Diploma opens doors for grad­u­ates

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

Stu­dents from the New Zealand Col­lege of Chi­nese Medicine treat a lot of in­ter­est­ing pa­tients.

Aca­demic prin­ci­pal Jes­sica Li Feng says they are of­ten sur­prised by how quickly they get re­sults, de­spite hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced the heal­ing power of acupunc­ture or seen it in their fam­ily.

Jes­sica says, “The Min­istry of Health and also of Ed­u­ca­tion both recog­nise acupunc­ture as a health pro­fes­sion.

“Our stu­dents will grad­u­ate as pri­mary health care pro­fes­sion­als, bring­ing acupunc­tur­ists into line with phys­io­ther­a­pists and chi­ro­prac­tors, once the reg­u­la­tory board has been fi­nalised.”

Based on cen­turies of ob­ser­va­tion and re­search, acupunc­ture can help with prob­lems like long-term pain or other trauma, re­cov­ery af­ter stroke, hy­per­ten­sion, di­a­betes, obe­sity, asthma, fa­tigue, de­pres­sion and oth­ers.

It takes just three years to grad­u­ate with the unique col­lege diploma in acupunc­ture. The level 7 qual­i­fi­ca­tion fo­cuses on the mod­ern ap­pli­ca­tion of tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine, and is the same NZQA level as a bach­e­lor’s de­gree.

Jes­sica says: “NZCCM has close re­la­tion­ships with many uni­ver­si­ties in China, and of­fers New Zealan­ders full un­der­stand­ing of how to im­prove health us­ing the flow of Qi through the chan­nels and points of the hu­man body.”

The col­lege also has strong re­la­tion­ships with rel­e­vant pro­fes­sional as­so­ci­a­tions in New Zealand, and its grad­u­ates cur­rently qual­ify as ACC-ac­cred­ited prac­ti­tion­ers as soon as they join the New Zealand Reg­is­ter of Acupunc­tur­ists, or the New Zealand Acupunc­ture Stan­dards Au­thor­ity. Both as­so­ci­a­tions need ev­i­dence of 500 hours su­per­vised clinic treat­ment, which the col­lege diploma in­cludes, as well as the na­tional diploma in acupunc­ture (NDA).

The col­lege is hold­ing a Well­ness Day on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 18. This free event of­fers in­for­ma­tion about treat­ment and train­ing, and se­nior stu­dents will be there to of­fer free treat­ment to new­com­ers, fully su­per­vised by a tu­tor. The col­lege will be open from 1pm to 4.30pm.

The New Zealand Col­lege of Chi­nese Medicine is lo­cated on Level 1, 321 Great South Rd, Green­lane. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able from 580-2376 or www.chi­nesemedicine.

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