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Traditional medicine programs

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World Wellness Group has an expert team of traditional medicine practitioners who have also worked in the non-government sector in various roles.  Our practitioners have a solid understanding of social justice and equity and are committed to providing high quality traditional medicine services.

The traditional medicine program currently runs:

We have also developed a number of wellbeing programs:

Please email us if you would like to pre-register for any of these upcoming group programs.

Seated relaxation massage clinic
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Our friendly and caring relaxation massage team provides seated relaxation massage.  Appointments are half an hour and use a comfortable massage chair.  The cost is $15 for a beautiful relaxing seated massage for half an hour. Those on very low incomes or experiencing financial distress are able to get a discount - just talk to us.
(L-R: Marina Chand, Roimata Clark, Angela Zappata, Thomas Blake (back row), Chandi Powell, Christine Howard (seated), Oytun Demirer and Omid Rahimi)

Traditional medicine practitioners

marina_small_file.jpgMarina Chand
(B App Sc Hlth Ed. Ad Dip Hlth Sc Hom, Cert in Meditation Teaching & Chair Yoga)

Marina is a registered homeopath and also a Foundation Director of the World Wellness Group.  Marina has worked in the community and health sectors for 24 years. In the NGO sector she worked for torture and trauma services, refugee health services, women’s health and advocacy, disability support, and she also worked in human rights organisations.   She has freelanced as a consultant for government and non-government agencies in the development of training programs, evaluations and resource development. As a qualified homoeopath, Marina treated refugees for eight years at QPASTT and also lectured in homoeopathy in Brisbane’s most eminent traditional medicine college. Currently she treats refugee clients for World Wellness Group and coordinates the traditional medicine program.  She specialises in treating post-traumatic stress disorder, stress, chronic illness, mental disorders and helping people to link body-mind-spirit.  As a qualified meditation teacher, she also teaches clients breath-work (pranayama - a yogic practice), mindfulness and qi gong to small groups and treats with homeopathy, nutrition and flower essences.

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(B Hom, Post Grad Dip Addictions & MH)

Saini is highly qualified in homoeopathy with over 30 years of clinical experience to provide quality homeopathic health care. 

He graduated from the University of Auckland with a Post Graduate Diploma in Alcohol/ Drug Studies and Mental Health and prior to this he achieved a Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine and Surgery from Nehru Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital and National Institute of Homeopathy. He was trained at the attached homoeopathic hospital.

For 10 years, he lectured at Nehru Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Delhi University and worked as a physician at the attached Homoeopathic Hospital. During this period, he worked in various departments of the Homeopathic Hospital like general medicine, surgery, ENT, gynaecology/ obstetrics, dermatology, ophthalmology etc

He then worked in New Zealand for 20 years where he had a homoeopathic  practice in Auckland. Apart from this, he also worked in various drug/ alcohol and mental health residential services in Auckland and also worked as a drug/alcohol and mental health clinician in his practice. 

He is passionate about the work of WWG, particularly to provide services to those in need.

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(M. TCM, BHS (Comp Med), Adv Dip Ac, Grad Cert Rs,  Adv Dip (Homoeopathy), Associate Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Homoeopathy (Kolkata).

Mark is a registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia in both acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Mark has a Bachelor in Health Science and over 15 years experience in health care provision.

Mark’s interest in Chinese Medicine started after receiving acupuncture for the relief of chronic low back pain following surgery.  In 2008, Mark completed an Advanced Diploma in Acupuncture and then trained and worked under the guidance of Scott Zhao and Shirley Ho of Hong Ren Tang in Sunnybank from 2008 to 2010 in pain management and sports injuries, and Jarad Bianchi 2008 to 2012 in fertility support. Mark has since completed a Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the University of Western Sydney. During this time Mark had the opportunity to study with highly experienced Australian and Chinese practitioners specialising in musculoskeletal health and women’s health.

Mark currently manages Your Acupuncture Clinic in Greenslopes focusing on pain management and women’s health and IVF support. During his studies Mark became interested in the delivery of community based health care.

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(PhD HlthSc & Cert Small Business)

Sathiya is a life coach and motivational speaker. He is passionate about bringing the best version of people through personal counseling, coaching and empowerment. A research scientist by training, Sathiya has worked in the areas of mental health and lifestyle diseases at Harvard University, USA. He conducts seminars & workshops on mindfulness, personal development & stress management. He is a spiritual mentor and teaches bhakti yoga, mantra meditation & spirituality at yoga studios, universities and health clubs. Sathiya has a big passion for community health and he currently specializes in addiction, stress, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, overweight, self-pity and limiting beliefs. 

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Radhika Randall

(BA (Monash Uni), Grad Dipl Ed (SCV Rusden), Adv Cert: Ayurveda, Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi Qigong)

Memberships: Senior member Yoga Australia, Registered Yoga Therapist with Yoga Australia & Australian Association of Yoga Therapists.

Radhika has taught yoga full-time in Brisbane for more than 18 years. Her aim of yoga is to enhance awareness, go within, and generate overall health & wellbeing. Her teachings therefore utilise the principle of the middle path. She teaches traditional yoga, using modern research, and safe & natural movement. Her style is characterised by choreographed sequencing, 3 levels of practice, and the use of sound & mantra to train & focus the mind. Radhika has a private yoga practice, has co-authored a book "Yoga +" and has her own youtube channel to help people with meditation, yoga and tai chi or qigong practices.

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Emma Lane
(B Early Childhood, 200 Hour Yoga Teacher)

Emma started her pathway to yoga in 2014 and began teaching yoga to children in 2015. She formally completed her yoga studies in 2017. Emma has been working with children for over 10 years as a Kindergarten and Primary Years Teacher and has found her calling as a Kids Yoga Teacher. Emma loves teaching yoga to children and families of all ages. Her classes are creative, playful and the perfect balance of calm and fun. Emma’s passion is also teaching Restorative and Slow Flow Vinyasa Yoga to help inspire all minds and bodies to believe in, and connection to, their inner self helping students to find balance and peace in this busy world.

 

 

What we can provide your organisation

Traditional medicine programs are highly accepted by clients - an estimated 60 per cent of Australians use some form of traditional medicine.

Adding traditional medicine to the suite of services your organisation provides, can greatly enhance client outcomes.  Our services can be contracted and provided on behalf of your service at a location nominated by you.  

If your organisation would like to add traditional medicine services, either to individual clients, or through small-group work, please get in touch with us.  We can also provide guest speakers to your client groups.

Current services available include naturopathy, homoeopathy, massage therapy, flower essences, mineral therapy, naturopathic nutrition, meditation, relaxation and ayurvedic stress management.  

About traditional medicine

Traditional medicine provides primary health care to 80 per cent of the world's population (Alves & Rosa, 2005).  There are complete systems of traditional medicine such as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), ayurveda in India and Arabic unani medicine.  There are also many forms of indigenous medicine, often called ethno-medicine.  Ethno-medicine is often focussed on herbalism and cult healing (Alves & Rosa, 2007).

While 80 per cent of the population in developing countries have traditional medicine as their only means of health care, in many developed countries, 70 to 80 per cent of the population has used some form of traditional medicine (World Health Organisation, 2008) as an adjunct to orthodox medicine.

Herbal treatments are the most popular form of traditional medicine, and are highly lucrative in the international marketplace. Annual revenues in Western Europe reached US$ 5 billion in 2003-2004. In China sales of products totalled US$ 14 billion in 2005. Herbal medicine revenue in Brazil was US$ 160 million in 2007 (World Health Organisation, 2008). 

In 2005 Australians spent $4.13 billion on 'alternative medicine' -  more than was spent on prescription drugs in that year (Ellis & Zilko, 2008). An earlier South Australian survey estimated that 52 per cent of the Australian population used 'complementary and alternative medicine', of whom 57 per cent did not tell their doctor, and 23 per cent consulted practitioners of complementary medicine. The study estimated out-of-pocket spending for complementary medicines in Australia of $2.3 billion; a 62 per cent increase since 1993 and four times out-of-pocket spending compared with pharmaceutical drugs (MacLennan, Wilson, & Taylor, 2002).

For more information about traditional medicine, click here.

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