0619 Complementary Therapies
The complementary therapies work alongside conventional medical treatment to
treat and prevent disease and physical injuries. Complementary therapies use
traditional and natural remedies, which can include herbal, mineral, vitamin,
homeopathic and nutritional supplements.
Different specialisations include naturopathy, acupuncture, homeopathy,
traditional Chinese medicine, osteopathy and remedial massage.
Students studying in this field will develop skills in diagnosing health
problems and prescribing natural remedies, as well as providing advice and
information on natural treatment options.
Students can choose to complete a bachelor of health science, majoring in
naturopathy, acupuncture or Chinese medicine. A bachelor of homeopathy is also
For students wishing to study in the vocational sector, there are many
courses across these fields. Many institutions across Australia offer courses
ranging from certificate to advanced diploma level. Courses can be undertaken
with most TAFE institutes, although there are a large number of private
providers which offer relevant courses.
Postgraduate students may come from a general health sciences degree and wish
to specialise, or simply broaden their expertise in a particular area.
The complementary therapies is a growing career field. Many people turn to
complementary therapies instead of traditional medicine for help after
sustaining injuries in accidents, physical injuries such as back pain. Many
people see the complementary therapies as a more ‘holistic’ form of
Use our Search function to find a list of Australian institutions offering
qualifications in this field.