Victoria

25 February, 2011

MELBOURNE

Name: Dr Anne Jackson
Area: General practitioner (GP)
Contact number: (03) 9650 4284
Address: Mid-Town Medical Clinic, Level 4, 250 Collins St, Melbourne CBD
Website: http://www.midtownmedical.com.au
Comments: “My GP has looked after me for 9 years through my chronic illness, which has seen me gain a considerable amount of weight during the time I’ve known her. She has never once told me to lose weight, or commented on my increasing size, and has always been supportive and understanding … I cannot recommend her highly enough”

Name: Dr Roland Lee
Area: General practitioner (GP)
Private or public: Public
Contact number: (03) 9381 1300
Address: 200 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
Comments: “I have been seeing Dr Lee for over 10 years, and he never once commented on my weight until I brought it up with him. I was pleased to find he has a balanced and holistic view of the topic.”

Name: Glen Iris Medical Centre. In particular Dr Miriam (female), Dr Sally (female) and Dr Ronnie (male)
Area: General practitioners (GPs)
Private or public:
Unsure; may be public
Contact number: (03) 9885 4562
Address: 118 High St, Glen Iris
Comments: “Possibly the most friendly and supportive GPs I have ever met. Warm, friendly, just fantastic! Good mental health support and women’s health services. Oh and you can pretty much get an appointment whenever you need one. Great GPs for kids too.”

Name: Dr Mark Tarrant
Area: Obstetrics/Gynaecology
Private or public:
Both
Contact number: (03) 9796 1988
Address: Suite 3, 72 Gloucester Ave, Berwick
Comments: “Excellent obstetrician (also a gyno). Professional, friendly, and sensitive. Very little focus on weight issues, aside from discussing potential risks associated with my weight in relation to c-section and anesthetics. He did this sensitively and without any apparent judgment. On the plus side, he is also supportive of natural breech births, which many obs won’t do these days. I would go back to him without hesitation for obs or gyn matters.”

Name: Emma McIntyre
Area:
Pregnancy and post-natal masseuse
Private or public: Private, health care rebates available 
Contact number: 0409 235 613
Email: emma@themummyseuss.com.au
Website: http://www.themummyseuss.com.au
Address: 5 Rodney Drive Keilor Downs, Victoria
Comments: “Emma is a plus size mum herself – amazing woman! She has a large, custom built, fully adjustable massage table with a high weight limit and is absolutely fantastic with all (plus size) women.”

Name: Jill Mancini
Area: Psychologist
Private or public:
Public (can claim half of 12 sessions per year, if referred by a GP)
Contact number: 0417 503 197
Address: Suite 2, Level 1, 253 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Comments: “Very body positive. Into body acceptance, encourages mindfulness.”

Name: Sharlot Clarke
Area: Counsellor
Private or public: 
Private
Contact number: 0431 867 960
Email: sharlot@purplehealing.com.au
Website: http://www.purplehealing.com.au/
Address: Thornbury, Melbourne (but can offer services via skype)
Comments: Trans-friendly, kink-friendly, sex worker-friendly, fat-accepting, poly-friendly, queer-friendly, feminist, and sex-positive.

Name: Helen Fraser
Area:
Psychologist
Email: hrfraser09@bigpond.com
Phone: 0418 377 980
Address: Prahran
Comment: Completed the If Not Dieting health professional training program.

Name: Natasha Jeremiejczyk
Area:
Psychologist
Email: njeremiejczyk@yahoo.com.au
Phone: 0416 038 524
Address: Melbourne
Comment: Completed the If Not Dieting health professional training program.

Name: Janet Lowndes
Area:
Psychologist
Email: janet@embodymind.com.au
Phone: 0417 535 904
Address: South Melbourne
Comment: Completed the If Not Dieting health professional training program.

Name: Julie Parker
Area: Counsellor, Mental Health Social Worker
Private or public: Private – with medicare rebatable sessions available
Email: julie@beautifulyoubyjulie.com
Contact number: 0416 265 779
Address: Practising in East Melbourne, Highett and also home visits
Comments: “I am a ‘Health at Every Size’ counsellor who specialises in working with people with body image, self esteem and eating disorder issues.  I am a firm believer in a ‘no diet’ approach to having a happy and balanced relationship with food and body.”

Name: Gemma Houston
Area: Exercise physiologist
Private or public: Private, but if you talk to your GP they can arrange for a partial Medicare rebate for 5 sessions if you have a chronic illness. Most private health insurance companies will have some sort of reimbursement.
Contact number: 0404 471 773
Address: Leaps and Bounds Health, Suite 2/1434 High St, Malvern
Website: http://www.leapsandboundshealth.com.au/main/page_services_exercise_physiology.html
Comments: “She works with people with chronic illnesses, people who’ve been in accidents, who’ve had strokes or other neurological disorders. She also works with people who are deconditioned because of chronic illness or injury, and those who’ve gained weight due to medications, inability to move for long periods, or ‘just because’ without prejudice or shaming. She is incredibly intelligent, observant and caring … She’s a curvy girl herself, not afraid to jump in the pool to do a hydrotherapy session”

Name: Jennifer Bishop
Area: Exercise physiologist
Private or public: Private, EPC referrals from GP, TAC, Workcover referrals
Contact number: 0431 516 321
Address: Suite 1612, 530 Little Collins Street, Melbourne. Home visits are available in Brunswick and Northern metro suburbs and Melbourne CBD.
Website: http://www.myology.com.au

Name: Teresa Mina
Area: Remedial massage therapist
Private or public: Both – $75 an hour
Contact number: (03) 9381 1164
Address: 473 Victoria St, Brunswick West, Melbourne
Website: http://tactonics.com.au/index.html
Comments: “Fantastic massage therapist. Has been treating me for four years – makes people feel comfortable.”

Name: Josephine Gibson
Area: Dietitian (APD)
Private or public: Private
Contact number: 0407 822 106 or (03) 9650 9372
Address: 4/250 Collins St, Melbourne and 961 Mt Alexander Rd, Essendon
Website: http://www.eatlovelive.com.au/
Comments:
“I am a friendly dietitian who doesn’t believe that weight loss is the answer and spends my life teaching people of all shapes and sizes to eat chocolate in an enjoyable guilt free way!!”

Name: Terrill Bruere
Area:
Dietician
Email: bruere@optusnet.com.au
Phone: 0414 741 579
Address: East Brunswick
Comment: Completed the If Not Dieting health professional training program.

Name: Katherine Shone
Area:
Dietician
Email: katherine@appetiteforlife.com.au
Phone: 0402 027 000
Address: South Melbourne, Port Melbourne, Deepdene, Malvern
Comment: Completed the If Not Dieting health professional training program.

Name: Liza Wallis
Area:
Dietician
Email: lwallis@ischs.org.au
Phone: (03) 9690 9144
Address: South Melbourne
Comment: Completed the If Not Dieting health professional training program.

Name: Jason Nikakis
Area:
Personal trainer
Email: jason@vitallifestylecoaching.com
Phone: 0419 321 147
Address: Prahran
Comment: Completed the If Not Dieting health professional training program.

Name: Melissa Penkaitis
Area:
Personal trainer
Email: melissa.penkaitis@yahoo.com.au
Phone: 0447 470 100
Address: Port Melbourne
Comment: Completed the If Not Dieting health professional training program.

SOUTH-WEST VICTORIA

Name: Dr Warwick Rouse
Area: General practitioner (GP)
Private or public: Public
Contact number: (03) 5558 6088
Address: Timboon Clinic, Hospital Road, Timboon
Comments: “An excellent, kind and health-focused GP. Knowledgeable without talking over or dismissing patient concerns or
questions.”

Name: Dr Bruce Rossiter
Area: General practitioner (GP)
Private or public: Public
Contact number: (03) 5558 6088
Address: Timboon Clinic, Hospital Road, Timboon
Comments: “A locum who sometimes works in clinics in Winchelsea, Colac, along the Great Ocean Road, and Timboon. Thoughtful, responsive to patient concerns, fat himself and very fat-friendly.”

Name: Professor David Watters
Area: Surgeon
Private or public: Both
Contact number: Geelong Hospital, 03 5226 7111
Address: Barwon Health, Bellarine St, Geelong
Comments (optional): “Completely dedicated to helping his patients. Surgically relevant details about my weight were discussed in a pragmatic and polite way and there were no demands to lose weight. Anaesthesic staff were also very friendly and helpful and were focused on my wellbeing and comfort.”

Name: Dr Elizabeth Uren
Area: Gynaecologist
Private or public: Public
Contact number: Works at various places, but can be contacted on (03) 5561 6008
Address: 4 Princess St, Warrnambool
Comments: “Has helped me manage PCOS and extremely painful periods without body-shaming or “prescribing” weight loss.”

GIPPSLAND

Name: Dr Alex Burk
Area: General practitioner (GP)
Private or public:
Contact number: (03) 5147 1011
Address: 160 Johnson St, Maffra
Comments: “I have consulted Dr Burk as my GP for 4 years and my weight has never been an issue that has been raised by Dr Burk. Even when I have had high blood pressure, my weight still has not been an issue.”

Area: Psychologist
Private or public: Private
Phone: 0419 385 064
Address: 210 Drummond Street South, Ballarat
Comment: Teaches self-acceptance, and focuses on feeling and being healthy, rather than on being a particular weight

Name: Dr Rafat Gurguis
Area: Obstetrics/Gynaecologist (OB/GYN)
Address: Sale
Comments: “Dr Gurguis was my OB for my last pregnancy. While I was weighed each visit, my weight was never mentioned. A large blood pressure cuff was available without me having to specially ask for it. My pregnancy was treated as a perfectly normal pregnancy (which is what it was!) and my weight wasn’t an issue. It wasn’t assumed that I would have Gestational Diabetes or high blood pressure (I had neither) and I was treated respectfully.”

Name: Bridget Ripper
Area: Dietician
Email: bridget.ripper@cghs.com.au
Phone: (03) 51438560
Address: Sale
Comment: Completed the If Not Dieting health professional training program.

Name: Maria Clemens
Area:
Dietician
Email: mariac@glch.org.au
Phone: (03) 5155 8370
Address: Gippsland
Comment: Completed the If Not Dieting health professional training program.

Name: Maureen Wilson
Area: Dietician
Email: maureen_wilson@bigpond.com
Phone: 0419 336 357
Address: Maffra
Comment: Completed the If Not Dieting health professional training program.