Talking with your patients about complementary medicine: a resource for clinicians

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (Aus)
Publication date:
01 May 2014


The information contained in this resource is for clinicians including medical practitioners, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and allied health professionals. The resource is intended to help clinicians to have collaborative and patient-centred discussions about complementary medicine (CM) use. It provides ideas about:

  • initiating a conversation about complementary medicine use
  • discussing evidence and the effectiveness of complementary medicine
  • discussing the potential risks of complementary medicine use

The document also includes background information on the use and regulation of complementary medicine in Australia, and provides additional sources of referral for clinicians and their patients.