Frequently Asked Questions

The general concept is that of looking for potential underlying causes for the symptoms or condition ( e.g genetic, environmental factors, nutritional deficiencies, stress, emotional factors) – as opposed to merely giving a medication to treat the symptom without due consideration of why it occurred in the first place. There is consideration into underlying biochemistry, physiology and genetics. When using the word “integrative” , that relates to combining a range of modalities to treat the person e.g. conventional medicine approach but also using herbal medicine or whichever modality that particular practitioner is familiar with. Alternative medicine is a term sometimes given for anything that differs from conventional, mainstream medicine, as most people know it- i.e it is alternative to the common approach, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it is an inferior approach. For example, Chinese or Ayurvedic medicine would be considered alternative but in fact are highly researched and practiced medicinal systems with much evidence to support, not to mention thousands of years of use!

The difference in terms also relates to the name of the institution. For example, in the U.S, the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) is one of the main bodies training Doctors and other health professionals. In the U.S and Australia, there is A4M and A5M (American and Australasian {respectively} Academies of Anti-Ageing Medicine). In Australia, ACNEM (Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine) is the main organization who arranges training for practitioners. The methods and emphasis on teachings differ, but generally the outcome is that of looking for and balancing the underlying factors and not necessarily going straight to medication. We have to see what’s causing the fire and address that – not just blow out the smoke!

Wholistic Medical Centre, Surry Hills – Yes, medicare rebates are available. If you are eligible for Medicare, it would be advisable to be seen at this clinic

Note- Doctors practising Integrative Medicine are fully qualified medical doctors, many of whom are GP’s/ Family Physicians- who have then undergone varying amounts of additional training in this field. Functional Medicine can be considered as a specialty in it’s own right. It takes years of further post-graduate self-directed and self-financed learning (through, courses, conferences and post-graduate examinations) to learn and keep up-to-date with this ever-growing field. The exact training done will vary amongst practitioners depending on their own interests. Hence, although medicare rebates are available, there is NO bulk-billing.

Face to face appointments are available in Surry Hills or via phone/video.

Wholistic Medical Centre, Surry Hills – please book directly via the clinic website or call on  02 9211 3811.

Phone/video consultations – bookings must be made online via the booking system on this website. Payment is required at time of booking. Cancellation policy does apply- please read carefully.

If your preferred appointment is not available, please contact us at hello@dramygajjar.com and we will endeavour to arrange another mutually convenient time.

Yes, this is open for both new patients and for follow-up of any existing patient. Please read the Disclaimer.

As a new patient, this service does not replace your existing Family Physician. As we cannot conduct a physical examination, if it is advised that you consult your regular Doctor, for examination or any particular investigations, you are advised to undertake and comply with medical advice as part of your management.

It is advisable that the first appointment is in person. If you are unable to attend or are not local, skype consultation is preferred initially. After the first appointment, either phone or skype consults are possible.
You will receive a link to 3 comprehensive questionnaires using dedicated Functional Medicine software, which must be filled out at least 48 hours prior to the appointment.The payment for the initial consultation reflects the time needed to examine your case following submission of your forms. This allows us to delve deeper within the consultation as much of the relevant details have already been covered. This ultimately saves time for you and allows for a more efficient system. Within 3 working days, a comprehensive management plan will be emailed to you.

All new patients need to call the clinic directly to book the initial appointment. You will be sent a url link for you to complete the questionnaires.

For automated bookings for Skype, the link will be in the booking confirmation email.

We will go through a thorough discussion of the information given and discuss management (e.g. further investigations that need to be done, treatment). A written management plan together with relevant resources for your information  will also be emailed to you within 3 working days.
For face to face appointments, please bring:

  • Investigation reports –g. x rays, ultrasounds, blood tests, functional tests. Do not bring the actual Radiological images such as the scans or x rays themselves.
  • Correspondence –relevant letters from other specialists and practitioners (including GP’s, naturopaths, nutritionists). If referred by another practitioner, a brief letter will be useful- but not essential.
Following each consult, you will be advised when to make the next follow-up appointment. Generally, these will be for 30 mins duration. If a longer time is required, you will be advised accordingly.
Following consultation, this can be discussed and then booked in agreement with yourself and Dr Gajjar. Currently, this is not a service that is booked online.

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