How to become a Chinese Medicine Practitioner

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).

Personal requirements of a Chinese Medicine Practitioner

  • Good communication skills
  • Good analytical skills
  • Patient, tactful and compassionate
  • Interest in health and well-being

Education & Training for a Chinese Medicine Practitioner

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. Institutions have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

Additional Information
Before undertaking clinical placements required by courses, students will need to obtain a National Police Certificate, a Provide First Aid Certificate and immunisations, and undergo a Working with Children Check. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. To work as a Chinese medicine practitioner, you must be registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia. In order to gain registration, you must fulfil a variety of registration standards. Contact the board for more information.
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