U3A Melbourne City Short Course – Complementary Medicine: Exploring the Issues

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.

From: Complementary Medicines Industry Audit 2017

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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:

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About Dr Ken Harvey

Public Health Physician, Medical activitist
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