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Natural Health Careers: Research

Research is a broad field that encompasses the systematic investigation into the study of a particular topic, in order to assess and establish facts and develop new conclusion in any given field.

The primary objective of a researcher is to explore the significance of a chosen topic to advance new knowledge and developments within the field. Research findings can have impact on a broad range of arenas including academic, social, commercial, political and scientific.

Research projects can be conducted in a variety of ways and in a variety of settings including but not limited to laboratory work, animal studies, experimental studies in humans, and qualitative designs.

Career snapshot

A research career in complementary medicine is vital to the progression of the industry and to enhance the clinical outcomes of patients that utilised complementary health services as their primary health care profession or alongside conventional therapy.  

Research in complementary medicine has the ability to be conducted in a variety of ways including through health sociology, health services research, clinical epidemiology, animal studies and through experimental human trials such as randomised controlled trials. 

Each field can have a significant impact on the development and advancement of clinically relevant knowledge in complementary medicine including identifying bioactivity of compounds used in complementary medicine, comparative studies of treatment or therapy, characteristics of complementary medicine users,  effectiveness of treatment and therapies, safety standards and cost effectiveness of interventions to name a few.

Further education

Endeavour College of Natural Health:

Bachelor of Health Sciences (Specialistion) Honours - available in Acupuncture, Myotherapy, Naturopathy, and Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine

University of Technology, Sydney: Master of Health Services (Research)

University of Queensland: Master of Philosophy (Research)

University of South Australia: Masters by Research

Griffith University: Master of Philosophy


This page was last updated on Thursday 22 September 2016.