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  • Some people use complementary medicine as well as conventional medical care.
  • Some complementary medicine therapies, such as osteopathy and yoga, are now widely used in Australia.
  • Complementary therapies vary in their nature, style and results. Some therapies have no scientific proof that they work. Some therapies work for some conditions, but not others. 
  • A Medicare rebate is available on some complementary health practitioner visits. 
  • When looking for a complementary health practitioner, ask your doctor for a recommendation and let them know about any complementary medicine therapies you are using.

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Reviewed on: 18-09-2015