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Susan Arentz

Associate Naturopath & Herbal Medicine Specialist PhD, BHSc(Hons), ND, ATMS, NHAA, FSA, ARONAH
Susan is a grounded, patient-centred practitioner who uses a holistic approach aligned to her passionate belief in community and family. When not buried in books or the veggie patch, Susan enjoys playing the classical guitar with her two children
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Susan Arentz is an experienced Naturopath, Nutritionist and Researcher who specialises in women’s health and infertility.  As a health practitioner for over 20 years, Susan has worked with an array of clients both within Australia and overseas including couples with and without children, women, universities and research institutions, government organisations and writing groups, private colleges, medical conferences and the media.  Known for her straightforward, compassionate style, it is Susan’s mission to support and educate people rather than just treat them.  In her spare time, Susan nurtures her family and walks the talk!

Susan’s Honors research focused on the treatment of infertility using pre-conception health promotion with natural medicines.  Results were presented at the NHMRC Congress in 2002.

Susan’s PhD thesis focused on women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and the use of herbal medicine, nutritional supplements and lifestyle changes to treat menstrual irregularity, high androgen’s, insulin imbalance, polycystic ovaries, weight loss, emotional health and well-being.  Her doctoral study was supervised by Professor Caroline Smith, Professor Alan Bensoussan and Professor Jason Abbott with whom she has worked with at Alana Healthcare for Women since 2008.  Having experience working with medical specialists, Susan is an integrative complementary practitioner.

In 2017 Susan joined NICM as an Adjunct Research Fellow in 2017 specialising in women’s health and infertility, and until recently was the Head of Naturopathy at Endeavour College of Natural Health.

It is Susan’s mission to support and educate people rather than just treat them.  In her spare time, Susan nurtures her family and walks the talk!

Journal Articles

  • Arentz, S., Smith, C., Abbott, J., Fahey, P., Cheema, B. and Bensoussan, A. (2017), ‘Combined lifestyle and herbal medicine in overweight women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) : a randomized controlled trial’, Phytotherapy Research, vol 31, no 9 , pp 1330 – 1340.
  • Arentz, S., Smith, C., Abbott, J. and Bensoussan, A. (2017), ‘Nutritional supplements and herbal medicines for women with polycystic ovary syndrome : a systematic review and meta-analysis’, BMC Complementary Alternative Medicine, vol 17 .
  • Hunter, J., Arentz, S. and Deed, G. (2017), ‘Protocol for a rapid evidence review of traditional and complementary medicine for people with diabetes receiving palliative or end-of-life care’, Hospice and Palliative Medicine International Journal, vol 1, no 7 .
  • Arentz, S., Smith, C., Abbott, J., Fahey, P., Cheema, B. and Bensoussan, A. (2017), ‘Randomized controlled trial of combined lifestyle and herbal medicine in women with polycystic ovary syndrome’, Human Reproduction, vol 32, no Supplement 1 , pp 31 – 32.
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