How do you choose the best medical clinic for your needs?

Last Updated on February 29, 2024 by Brendan Barnhill

In recent years, Australia has witnessed a significant shift in its approach to alternative therapies, recognising their potential benefits for a number of chronic health conditions. As access to alternative therapies becomes more widespread, choosing the right clinic becomes crucial for patients considering this option. 

With many clinics available, navigating through the process of selecting one can be overwhelming. Here’s a guide to help you make an informed decision when selecting a clinic that has practitioners experienced in alternative therapies.

Understanding your needs

Before diving into the selection process, it’s essential to understand your specific medical needs and the symptoms you aim to alleviate with alternative therapies. Different clinics may specialise in treating particular conditions or offer diverse treatment approaches. Whether you’re seeking relief from ongoing pain, managing the effects of epilepsy, wanting better sleep, or addressing ongoing issues related to stress, identifying your needs will help you in your search for the right clinic.

Research

Begin your search by researching clinics available in your local area or via telehealth for your privacy and convenience. Read reviews online and speak to other people who may be in a similar situation. Additionally, consider clinics that have registered medical professionals who are experienced and knowledgeable in alternative therapies and have a comprehensive understanding of its therapeutic applications.

Telehealth clinics (with appointments conducted via phone or video conferencing) are becoming increasingly popular as they provide access to specialised practitioners across the country from the comfort and privacy of your own home. 

Consultation process

A reputable clinic will prioritise patient care and provide a thorough consultation process. During your initial consultation, the healthcare practitioner should take the time to understand your medical history, current symptoms, and treatment goals. They should also discuss the potential benefits and risks of alternative therapies, as well as alternative treatment options available to you. Transparency and open communication are key factors in establishing trust between the patient and healthcare provider.

Treatment plans and follow-up care

Choose a clinic that offers personalised treatment plans tailored to your individual needs. A comprehensive treatment plan should include dosage recommendations, administration methods, and ongoing monitoring to assess the effectiveness of the treatment. Be sure to enquire about the clinic’s follow-up care services, including regular check-ins and adjustments to your treatment plan as needed. A supportive patient care team that remains accessible throughout your treatment journey is invaluable in ensuring optimal therapeutic outcomes.

Product accessibility and education

Consider the accessibility of alternative therapies products offered by the clinic if treatment is required. It’s essential to choose a clinic that provides access to a variety of high-quality products tailored to your treatment needs, and not a clinic who is tied to a particular manufacturer or one that prescribes a limited number of products or brands (including their own brands). Prioritise clinics that offer patient education and resources to empower you with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions about your treatment. Practitioners in a reputable clinic will offer guidance on products, dosage management, and safe usage practices to enhance your overall treatment experience.

It is important to take the time to do your research, read online reviews, speak to friends and family who may have been through a similar process and call the clinics you are interested in to enquire about their process.

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Our Women's Health Medical Expert

Kathleen Kuntz, MSN/NP

University of Pennsylvania BSN/MSN Nursing 2002 
Australia – AHPRA Registered Nurse with Nurse Practitioner
Specialisation in Obstetrics/Gynaecology/Sexual Health

Kathleen is an experienced Nurse Practitioner with a proven track record of assisting clients in finding relief through alternative plant based medications.

With over 25 years experience in women’s health, Kathleen has extensive experience in looking after female veterans who experience chronic pain, anxiety, PTSD and related insomnia (at unacceptably high rates); women experiencing chronic pain associated with endometriosis or other chronic pelvic pain syndromes; sexual health, vulvovaginal pain, pain with intercourse, and pain related to menopause.

After experiencing the positive effects plant based medicine had on patients in the USA, Kathleen undertook the training/education to become a certified cannabis prescriber. After moving to Canberra from the USA, Kathleen became an authorised prescriber in Australia. 

Kathleen is driven by her passion to help patients on their healthcare journey through alternative medication.