The Australian Medical Acupuncture College Course Part 1

Course Cost: $8,250.00


Registrations for the Australian Medical Acupuncture Collage Part 1 2018 course is now closed, you can use the ‘register your interest form’ on our homepage to be placed on the wait list for the 2019 Course.



The Australian Medical Acupuncture College Course has an integrated system of teaching that incorporates hands-on clinical sessions into a structured course of face-to-face workshops, online lectures and mentorship. The content combines up-to-date knowledge of evidence-based medicine and neurophysiology with Traditional Chinese Medicine concepts. The course aims to teach both the art and the science of practising medical acupuncture within a modern medical framework. The highest scientific evidence (level 1) for acupuncture is now well established for a variety of common medical, pain and musculoskeletal conditions. This training program is designed for qualified and registered medical and dental clinicians who wish to include acupuncture as a treatment modality in their clinical work.


Pre-requisite requirements prior to enrollment to The Australian Medical Acupuncture College Part 1 Course:

  1. Completion of medical course (MBBS, MBCHB, MD) and specialist/ General Practice qualification, or advanced GP registrars.

           OR completion of undergraduate dental course or postgraduate dental 

           course (BDSC).

  1. Currently actively practising chosen medical specialty or general practice / dental specialty.
  2. Current medical/ dental registration with AHPRA.


The Australian Medical Acupuncture College Course Part 1 Curriculum provides the framework for the essential knowledge in medical acupuncture to enable practitioners to achieve certification standards for practice in Australia.

The duration of the program is designed for graduates to acquire the theoretical learning and supervised clinical practice to perform independently and safely as medical acupuncturists.
Course hours

270 hours over 1 year or 2 years
• Formal lectures and Webinars – 60 hours (structured learning)
• Self-directed learning, assignments and case studies – 180 hours (15 hours/month)
• Mentorship – 30 hours

The AMAC Part 1 Course runs from February to end of October and consists of a number of modules in the form of Face-to-Face workshops, Webinars and Mentorship. The Course should ideally be completed in one year but it can be taken over two years.

There are two compulsory weekend workshops (in February and May) in the following states: Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. 

Mentorship implies attendance of acupuncture practical sessions at the mentor’s clinic.

Please note that any traveling will be at your expense and is not included in the registration fee.


The Topics / Modules:

1.       History of Acupuncture in Australia, Medicare and AHPRA requirements for medical acupuncturists

2.       Scientific Evidence for Medical Acupuncture

3.       The Neurophysiology of Pain and Acupuncture

4.       Safety and Precautions in the Practice of Acupuncture

5.       Anatomy of Acupuncture Meridians

6.       Acupuncture Techniques & Modalities

7.       Fundamental TCM Principles

8.       Acupuncture Treatment Principles

9.       Musculoskeletal conditions / Pain conditions

10.   Clinical Case Discussions

AMAC Course Part 1 examination

is currently conducted once a year and consists of:

  • Mid-year Written Examination on acupuncture points (10% of final mark)
  • Medical Acupuncture Clinical Examination (pass/fail)
  • End of the year Written Examination (3 hours)

Candidates will be required to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the meridian systems and point locations, knowledge of relevant anatomical areas, neurophysiological explanation of acupuncture therapeutics, essentials of Traditional Chinese Medicine Theories and general safety requirements and precautions.


Graduate Outcomes

Graduates of the AMAC Course Part 1 will be building on their training as medical and dental practitioners with all pre-existing knowledge, skills and professional standards. This Course will add the requisite post-graduate knowledge specific for medical acupuncture.

After completion of the AMAC Course Part 1 it is expected that the medical acupuncturist will:

  • Apply acupuncture as the evidence based treatment option for numerous acute, chronic and pain conditions in everyday practice.
  • Recognize the limitations of both medical practice and medical acupuncture in treatment of various medical conditions.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and professional qualities necessary for independent medical / dental acupuncture practice.
  • Implement the appropriate medical diagnostic and treatment procedures in decision making and discussing options of treatment with patient using biopsychosocial model of integrated care.
  • Carry out acupuncture treatment for appropriate indications in a safe and effective manner.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the neurophysiological principles in patients presenting with painful conditions.
  • Recognise the potential complications of acupuncture treatment and their 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 and how they can be applied to medical practice.
  • Apply a comprehensive knowledge of specific acupuncture points and the meridians systems for treatment of various medical conditions.
  • Contribute to the improvement and standardization of professional medical acupuncture training and practice.


If you have any enquiries or want to register your interest, please contact Lisa Williams.