Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Explores the relationship between translational science and clinical practice in naturopathic medicine. Students undertake a critical investigation of traditional knowledge, translational science and evidence-based-practice. This is then applied to a critical appraisal of how it plays out in professional contexts including: clinical practice, pharmacy, manufacturing, research, public health and policy.

Unit content

Topic 1: Naturopathic traditional knowledge and scientific empiricism

Topic 2: Translational science (to translate scientific and traditional knowledge into evidenced-based practice)

Topic 3: Effectively integrating scientific knowledge and tradition in naturopathic practice

Topic 4: Scientific and pseudoscientific critique of naturopathy and other traditional health approaches

Topic 5: Cultural, legal, ethical and global implications in naturopathic practice

Topic 6: Critical appraisal of the influences and implications for professional practice contexts

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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