Projects Chronic IllnessPrimary CarePublic & Preventative Health

Review of Medical Acupuncture in Australia

Projects Chronic IllnessPrimary CarePublic & Preventative Health

Review of Medical Acupuncture in Australia

Projects Chronic IllnessPrimary CarePublic & Preventative Health

Review of Medical Acupuncture in Australia

  • Services

    Evaluation & Advisory

  • Status

    Current

  • Client

    Australian Medical Acupuncture College

  • Jurisdiction

    Aus

Each year over half a million medical acupuncture services are funded under the Medical Benefits Schedule

The Australian Medical Acupuncture College (AMAC) promotes the use of medical 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. AMAC also provides training for medical and dental clinicians, resulting in their accreditation to practice medical acupuncture – over 600 doctors are AMAC members.

AHA undertook two research projects on behalf of AMAC:

  • Literature reviewAHA assessed the scientific validity of acupuncture for the treatment of acute and chronic pain in the low back, neck, shoulder and knee, and neurological conditions (headache and migraine).

Findings:  A diverse range of evidence is available to support the use of medical acupuncture in the treatment of the these conditions.  Its use for these conditions has been endorsed by the World Health Organisation, Cochrane reviews, individual studies and systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

  • Economic and health benefitsAHA assessed the economic and overall healthcare benefits accruing from the use of medical acupuncture in general practice in Australia, based on evidence found in the literature.

Findings: Medical acupuncture provides a relatively inexpensive and safe treatment option when compared to conventional treatments in Australia.

Medical acupuncture provides a relatively inexpensive and safe treatment option when compared to conventional treatments in Australia.