Dr Frances Nininahazwe
Dr Frances Nininahazwe
Chinese Medicine Practitioner & Acupuncturist
BAppSc(ChinMed/HumBiol) RMIT, Master of International Health Monash
10 yrs+ experience
Clinical internship, Jiangsu Provincial Hospital, Nanjing CHINA
'As a practitioner, Frances has adopted a holistic approach to health - recognising that health care is not simply just about patients taking medicine and receiving medical treatments, but also about the relationship each patient has with their own body: the food they ingest, the environment they live in, and the relationships they have with the people around them. During treatments, Frances often explains the underlying Chinese Medicine diagnosis to the patient so that they can begin to understand and manage their own health in their day-to-day life.'
She gained her valuable learning experience by undertaking a double bachelor degree in Chinese Medicine and Human Biology at RMIT University, graduating in 2007 With Distinction. You can read more about this university course here. As part of her university studies, she also completed a half year clinical internship at Jiangsu Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. To further her understanding of public health, the social determinants of health, climate change, and epidemiology, Frances has also recently completed a Master of International Health at Monash University.
She is also co-ordinator of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Acupuncture Project at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Footscray. As a result, she has acquired experience treating conditions related to patients who have an asylum seeker status, and a special interest in treating conditions such as Anxiety, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and poor sleep quality.
Frances also has particular interest in treating cases of women's hormonal imbalances and infertility - combining Chinese herbal medicine, Acupuncture, Chinese dietary therapy, and lifestyle advice according to each individual case. She also frequently employs acupuncture as a conjunct supportive therapy for patients undergoing IVF and western medical fertility treatments. For more information about how Frances might be able to help you with fertility & preconception care, please click here.
Away from the clinic, Frances is a mum, a soccer player, loves gardening, and regularly practises yoga. She is passionate about natural health and living and has the strong belief that, in relation to the human body and our ever-changing environment, health practitioners should be forever open to learning.