Fu tu r e p r oofi ng ou r nation’s health
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.
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Recent graduate Mar k, left, with Jessica and Pieter from NZCCM.