Acupuncturists are registered healthcare practitioners who are professionally trained to manage and treat a range of health conditions and to enhance wellbeing.
Patients range from infants to the elderly.
By using the ancient art and science of acupuncture, a practitioner uses a range of interventions.
Usually this involves the insertion of fine, sterile acupuncture needles into specific sites (acupuncture points) on the body.
The purpose is to stimulate normal body function and correct dysfunction and to regulate the flow of qi (or energy, pronounced chee) in the body’s meridians. The practitioner may also stimulate the acupuncture points using other methods, including moxibustion, cupping, laser therapy, electro-stimulation and massage, in order to re-establish the flow of qi.
Acupuncture is a natural form of healing that provides a holistic approach to the treatment of disease and illness, linking body, mind and emotions.
Acupuncture can treat a range of conditions, including (but not limited to) neurological conditions, cardiovascular disorders, respiratory conditions, digestive system disorders, urogenital disorders and gynaecological and obstetric disorders.
A career as an acupuncturist is rewarding for individuals who are passionate about health. If you are patient, tactful and compassionate, and have good problem solving skills and the willingness to engage in life-long learning, then a career as acupuncturist may be the right choice for you.
Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association
The Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd (AACMA) is the leading national professional association of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine practitioners. AACMA has more than 2200 members, consisting of qualified practitioners and student members. High standards of education and practice are maintained by AACMA accredited practitioners due to the profession's determination to provide excellence in acupuncture and TCM health care.
AACMA members are bound to a high standard of ethical and professional conduct through adherence to our national practitioner accreditation standards, Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
Student Membership is open (free) to students enrolled in accredited Chinese medicine courses and enables students to keep abreast of trends in the profession and other issues of importance. Student Members also enjoy other benefits and concessions which the Association may negotiate from time to time.
The Chinese medicine profession joined the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for the Health Professions on 1 July 2012. This is the same scheme that regulates medical practitioners, physiotherapists, chiropractors, dentists, nurses and midwives etc. Chinese medicine practitioners must now be registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA) in order to offer acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine services to the public. Membership of AACMA provides an additional layer of protection for the public and a range for support for practitioners in maintaining and developing their professional standards and meeting their obligation under the national law.
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