Our team

With over 40 years experience, our Director, Francesca Naish, has chosen the top specialist practitioners in the field to ensure our patients receive premium care across facets of our service.

All our practitioners have extensive academic and practical experience and undertake continued professional development to ensure they are at the forefront in terms of research, knowledge and specialist care. Our practitioners are registered with all professional industry associations such as ATMS, ANTA, and NHAA.

Our team of committed administrative staff ensure your practitioners are free to focus on quality patient care.

Our two senior naturopathic practitioners are Francesca Naish and Jacintha Gunasekera.

Francesca Naish

FNHAA, MANTA, MATMS, DCH
Founder & Director of Natural Fertility Management Pty Ltd

Francesca pioneered the use of clinically effective, safe natural fertility management methods over 40 years ago as a direct result of searching for better ways to manage her own fertility in a climate where reproductive health was increasingly becoming medicalised instead of being viewed as a natural and healthy part of life.

In addition to her work on contraception and general reproductive health, she pioneered the concept and practice of ‘preconception health care’ which is now a term in common use throughout both natural and orthodox approaches to fertility and pregnancy.

Due to the demand for this information, Francesca wrote her first best-selling book Natural Fertility and has since co-authored, with Janette Roberts, a further four books including The Natural Way to Better Babies, Better Pregnancy, Better Birth & Bonding and Better Breastfeeding, with international editions published in several countries.

With her colleague Jane Bennett she has trained many health practitioners nationally and internationally in Natural Fertility Management, and recently published The Complete Guide to Optimum Conception and a comprehensive, instructional menstrual cycle charting app.

Francesca remains at the forefront of the field by engaging in continued research and development of the increasingly popular and critical areas of natural fertility management, preconception health care, reproductive health and all associated health modalities. She continues to practice at The Jocelyn Centre and is a popular lecturer and speaker at colleges, seminars and conferences in Australia and overseas. She also makes appearances on radio, TV and in print media.

Francesca is available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays each week and alternate Saturdays. She is able to offer virtual or telephone consultations* if face to face sessions are not appropriate or available.

She works with couples or singles, for all aspects of reproductive or general health care, with a particular focus on pre-conception health care and all fertility issues, including IVF and donor programs, as well as pregnancy and menopause. Having helped thousands of couples conceive and raise healthy children, she is honoured to now be helping some of those children to conceive their own “better babies”.

*Phone and virtual consultations not available to patients based in the USA/Canada.

Jacintha Gunasekera

BHSc, ND, MNHAA

Jacintha is a University-qualified Naturopath, with a specific focus on natural fertility management and the full spectrum of women’s reproductive wellness. With a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy), Jacintha is an experienced practitioner with a wealth of knowledge across all facets of reproductive health; she has been an integral member of The Jocelyn Centre team since 2002.

Jacintha is also one of the few Australian Certified practitioners of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapies. These techniques aim to support the reproductive health of all women of all ages, including women who are trying to conceive. Jacintha has also received training in advanced techniques specific for women who are undergoing IVF cycles.

Jacintha believes that your fertility is a precious gift, and that your fertility picture is completely individual, with each of us having a unique experience and presentation. With a sensible approach to diet and lifestyle, coupled with an enthusiastic attitude to achieving health and fertility goals, Jac is supportive of all couples, including those with additional challenges such as recurrent miscarriage.

Jacintha is available for phone or virtual consultations* on Mondays, Tuesdays and alternate Saturdays.

Jacintha considers it a privilege to work with couples who are trying to conceive, and has helped countless numbers of them conceive and manage their pregnancies. And, after all that work, she loves meeting those fresh little newborns!

* Phone and virtual consultations not available to patients from USA/Canada

Admin Team

Albion Harrison-Naish – Practice Manager

Anna Gunn – Dispensary Manager

Lisa Newton – Reception