Masterclass for Naturopaths – IVF Support Beyond the Basics

Did you know that up to 75% of Australian patients undergoing IVF seek the support of a CAM practitioner? And that naturopathy is one of the most sought-after modalities? (Rayner, et al., 2011).

With IVF becoming increasingly common place, accounting for nearly 5% of all births in Australia & NZ, the naturopath in general practice is now more likely than ever to come across complex fertility patients in their day-to-day work. However, there is little information available for these practitioners in regard to what is safe, effective & appropriate for this highly medicalised patient group.

Fertile Ground Health Group has been specialising in IVF support in Melbourne for the past 18 years. In this role we have developed a trusted collaborative relationship with medical specialists in the fields of reproductive & obstetric medicine, and a deep understanding of assisted reproductive treatments and approaches to naturopathic management of the IVF patient.


Do you feel confident that you really know what you can do when someone presents with a complex fertility history?

Are you up to date with the latest evidence based research regarding naturopathic interventions for this patient group?

Do you know what to look for in your patients test results to give you the clues for effective treatment?

What are the red flags you need to identify before you prescribe supplements & herbal medicine to IVF patients and are you confident that you know what is safe to prescribe during an IVF cycle?

Are you communicating confidently and effectively with IVF specialists?


If you would like to brush up on your skills or deepen your knowledge, you are invited to join Fertile Ground Health Group naturopath Rhiannon Hardingham for this exclusive online masterclass for fertility naturopaths. In this four-part series Rhiannon shares her extensive clinical knowledge around IVF support, as well as the most up-to-date research supporting naturopathic interventions for this complex patient group.

Rhiannon has been at the core of the naturopathic team at FGHG for the past 9 years. Her success with fertility outcomes is testament to her diligence and keen sense of curiosity to find answers for her patients, even in the most complex and seemingly hopeless of cases, earning her the respect of many IVF specialists in Melbourne. In 2019 Rhiannon will be the first naturopath to present at the annual Fertility Society of Australia conference on the subject of naturopathic support for IVF.

Recognising the isolation in private practice that many naturopaths face, Rhiannon is keen to help you build strong relationships with other naturopaths interested in developing their fertility & IVF support practice, and also offers ongoing individual & group mentoring.

About the course:

This course is uniquely offered to practicing naturopaths with a special interest in reproductive medicine. It is expected that participants will have a working knowledge of standard preconception interventions and are already working with fertility patients in clinical practice. 

Participants will receive detailed clinical assessment and treatment tools to assist in day-to-day practice, as well as up-to-date resources regarding evidence-based support for IVF patients.

On completion practitioners will be better positioned to make sense of medical fertility protocols, manage complex fertility patients, as well as confidently communicate with medical specialists regarding evidence-based interventions for improved IVF outcomes.

Participants will earn 6 CPE points.

Weeks 1 & 2: Specific Preconception Preparation for the IVF Patient- Beyond the Basics.

This highly medicalised patient group have complex preconception requirements, and appropriate identification and preparation can significantly influence assisted reproductive outcomes. We will discuss clinically relevant and evidence based testing recommendations & assessments specific for IVF, as well as the complexities of nutritional & hormonal preparation.

Week 3: Naturopathic Support for ART & IVF

A thorough introduction and outline of up-to-date assisted reproductive statistics and protocols. What we’re commonly seeing now regarding standards and variations of the IVF cycle, along with clinical and evidence-based information regarding naturopathic support for each stage.

Week 4: IVF- Complex Cases

Complications in the IVF process and how to support your patient. We will consider appropriate intervention to increase the chance of success for those with for whom the odds are stacked against. Including poor responders, ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome, older couples, poor embryo quality and repeat IVF failure.

 

Dates:

Tuesday 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th August 2019

Time: 1:00pm–2.30pm AEST (OR meetings recorded for your convenience)

Cost: $495

Platform: Interactive live Zoom meetings online, with the ability to review sessions if you are unable to attend at the time.

To book:  Call 9419 9988 or email reception@fertileground.com.au or book and pay for your course in our online shop. Book here


Here’s what past participants have had to say:

“Rhiannon is a gold-mine of knowledge. If anyone is interested in pursuing this as a practice focus I would highly recommend this workshop, and leveraging Rhiannon’s first-hand experience!”

“Rhiannon is a wonderful teacher and mentor. She has a way of explaining things that is easy to understand, interesting and engaging”

“Thank you for offering this amazing program”

 

L9999600Rhiannon Hardingham, FGHG Naturopath

Rhiannon has been focused on treating men’s and women’s reproductive health, infertility and naturopathic IVF support for the past 9 years at Fertile Ground Health Group. Her frequent communication with IVF specialists, CAM colleagues, industry education and the thousands of patients she has successfully treated over these years have given her a unique and well informed perspective.

When it comes to assisting IVF and infertility patients Rhiannon has seen it all, from the most complex cases to the very simple fixes that someone may have overlooked. Through her Mentoring program for naturopaths Rhiannon’s diligence and passion for the work is something that she now shares with practitioners interested in developing their career in this area of specialisation.

Your opportunity to join our Reception team

Join our reception team

This is your opportunity to join our wonderful team at Fertile Ground and The Melbourne Apothecary in the role of Reception and Herbal Dispensing. We are now opening up applications and feel excited to interview the right candidate/s.

This is a reception role with a difference. You are a highly valued member of our team and your role is considered crucial to the success of this practice. You will be challenged to grow your skills and be exposed to many opportunities to develop through a variety of tasks, responsibilities and interactions with some of the best practitioners in Melbourne.

This is a role that really draws on your multi-tasking and problem solving capacity.

As part of our Clinic Support team your main responsibilities are:
  • Providing superior customer service at Reception greeting patients, answering incoming calls for enquiries, managing appointments and the practitioner diary.
  • Providing assistance and herbal dispensary support to our team of practitioners.
  • Assisting with marketing, social media, reporting, inventory, system improvement and other tasks in conjunction with management and the clinic support team (training provided).
  • Keeping the beautiful space beautiful, tidy and in ship shape order.
Essential skills and attributes
  • You are proactive and take initiative to improve systems and processes.
  • Finesse with appointment scheduling and time management, as well as phone and customer service skills are second nature to you.
  • You are an articulate communicator with professional presentation.
  • You are calm and competent under stress and you take pride in your contribution to the team.

Preference will be given to applicants with well developed computer skills, someone who is social media savvy and enjoys editing blogs as much as writing protocols! Interest and experience in complementary medicine in a professional setting is highly regarded. A non-practicing naturopathic graduate or someone with previous medical or natural medicine clinic experience would be ideal.

This is an outstanding opportunity for someone with an interest in developing a successful career in the business, finance, administration and management side of natural medicine.

The available shifts range from Monday – Friday and every second Saturday. There is a 2 day shift minimum and you will need to be flexibly available to cover additional shifts along with your team members as each of you has holidays throughout each year.  Availability during school holidays is a must.

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to Carly Woods at carly@fertileground.com.au.

Applications close Wednesday 10th February 2021, however please apply ASAP as we will begin phone interviews immediately.

Apply now – become our Practice Manager

Join our reception team

This is your opportunity to join our renowned and wonderful team at Fertile Ground Health Group and The Melbourne Apothecary in a Practice Management role. We are ready for applications and feel excited to interview the right candidate/s.

About the role

We are currently seeking an experienced, customer focused Practice Manager to work closely alongside the directors (Charmaine Dennis and Carly Woods) and our dispensary manager. You will grow and develop both businesses (Fertile Ground Health Group and The Melbourne Apothecary) while providing management and support to the entire team.

You will provide high level development initiative, business and administrative support, as well as oversee our team of health professionals and receptionists on a daily basis at our busy clinic and apothecary located in the heart of Fitzroy, Melbourne.

We are looking for someone who can find solutions in a dynamic environment. There are a variety of demands each day and as such multitasking and organisation skills are essential. To be successful in this role you will have analytical precision and finesse, enabling you to oversee and easily write and implement workplace protocols and systems. We are looking for someone who is excited to respond and adapt to change with us – which is so needed in Melbourne’s new normal environment amidst COVID. This is a big and incredibly rewarding role.

This a full time, permanent role with some flexibility for work from home and 2 weeks extra leave (without pay) per year available if required. The role is flexible for 4 or 5 days a week depending on your needs.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Business and practice growth with a focus on building collaborative relationships alongside the practice owners, practitioners and staff team.
  • Business Development of the practice, the apothecary and our practitioners. Providing business and marketing guidance and mentoring to the team.
  • Reception Support and Management.
  • Practitioner Support and Management.
  • Staff training and practitioner onboarding.
  • Marketing, strategy, rollout of targets and project management.
  • General practice management including, financials, administration, technology/IT, event management, liaising with suppliers (not including dispensary) and third parties.
  • Focus on continuous enhancement of operations within the practice to reflect our deep value of the environment and sustainability.

About you

  • You are passionate about business development, networking and driving growth.
  • You understand the complementary, integrative and collaborative health environment.
  • You understand business operations in healthcare professions / industry.
  • You can work independently, taking initiative to find solutions and have the management skills to role out implementation.
  • You have excellent time management skills, efficiency and the ability to prioritise and delegate tasks in a supportive and positive way.
  • You love to ensure encouraging, collaborative and productive relationships are maintained with and between colleagues.

Selection Criteria

  • History of similar experience managing people in professional settings.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing and leading a receptionist/admin team of staff.
  • You have proven experience in business development and strategic planning for company growth.
  • Strong experience in complementary medicine administration and reception management.
  • Strong management, diplomacy and communication skills.
  • Ability to liaise with and positively uplift and inspire staff, practitioners and patients.
  • A collaborative and flexible approach to delivering exceptional patient centred services.
  • Willingness and ability to proactively implement continuous improvement and change initiatives.
  • Ability to use practice administration systems, as well as social media, marketing and website platforms.

This is an outstanding opportunity for someone with an interest in developing a successful career in the business, finance, administration and management side of natural medicine. We are ready for commitment and stability for a longer term and willing to work with the right person to develop a rewarding career.

Salary Range

$70,000-$85,000

What is Fertile Ground Health Group?

Fertile Ground Health Group is a well established and highly regarded multidisciplinary practice with a strong focus on supporting people who struggle with fertility issues to create healthy families at any stage of their reproductive life and health. With over 5 staff and 20 practitioners providing expert acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, naturopathy, nutrition, osteopathy, massage, breath therapy, counselling and birth support, we have been collaborating with medical and allied heath to provide the best support for our patients for over 20 years in practice.

What is The Melbourne Apothecary?

The Melbourne Apothecary was created when we moved to our Fitzroy location one year ago to provide Melbourne’s first prescription-only naturopathic dispensary, serving the Fertile Ground Health Group team as well as filling prescriptions for Naturopaths all over Australia. The MA serves to protect the street level privacy of our fertility and IVF patients (for those who need it) along with increasing accessibility of our general health services for the benefit of our community. It is a truly beautiful space and strives to be an example of what is possible.

Where are we located?

Fertile Ground and The MA moved into a beautiful, heritage-listed Victorian terrace house in Smith St, Fitzroy in April 2020.

Apply

To apply please email a cover letter and resume (or any other way to stand out for this position) to Charmaine Dennis at charmaine@fertileground.com.au

Closing Date

18th June 2021

Interviewing now

We will be interviewing as soon as the right candidates land in our inbox. Don’t delay and apply now.

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” ~ Steve Jobs

Your opportunity to join our Reception team

Join our reception team

This is your opportunity to join our reception team at Fertile Ground and The Melbourne Apothecary. We are now opening up applications and feel excited to interview the right candidate/s.

This is a reception role with a difference. You are a highly valued member of our team and your role is considered crucial to the success of this practice. You will be challenged to grow your skills and be exposed to many opportunities to develop through a variety of tasks, responsibilities and interactions with some of the best practitioners in Melbourne.

This is a role that really draws on your multi-tasking and problem solving capacity.

As part of our Clinic Support team your main responsibilities are:
  • Providing superior customer service at Reception greeting patients, answering incoming calls for enquiries, managing appointments and the practitioner diary.
  • Providing assistance and herbal dispensary support to our team of practitioners.
  • Assisting with marketing, social media, reporting, inventory, system improvement and other tasks in conjunction with management and the clinic support team (training provided).
  • Keeping the beautiful space beautiful, tidy and in ship shape order.
Essential skills and attributes
  • You are proactive and take initiative to improve systems and processes.
  • Finesse with appointment scheduling and time management, as well as phone and customer service skills are second nature to you.
  • You are an articulate communicator with professional presentation.
  • You are calm and competent under stress and you take pride in your contribution to the team.

Preference will be given to applicants with well developed computer skills, someone who is social media savvy and enjoys editing blogs as much as writing protocols! Interest and experience in complementary medicine in a professional setting is highly regarded. A non-practicing naturopathic graduate or someone with previous medical or natural medicine clinic experience would be ideal.

This is an outstanding opportunity for someone with an interest in developing a successful career in the business, finance, administration and management side of natural medicine.

The available shifts range from Monday – Friday and every second Saturday. There is a 3 day shift minimum and you will need to be flexibly available to cover additional shifts along with your team members as each of you has holidays throughout each year.  Availability during school holidays is a must.

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to Carly Woods at carly@fertileground.com.au.

Applications close Wednesday 20 September 2021, however please apply ASAP as we will begin phone interviews immediately.

IVF Support Masterclass now open

IVF Support Masterclass with Rhiannon Hardingham

Rhiannon Hardingham has just opened intake for her 2020 IVF Support Masterclass program for Naturopathic practitioners.

Rhiannon is incredibly passionate about professional and clinical improvement. This is evident in everything that she does. It is no wonder that she is in such high demand with both patients seeking reproductive support, and with practitioners searching for top-notch clinical mentorship in the fertility and IVF arena.

We are so honoured to have her practicing with us at Fertile Ground and feel thrilled to be able to offer the opportunity for practitioners who are passionate about the fertility space to learn from this brilliant woman. She has amassed years of experience with results that speak to her calibre.

Gain confidence and become equipped to consult with complex fertility cases

Aren’t you supposed to know this information already? Actually, no. The information that Rhiannon shares is not taught in Naturopathic programs, university level or otherwise. If you are a practitioner looking to register, what you will gain from this masterclass series is clinically relevant practical application processes for preconception interventions, with specific IVF focus.

With IVF becoming increasingly common place, accounting for nearly 5% of all births in Australia & NZ, you are now more likely than ever to come across complex fertility patients in your day-to-day naturopathic general practice. However, there is little information available for you in regards to what is safe, effective & appropriate for this highly medicalised patient group.

What do you get?

In this four-part series Rhiannon shares her extensive clinical knowledge with you.  You will learn all about IVF support, including the most up-to-date research supporting naturopathic interventions for this complex patient group.

Participants will receive detailed clinical assessment and treatment tools to assist in day-to-day practice, as well as up-to-date resources regarding evidence-based support for IVF patients.

On completion practitioners will be better positioned to make sense of medical fertility protocols, manage complex fertility patients, as well as confidently communicate with medical specialists regarding evidence-based interventions for improved IVF outcomes.

Participants will earn 6 CPE points.

Find out more about this Masterclass and take your practice up to the next level.

Rhiannon is also giving the special early bird prices to her email group only, so if you’d like to join to receive those deals please register here.

Warmly

The Fertile Ground Health Group team on behalf of Rhiannon Hardingham