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The Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SITCM) has a forty-year history of providing traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) education. It was established by TCM practitioners in 1984 as the “NSW College of Natural Therapy”, and was initially based in the Sydney suburb of Balmain. The current trading name was registered in 1989 to reflect SITCM’s primary purpose.

SITCM’s expertise in delivering Chinese medicine education deepened over the years. It delivered the Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine between 1996 and 2003, followed by the Advanced Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ADTCM) between 2004 and 2014. For much of that period, the institute was located in Sydney’s Inner West suburb of Leichhardt. 

SITCM began delivering its flagship Bachelor of TCM degree in the same year that Chinese medicine became a nationally regulated health profession – 2012. The Chinese Medicine Board of Australia has been granting full accreditation to SITCM’s Bachelor program ever since the Board was established.

The SITCM campus is now located in the heart of Sydney’s Chinatown district. The institute remains fully owned by registered TCM practitioners. Their passion for Chinese medicine guides SITCM’s Mission, Vision and Values.

SITCM’s former location in Leichhardt. Photo taken in 2005.