Community Acupuncture for Health Equity
Community acupuncture is a big part of Central Highlands Pain & Wellbeing, and is held in the front reception area. Sessions are 3 days per week – Tuesday 2pm – 4pm, Thursday 10am – midday, & Friday 2pm – 4pm. Session prices are $30 for every person, every time, so everyone can afford to access Chinese medicine treatment. Health fund rebates are available via HICAPS, so you can claim on the spot.
Dr Rebecca Tolhurst
Senior Chinese Medicine Practitioner
Rebecca views every person’s health as holistic and individual, and tailors each session to accommodate, with personalised treatment design. She has entered her 15th year of clinical experience in acupuncture & Chinese herbal medicine and is still enthralled by the joy that it brings to patients, and the personal satisfaction it brings in work & life. Educated and mentored by Dr Shelley Beer at Victoria University of Technology, beginning in 2000, she uses raw or granulated Chinese herbal medicines, acupuncture, Chinese bodywork, meditation or spiritually-derived styles – whichever combination is more relevant to the person in front of her – you.
Hospitality and Food focus
In another life, before Chinese medicine, Rebecca waitressed, food prepped and tended bar for 20 years, from her teens to late 30’s. As a result she developed a deep empathy for hospitality employees, as well as an experiential understanding of the types of occupational injuries incurred whilst performing work duties. She also has a keen interest in amazing ways to put food together, nutrition and supplementation, and is obsessed with food history. She can advise about TCM food medicine principles but with a modern twist – so you can always find something awesome to replace the things you have to give up.
Alcohol & Other Drugs
Rebecca has a background volunteering in community and not-for-profit clinics where she has supported homeless people and those detoxing from alcohol and other drugs. Within these contexts she has also offered support in recovery and understands the different challenges that patients experience as a result of taking this enormous, life-changing step. She has been involved in regular volunteer and professional acupuncture work in the AOD sector for 8 years. Her formal qualifications are: BHSci (Chinese Medicine); BHSci (Traditional Chinese Medicine); Grad. Dip (Public Health)
Rebecca is a member of the Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA) and is registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA) under the Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine divisions. Health fund rebates are available and she is eligible for inclusion as therapists in Work Cover, TAC & NDIS treatment plans by referral from a General Practitioner.
Robyne Conrad is a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist and has been in practice since 2014 within the Hepburn Shire. She is also a practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) which can be used along with, or independently from hypnotherapy. Robyne is also a certified Virtual Gastric Band Practitioner. Robyne is currently studying her Masters in Counselling.