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About SITCM

About SITCM

The Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SITCM) has been producing industry-ready practitioners in Traditional Chinese Medicine in Australia since 1984.

The Institute was established to promote the growth and development of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) within our community and the health profession by providing accredited courses of the highest standards.

Amongst the TCM courses we offer, our Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine course is approved by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA) for practitioner registration in all three divisions: Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Chinese Herbal Dispensing. Our highly qualified teaching staff, many of them enjoying widespread recognition as leaders in their field, thrive on the challenge of providing scholarly education services that are evidence-based, academically rigorous and integrative of theory and practice.

SITCM Profile

Legal Entity

Sydney Institute of Health Sciences Pty Ltd is incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth). Sydney Institute of Health Sciences Pty Ltd is registered to trade as Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SITCM). The ABN for SITCM is 30 100 578 836.

SITCM is registered with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) as an approved higher education provider (PRV12177), the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) as a registered training organisation, and is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) to offer certain courses to international students in Australia on a student visa (CRICOS Provider Code 01768K).

 

Courses of Study

Higher Education

SITCM offers a Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (BTCM) which is accredited by TEQSA and approved by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA) for practitioner registration in all three divisions: Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Dispensing, and Chinese Herbal Medicine. The BTCM (CRICOS Course Code: 077676G) is authorised to be offered to international students in Australian on a student visa.

Further information about the accreditation status of the BTCM can be accessed here:

The BTCM is accredited by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and graduates are eligible for professional registration in all three divisions: Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Dispensing, and Chinese Herbal Medicine.

 

Vocational Education and Training

SITCM offers the following vocational education and training (VET) courses:

 

Recognition in the Australian Qualifications Framework

SITCM’s courses of study lead to qualifications that are recognised within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and are recognised throughout Australia.

 

Qualification AQF Level
HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy 4
HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage 5
HLT52115 Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Remedial Massage 5
Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine 7

 

Financial Standing

Core financial information about SITCM is made available for students seeking to undertake a course of study at SITCM.

View the Statement of Financial Standing

 

Indicative Estimated Student Enrolments

In 2017, SITCM saw over 200 students enrolled in its courses.

Course of Study Enrolment
HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy 0
HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage 41
HLT52115 Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Remedial Massage 21
Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine 154
Total Enrolment 216

SITCM Campus

SITCM Campus

The SITCM Campus is located at 25-29 Dixon Street, Haymarket (Levels 5, 6 and 7).

 

Campus Facilities

SITCM Campus houses the following teaching and learning infrastructure to ensure that students achieve the expected learning outcomes of their course of study:

  • Lecture Room on Level 5 and on Level 6
  • A dedicated Acupuncture Practice Room
  • A dedicated Herbal Processing Room
  • Student Recreation Room
  • SITCM Teaching Clinic
  • SITCM Library

Mission of SITCM

The Mission of SITCM is to educate and unlock the power of TCM through the delivery of high quality accredited education.

The Mission of SITCM is realised through the following goals:

  1. Provide accredited education courses in traditional Chinese medicine
  2. Inculcate and maintain high professional standards within the Institute and amongst staff and students
  3. Create a supportive learning and teaching environment that is conducive to free intellectual enquiry and scholarly endeavour
  4. Graduate industry-ready TCM practitioners who value continuing professional development and are prepared to contribute meaningfully to the TCM community of practice
  5. Enhance the involvement of the broader community through the promotion of TCM as a valid complimentary form of medical treatment
  6. Promote, support and contribute to TCM research and the publication of research outcomes.

Governance & Management

Governance

Board of Directors

Sydney Institute of Health Sciences trading as Sydney Traditional Chinese Medicine (SITCM) is governed by a Board of Directors which oversees the control and management of the operations of SITCM. The Board of Directors ensures that SITCM fulfils its responsibilities as detailed in its Mission and Goals and continues to meet its obligations and responsibilities as a higher education provider.

The Board of Directors comprises the following members:

  • Chairman: Professor Emeritus Basil Roufogalis
  • Ms Shirley Li
  • Mr Robert Horder
  • Mr Gregory Williams

Academic Board

The Academic Board is the governance body that oversees the academic and educational direction and operations of SITCM. The Academic Board ensures excellence in teaching and learning through academic quality assurance, free intellectual enquiry and integrity, and scholarship and professional development. The Academic Board monitors academic policies and procedures and appoints standing committees to assist in the efficient operation of academic matters.

The Academic Board comprises the following members:

  • Associate Professor Chun Guang Li
  • Dr Hui Chen
  • Ms Maria Deligiannis
  • Mr Warren Wilson
  • Dr J. Kevin Yin
  • Ms Jian Jiang
  • Mr Tieguang Gu
  • Mr Fraser Cobham

Two standing committees inform the Academic Board. They are the:

  • Course Advisory Committee
  • Teaching and Learning Committee

 

Management

Executive Management Group

The Executive Management Group is appointed by the Board of Directors to exercise an executive decision-making and coordination role in relation to the Institute’s business. The Executive Management Group implements policies and procedures to enable the efficient management and coordination of the Institute’s business. The Executive Management Group implements the Strategic Plan and Risk Management Plan to ensure that SITCM maintains a quality assured teaching and learning environment for all stakeholders.

The Executive Management Group is responsible for ensuring that SITCM meets its obligations and responsibilities as a NVR registered training organisation (within the meaning of the NVETR Act).

The Executive Management Group comprises the following members:

  • Chairman and CEO: Mr Yifan Yang
  • Dean: Ms Jian Jiang
  • Associate Dean: Mr Tieguang Gu
  • Finance Manager: Ms Jasmine Li
  • Quality Assurance Officer: Mr Amon Broughton
  • WHS Officer: Mr Kenny Liang
  • Registrar: Ms Karen Soo

Organisational Structure

View  the SITCM Organisational Structure

History of SITCM

Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SITCM) has a thirty-year history of providing traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) education and continues to contribute significantly to the development of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) education in Australia.

SITCM was established in 1984 as the “NSW College of Natural Therapy”. The current trading name was registered in 1989 to provide a more direct and clear reference to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) education and to reflect SITCM’ primary purpose. The first formal TCM education program delivered by SITCM was the Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine between 1996 and 2003 and the Advanced Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ADTCM) between 2004 and 2014.

With the widening recognition of TCM in Australia and the demand for quality education in this discipline, SITCM developed and successfully obtained accreditation for a Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine in December 2011. The BTCM program commenced in February 2012. The program is a four-year undergraduate degree and the course’s learning outcomes appropriately align with Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) criteria for Level 7 (Bachelor) qualifications and with the Chinese medicine accreditation standards established by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.

TCM - Zhong Yi

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM; Zhong Yi) is a coherent health care system of clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment based on Chinese medical theory and practice. It consists of Chinese Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture, TCM Remedial Massage (An Mo Tui Na), as well as dietary therapy, and various exercise therapies.

TCM is based on the ideologies of health and disease which were developed in China over thousands of years and codified in modem China. It is the result of clinical observations and experiences, which have been critically appraised, formulated and re-formulated time and again, over centuries of investigation by scholarly physicians. TCM is a system of thought and practice grounded in theories including Yin-Yang and Five Elements philosophy concepts; the theory of Qi, Blood and Body Fluids; the theories of Zang-Fu organs and Channels, flavours and natures of herbs.

TCM recognises that the human body is an integrated entity of connected channels and organ systems and that health stems from physical and emotional equilibrium and that illness only occurs when the body is unable to maintain its normal state of balance. Consequently, the TCM diagnostic system uses Syndrome Identification methodology to classify illness according to the nature of underlying imbalance and treats them using a holistic approach.

Traditional Chinese medicine is well-established in China, Korea, Japan and much of South East Asia. In Western societies, TCM is gaining acceptance by the general public, governments and the medical profession. In Australia, the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA), the Australian Natural Therapies Association (ANTA), the Australian Traditional Medicine Association (ATMS), the NSW Association of Chinese Medicine (NSWACM) and the Australian Traditional Chinese Medicine Association (ATCMA) guide and regulate the profession. Many Australian private health funds recognise TCM and provide rebates for a range of treatments.

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Last Updated: 2018-07-19
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