Integrative Medicine

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Integrative medicine is a philosophy of healthcare which combines the best of conventional western medicine and evidence-based complementary medicine and therapies within a mainstream medical practice. It is a holistic approach which takes into account the physical, psychological, social and spiritual wellbeing of the person with the aim of using the most appropriate, safe and evidence-based treatments available.

Many of our patients come to Northside Health with chronic and difficult to treat conditions that have remained unresolved for a number of years. Northside Health specialises in using a team based approach to managing and resolving chronic and complex conditions.

An initial integrative medicine consultation at Northside Health takes between 30-60 minutes. 

An initial assessment involves:

    • Assessment by one of our nursing staff, before having a comprehensive consultation with your integrative doctor.
    • During this assessment, we will ask questions about the history of your health including current symptoms, previous and current treatment, your diet, lifestyle, and toxin exposure.
    • Targeted testing will be performed as required to provide a complete picture of your health and begin creating a comprehensive treatment plan.
    • We will then provide you with an individual treatment plan which may incorporate supplements, medications, diet modification and lifestyle changes.
    • You will be well supported through each phase of your recovery journey.


Currently Dr Alexander Joannou AND Dr Rosie Ross practice integrative medicine. For more information on their experience and areas of specialisation please visit our doctors information pages found via the staff page.


Northside Health acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s First People and Traditional Custodians. We value their cultures, identities, and continuing connection to country, waters, kin and community. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and are committed to making a positive contribution to the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, by providing services that are welcoming, safe, culturally appropriate and inclusive.

Northside Health is committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services and welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.