Chinese Medicine Practitioners treat 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.

Also known as: Oriental Medicine Practitioner.

Specialisations: Chinese Herbalist.

You usually need a bachelor degree in traditional Chinese medicine or health science majoring in traditional Chinese medicine to work as a Chinese Medicine Practitioner.In some states, an advanced diploma may be available.

Tasks

  • Assesses patients to determine the nature of the disorder, illness, problem or need by questioning, examining and observing.
  • Develops and implements treatment plans using techniques and methods such as acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, massage, diet, exercise and breathing therapy.
  • Evaluates and documents patients' progress through treatment plans.
  • Provides dietary and lifestyle advice and guidelines.
  • Prescribes 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

Chinese Medicine Practitioners

  • 1,000 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 51% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 49 years Average age
  • 53% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Chinese Medicine Practitioners (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 680 in 2011 to 1,000 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Chinese Medicine Practitioners work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales and Victoria have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Full-time: Around half work full-time (51%, 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 49 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (62%).
  • Gender: 53% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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 Assistance96.9
Retail Trade1.1
Wholesale Trade0.6
Education and Training0.5
Other Industries0.9

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateChinese Medicine PractitionersAll Jobs Average
NSW40.431.6
VIC38.525.6
QLD9.120.0
SA2.77.0
WA6.810.8
TAS0.82.0
NT0.01.0
ACT1.71.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketChinese Medicine PractitionersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-241.0-9.39.3
25-3412.4-22.922.9
35-4425.0-22.022.0
45-5426.5-21.621.6
55-5913.9-9.09.0
60-6412.3-6.06.0
65 and Over9.0-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, 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 QualificationChinese Medicine PractitionersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate23.7-10.110.1
Bachelor degree61.8-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.6-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV0.3-21.121.1
Year 122.9-18.118.1
Year 110.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.6-12.512.5

You usually need a bachelor degree in traditional Chinese medicine or health science majoring in traditional Chinese medicine to work as a Chinese Medicine Practitioner.In some states, an advanced diploma may be available.

Membership with the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association may be useful.

Thinking about study or training?

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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 Counseling

    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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  1. Contact With Others

    99% Important

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  2. Face-to-Face Discussions

    98% Important

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  3. Telephone

    98% Important

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  4. Frequency of Decision Making

    96% Important

    How often do you make decisions that affect other people?

  5. Electronic Mail

    94% Important

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