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Thinking about studying Naturopathy or herbal medicine?
In this interview with graduate Rosanne Sullivan she shares her experiences as a Wellpark Student and how her qualification has empowered her to make her dreams reality.
I had digestive problems from childhood which had me become very interested in the link between nutrition and health from an early age. I was finally diagnosed with Coeliac Disease at age 33 after a series of miscarriages following the birth of my first daughter. By gutting gluten out of my diet my digestion started to improve and I went on to have a second health baby. Several years later I was sitting in a Naturopath’s room with my youngest daughter who had been having recurrent stomach aches. As I watched this wonderful Naturopath interacting with my daughter I was suddenly struck by the overwhelming realisation that all I really wanted to do in life was make a difference to others as a Naturopath.
From the moment I first met with the head of Naturopathy at Wellpark to discuss going back to retrain I knew I wanted to study there. The level of support and attention to my unique situation really made a difference for me as an adult student coming back to study. My previous study was pre-computer and pre-internet so there was a lot to adjust to and learn. In particular, I had to learn how to do academic research. This was daunting but also incredibly exciting. I loved that I could access cutting edge scientific research on virtually any topic with the internet as a tool.
Studying was a juggling act but I have a fantastic, supportive husband and wonderful kids and they were all very keen to see me fulfil on becoming a Naturopath so made the necessary adjustments to how available I was. I think the thing that got me through the tough bits was that there was never any question that this is what I wanted to do. I even ended up receiving the award for top Naturopathy student and top research paper for my research on ‘Mercury toxicity and its effect on Human Health’, which I’m pretty proud of.
I have opened a Health Clinic. I see a wide range of clients – infants, children, teenagers, young executives, busy Mums and the elderly people. Their health problems can range from digestive problems, hormonal issues, fatigue, weight gain, stress related disorders to cardiovascular problems or thyroid disorders. I also have a particular interest in chronic conditions caused by environmental toxicity (mercury, pesticides, solvent exposure). I work very successfully with people with chronic fatigue syndrome and autoimmune conditions.
Additionally, I regularly run community education classes on health and wellbeing. What I love about the classes is that they allow me to touch more people’s lives than I could as a one- on one practitioner.
How has studying your qualification benefited your life? Simply said, being a Naturopath has been the fulfilment of a life’s dream for me. I absolutely love what I do and consider it a privilege.