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 considered essential for health.

A commonly practiced form of acupuncture is Traditional Chinese Acupuncture involving needles inserted in Chinese Acupuncture points. Other forms include Trigger Point Acupuncture and Electro Acupuncture.

Growth of Acupuncture in Australia

The practice of acupuncture has enjoyed considerable growth in Australia in recent years.

ABS data shows that between 1996 and 2006,Acupuncture In Australia Articles the number of acupuncture practitioners more than doubled in Australia.

According to the National Health Survey, 90,600 people visited acupuncturists in 2004-05.

While females comprised half the population in 2004-05, they accounted for 62% of people who had visited a complementary health therapist (which included Acupuncturists).

Acupuncture practitioners are said to be concentrated in major centres including Acupuncture Sydney, Acupuncture Melbourne and Acupuncture Brisbane practitioners.

Registration of Acupuncturists

The Chinese medicine profession (acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine practitioners) has now been approved for inclusion in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for the Health Professions from 1 July 2012.

Previous registration was generally conducted through registration Boards, established partly with Government funding.

Industry bodies representing acupuncturists in Australia include the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd (AACMA), the Acupuncture Association of Australia and the Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA).

These industry bodies conduct training or industry events Australia wide, including Acupuncture Sydney, Acupuncture Melbourne and Acupuncture Brisbane related events.

Training in Acupuncture

There are various university and other courses teaching acupuncture in Australia. These include Acupuncture Sydney courses (eg University of Western Sydney), Acupuncture Melbourne courses (eg RMIT) and Acupuncture Brisbane and Gold Coast courses (these are not university courses).

Undergraduate university courses are generally 4 year (full time) courses and often also involve a broader study of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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