Courses & Units

Evidence-Based Complementary Medicine CSA512




Until recently, the phrases 'evidence-based medicine' and 'complementary and alternative medicine' were considered to be contradictory. However, perceptions of the role of evidence-based medicine in complementary and alternative medicine have shifted as the use of complementary medicines has continued to increase and become more closely integrated with 'mainstream' healthcare - in part due to the significant expansion in CAM's research base that has occurred over that past decade. Evidence-based complementary medicine will explore the principles of evidence-based medicine, and how these principles can be applied to evaluate the range of complementary and alternative medicines and therapies that are commonly utilised in Western nations.

You will be introduced to the concept of evidence-based medicine and develop the skills necessary to find and use the best evidence to answer clinical questions related to the use of complementary and alternative medicines. You will develop skills in asking clinical questions, searching for answers, discriminating good from poor information and research and using the answers to make clinical decisions. In this unit, the focus will be on applying these skills to complementary and alternative medicines.


Unit name Evidence-Based Complementary Medicine
Unit code CSA512
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Pharmacy

Teaching staff

Dr J Hawrelak

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,354.00 060501

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  • Appropriate Bachelor Degree


Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:


Teaching Pattern

This unit is taught by distance. Online activities and weekly reading materials will be provided via MyLO. Students will communicate with the coordinator via email and potentially discussion forums.


Assignment 1 (2,000 words, 30%), Assignment 2 (2,500 words, 40%), Assignment 3 (2,000 words, 30%)

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Hoffmann  T, Bennett,  Del Mar  C (eds).  Evidence-based  Practice: Across  the  Health Professions,  (3rd ed). Elsevier.2017.


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