Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; 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 course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleGradCertMedAcup
Total credit points required24
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

School of Primary Healthcare: telephone +61 3 99024495; email or visit

Course coordinator

Dr Paul Ghaie


  • This course is not available to international students who are holders of an Australian student visa, for study onshore in Australia. However holders of some other categories of Australian visas living in Australia, and students studying off-campus by distance learning (where this option is available) and living outside of Australia, may be eligible for this course.
  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Part-time study only.
  • Attendance at two compulsory weekend workshops is required


This course is designed for general practitioners to provide an understanding of medical acupuncture, both historically and philosophically. The knowledge and skills gained from the course, in addition to the practical guidance provided, should enable general practitioners to practice medical acupuncture with confidence with their own patients in appropriate clinical conditions.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • understand the history and philosophy of acupuncture
  • demonstrate an understanding of its interlocking role in modern medical care
  • explain the mechanisms of action of acupuncture in scientific terms
  • demonstrate how to include a diagnosis relevant for acupuncture treatment within the standard western medicine model of care
  • utilise medical acupuncture safely and confidently as an integral part of medical care in general practice
  • develop non-pharmacological pain management strategies and promote self-appraisal of drug prescribing and referral patterns for patients with pain
  • use and appraise validated outcome measurements following acupuncture treatment, and audit results to improve individual clinical practice


Assessment is by coursework participation, assignments, as well as satisfactory completion of clinical supervision.

In addition to this, attendance, participation and case presentation at two compulsory weekend workshops is required. A pass of the nationally-accredited examination (AMAC, Part 1 exam) is required in order to be able to practice medical acupuncture.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited with the Joint Consultative Committee on Medical Acupuncture (a tripartite committee with representatives from the Australian Medical Acupuncture College (AMAC), The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).


This course consists of four core units.

Areas of study


Students must complete:

  • CMA4001 History and philosophy: Channels and points
  • CMA4002 Modern physiology: Physiology and assessment of pain
  • CMA4003 Acupuncture techniques and therapeutics
  • CMA4004 Clinical practice


Graduate Certificate in Medical Acupuncture