The Practice Wellbeing Centre
The Practice Wellbeing Centre offers a unique and holistic approach to health in Beauty Therapy, Complementary Medicine, Counselling and Nutrition under one roof. This is a student-led clinic offering the latest approach and techniques at affordable prices. All sessions are supervised by qualified and experienced practitioners. Take charge of your health and treat your whole self to a range of health and wellbeing services at The Practice Wellbeing Centre.
- Western Herbal Medicine
- Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
- Clinical Myotherapy
(Only available in Sydney)
Please note- these treatments are only available at set periods throughout the year, in alignment with student availability. Please check out our FB page for regular updates on when these treatments are available.
Practice the art of wellbeing
Our philosophy is one of combining evidence-backed health sciences with best practice established over time. We focus on preventative health to help you achieve and maintain optimal wellbeing.
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Take charge of your health and treat your whole self to a range of health and wellbeing services at The Practice Wellbeing Centre. Discover our range of services across our three clinics.
Brisbane CampusA hands-on learning hub, our Gotha Street campus calls on you to use your clinical skills in real-world applications.
Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Sydney CampusOur brand-new Surry Hills campus will combine state-of-the-art equipment and collaborative learning spaces to offer an immersive experience in the city’s creative and cultural hub.
Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Melbourne CampusNestled in Melbourne’s most diverse neighbourhood, our Fitzroy campus offers unique learning environments and practical experiences.
Fitzroy VIC 3065
03 9415 3327
Frequently asked questions
What is wellbeing?
Wellbeing is when you feel healthy within yourself and you’re satisfied with your life. It’s a combination of being healthy mentally and physically, reaching your full potential, living according to your values, and finding happiness through what you do each day.
What creates a state of wellbeing is different for everyone. For some it comes from their spiritual beliefs; for others, it could spring from their good relationships with their partner and friends. Some people might not have great physical health but still feel fulfilled intellectually, economically and socially, so they have a strong feeling of wellbeing.
Everything that contributes to your wellbeing is interrelated. Your optimistic outlook, healthy self-esteem and ability to adapt to change can work together to maintain your sense of wellbeing even when life throws obstacles in your way. Wellbeing is your own state of feeling happy, of having a purpose and truly feeling well.
Why is wellbeing important?
Wellbeing has an impact on your overall health, your attitude towards yourself and how you interact with others. It’s an essential aspect of good mental health, which is so important to combat stress and anxiety.
Your wellbeing has an impact on everything you do. Many studies undertaken in Australia and overseas show a strong link between wellbeing and academic performance. Yu, Shek and Zhu write that ‘personal wellbeing such as interpersonal confidence, social and emotional skills, and self-esteem were associated with better adjustment and learning achievement’.
The Australian Government organisation Comcare, exploring wellbeing in the workplace, found ‘that successful health and wellbeing programs provide an excellent return on investment… on average programs decrease sick leave absenteeism by 25.3%’. Wellbeing can improve our daily lives and it can be improved upon too, so you can always reach new goals. Lu Yu, Daniel T.L. Shek and Xiaoqin Zhu, ‘Influence of Personal Well-Being on Learning Achievement in University Students Over Time’, Frontiers in Psychology, 9 January 2018, accessed at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5767243/.
How is wellbeing measured?
Wellbeing is so important that it is measured by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS), among others. In its survey, the ONS asks these subjective questions: How satisfied are you with your life nowadays? How happy did you feel yesterday? How anxious did you feel yesterday? To what extent do you feel the things you do in your life are worthwhile?
The OECD Framework for Measuring Wellbeing and Progress takes objective measurements in three areas: material conditions; quality of life; and sustaining wellbeing for the future. As well as subjective and objective measurements, a third category is the ‘preference-based approach’. Proposed by French economist Marc Fleurbaey, it assesses the values individuals place on the non-income aspects of their lives to measure what creates a high level of wellbeing. When measuring wellbeing, the results are not predictable: affluent groups can register low levels, for example, while some people in unfavourable conditions can have a strong sense of wellbeing.
Office for National Statistics, ‘Wellbeing’, accessed at www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/wellbeing
OECD, ‘Measuring Well-being and Progress: Well-being Research’, 2019, accessed at www.oecd.org/statistics/measuring-well-being-and-progress.htm
International Panel on Social Progress, ‘How do we measure well-being’, The Conversation, 9 January 2018, accessed at theconversation.com/how-do-we-measure-well-being-70967
What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathy is a holistic approach to health and well-being that is based on the principle that, given the right circumstances, the body has an innate ability to heal itself. Naturopathic practitioners incorporate a blend of traditional knowledge and evidence based practice to help their clients achieve optimal health and wellbeing.
A range of management approaches including Western herbal & nutritional medicine, dietary and lifestyle advice are used. Some naturopaths also utilise energetic medicines such as Flower Essence Remedies and Homeopathy as part of their recommendations. Iridology is an assessment tool used by some practitioners to provide additional information to the practitioner on constitutional and other health parameters.
For more information, see our blog on “What is Naturopathy” /blog/health/naturopathy-explained
What is Western Herbal Medicine?
Western Herbal Medicine is a holistic approach to preventing and treating illness. Work towards optimal health with a tailored treatment plan based on the use of medicinal plants.
Western Herbal Medicine can assist with weight loss, sleep, stress, allergies and much more. The practitioner will complete a comprehensive health analysis and use herbal medicines and basic dietary advice as the main interventions used to restore health and wellbeing.
What is Nutrition?
Nutritional medicine is focused toward the prevention and management of a wide range of health conditions. Nutritional Medicine practitioners use a range of dietary and lifestyle modifications and nutritional supplementation therapy and body composition analysis.
Nutritional Medicine Practitioners draw upon the traditional and evidence-based understandings of utilising food as medicine, along with therapeutic nutritionals; to enable those seeking treatment to manage complex health conditions such as stress, fatigue, digestive disorders, as well as cardiovascular, hormonal and immune concerns.
Through comprehensive case taking and holistic analysis, our student practitioners are able to tailor dietary & nutritional prescriptions to best suit your individual health goals, incorporating nutritional recommendations and supplementation.
What is the most popular treatment at the clinic?Why is it so popular?
Naturopathy and Nutrition clinics - they are exceptionally well priced for the high level of service offered by the student practitioners
Directions and how easy it is to get to the clinic i.e via public transport/ parking?
Gotha, Brisbane- We are a short walk from Fortitude Valley train station. There is metered parking around the clinic (move to Brisbane location page)
Fitzroy, Melbs – The campus is readily accessible via public transport including tram, bus and train. 2-hour street parking is also available right outside the campus. (move to Melbourne location page)
Pyrmont, Sydney - catch the light rail to the Convention Centre stop, or 10 min walk from Town Hall. The campus is a 20 minute walk or 15 min bus trip from Central Station. Ticketed parking close by. (move to Sydneylocation page)
What is Clinical Myotherapy?
Clinical Myotherapy is the evidence-based assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal pain and associated conditions. Clinical Myotherapy involves a patient-centered approach to assessment and management of musculoskeletal pain within in biopsychosocial framework involving multidisciplinary care where necessary. Clinical Myotherapists prescribe pain management and rehabilitation regimes that are tailored to individual patient needs. These interventions may include pain education, manual therapies (e.g. massage and mobilization), lifestyle modification and exercise rehabilitation. Our treatments are incredibly popular and delivered at our Melbourne clinic.
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a traditional naturopathic modality that uses highly diluted preparations of substances to stimulate the body’s healing response to disease.
Treating each client as an individual, the homeopath will ask in detail about the presenting complaint taking into account lifestyle, eating habits, mental health and medical history. The practitioner takes particular notice of the unique symptom picture of the client as this helps in determining the appropriate homeopathic prescription. Your prescription will be prescribed in low doses in either pillules or drop dose form. Homeopathy is used to treat acute and chronic conditions and is prescribed in conjunction with a full naturopathic consultation.
What is Iridology?
Iridology is a traditional naturopathic assessment technique that interprets iris signs to assess a person’s health and to recognise health problems. It does not detect specific diseases but can assist the practitioner to understand the client’s unique health profile.
An iridology practitioner uses an iridology torch to examine the eye. Some practitioners may take a photo of the eye via an iris camera. This allows the practitioner to closely examine the eye.
Iridology is not a treatment technique but by using it to assess a person’s health, the practitioner can refine the treatment regime to meet the health needs of the client. Iridology can also help clients to build an overall awareness of their health and wellbeing. Iridology is used in conjunction with a full naturopathic consultation.
What is BIA?
The Practice Student Clinic has Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) approved Body Composition Analysis equipment. This simple to use equipment, accurately measures body mass index, muscle mass, body fat, hydration levels and other important biomarkers. This testing is most commonly used for clients with a focus on weight loss or gain, obtaining peak physical performance, managing chronic disease risk and managing health proactively.
Body Composition analysis takes 15 minutes and is best used in conjunction with a full complementary medicine consultation where the practitioner can explain results and help you to achieve your health goals.
What is Beauty & Aesthetics?
There are a variety of treatments that our highly knowledgeable students offer in our Brisbane and Sydney clinics, supervised by an industry experienced practicing lecturer.
Our students are ready to showcase their skills and knowledge to our clients, looking after them and making sure they leave happy, relaxed, and feeling enriched by their treatment and experience. The treatments may include facials, waxing, make-up, body treatments, manicure and pedicure.
What is Counselling?
You will be treated by a Master of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy JNI students, who are supervised by qualified and highly experienced practitioners in each field. This presents a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain practical experience and develop confidence in their chosen career area, while also providing treatments to our clients at a very affordable price and helping them with their challenges.
By using a coordinated matching process, you will be paired with the counselling and psychotherapy student that best suits your individual needs.
How can I enrol in one of your Health qualifications?
If you are passionate about pursuing a career in Health and Wellbeing discover our health courses and start your journey. /courses/health
Why study Complementary Medicine?
Turn your love of health and natural healing into a career with many options. Each year, we aim to develop the most job-ready graduates around, with highly experienced teachers, industry placements, and a hands-on approach to learning.
Whether you’ve just left school, want a career change, or simply want to upgrade your qualifications, we can help you reach your goals. You will graduate with the knowledge, recognition and practical experience you need to make a worthwhile contribution to the health and wellbeing landscape – and to transform the lives of others.
What is a student led clinic?
Our students gain proven skills, confidence and valuable experience by practicing on real clients in the clinic while they study. We believe that emerging professionals don’t just require theoretical knowledge, but also a skills-based teaching model and supportive learning environment that nurtures each individual’s potential to grow as an individual and professional.
At The Practice Wellbeing Centre, our range of treatments combines a health science approach with complementary medicine. All sessions are supervised by qualified and highly experienced practitioners.
What is Telehealth?
Telehealth is the use of a digital communication platform such as a computer, tablet or mobile phone, for the real-time remote collection, management and prescription of health care information between a client and practitioner. The Practice Wellbeing Centre is offering Telehealth consultation services via a secure software program called Microsoft Teams.
By attending a Telehealth consultation, you will enjoy the convenience of a professional health care consultation from the comfort of your own home or workplace. It allows you to check-in with your natural health care practitioner for ongoing health care guidance, advice, monitoring, referral and prescription. Important Information about your Telehealth consultation
To make a Telehealth appointment please contact The Practice Wellbeing Centre at a location that is nearest to you. Clients will be sent a link to your appointment, a client intake questionnaire and consent form. We ask clients to return the forms to The Practice Wellbeing Centre via email prior to the consultation. At the time of the appointment, clients click on the appointment link provided to you by the reception team. Clients do not need to download any apps to devices to access Teams. Clients must have a working webcam with sufficient video and audio quality and internet bandwidth to accommodate a Telehealth consultation. Clients should be able to visually identify your student practitioner, who will be in clinic uniform and wearing their name badge. There will be several people present in the consultation: student practitioner, clinic supervisor and practitioner support team.
How long is a Telehealth consultation?
Clients should allow up to 1.5 hours for the consultation. During the consultation the student practitioner will assess the presenting complaint and conduct a holistic review of health. This may take up to 45 minutes. There will be a small break (30 minutes) between taking your case and client feedback. The break time allows the student practitioner to analyse your case and present their findings to their clinic supervisor for approval. Once the prescription is approved, the student practitioner will discuss the recommendations with the client (15 minutes). The Practice Wellbeing Centre reception will send your prescription and schedule a follow-up appointment.
Please note: it is not possible to conduct certain biomedical or holistic assessments, such as physical examination. However, we do encourage clients to have recent physical or pathology results available during your consultation. Your practitioner will assess your suitability for a Telehealth consultation and/or arrange a referral for an in-person assessment if necessary.
Additional paperwork, such as prescription, clinic handouts or referrals will be emailed to you via The Practice Wellbeing Centre email address. Our email service is not encrypted. Any prescriptions (herbal medicines, teas, nutritional supplements, celloids flower essences) will be processed through a third party practitioner-only dispensary and will be collected and paid by the client or mailed to your preferred address in a timely manner. All prescribed therapeutic products and any additional mail or processing fees are inclusive of the third party dispensary and client and exclude The Practice Wellbeing Centre.
Standard consultation fees apply.
There are no private health fund or Medicare rebates available for this service.