Table 2

Comparison of three national CAM workforce surveys[9,10,12]
Remedial therapists[9] Naturopaths, Western medical herbalists, acupuncturists[12] Naturopaths, Western medical herbalists[10]
Average age (range) 26-55 years 34-45 years 44 years
Gender 76%: female 74.8%: female 76%: female
Practice location: metropolitan/rural 54%: metropolitan 57%: metropolitan Twice as many metropolitan as rural practices
Type of practice 64%: sole practitioner 59%: sole practices 30%: group practice
18%: group practice 28%: group practice
Length of training (full time equivalent) 41%: one year 42%: four years 6 months – 6 years
37%: two year (7.8%: bachelor degree)
Average number of consultations per week 12 15.7 22.3
Income 91% less than 53% less than
$50 000 per annum $30 000 per annum
Length of time in practice 64%: 1–5 years 39%: 1–5 years Average 6.7 years

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