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

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 7,300 workers Employment Size
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 32.6% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40.8 hours Average full-time
  • 47 years Average age
  • 73.2% female Gender Share

The number of Complementary Health Therapists grew moderately over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 7,300 in 2017 to 8,300 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 3,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Complementary Health Therapists work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: They work in many industries such as Health Care and Social Assistance; Retail Trade; and Education and Training.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (32.6%, fewer than the all jobs average of 68.4%), showing there are many opportunites to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40.8 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 47 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (54.2%).
  • Gender: 73.2% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

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

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Assistance84.8
Retail Trade12.6
Education and Training2.6

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 2017, 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
NSW24.931.6
VIC28.826.2
QLD23.919.7
SA11.86.7
WA4.410.8
TAS1.52.0
NT1.31.1
ACT3.51.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-241.7-9.99.9
25-3417.2-23.623.6
35-4426.9-21.721.7
45-5422.2-20.820.8
55-5916.0-8.88.8
60-646.1-6.06.0
65 and Over9.9-4.04.0

Education Level

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.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Health Industry VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

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

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1199.04 - Naturopathic Physicians.

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