Dr Hazel Batten

F.R.A.C.G.P; M.B.Ch.B; B.Sc Clin.Dip. (Palliative Medicine)

Functional Medicine Doctor

Qualifications, Memberships and Experience

Dr Hazel is a highly qualified and experienced Functional Medicine Doctor who is passionate about supporting her patients through their health journey. Graduating from Medical School in the UK in 2010, Dr Hazel was awarded her Medical Degree, plus an additional Bachelor of Science Degree as a result of spending an extra year studying Global Health. As part of this further training, she travelled to Ethiopia for research and published her own research looking at ‘An Insight into Infertility in Northwest Ethiopia: Exploring Social Attitudes and Knowledge in Women’.

Following on from Medical School, she worked as a junior doctor for 2 years in the UK before moving to Perth in 2012. Here in Australia, she met her partner, adopted a beautiful rescue dog, and had her two young children. In 2018, Dr Hazel obtained her Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Dr Hazel has worked in hospital-based medicine for several years and was fortunate to have worked for 18 months specialising in palliative care, both in-patient and community-based, where she obtained a Clinical Diploma in Palliative Medicine. She always knew General Practice was where she was going to settle, as she loves the variety of work and continuity of care with her patients.

Dr Hazel has completed multiple training modules with the Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM). She is a member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, ACNEM and the Australian College of Lifestyle Medicine. She hopes to combine her experience in General Practice with her knowledge of Functional Medicine to provide comprehensive treatment and care.

Areas of specialty and approach to treatment

Whilst working in general practice, Dr Hazel began to question whether conventional medicine treatment approaches were enough, and whether they were always benefitting her patients. This spurred her interest in studying Nutritional and Environmental Medicine.

Hazel’s areas of interests include (but are not limited to):

  • Gastrointestinal health and the gut microbiome
  • Thyroid and adrenal health
  • Women’s health and hormonal imbalance
  • Fertility and pregnancy support
  • Child and adolescent health
  • Mental Health
  • Weight management and metabolic issues
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Sleep Issues

Dr Hazel’s greatest qualities as a Functional Medicine Practitioner is her calm and compassionate nature and her ability to connect with patients. She is relatable, open-minded, and non-judgemental. Functional medicine enables her to spend more time with patients to perform a multi-system review and tackle the root cause of symptoms and disease. She hopes to educate and engage patients in their own health journey and devise treatment plans tailored to individual needs.

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