Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedGippsland First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Peninsula: Helen Hall Gippsland: TBA


This unit introduces students to the broad range of therapies listed under the umbrella term of 'complementary and alternative medicine '(CAM). Students will have the opportunity to consider the underlying philosophy and reasons why the treatments have become increasingly popular in a contemporary health care setting. Using an evidence based approach, the benefits and risks of the major modalities will be considered. The concept of 'integrative medicine' and the role and responsibilities of health care professionals will also be explored.


On completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history and philosophy of CAM
  • Explore the reasons people integrate CAM into their health care
  • Identify the advantages and challenges of an evidence based approach to CAM
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the major CAM modalities
  • Critically discuss the role of CAM in modern health care
  • Describe the ethical, legal and professional issues when integrating CAM into midwifery/nursing practice


Written assignment (3,000 words) 40%
Poster presentation (group activity) 40%
Quiz 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

4 contact hours per week