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Natural Health Careers: Complementary Medicine

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) refers to natural health modalities, practices and theories used in the maintenance of health as well as the prevention, diagnosis, improvement or treatment of illness.

CAM disciplines take a holistic view of illness and wellness and encompass therapeutic approaches that address the needs of the mind, body and spirit.

Endeavour's Bachelor of Complementary Medicine is a non-practitioner degree which 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.

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Graduates of the Bachelor of Complementary Medicine could work in the allied sectors of the natural medicine industry in the following roles:

  • Quality Assurance
  • Marketing and promotions
  • Company representative
  • Health adviser
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Policy development
  • Product development
  • Operations and manufacturing
  • Research and academia
  • 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
  • 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
  • General business management

This page was last updated on Friday 23 September 2016.