Complementary Health Therapist

Complementary Health Therapists are different from most health professionals. They treat every person as a whole as opposed to isolating their symptoms and focusing on treating those issues. Complementary Health Therapists see to the physical, emotional, spiritual and mental well-being of their patients so the whole person feels batter and healthier.

Duties and tasks

  • Advise patients of dietary and fitness needs for better health
  • Assess and examine patients
  • Develop high quality treatment programs
  • Document patients progress, stability or decline in health
  • Educate patients about the body's ability to heal itself
  • Provide natural healing remedies

Skills required

  • Ability to assess patients conditions honestly
  • Analytical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Complete understanding of alternative medicine treatments
  • Concern for others
  • Good communication skills
  • Good reading comprehension and math skills
  • Knowledge of natural medicine and healing techniques
  • Passion for helping people become healthy
  • Understanding of the rules of science

Working conditions

Complementary Health Therapists provide services to patients in private practice offices, medical centres and hospitals. They deal with patients who can be scared, upset or in severe pain, so the job can be very stressful. Although Complementary Health Therapists must truly care for their patients, they must never get personally involved as this can cause the therapist to over diagnose problems.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association 

Australian Homeopathic Association 

Australian Natural Therapists Association 

Australian Osteopathic Association 

The Australian Natural Therapists Association Limited (ANTA) 

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