Who We Are
A Different Approach
Visionary Health first started in 1999 as an idea of local Newcastle pharmacist, Roch Shamley. Roch thought that people needed to have access to natural therapists, and their knowledge, free of charge.
After 2 years, Roch invited fellow Novocastrian pharmacist, Alan Malouf, to join him at Visionary Health. Roch and Alan owned a pharmacy just across the road, but saw that customers’ future health would be best served by a different approach. This meant as well as having a herbal dispensary, they would open a pharmacological compounding laboratory at Visionary Health to be able to make customised medicines.
Times have changed at Visionary Health, Alan has mostly retired but still comes in one day a week to share his amazing knowledge with customers and staff. Roch is no longer associated with Visionary Health but we thank him for his contribution to our store.
We still follow the principles that Visionary Health was based on and currently have naturopaths, medical herbalists, pharmacists and lab technicians on our staff, all ready to help you in whichever way they can, free of charge. Please drop in, phone us, or email us to talk about how we can help you optimise your health.
What we Do
Sourcing Only the Highest Quality Ingredients & Products
At Visionary Health, we believe that you can only achieve your optimum health if we use premium quality ingredients in our preparations. It is a priority of ours to source those ingredients from reputable suppliers. Our main compounding laboratory ingredient supplier is PCCA (Professional Compounding Chemists of Australia). As part of their rigorous quality testing, PCCA ingredients undergo 14 checks and analyses on each chemical lot as it comes in to stock. If those ingredients pass this rigorous testing, they are repacked at their TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) approved facility where they are then distributed to pharmacies.
Our herbal dispensary is stocked with over 180 different herbal extracts. We have 2 main suppliers, one is Medi Herb, the other is Optimal Rx. Medi Herb is an Australian company renowned for producing herbal extracts of the highest quality. As part of their quality commitment, Medi Herb carefully sources and rigorously tests all raw materials in TGA-certified laboratories before production continues. These processes ensure consistent quality extracts with active constituents guaranteed at minimum levels. Because of Medi Herb’s specialised knowledge and experience in phyto-chemistry, they can remove risk of mis-identification of raw materials, variability, contamination and adulteration, therefore producing a superior product.
Optimal Rx is a 100% Australian owned and managed company. Their liquid herbal extracts are manufactured from the finest raw materials which are authenticated by independent botanists. A significant proportion of raw material is sourced from New Zealand and the remainder from international growers. The company places a strong emphasis on sustainability and environmental issues when sourcing raw herbal materials. Optimal Rx herbal liquids are manufactured by PhytoMed in New Zealand in a TGA/cGMP (cGMP-certified Good Manufacturing Practice) facility using proven traditional methods, state of the art equipment and extensive experience. Optimal Rx uses Southern Cross University Phytotherapy Laboratory to independently test a selection of their herbal extracts. These measures ensure a consistent and outstanding quality product.