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Vital.ly are a sponsor of the Menopause Symposium, in the lead up to the event we spoke with Jacqui Fahey, Education Manager about her role, the industry and what questions she is asked most.

What is your role at your organisation and how do you support practitioners /or the industry?

I am the Education manager at vital.ly. I curate, write and edit content for vital.ly Commons, our education hub. As part of the content we put together, I often interview members from the practitioner and student community as we are keen to hear and share the knowledge, experience and wisdom amongst our colleagues.

How did you get into your field of expertise and why do you stay?

I was diagnosed at 21 years of age with rheumatoid arthritis. Overwhelmed and not so happy with my prognosis, I sought holistic support knowing that there was the potential that diet, herbs and nutrition could help me. I went to see a naturopathic biochemist who helped me with just that and much more. It was such an empowering experience. I wanted to be a part of the solutions to health….so I went and studied Naturopathy.

What has been the main focus or outcomes of your work over the past year?

To curate and produce quality, independent education for our professional community and for patients. From the supportive feedback we’ve received so far, I think we are on track with this.

How has your field changed in the past 5 years? What new areas are emerging?

There has been an increased demand for independent education. Genomics is a growing field as is the whole foods health space. The awareness of the impact of our environment on our health is increasing, from the impact of chemicals like PFAS, to mould, EMF’s and air pollution. Great research in these particular fields is also emerging, supporting our clinical practice and lifestyle management.

What do you predict will happen in the next 5 to 10 years in your particular field?

The delivery of online education will continue to increase. Our experience with COVID-19 has possibly set the groundwork for this. More research will be coming through from some of the inspiring practitioners and researchers we have in our community.

 

Continued collaboration with mainstream medicine, working together with our key strengths for improved health outcomes for patients. Also, an increase in public awareness of the benefits of CAM with more recognition and support of our professional status as CAM clinicians from government bodies.

What is the one-way you believe natural medicine practitioners, can make a difference for their clients?

Seeking to understand the underlying cause of ill health by empirical symptomatology and evidence-based medicine, utilising non-invasive treatment approaches such as nutrients and herbal medicine.

What’s the questions you get asked the most by practitioners, and how do you answer it?

I often get asked, “How do you network?” Clinical practice may involve juggling many aspects of the business such as clinician, managing accounts and marketer, often working in isolation.

Some practitioners feel lonely and out of touch with the profession, the community.

Collaborating and working with like-minded practitioners and getting involved in CAM projects are some wonderful opportunities for practitioners. How does one approach this? Working with your Association, knowing what projects and opportunities are on the horizon such as a rapid review, meeting with your local medical clinic, offering a talk at your local community centre, mentoring, submitting a case report to Commons education at vital.ly!

Fun Fact for the Readers: Tell us who inspires you / or who your professional idol is and why?

Margaret Spicer was one of my lecturers when I was in Naturopathic college. She reminded and guided me about the important balance in working with all aspects of health, mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, with healthy boundaries.

Read the latest blog from vital.ly on Meditation and Menopause by Wendy McLean here.

Vital.ly are a sponsor of the Menopause Symposium