The Australian Medical Acupuncture College (AMAC) Course is a dynamic system of learning acupuncture skills incorporating evidence based scientific medical knowledge, integrated with the foundations of the Traditional Chinese Medicine principles.
The AMAC Course training program is designed for qualified and registered medical and dental clinicians and aims to teach both the science, and the art, of the practical skills needed for using acupuncture as a treatment modality within modern medical practice and therefore offering the best treatment options to patients; the course is designed for graduates to acquire the theoretical learning and supervised clinical practice to perform independently and safely as Medical Acupuncturists.
- Course Prerequisites
- Course Topics
- Course Structure
- Course Hours
- Course Assessments
- Other Information
- Completion of Medical Course (MBBS, MBCHB, MD) and
- FRACGP / FARGP / FACRRM, or
- Other medical specialty training program, or
- Vocational registration as a General Practitioner
- Completion of undergraduate or postgraduate dental course (BDSC); AND
- Currently actively practicing chosen medical / dental specialty; AND
- Current unconditional medical / dental registration with AHPRA
Include pain and neurophysiology, Traditional Chinese Medicine concepts, microsystems, acupuncture diagnostics and formulation of acupuncture treatments, practical skills of acupuncture techniques, including needle and laser acupuncture. For more details, please refer to the AMAC Part 1 Course Curriculum.
The Part 1 Course is delivered in a blended format of online learning management system, online webinars, face to face workshops, and clinical mentorship.
For more details, please refer to the AMAC Part 1 Course Timetable.
The Part 1 Course runs from February to October and consists of the following:
- Formal Lectures and Webinars – 60 hours (structured learning – Mondays or Tuesdays 8.30pm EST)
- Self-directed Learning, Assignments and Case Studies – approx. 20 hours/month Please Note: The AMAC Online Learning platform is windows based so you will need access to Microsoft Word
- Mentorship – 25 hours N.B. ‘Mentorship’ implies attendance of acupuncture practical sessions at the mentor’s clinic. Please be aware that any traveling will be at your expense and is not included in the registration fee. A list of Approved Mentors will be provided. Currently, there is one mentor available in each of the following states – Tasmania and Western Australia, other states have numerous mentors available. Ideally, students will have mentoring from at least 3 different mentors where available.
- THREE Practical Teaching Weekend Workshops – which are all compulsory – these can be attended multiple times, and in any state. The current dates (subject to change) for each state are as follows:
- First Workshop – March: * 11-12 March in New South Wales and Queensland * 18-19 March in South Australia and Tasmania * 25-26 March in Victoria and Western Australia
- Second Workshop and Mid-Year Examination – June: * 03-04 June in New South Wales * 24-25 June in Queensland and Victoria * 17-18 June in South Australia, Tasmania, and Western Australia * Please Note: A group mentoring session may be held in each state the Friday afternoon/evening before the second workshop (attendance is optional at the mentoring session and will count towards your 25hours of Mentoring)
- Third Workshop – September: * 02-03 September in New South Wales *16-17 September in Queensland and Tasmania * 9-10 September in South Australia and Western Australia * 23-24 September in Victoria
There are 3 types of assessment in this course, as follows:
- Assignments – there are 7 spread through the academic year
- Written assessments – there are two: a mid-year exam in June, and a final written exam at the end of October.
- Clinical assessments – consisting of completion of Mentoring Points Checklist and Mentoring Cases Log AND the clinical exam.
For more details, please refer to the AMAC Part 1 Course Assessment guide.
- The Topics / Modules
- History of Acupuncture in Australia, Medicare and AHPRA requirements for medical acupuncturists
- Scientific Evidence for Medical Acupuncture
- The Neurophysiology of Pain and Acupuncture
- Anatomy of Acupuncture Meridians
- Safety and Precautions in the Practice of Acupuncture
- Acupuncture Techniques & Modalities
- Fundamental TCM Principles
- Acupuncture Treatment Principles
- Acupuncture for Pain and Musculoskeletal conditions
- Clinical Case Discussions
- AMAC Course Part 1 examination
Students have to fulfil all the requirements before they can sit the final written examination:
- attendance of the three mandatory face to face weekend workshops
- satisfactory completion of all assignments
- satisfactory completion of mid-year examination
- satisfactory completion of clinical mentoring
- Graduate Outcomes
- Apply acupuncture as the evidence based treatment option for numerous chronic and pain conditions in everyday practice.
- Demonstrate understanding of the neurophysiological principles in patients presenting with painful conditions.
- Recognize the limitations of both medical practice and medical acupuncture in treatment of various medical conditions.
- Implement the appropriate medical diagnostic and treatment procedures in decision making and discussing options of treatment with patient using biopsychosocial model of integrated care.
- Apply the precautions in the use of acupuncture and potential mild to serious complications and their acute management.
- Develop appropriate skills for application of acupuncture needles and low level laser stimulation to acupuncture points.
- Demonstrate understanding of the fundamental Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles.
- Differentiate specific acupuncture points and the meridians systems and how they can be applied to various medical conditions.
- Contribute to the improvement and standardization of professional medical acupuncture training and practice.
- Implement the Medicare and AHPRA requirements for medical acupuncture in clinical