath with a passion for fertility, preconception care, pregnancy, stress and thyroid support, male and female reproductive health (premenstrual symptoms, pain and irregular cycles). Erin also loves working to improve children and infant health.

Erin has worked in the health industry for over 10 years.

With a Bachelor of Applied Science (Naturopathy) and postgraduate studies in Naturopathy, Erin is able to support you in your journey through fertility, into motherhood, labour and beyond.

Erin also lectures students of Naturopathy and is a childbirth educator to assist women and their partners to birth in a more comfortable manner.

Erin has a realistic approach to Naturopathic care and uses a combination of herbal medicine, supplements, diet and lifestyle changes to optimise health and fertility. Erin is approachable, understanding and loves taking the time to listen to her patients.

Miriam Camara
MHlthSc Chinese Herbs (UTS, Sydney), DipAc (Sydney, 1982), CertAc (Nanjing, China 1982), CertSportsAc (Beijing, China 1988), AACMA, Cert IV.

Miriam is our highly respected, experienced and popular in-house acupuncturist at The Jocelyn Centre who has provided complementary services to our patients for nearly 20 years. She has a special interest and extensive experience in fertility issues and women's health and has been in practice since graduating in 1982. She has also been running a private practice at the Sports Clinic at Sydney University since 1984.

Miriam is also a senior lecturer at the Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has taught acupuncture related subjects for several years at UWS. Many men and women with fertility issues, including those requiring IVF treatment support, have relied on Miriam as an essential part of their treatments and for their overall wellbeing.

Dr. Julie Phillips-Moore
Ph.D., M.Sc. (Behav.Hlth), B.A.(Psych.), Dip.Clin.Hyp., Dip.Hom.Med., Dip.Counselling, Dip.Nutrition.

Julie is a qualified clinical hypnotherapist and counsellor with over 20 years experience. She specialises in HypnoBirthing and HypnoFertility but also treats other problems such as stress-related disorders, anxiety, eating and sleep disorders, and smoking. She is also a naturopath and homoeopath. Bach Flower Remedies and EFT are often included in the consultation.

Julie obtained her degree in Psychology, her Masters Degree in Behavioural Health Science, and her Ph.D in the field of psychoneuroimmunology from the University of Sydney. She has given lectures at the university in the Faculty of Health Sciences and is also a guest lecturer in complementary medicine.

Julie is a member of the following professional bodies: ASCH, PCHA, ANHR, ACA, ATMS

Admin Team

Matthew Harrigan
Practice Manager

Jacintha Gunasekera
Dispensary Manager

Anna Schibeci
Front Office Coordinator

Reception & Dispensary Assistants
Jennifer Griffith
Albion Harrison-Naish
Larissa McBride

 

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