Wellness Day is your chance to try out acupuncture
There are exciting times ahead for those who choose to enter medical training, says Pieter Watson of the New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine (NZCCM).
“The main thing to understand when choosing an acupuncture qualification at the moment is that the necessary diploma is already the same NZQA level as a bachelors degree.”
The current qualification benchmark for acupuncture is in the ACC legislation as NZQA’s National Diploma Acupuncture, which is Level 7, and has 260 credits, or its equivalent. And all students who achieve the NZCCM Level 7 Diploma in Acupuncture worth 378 credits auto- matically get the NDA, and 500 clinic hours.
“All NZCCM graduates can automatically become ACC-accredited,” Pieter explains. “All our graduates have to do is accept membership of either New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists – NZRA, or New Zealand Acupuncture Standards Authority – NZASA. The NZCCM diploma also meets Immigration NZ requirements, as equivalent to a bachelors degree, partly because a bachelors degree is also Level 7.”
Managing director Stephen Xu says: “We are planning to teach a Level 7 bachelors soon, because the Ministry of Health has decided to regulate acupuncture as a health profession. But until they set up a regulatory board to decide on the benchmark qualification, all students graduating with a bachelors will need it to be recognised as equivalent to the NDA, until the law changes.”
Pieter continues: “NZQA has announced that they will award the NDA until December 2012, even though the Health Ministry Acupuncture Board has not been established yet.
“And there is sure to be a reasonable amount of time for current prac- titioners to upgrade to the bachelors, because they are the industry that the Health Ministry must consult with about any changes anyway.”
NZCCM Wellness Days are a great chance to have a free minitreatment, and to find out more about this health profession. The next Auckland Wellness Day is Saturday, November 15, 1pm to 4.30pm. NZCCM is at Level 1, 321 Great South Rd, Greenlane.
Information, phone 580 2376 or visit www. chinesemedicine.ac.nz.