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Complement Ther Med. 2002 Mar;10(1):20-6.

Regulation of complementary medicine practitioners in Australia: Chinese medicine as a case example.

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  • 1Policy and Strategic Projects Division, Department of Human Services, Australia.


Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) forms a significant part of the health economy. CAM practices are under increased scrutiny from consumers, clinicians, scientists and regulators. Australian authorities have explored a range of regulatory approaches. This paper outlines initiatives to regulate the practice of CAM in Australia and examines relevant issues with a particular focus on the registration of Chinese medicine practitioners in the State of Victoria.

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