Monash University

Postgraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


Medical acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. Medical acupuncture is the term used to describe the use of various techniques from the ancient art of acupuncture performed by a doctor trained and licensed in Western medicine, but who has also had training in acupuncture as a specialty practice. Such doctors 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.

Contact details

Postgraduate office: telephone +61 3 9902 4495; email or visit

Research Degrees Office: telephone +61 3 9905 4313; email or visit

Relevant courses

2678 Graduate Certificate in Medical Acupuncture