Chinese medicine practitioners treat disorders and illnesses through the application of traditional Chinese medicine practices such as Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture and tui na (remedial massage).
To become a Chinese medicine practitioner you usually have to complete a degree in health science with a major in Chinese medicine. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, biology, chemistry, and earth and environmental science are normally required. A number of institutions in Australia offer degrees in health science with a major in Chinese medicine. Institutions have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.
Chinese medicine practitioners may perform the following tasks:
Most Chinese medicine practitioners work in private practice, but some join other healthcare professionals in multidisciplinary centres. Some may also work in research or operate as consultants. Employment opportunities depend on the level of community awareness and acceptance of alternative healthcare practices.
An acupuncturist treats disorders and illnesses by inserting fine, sterile needles into specific points on the skin to stimulate the body's defence mechanisms.