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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Area of Study

Managing facultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences


Medical acupuncture is a different approach to medical care. A method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning, acupuncture is an ancient art with many approaches. Medical acupuncture is the term used to describe acupuncture performed by a doctor trained and licensed in Western medicine, but who has also had training in acupuncture as a specialty practice. Such a doctor can use either approach or a combination of both as the need arises. Large numbers of general practice patients have chronic complaints, often exacerbated by drug management; medical acupuncture is an alternative method of care that frequently helps the chronically ill patient.

Suitable for general practitioners, this area of study explores the interlocking role of acupuncture with modern medical care and provides the necessary tools to develop non-pharmacological pain management strategies and promote self-appraisal of drug prescribing/referral patterns for patients with pain. Knowledge and skills gained, in addition to the practical guidance provided, equip general practitioners to practise medical acupuncture with confidence in appropriate clinical conditions.


For the schedule of units required to complete a given course in this area of study, refer to the Handbook entry for the relevant course.

Relevant Courses

2678 Graduate Certificate in Medical Acupuncture