Fu tu r e p r oofi ng ou r na­tion’s health

Central Leader - - Education & Training -

Stu­dents need to know noth­ing of Chi­nese phi­los­o­phy or medicine to be­gin acupunc­ture traini n g, a n d c a n s t i l l b e c o m e es­tab­lished acupunc­tur­ists within three years.

Pi­eter Wat­son, na­tional man­ager of the New Zealand Col­lege of Chi­nese Medicine (NZCCM), com­ments: “Most of our grad­u­ates start with noth­ing but determination and go into busi­ness as soon as they leave, like re­cent grad­u­ate Mark.

“There are more and more op­por­tu­ni­ties open­ing, and we ex­pect to see an in­creas­ing pro­fes­sion­al­ism, with acupunc­tur­ists work­ing in hos­pi­tals af­ter acupunc­ture is reg­u­lated,” Pi­eter says.

The Min­is­ter of Health has re­cently an­nounced that acupunc­tur­ists will be­come been recog­nised as health pro­fes­sion­als, ac­knowl­edg­ing the in­creas­ing role acupunc­ture’s tremendous heal­ing power is ex­pected to play in the com­mu­nity.

Acupunc­tur­ists will join phys­io­ther­a­pists as pri­mary health care pro­fes­sion­als once the reg­u­la­tory board has been fi nalised.

Pi­eter Wat­son ex­plains that acupunc­ture has been the West’s fa- vourite al­ter­na­tive medicine for a long time.

“Acupunc­ture’s record for treat­ing things that con­ven­tional medicine won’t touch is leg­endary around the world, and for a wide range of con­di­tions,” he adds.

Be­com­ing a ful­lyfl edged acupunc­tur­ist takes just three years at NZCCM who of­fer a unique qual­ifi cation, the NZCCM Diploma in Acupunc­ture, fo­cus­ing on Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Medicine.

As a level 7 qual­ifi - cation, it is the same NZQA level as a bach­e­lors de­gree, and NZCCM is also de­vel­op­ing a bach­e­lors de­gree ap­proved by NZQA.

“NZCCM is aligned with many Chi­nese Uni­ver­si­ties, and NZCCM is con­stantly im­prov­ing its fa­cil­i­ties to of­fer New Zealan­ders the an­cient wis­dom of TCM, based a s i t i s o n t h e flo w o f ch i through the chan­nels and points of the hu­man body,” says Pi­eter.

NZCCM stu­dents can au­to­mat­i­cally be­come ACC-ac­cred­ited prac­ti­tion­ers be­cause the NZCCM Diploma in­cludes su­per­vised 500 clinic hours, and the Na­tional Diploma in Acupunc­ture (NDA).

Two pro­fes­sional as­so­ci­a­tions grant mem­ber­ship to NZCCM grad­u­ates on ap­pli­ca­tion: The New Zealand Reg­is­ter of Acupunc­tur­ists, or the New Zealand Acupunc­ture Stan­dards Au­thor­ity.

Vis­i­tors are al­ways wel­come at a Well­ness Day which NZCCM hold ev­ery third Satur­day of the month, which is a free event. In­for­ma­tion about cour­ses is avail­able from aca­demic staff, while se­nior stu­dents can of­fer free treat­ment to vis­i­tors, su­per­vised by a tu­tor.

The next Well­ness Day is this Satur­day Septem­ber 20 from 1.00-4.30 pm. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able by phone at 580 2376, or at the NZCCM web­site www. chi­nesemedicine.ac.nz

NZCCM is lo­cated on Level 1, 321 Great South Rd, Green­lane.

R e a dy fo r bus i n e s s :

Re­cent grad­u­ate Mar k, left, with Jes­sica and Pi­eter from NZCCM.

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