MHlthSc(DD), BNat, AssocDegAppSc, MNHAA
Naturopath, Herbalist and Nutritionist
Belinda is a naturopath, herbalist and nutritionist with a passion for improving the capacity of people to reach their potential at any stage of life, from preconception through to the maturing years. Belinda has been living and practicing natural medicine in Hobart for 16 years.
Belinda’s specific area of interest and research is addressing the needs of children with developmental and learning difficulties. This led Belinda to complete a Masters of Health Science (Developmental Disability) through the University of Sydney.
Through her studies, Belinda gained a richer understanding of the core issues that affect the lives of children and adults living with disability. Belinda combines these studies with her natural medicine degree to improve access to natural healthcare and support for people living with disability.
Belinda is passionate about children’s health, particularly the ways in which we can help children reach their potential through diet & nutrition. Childhood represents a critical window of development, and an opportunity to improve lifelong health outcomes. During her career, Belinda has presented to professional audiences on children’s health, and has also published journal articles in this area. That said, Belinda enjoys working with patients of all ages – the young and not so young, to improve their health & vitality, and teach healthy lifestyle practices. Healthy choices can be made at any age, and Belinda is inspired by the changes people chose to make to improve their quality of life and wellbeing.
In 2013 Belinda attended a 4 day Fertility Intensive in Sydney. This short course focused on improving outcomes for people wanting to conceive, comprehensive healthcare for people with reproductive difficulties, and addressing age related factors with conception. Belinda works with couples to improve fertility and with women individually with reproductive, hormonal or menstrual health concerns.
Belinda also practices remedial massage as a modality of her Bachelor of Naturopathy degree. Her massage style is soothing and flowing. Belinda aims to create a nurturing space where patients can relax into the massage completely. She combines flowing relaxing techniques with deeper trigger point and stronger techniques where needed, firm and effective stretches, and uses hot stones to aid muscle relaxation.
Outside of Goulds and her further studies, Belinda is a devoted Mum, an avid gardener, and a keen bush-walker. She enjoys cooking, and loves finding ways of including fresh produce from her garden in most of the meals her family enjoy. She is also involved in academic writing and research, and views this as a valuable way of contributing to further education within the natural medicine profession.
Areas of experience:
Preconception, fertility and pregnancy care
Child development, health and nutrition
Learning disabilities, autism, ADHD and other developmental delays
Disabilities and impairments throughout the lifespan
Women’s health, particularly through turbulent changes, menarche through menopause
Asthma, hay fever and other respiratory conditions
Allergies and food intolerances
Anxiety and depression
Chronic pain conditions
Men, Mums and Minors — The Best Herbs You Never Knew! Panel presentation and discussion with Daniel Robson & Dawn Whitten. Australian Naturopathic Summit; Lennox Head, August 2018
Down syndrome: naturopathic support in a research vacuum. 10th International Conference on Herbal Medicine; Brisbane, March 2017
ADHD: a modern epidemic or a symptom of an unsustainable society? 9th International Conference on Herbal Medicine; Sydney, March 2015
The Modern Apothecary. 9th International Conference on Herbal Medicine; Sydney, March 2015
Respiratory Conditions in Children. Natural Paediatrics Masterclass Series; Health Masters Live, May 2014
Autism: understanding the spectrum and naturopathic therapeutic approach. 8th International Conference on Herbal Medicine; Melbourne, April 2013
Chapter 17: Down Syndrome. Advanced Clinical Naturopathic Medicine, Ed Leah Hechtmann, Elsevier Sydney, In Press (due for release July 2019)
Robson, Belinda. (2013). Autism spectrum disorder: A review of the current understanding of pathophysiology and complementary therapies in children. Australian Journal of Herbal Medicine. 25. 128-137+151.
Robson, Belinda. (2013). A naturopathic approach to the treatment of children with autism spectrum disorder: combining clinical practicalities and theoretical strategies. Australian Journal of Herbal Medicine. 25. 172-180.