Our practitioners

Here at Torquay Chinese Medicine, our practitioners are fully registered in the areas of both Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.



Dr Frances Nininahazwe

Chinese Medicine Practitioner & Acupuncturist

BAppSc(ChinMed) BAppSc(HumBiol) RMIT

  • 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 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.

She is also co-ordinator of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Acupuncture Project at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Footscray.  Here, she has acquired experience treating conditions related to patients who have an asylum seeker status - such as Anxiety, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and poor sleep quality.  She continues to be in awe of the ability of a treatment focused on calming the mind and settling the emotions to produce excellent results for a wide range of physical conditions.

Her particular interest lies in treating disorders of the digestive system, and the treatment of emotional disturbances, including anxiety, depression, and poor sleep quality.  Frances also confidently treats cases of 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 therapy for patients undergoing IVF and western medical fertility treatments.  For more information about how Frances can help you with fertility & preconception care, please click here.

Away from the clinic, Frances is a mum, a soccer player, 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 changing environment, health practitioners should be forever open to learning.