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 formal qualification in rehabilitation therapies, behavioural science or another related field is needed to work as a Complementary Health Therapist. University and VET (Vocational Education and Training) are both common study pathways for Complementary Health Therapists.

    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

    All Complementary Health Therapists

    • Unavailable Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 7,200 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 37% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 47 years Average age
    • 72% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Complementary Health Therapists (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 7,200 in 2018 to 8,000 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 3,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 600 a year).

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Complementary Health Therapists work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Retail Trade; and Education and Training.
    • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (37%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 47 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (57%).
    • Gender: 72% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20088200
    20097300
    20108500
    20118700
    20126900
    20136200
    20145700
    20157200
    20167000
    20176500
    20187200
    20238000

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Health Care and Social Assistance86.1
    Retail Trade7.3
    Education and Training1.7
    Other Services1.4
    Other Industries3.5

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateComplementary Health TherapistsAll Jobs Average
    NSW33.931.6
    VIC26.925.6
    QLD22.020.0
    SA5.57.0
    WA8.510.8
    TAS1.42.0
    NT0.51.0
    ACT1.31.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketComplementary Health TherapistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-241.0-9.39.3
    25-3414.2-22.922.9
    35-4427.9-22.022.0
    45-5426.8-21.621.6
    55-5911.7-9.09.0
    60-6410.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over8.0-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). 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 Certificate17.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree49.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma27.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV2.1-21.121.1
    Year 122.4-18.118.1
    Year 110.1-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.6-12.512.5

    A formal qualification in rehabilitation therapies, behavioural science or another related field is needed to work as a Complementary Health Therapist. University and VET (Vocational Education and Training) are both common study pathways for Complementary Health Therapists.

    Thinking about study or training?

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

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    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
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    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.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Psychology

      81% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

    2. Medicine and dentistry

      80% Skill level

      Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

    3. Therapy and counselling

      80% Skill level

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

    4. Biology

      71% Skill level

      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

      67% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Contact with people

      99% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    2. Face-to-face discussions

      98% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    3. Telephone

      98% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    4. Frequent decision making

      96% Important

      Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

    5. Electronic mail

      94% Important

      Use electronic mail.

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