Well­ness Day is your chance to try out acupunc­ture

Central Leader - - Education & Training -

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.

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