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Psychological Therapy

Conception, pregnancy, childbirth and parenting are often not as straightforward as we initally imagine, and we all need support to navigate the challenges that arise. The Clinical Psychologists at The Perinatal Hub Surf Coast are qualified to work with you on any of the following areas:

- Preconception (including infertility issues)
- Pregnancy
- Perinatal loss
- Antenatal depression and anxiety
- Birth trauma
- Premature birth
- Postnatal depression and anxiety
- Parent-infant attachment
- Adjustment issues (including social isolation)
- Infants
- Toddlers
- Parenting
- Fathers
- Couple relationship

Fees and rebates:

Cost: $190 per 50-minute session (in person or via telehealth)
Medicare rebate: $128.40

*Medicare rebates are available to those who have a referral and mental health care plan from a GP, Psychiatrist or Paediatrician. The referral must be obtained prior to the first session for a rebate to be claimed.
*Note 10 additional Medicare subsidised psychological therapy sessions are available for people subjected to further restrictions in areas impacted by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
*Rebates also available for those with appropriate cover under private health insurance.

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Hypnobirthing Courses

What is Hypnobirthing and why should I use it?

When people think of hypnosis, often they tend to think about old fashioned ideas of someone watching a pendulum swing until they are cast under someone’s spell. Thankfully, in modern times we have learned that all hypnosis is actually self-hypnosis and that we can teach ourselves to shift into different states of consciousness, in order to achieve a positive outcome. In the case of pregnancy and childbirth, shifting into a state of deep relaxation, where a woman can work with her body and through her strong surges, feeling grounded and empowered.

Hypnobirthing courses are designed not only to teach you self-hypnosis and deep relaxation techniques, but also to present you with the most current evidence-based information on childbirth, physiology, and practical skills like massage, acupressure and different birth positions to use along the way.

Based on the approach that birth is a normal physiological experience you are wired for, Hypnobirthing Australia™ courses help you to trust your body by understanding and reframing ideas around pain and intense sensations, also by releasing fears and anxieties around childbirth. This helps you to stay connected to your body through the process, trusting the outcome regardless of how it unfolds. When you have good information and tools, you are more prepared, empowered and confident - therefore more likely to achieve the positive birth experience you deserve, as well as decreasing chances of unnecessary interventions.

The Hypnobirthing Australia™ course provides a large number of different tools and extra resources to help support a birthing woman and her birthing partner, which means it can help you find what works for you personally. Each woman is different and will find some things resonate when others don’t, but you can be assured by choosing our Hypnobirthing Australia™ course that you will get great value for money, feel well equipped with the latest information, have a huge amount of supportive resources to use when the big day comes and feel empowered to meet it!

Our Village Birth Hypnobirthing courses are delivered by Talia Avenell, a mumma of two, certified Hypnobirthing Australia™ practitioner, trained birth doula, clinical pilates instructor, studio owner and co-founder of The perinatal Hub, Surf Coast. She is passionate about empowering women to have positive birth experiences and has spent more than a decade helping people to understand their mind-body connection for optimum health and wellbeing. She is known for her warmth and her friendly, down-to-earth approach to teaching.

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Pregnancy Reformer Pilates

During pregnancy a woman navigates many changes, not only physically but mentally and emotionally as well. We know from evidence based research that by moving our bodies and doing appropriate exercise throughout pregnancy, we are better prepared to manage those changes, better prepared for labour, as well as increasing our chances of a faster recovery in the postpartum period. Who doesn’t want that!

Our pregnancy pilates classes are taught on a reformer bed, which is spring loaded for gentle and safe movement. It is the ideal way to exercise throughout pregnancy and with only 4 ‘mummas-to-be’ per class, you get the hands-on attention and instruction that you deserve.

Our resident Hub instructor Talia has 15 years experience in the pilates industry and is passionate about the quality of movement in every class she teaches, which is especially important when you’re pregnant. Being a mother of two herself as well as a birth doula supporting women and their partners in labour, her ability to teach in a way that benefits every woman individually is a gift. She is known for her attention to detail, her knowledge of the body and her classes are always light and fun!

Talia also offers Initial Consultations (great for those new to pilates or those wanting a thorough postural assessment and guidance on where to begin) as well as clinical pilates and private sessions.

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The underpinning of naturopathic medicine is to identify with nature, promote natural healing mechanisms, and use natural medicines to treat dis-ease, where possible. Naturopaths delve into the inner workings of your body, looking at both past and current health issues, using clinical questioning, dietary analysis, iridology and physical examinations (when necessary) to find the cause of your health issue, or for ways to optimise your health and fertility.

Naturopathy promotes healing through nutritional medicine, herbal medicine, lifestyle practices (such as exercise, meditation or massage) and flower essence therapy. Many naturopathic treatments are now scientifically evidence-based, however we often use a combination of evidence-based and traditional treatments.

Our naturopaths offers specialised care for women and couples during their parenting journey from preconception through to postpartum. Their approach to healing encompasses mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health, with a truly holistic approach to every situation. Our naturopathy services can assist with the following (and not limited to):

- Improving your chances of falling pregnant
- Optimising the health and wellbeing of mother and baby
- Addressing & correcting nutritional deficiencies
- Managing symptoms of pregnancy
- Preparing for birth and the immediate post-birth period
- Supporting breast milk supply and preventing mastitis

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Japanese Acupuncture is derived from Classical Acupuncture Theory, first introduced to Japan from China in the 6th century. It integrated these theories with new and unique developments and has become known for its effectiveness through its subtlety and comfort, compared to stronger needling techniques used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) style Acupuncture. This makes it ideal for even the most sensitive patients.

Japanese Acupuncture has different diagnostic tools, pattern differentiation and styles. The Pulse, Stomach (Hara) and Channels over the body are palpated to determine certain imbalances, which can be physically altered by the stimulation of specific points. This change will then allow the body to re-balance & heal itself.

Balance Hormones
Because acupuncture has a balancing effect on reproductive hormones, it can be used to correct hormonal imbalances that prevent conception.

Promotes Healing
Offering support to the body to restore homeostasis and balance.

Releases Stagnation
Releasing areas of blocked Qi which stimulates organ function and promotes health.

Improves Circulation
Increasing blood supply to the pelvis and uterus to support implantation.

Decreases Pain and Reduces Inflammation
Acts as a natural analgesic, acupuncture interrupts pain signalling and may reduce inflammatory markers.

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Pregnancy Massage

Our massage therapists are back working from the clinic!

Pregnancy massage can be a wonderfully nurturing way to support a woman throughout the emotional and physical changes during her pregnancy. It can help soothe aches and pains, promote relaxation, facilitate mother-baby bonding and enhance a sense of wellbeing.

Benefits of pregnancy massage
- Mother-baby connection
- Enhanced mind-body connection/relationship
- Increased relaxation
- Improved sleep
- Improved circulation
- Supportive of body changes throughout each trimester
- Reduction of swelling
- Eases back, shoulder, neck pain

Pregnancy massage is a specialised treatment, which takes into consideration the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, as well as the mother as a whole person – body, mind and spirit - and her unique circumstances.

Pregnancy massage is a performed in the side-lying position, with specially placed pillows, padding and draping to ensure optimal support, comfort and relaxation throughout the treatment.

Working in co-ordination with healthcare provider (midwife, GP or Obstetrician) appointments can help ensure massage treatments are best tailored to the developing needs of the mother and baby.

Cost: $100 per 60-minute session

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Men's Health

The needs of males are gaining more attention as we recognise that men face unique challenges that can affect their wellbeing.

Our men’s health practitioners are available to provide you with individually-tailored support. Some common challenges males seek support to address include:

- Work-life balance
- Relationships
- Communication
- Conception challenges
- Identity
- Anxiety and depression
- Managing emotions like stress, worry, and frustration
- Worry about your partner

Services for males include face-to-face or online counselling and men’s groups.

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Birth Doula

The evidence shows us that our chances of having a normal physiological birth is increased when the mother has continuity of care and a great support team. A birth doula provides both of these. By establishing a warm and trusting connection with a doula throughout pregnancy, the birthing mother can feel confident she is not only supported by another familiar face when the time comes, but that she is also presented with the latest evidence based information along the way, so she can make the right choices for her.

A birth doula does not provide medical support in any way, her role is to provide unbiased information on pregnancy and childbirth, as well as physical and emotional support during labour. A doula will get to know you and your birthing partner and will help support the birthing partner, to support the birthing mother, in just the right way for her (don't worry, we are not here to replace you birthing partners!). Research shows us that working with a doula in pregnancy and childbirth lowers your risk of a cesarean birth as well as other interventions such as inductions, epidurals, pharmacological pain relief and post partum depression (

Contact us to find out more about our birth doula services and packages on the Surf Coast.

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Speech Pathology

Our Speech Pathologist works with children, adolescents and adults in the assessment and treatment of:
- Global Development Delays
- Sensory Processing Disorders
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Paediatric Voice
- Paediatric Dysarthria
- Receptive and Expressive Language Delays
- Literacy and Reading Difficulties
- AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication)
- Articulation and Phonology Difficulties
- Phonological Awareness Difficulties
- Social Thinking Disorders
- Dysfluency (Stuttering)
- Childhood Apraxia of Speech
- Attention and Organisation Difficulties
- Working Memory
- EAL (English as an Additional Language) Support
- Hearing Impairment Management

Fees and rebates:

- FEE SCHEDULE for NDIS clients following the current NDIA recommended rate for speech pathology services. Self-managed and plan managed NDIS participants accepted for the following fees.
• Initial assessment session $193.99
• Initial assessment session with report $193.99 x 2
• Follow up sessions – 60-minutes with notes sent via email- (if requested) $193.99
• Follow up assessments & report $193.99 x 2
• Follow up letters, resource development $ 193.99 per hour pro rata

- Medicare Rebates
• Under the Chronic Disease Management Medicare initiative, clients may be entitled to claim rebates for up to 5 speech therapy sessions per calendar year. The current rebate is $54.60 per individual session.

- Private Paying Clients
• $160 for 60 minutes or $80 for 30 minutes - inclusive of tailor made resources and follow up program materials.

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