Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery


Dr Helen Hall


Not offered in 2016


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.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

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


Written assignment (3,000 words) (50%)
Oral presentation with summary handout (Group activity) (40%)
Workshop participation (10%)

Workload requirements

Attendance at 4 x 1/2 day workshops, plus online activities and self-directed learning.

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