The inclusion of complementary medicine in Australian nursing and midwifery courses : a survey pre-test

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Complementary medicine (CM) is a health service that is highly accessed by the public and evidence of the prevalence of CM use has grown over the last two decades. CM use by the choice of individuals under the care of conventional healthcare professionals, such as midwives and nurses, is increasing due to the general acceptance of CM use. Existing competency standards underpin the accreditation process for nurses and midwives and ensure these practicing professionals can better navigate patient choices and understand the implications of their patients accessing a variety of health services. These standards allude to the need for nurses and midwives to be familiar with and able to competently practice in a healthcare landscape that is characterised by high CM use. Despite this, there has been insufficient study of conventional healthcare courses (CHC) in nursing and midwifery or of key decision-makers in nursing and midwifery teaching programs to explore the current inclusion of CM in course offerings. This study aimed to develop a quantitative tool to investigate CM content inclusion in Australian nursing and midwifery courses, to be mapped.
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