Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

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Complementary Medicine Programs at CSU

There has been quite bit of discussion recently about Complementary Medicine programs being offered by universities in Australia and overseas.  Some groups are arguing that universities should not offer these courses, because they are not scientific or evidence-based.  Charles Sturt University is keen to recognise these concerns and to highlight the difference between our program and perhaps the courses offered by other universities.

CSU does NOT teach homeopathy, iridology, reflexology or any other subjects that are not based on experimental evidence.

CSU's Bachelor of Health Science (Complementary Medicine) is designed for people with a background in complementary medicine to gain  advanced level knowledge in health sciences. You'll see from the list of subjects that our students are taught high-level, science-based health and medical subjects, often alongside students from other science or health programs.  This course is not designed to teach student to become complementary medicine practitioners, so there are no subjects which teach ineffectual or dangerous modalities.

Given the demand for complementary health services by the public, and the growth of providers in the community-some good, some not so good, CSU's approach is highly responsible, with at least our graduates emerging with appropriate training in science and evidence-based health service provision.

The health science subjects are drawn from a range of disciplines areas, providing students with a an understanding of biomedical science, health science and studies in law and ethics applicable to those already working in the area. Students are also provided with extensive training in how to evaluate evidence and read medical/scientific literature to ensure that they have the knowledge and skills to assess the information to which they are exposed from a variety of sources.  Staff at CSU also do research in complementary medicines in an effort to determine whether there is any evidence base of some practices and to provide a better understanding of why people use complementary medicines and alternative treatments.