Healthy growth, healthy people?
- The value of sales of Australian complementary medicines (CM) has doubled from $2.3 billion to $4.7 billion in just over three years.
- This corresponds to a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 26.9% compared to the 1.7% growth rate of the broader Australian economy.
- Australian consumers spent over $A550 per capita on CM in 2016, which has increased from $A472 over the past five years.
Unhealthy promotion, ineffective regulation?
These and other issues were explored over 3 sessions in October 2017:
- What is a complementary &/or alternative medicine?
- Who uses it, why and what for?
- Regulation: products, promotion, practitioners.
- The review of the private health insurance rebate for natural therapies.
- How do we know if it works: what is evidence?
- Evidence for and against specific products &/or therapies for certain conditions.
- Sources of good information about complementary medicine, and
- Using complementary medicine (and other health care interventions) wisely.
Lecture notes are available: