1. What is your role at your organisation and how do you support practitioners /or the industry?
I am a Pharmacist, Nutritionist, Herbal Medicine student and founder of Natural Script.
Natural Script is the only platform that combines practitioner grade supplements with liquid herbal formulas and compounded nutritionals. We offer the most comprehensive patient ordering system for natural and integrative practitioners in Australia.
Our dispensary includes the full range of liquid herbs from all the leading Australian manufacturers, as both alcohol and glycetract extractions. We are also an accredited compounding pharmacy, with an extensive range of nutraceuticals for formulating into powders, creams, capsules, suspensions, pessaries, suppositories and sub lingual dose forms. We also stock all the practitioner only and retail brands of supplements.
2. How did you get into your area of expertise and why do you stay?
I became a pharmacist when I was 21 and still love the patient engagement of community pharmacy. I was working in a pharmacy about 10 years after I graduated when a lovely man gave me scripts for his medicines to reduce his blood pressure, cholesterol and stomach acid. He said “I’ll just get my lunch and come back”, and then returned with a pie, a sausage roll and a coke. I went home and cried for a little bit, and then enrolled in a Diploma of Nutrition!
Integrating natural preventative solutions with conventional medicine has completely changed the way I work, and I feel I can really make a difference in people’s lives.
Natural Script grew out of the desire to help patients access really good quality products while still staying connected with their practitioner, rather than buying many of the lower quality supplements that are readily available online. I have seen how connection to excellent natural health care practitioners makes an enormous difference to people’s health outcomes, and I wanted to help support those relationships while giving people the convenience of ordering online.
3. What has been the main focus or outcomes of your work over the past year?
I have been working with my husband and business partner to develop the next version of Natural Script. We launched it this year and we are constantly working to make it a better experience for both prescribers and patients. We have incorporated many changes as requested by some of our practitioners, and we are hearing lots of positive feedback, which is very rewarding.
Lately I have been helping more and more practitioners to use compounding to prescribe individualised treatments to give better health outcomes for their clients. We can make compounded products that have the exact blend of ingredients needed, with no unnecessary additives in a dose form that makes it easier for the patient to take. It can be a bit daunting at first, so I love helping to make compounding more accessible for the naturopaths and nutritionists on Natural Script.
4. What do you predict will happen in the next 5 to 10 years in your particular field?
I think we will see an acceleration of a number of trends that are already happening now. For example there will be an expanded recognition of the benefits of natural medicine and growing inclusion of it into the mainstream. I think individualised medicine will become more of a reality and we will see new tools and techniques evolve that help us to more tightly tailor specific treatments for our patients. I expect and hope there will be a growing recognition of the benefits of teams-based approaches to healthcare.
5. What is the one-way you believe natural medicine practitioners, can make a difference for their clients?
Continue to keep the love and kindness in your practice. We make the biggest difference when we truly care for our patients and offer them the benefit of our training and the empathy of our humanity.
6. Fun Fact for the Readers: Tell us who inspires you / or who your professional idol is and why?
That’s a hard question. Lots of people inspire me. Lately I’ve been enjoying Michael Pollan’s work. He says everything he’s learned about food and health can be summed up in seven words: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” And Mother Teresa “Go out into the world today and love the people you meet”.