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Description

A traditional Chinese medicine practitioner practices a form of traditional complementary medicine (CM).  They are trained to diagnose and treat a range of conditions. Treatments may include acupuncture, herbal medicine, remedial massage, exercise and breathing therapy, and diet and lifestyle advice.Chinese medicine practitioners must be registered under the national registration and accreditation scheme with the AHPRA Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.

Learn more about Chinese herbal medicine   and    Learn more about acupuncture

Services provided

  • Diagnosis and treatment
  • Injury prevention
  • Pain relief
  • Physical therapy
  • Health advice
  • Health-related information
  • Nutrition advice
  • Preparation and dispensing of Chinese medicine

Eligibility

Appointments can be made directly without a referral.

Costs

The cost of traditional Chinese medicine varies depending on the treatment. Contact the clinic before you attend if you are unsure of the cost.

Medicare
Most Traditional Chinese Medicine is not covered by Medicare. However, acupuncture is covered by Medicare if your acupuncturist is also a general practitioner.

Private health funds
Traditional Chinese Medicine is covered by some private health funds but your coverage will depend on your insurance policy.

Profile

Sector

Complementary medicine

Regulation

Commonwealth Government

Registration

Compulsory registration through Chinese Medicine Board of Australia

Minimum qualifications

Bachelor degree or equivalent

Tip

  • Traditional Chinese medicine includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, remedial massage, exercise and breathing therapy, and diet and lifestyle advice.

Important

  • Always consult your doctor before starting complementary medicine and never stop taking your conventional medicine or alter the dose without the knowledge and approval of your doctor.
  • About 3 million Australians visit Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners every year.

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