Complementary Health Therapists treat patients with physical, mental, spiritual and emotional needs by considering the whole person rather than focusing on specific symptoms and by using various therapies, techniques and practices.

A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually needed to work in this job. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks

  • assessing patients to determine the nature of the disorder, illness, problem or need by questioning, examining and observing
  • developing and implementing treatment plans using applications such as acupuncture, homoeopathic and herbal medicine, and dance, drama, hypnotic and music therapies
  • evaluating and documenting patients' progress through treatment plans
  • providing dietary and lifestyle advice and guidelines
  • prescribing natural medicines, such as herbal, mineral and animal extracts, to stimulate the body's capacity for self-healing

Job Titles

  • Acupuncturist
  • Homoeopath
  • Naturopath
  • Chinese, Traditional Chinese or, Oriental Medicine Practitioner
  • Other Complementary Health Therapists
  • Acupuncturist

    Treats disorders and illnesses by stimulating the body's defence mechanisms through inserting fine needles into the skin. Registration or licensing may be required.

  • Homoeopath

    Treats the body's immune and defence systems by assessing the whole person and using minute amounts of natural remedies made from substances such as plants, minerals and animal sources. Registration or licensing may be required.

  • Naturopath

    Treats internal health problems, metabolic disorders and imbalances through treatment of the whole person using natural therapies. Registration or licensing may be required.

  • Chinese, Traditional Chinese or, Oriental Medicine Practitioner

    Treats imbalances of energy flows through the body by assessing the whole person and using techniques and methods such as acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, massage, diet, exercise and breathing therapy. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Chinese Herbalist

  • Other Complementary Health Therapists

    Includes Dance Therapist, Drama Therapist, Hypnotherapist, Music Therapist, Play Therapist

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    strong
  • Skill Level

    Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Employment Size

    7300
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    28.9%
  • Female Share

    71.1%
  • Full-Time Share

    53.5%

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This is a small occupation employing 7,300 workers. The number of workers has grown moderately over the past 5 years.
Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to grow strongly to 8,300. Around 3,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, New South Wales has a large share of Complementary Health Therapists.
  • They mainly work in: Health Care and Social Assistance; Retail Trade; and Manufacturing.
  • Part-time work is fairly common, but more than half work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 37.2 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • The workforce is fairly mature. The average age is 48 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 5 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • Around 7 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20077300
20088200
20097300
20108500
20118700
20126900
20136000
20145800
20157200
20166500
20177300
20228300

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Hours

Full-Time and Part-Time Status (% Share) and Average Weekly Hours (Full-Time)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryComplementary Health TherapistsAll Jobs Average
Full-time53.568.4
Part-time46.531.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)37.240

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance83.9
Retail Trade12.9
Manufacturing1.9
Other Services1.2
Other Industries0.1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateComplementary Health TherapistsAll Jobs Average
NSW47.531.8
VIC19.525.5
QLD7.119.8
SA7.96.8
WA13.911.2
TAS42
NT01.1
ACT01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketComplementary Health TherapistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190-5.45.4
20-242.8-9.99.9
25-3418.9-23.423.4
35-4424.3-21.721.7
45-5421.7-21.121.1
55-5917.8-8.78.7
60-647.7-5.95.9
65 and Over6.9-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryComplementary Health TherapistsCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males28.9Males53.6
Females71.1Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationComplementary Health TherapistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree71.7-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma28.3-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV0-18.918.9
Year 120-18.718.7
Years 11 & 100-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually needed to work in this job. Registration or licensing may be required.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Complementary Health Therapists who are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team, with the ability to communicate with a diverse range of people.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Medicine and Dentistry

    99% Important

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

  2. Psychology

    94% Important

    Human behaviour and performance; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioural and affective disorders.

  3. Therapy and Counseling

    90% Important

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  4. Biology

    85% Important

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  5. Customer and Personal Service

    81% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Assisting and Caring for Others

    97% Important

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support to people such as co-workers, customers, or patients.

  2. Getting Information

    96% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  3. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    90% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  4. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

    90% Important

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  5. Documenting/Recording Information

    90% Important

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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