Clinician guidelines on patient complementary medicine use


Following consultations in September 2013, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has developed two web pages with the aim of promoting awareness among clinicians of the importance of discussing complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use with their patients. These are:

1. Talking with your Patients about Complementary Medicine - a Resource for Clinicians (opens in a new window) provides a pdf document with information on CAM use and regulation in Australia. It also includes prompts for having a conversation with a patient on considering evidence, effectiveness and potential risks of CAM use.

2. Time to Talk - Ask Your Patients About Their Use of Complementary Health Practices (opens in a new window) This page provides information to assist clinicians in  discussing CAM use with their patients and provides access to a free toolkit.

NICM's submission can be reviewed at: Complementary and Alternative Medicine Resource for Clinicians (PDF, 657.41 KB) (opens in a new window)