Allied Health

Bachelor of Complementary Medicine

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The Bachelor of Complementary Medicine provides students with a broad perspective on the scope of this dynamic field in the overall context of public health, ethics, research, health promotion and health behaviour. 

The course exposes students to a wide variety of natural medicine streams to develop a sophisticated understanding of multiple disciplines in this rapidly growing sector. A range of electives enables students to gain knowledge in specific natural medicine professions and may lead to interest in further study to become a practitioner.

The course is designed for students who are interested in the field as a whole and not in studying to become a practitioner. While providing a comprehensive grounding and foundation knowledge across natural medicine modalities, the course requires around half of the contact hours required of a clinical degree program. It is well suited to those who wish to gain a familiarity with the field, while learning some useful approaches they may implement in their own lives, and gain knowledge that will be useful in employment in the field of natural health.

Career Opportunities

This course will prepare students for employment in a variety of fields including public health, public administration, health administration and social work. A broad knowledge of complementary medicine will be useful in these fields as healthcare and public policy increasingly recognise and support the integration complementary and conventional medicine. This integration is supported at an international level by the World Health Organisation (WHO) through its evolving Traditional Medicine Strategy since 2002.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Complementary medicine may gain work in the allied sectors of the natural medicine industry as:

  • Patient services coordinator in a multidisciplinary clinic
  • Managers or receptionists in multidisciplinary clinics or health retreats
  • Clinic assistant/facilitator in behavioural change support programs (e.g. cardiac wellness)
  • Policy advisor/writer at any level of government (health and lifestyle areas)
  • Health store owners/operators
  • Product sales representatives for natural products companies
  • Customer service representative for health fund extras cover
  • Administration in a health-related not-for profit/charity organisation
  • Complementary medicine program administrator in aged care
  • Health and lifestyle adviser in fitness centres
  • Retail and pharmacy assistants (particularly in natural health stores)

Depending on your previous skills and qualifications, outcomes could also include:

  • Integrative health adviser within a conventional medicine setting
  • Complementary health nurses in specialist settings (e.g.oncology, aged care, hospice)
  • Health and lifestyle journalist
  • Health coaching
  • Natural health product marketing consultant

Why study a Bachelor of Complementary Medicine?

"I enrolled in a Bachelor of Complementary Health in 2009 to build on what I had learned through my Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy. I found the degree gave me more credibility in the industry, opened up employment opportunities and gave me a more accepted position in the healthcare community, particularly when liaising with doctors and specialists about the health of my clients. The Bachelor of Complementary Health was particularly helpful in sharpening my research skills and helping me identify the most credible data supporting natural therapies."

- Mercedes Diverio
  Naturopathy practitioner, lecturer and owner of Sydney Iridology

"I upgraded to a Bachelor of Complementary Medicine from a Diploma of Naturopathy and found it widened up my career options and helped me appeal to a broader market within the health and wellness industry. Since graduating in 2011 I have taken a General Manager role with a supplements business and am using my learnings to create a range of wholesome convenient foods for consumers. The Bachelor of Complementary Medicine has armed me with an advanced understanding of the physiology of the body which ensures I am seen as a credible source when speaking with buyers to sell our products, presenting to councils and participating in trade missions."

- Zoe Devine
  General Manager of wholesale supplements clinic Pure Wellness

*Testimonials are from students who have studied a Bachelor of Complementary Medicine at previous institutions.


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