My interest in Women's health began all the way back in 2007, when I was an acupuncture student. I noticed so many of our female patients coming in and telling me their periods were ‘normal’ only to find out that they had pain, cramps, mood changes, fatigue, headaches and so much else going on around their period.
This became especially personal when my wife (then girlfriend) started having severe pelvic pain that we struggled to get under control using the standard treatment of painkillers or contraceptives. After completing my Bachelors in Acupuncture, this passion led me to pursuing a PhD looking at acupuncture for period pain at Western Sydney University and at the same time (no rest for the wicked!) running women’s health acupuncture clinics back in New Zealand.
After completing my PhD in 2016 I was fortunate enough to be offered a full time academic role in Women’s Health at NICM, Western Sydney University (WSU) where most of my research is on period pain, pelvic pain and endometriosis. We moved to Wollongong and I met Eamon soon after. The rest is history! I’m very fortunate to be able to split my time between my work as a Senior Research Fellow and theme leader in Women’s Health at WSU and treating female reproductive health at Acu-Fit.