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Acupuncturist

Help treat health and medical conditions through a form of Chinese medicine.

What's it like to be an Acupuncturist?

Acupuncturists practice a form of Chinese medicine where fine metal needles are inserted into a patient’s body at particular points in order to help treat their health or medical conditions.

Acupuncturist

Tasks and duties

  • Taking a detailed history of patients, assessing their health and developing treatment plans.
  • Stimulating certain points in the body by inserting needles. The needles may be turned or wobbled throughout the treatment. Lasers are also sometimes used.
  • Scheduling follow up appointments as necessary, reviewing treatment plans and keeping satisfactory records
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Acupuncture is considered a complementary therapy and is usually used alongside traditional or conventional medicine or treatment. Most Acupuncturists work collaboratively with other allied health practitioners, including Doctors, Naturopaths and Physiotherapists.

Many Acupuncturists are self-employed and provide treatment in a multidisciplinary setting.

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How to become an Acupuncturist


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To become an Acupuncturist in Australia, you’ll usually need to complete a bachelor degree.

  1. Enrol in a Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture) or a Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine). Alternatively, if you hold a bachelor degree in a related field, you may be able to enrol in a Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture).
  2. The Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACM) has a list of courses that have been formally approved by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA). Once you graduate you must apply for registration with CMBA if you wish to use professional titles and practise as a Chinese medicine practitioner in Australia.
  3. To remain accredited with the CMBA you must undertake mandatory continued professional development.
  4. There are many professional opportunities for acupuncturists, such as establishing your own private practice or undertaking further study.

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Latest Acupuncturist reviews

Latest reviews from 2 Acupuncturists surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
TCM is interesting skills , but not exeptited yet
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
I'm self-employed
Specialisation
Nerology spinal colum issue
The good things
ability to work in variety of the sistuations and help patients with different needs
The challenges
standart of the medical system and involvement into treatment with GP and other medical specialist
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May 2021
Acupuncturist
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
It's good to be able to help people to resolve their problems. Being self-employed allows me to set a work schedule that suits my lifestyle.
The challenges
The hardest part of my job role is keeping people motivated. Being self-employed can be challenging when it comes to wanting breaks or if suffering from illness / injury and requiring time off. Locums...
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