Complementary Medicine in Australia is a fast growing industry providing new health services and occupational opportunities to significant numbers of Australians every year. Australian statistics are reflective of a worldwide trend to significant growth in the use of Complementary Medicine either replacing or working in conjunction with Western medicine.
Australians turn to complementary medicine to deal with chronic health problems, treat symptoms, or stay healthy. Statistics show that 2 in 3 Australians use Complementary Medicine. In Australia almost 4 times more is spent on complementary medicine (in out of pocket expenses) than pharmaceuticals.