The Australian Medical Acupuncture College promotes acupuncture by medical practitioners as a safe, effective and unique modality of treatment within the framework of western medicine to achieve better health outcomes for all Australians. The Australian Medical Acupuncture College (AMAC) was formed in 1973 and now has branches in all states with a membership of over 600 doctors throughout Australia.
The AMAC promotes high standards of professional ethics, competence, conduct, qualifications and achievements among medical acupuncturists.
The State branches run advanced courses in acupuncture for the continuing professional development of medical acupuncturists. The Federal body conducts an AHPRA accredited course which is run over eleven months. This culminates in an examination which leads to AHPRA accreditation to practice medical acupuncture when successfully passed. The Federal body also conducts annually the examination leading to the Fellowship of the Australian Medical Acupuncture College.
In the late 1980’s the AMAC increased its ties with other International Medical Acupuncture groups from the Northern hemisphere. It participated in the International Standardisation of Acupuncture Teaching in the English speaking world and was involved with the preparation of a Core Curriculum for Acupuncture Teaching and International Acupuncture Examinations. The AMAC is involved with other Medical Acupuncture organisations in Canada, New Zealand and United States of America through the Pan Pacific Medical Acupuncture Forum.
The College has been a member of the I.C.M.A.R.T (International Council for Medical Acupuncture and Related Techniques) since 2001, the only umbrella organisation which represents Medical Acupuncture and Related Techniques worldwide. It comprises over 80 Medical Acupuncture associations and colleges worldwide representing over 35,000 doctors practising Medical Acupuncture and related techniques.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC) in 1989 stated in its report on Acupuncture “that there are risks associated with Acupuncture” and that “Registered Medical Practitioners are responsible to ensure proper diagnosis and safe treatment and are able to institute treatments or investigations and deal with complications. Where Medical Practitioners perform acupuncture this duty of care continues to apply”. The AMAC believes that Acupuncture is complementary to Western Medicine and our patients, by seeking treatment from a Medical Acupuncturist, obtain the best treatment from both worlds.