Lullaby Health

About Us

We’re who you’ve been looking for all this time.

Lullaby Health sets a new standard of care in alternative medicine.
Our medical specialists have extensive experience and are recognised leaders in their respective fields.

Our GP’s have a special interest in alternative medicine for many different ailments and are dedicated to finding a solution to their patients problems.

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Lullaby Health offers wrap-around care

We help you access a better way

Lullaby Health offers wrap-around care, enabling you to support your health by accessing alrternative medicine under the guidance of highly skilled doctors. 

We offer discreet and speedy dispensing of medication together with continuing care. 

Our doctors and clinical advisors

Doctors have different areas of expertise depending on the specialty they chose to pursue after gaining their medical degree.

Lullaby Health is unique because we offer care from both GPs and medical specialists, just as the broader health system does. That means you receive treatment from a highly trained professional who understands your condition and how plant medicine may help you.

We also provide ongoing support as you adjust to alternative treatments. We know that questions will come up – and our clinical advisors and help desk are on hand to answer them and provide any guidance you need.

Medical specialists

Specialist doctors who have developed their expertise in a particular area of medicine and then developed additional skills to support their patients with plant medicine.

GPs

General practitioners (GPs) who have undertaken additional training in prescribing alternative medicine to a wide range of patients.

Clinical advisors

While our clinical advisors are not doctors, they are skilled in providing timely, well-informed, empathetic advice to patients embarking on alternative medicine. This is done whilst liaising with the patient’s Lullaby doctor.

Our doctors and clinical advisors provide an exceptionally high standard of care with timely access and ongoing support.

Our Medical Specialists

Dr Dev Banerjee
Dr Dev Banerjee

MBChB BSc Hons MD FRCP (UK) FRACP

Sleep medicine specialist

Dr Dev Banerjee is a Sleep Physician with over 20 years of experience.

  • Medical director at Lullaby Health
  • Prior roles include: 
    • Sleep Physician with Service Lead in Birmingham UK
    • St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney
    • Woolcock Institute, University of Sydney. 

Dr Banerjee has been an Authorised Prescriber for alternative medicine since August 2020 (NIIM approved).

Dr Katie Banerjee
Dr Katie Banerjee

MBChB, MSc, MRCPCH (UK), FAFRM

Specialist paediatrician

Dr Katie Banerjee has over 25 years of experience in the field of paediatrics. 

  • Working in the Brain Injury Unit in Kids Rehab at the Children’s Hospital, Westmead (one of only 3 specialist centres in the State, where she has now worked for 10 years)
  • Prior roles include: 
    • Consultant in Paediatric Neurodisability in the UK
    • Limb and Musculoskeletal Services. 

At Lullaby Health, Dr Banerjee uses her extensive skills to assess and prescribe alternative medicine in a careful and controlled manner, complementing care from your child’s usual paediatrician. 

She is a member of:

  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (London)
  • Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine 
  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Barney The Therapist Dog
Barney
Companion Dog

Barney has been working with Lullaby Health since 2021 and specialises in providing comfort, companionship and emotional support to children, adults and their families.
Born in Bathurst with 5 siblings, he is proud to be Australian, providing support for Australians with special needs. He has a particular interest in supporting children and adults and providing them with hugs and cuddles

Our GPs

Dr Deepti Vanza
Dr Deepti Vanza

Dr Deepti Vanza graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in the USA. She moved to Australia in 2007 and completed her hospital training at Bendigo Base Hospital in Victoria and St George and St Vincent’s Hospitals in Sydney.

She has completed her Masters in Public Health from UNSW as well as her Diploma in Child Health and she has a special interest in women’s health.

Dr-Geoffrey-Smith
Dr Geoffrey Smyth

Dr Geoffrey Smyth graduated from Queens University in Belfast in 1999 and completed his hospital training in 2006. He achieved his Fellowship of the Royal College of GPs with Merit in 2007. Since then he has worked as a GP in Northern Ireland, South East Queensland and the Central Coast.

Dr Geoff has a particular interest in aged care and helping our seniors’ community, attending several aged care facilities on the Central Coast.

Sheeba De
Dr Sheeba De

Dr Sheeba De is a highly motivated and experienced General Practitioner with over 15 years of experience in Australia . She has a special interest in women’s and children’s health, and enjoys practicing holistic preventive care with a personal touch.

Dr. De completed her comprehensive General Practice training in the UK, where she earned a Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners, a Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and a Diploma of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare. She then moved to Australia in 2008, where she obtained a Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. She is currently practicing in Sydney, Australia.

Dr. De is also passionate about education and will soon be an accredited training supervisor with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

She is fluent in English and Hindi.

Outside of work, Dr. De enjoys watching her kids’ sports matches and taking long walks with her dog.

Dr Barbara is a highly experienced doctor. Born in Poland, she moved to Australia in 1979. Originally trained as a general surgeon, Dr Barbara changed specialties and qualified as a psychiatrist in 1999.

Before joining Lullaby Health, Dr Barbara was the Chief Medical Officer in Psychiatry at Westmead Hospital with other roles at St John of God and South Pacific Private.

Dr Barbara is a big believer in holistic medicine, which she now practices as a Practitioner at Lullaby Health.

Beyond work, Dr Barbara is a very busy mother and grandmother who enjoys walks on the beach, loves to dance and likes to paint.

Dr Barbara
Dr Barbara

Pricing

GPsMedical specialists

$150

per appointment

$300–$375

per appointment (Medicare rebate means that the out-of-pocket fee is around $120).

(Medicare rebate means that the out-of-pocket fee is around $120)

If you have any questions or concerns about your alternative medicine treatment, please call 1300 459 310 and speak to one of our clinical advisors today.

Everything you and your doctor need to know about plant medicine
Everything you and your doctor need to know about alternative medicine
Alternative medicine is still relatively new in Australia meaning that you (and your doctor) may have questions about it.  Lullaby Health’s doctors are highly experienced prescribers of alternative medicine. Here, we answer some of the most common questions we’re asked about it.   

Is it legal? 

Yes. In 2016, Australia legalised the use of alternative medicine on prescription.   

Can any doctor prescribe alternative medicine? 

Yes…but it’s a little more complicated than prescribing other medications.  Only a couple of alternative medicine drugs are included in Australia’s register of therapeutic goods. That means most alternative medicine is currently classed as an ‘unapproved therapeutic good’ and doctors need special permission to prescribe it.  They can do this in two ways: 
  • Applying to the Special Access Scheme for each patient they treat
  • Becoming an Authorised Prescriber, meaning they have received permission to treat patients as they see fit and don’t need permission for each individual patient (Lullaby Health doctors are authorised prescribers). 
 

Can’t I just buy some online? 

We understand the temptation but no.   Firstly, self-diagnosis is problematic. Your doctor is trained to assess your condition, consider all the available treatments and recommend a way forward that meets your needs and your broader situation (such as your job requirements). In rushing to diagnose yourself and obtain the treatment you think best, you may easily miss something.  Secondly, as you’ll be ordering from overseas, your package must go through customs – who are authorised to seize it as it can only be imported by licensed doctors, not consumers. You’ll probably just lose the money you’ve paid.   

How is it different from street versions? 

In so many ways. All medicines – including alternative medicine – are highly regulated and subject to strict quality controls. That’s vital to ensure consistency and stability so that each dose is the same.  None of those safeguards exists for street versions. They may be contaminated by pesticides, fertilisers or heavy metals found in soil and they may vary considerably in their strength, which may cause more intense effects than you anticipated.   

What might alternative medicine help with? 

Alternative medicine aims to complement the mainstream care you’re receiving for your health needs.  Mainstream treatment tends to have a stronger evidence base and a longer history of clinical use, giving us greater confidence in its effectiveness. However, some patients may find that they’re still battling troublesome symptoms or that the mainstream treatment itself causes unpleasant side effects.  This is where alternative medicine may play a role. It may help to alleviate some of the symptoms that still trouble you, such as sleep difficulties or nausea.   

How does alternative medicine work? 

Alternative medicine interacts with a vast network of chemical signals and cellular receptors densely packed throughout your brain and body. This network helps to regulate many important aspects of your life, such as your appetite, temperature or alertness, for example.  The active ingredients in alternative medicine bind to some of those receptors, influencing aspects such as pain or sleep.  

How do you take alternative medicine? 

While street versions are usually smoked, legal alternative medicine is often taken by mouth in the form of oils, pills or dried flower products.    

What’s the difference between CBD and THC? 

CBD and THC are the two most common active ingredients in alternative medicine. THC is the chemical that gets people high. CBD does not cause intoxication.  

How pricey is it? 

The vast majority of alternative medicine products have not been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration and so are not covered by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).  If you have private health insurance, your fund may cover your treatment but may set an annual limit or a maximum rebate per prescription.  So, yes, you’re likely to have some out-of–pocket costs for your treatment. At Lullaby Health, we explain your likely costs before you decide to proceed with treatments so that you can make an informed financial decision.   

Are there any side effects? 

All medicines have side effects that some patients may experience. Common side effects of alternative medicine include:
  • Fatigue
  • Vertigo
  • Nausea 
  • Fever
  • Changes to appetite
  • Dry mouth
  • Diarrhoea. 
In addition, THC may cause:
  • Convulsions
  • Highs and lows
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations or delusions
  • Psychosis
  • Thinking things that aren’t true (cognitive distortions). 
 

What about driving? 

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation states that, if your medicine contains only CBD, you can legally drive – as long as your ability to drive is not affected. That introduces a grey area so it’s important to be aware of the laws in your state. It is illegal to drive with any amount of THC in your system. THC is intoxicating.  It can impair your driving ability and create a sense of being high. In fact, even if you don’t feel high (CBD can moderate that), you can still be impaired Be aware that THC can stay in your system for a long time. THC can be detected in your saliva for 6 hours-3 days after use and in your blood or urine for up to a month.   

How can Lullaby Health help? 

At Lullaby Health, we aim to help you find a solution for the difficulties you face. Unlike many other clinics, we offer a high level of ongoing support as you adjust to alternative medicine.  With us, you have access to experienced doctors who can help you understand how alternative medicine works and how it may help you. Our goal is not simply to dash off a prescription but to help you find a way through the difficulties you’re facing.  Please contact us to find out more.    Disclaimer Lullaby Health is not promoting the use of medical cannabis. Medical cannabis does affect every person differently, due to factors such as size, weight, health, dosage, tolerance, and age. Medical cannabis might not work for you, and you might experience side effects. Information provided by Lullaby Health is for educational and informational purposes only. For medical advice, please refer to your doctor. Medical cannabis in Australia is regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration and details about cannabis as a scheduled drug can be found on their website.

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