Acupuncture originated in China and is a treatment that can be traced back thousands of years. The general theory of traditional acupuncture is based on patterns of energy flow through the body that are essential for health. This energy is referred to as Qi or Chi and sometimes Xue (blood). Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for pain and disease. Acupuncture works to correct imbalances of flow, helping to restore health.
Acupuncture Education in Australia
There are various accredited courses in Australia in Traditional Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture. The below is a brief summary of some of the courses available in different states.
Acupuncture Sydney Training
In Sydney courses are offered by the University of Technology, Sydney, and the University of Western Sydney.
The University of Technology Sydney offers a Bachelor of Health Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The course aims to equip students for practice of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
The University of Western Sydney offers a Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a Master of Acupuncture. The first three years of the program result in a Bachelor of Health Science (BHSc) qualification. Students study core common subjects with other BHSc students and allied health students. Traditional Chinese medicine units commence from the second semester of the first year. The Masters program focuses on clinical skills, practical experience and looks at particular areas such as skin disease, gynaecology and the musculoskeletal system.
Acupuncture Melbourne Training
In Melbourne, courses are offered by RMIT University, Endeavour College of Natural Health, Melbourne and Southern School of Natural Therapies.
RMIT University offers a Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture and Chinese Manual Therapy). This course offers theoretical studies and clinical training including a semester of advanced clinical training at the Teaching Hospital of Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China.
Endeavour College of Natural Therapies offers a Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture). This is a four year course, full time and includes subjects in anatomy, biology, biochemistry and pharmacology. There is also a significant clinical component.
The Southern School of Natural Therapies offers a Bachelor of Health Science (Chinese Medicine). The course teaches relevant biological sciences, social sciences and includes research studies. The Chinese Medicine stream includes components of bilateral theory and therapeutics generic to all Chinese Medicine modalities. This is then complemented by streams of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.
Acupuncture Brisbane and Gold Coast Training, Acupuncture Perth and Acupuncture Adelaide Training
In Brisbane, Gold Coast, Perth and Adelaide courses are offered by the Endeavour College of Natural Health.