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TCM Practice 3 (Acupuncture Microsystems)

TCM Practice 3 (Acupuncture Microsystems)

By: SITCM-Kenny

January 1, 1970


General Information
Duration 1 semester (14 teaching weeks)
Level Year 3, Semester 6
Unit Weighting Unit Credit Points: 10 credit points
Total Course Credit Points: 340 credit points
Student Workload Number of timetabled hours per week: Hours/fortnight = 4
Number of personal study hours per week: Personal study hours/week = 6
Total workload hours per week:6-10
Prerequisites ACU207 TCM Practice 1 (Acupuncture Techniques) ; CHM303 TCM Practice2 ( HerbalDispensary)
Academic Details
Description TCM Practice 3 (Acupuncture Microsystems) involves the study of the history, theory, and the strengths and limitations of commonly used acupuncture Microsystems including ear and scalp, Ankylo-capsular and abdominal acupuncture. The focus of this study will be the theoretical basis, location of points, and clinical application of ear and scalp acupuncture in the management of diseases and on applying TCM diagnosis methods, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treatment knowledge and skills into clinical practice. Together with a practitioner, students will be involved in assessing the patient, formulating a diagnosis, locating and needing the points, and responding to patient inquiries. Infection control, safety and risk management, the importance of a commitment to the appropriate reporting of adverse events and the implementation of appropriate first aid measures when a patient displays an adverse reaction to treatment, and to ensure prompt transfer to medical services where necessary will be emphasized. Culturally sensitive points will be discussed in appreciation of the Australian healthcare context. The desire to achieve excellence in the practice of acupuncture and to contribute to improving both the quality of life of patients and the wellbeing of the community and the environment will be a key feature in the teaching and learning of this unit.

Students are in level 3 clinical practice. It provides students with the practice of all aspects of patient care including acupuncture and Chinese herbal dispensary under the supervision and guidance of an approved supervision. During Level 3, students gain experience in acupuncture Microsystems and herbal dispensary in a supervised TCM clinic. They start to treat various internal and gynaecological conditions using Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture techniques under supervision.

Learning outcomes Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:

a.    Critically evaluate the history, the theoretical basis, and the strengths and limitations of acupuncture micro-systems including ear and scalp, Ankylo-capsular and abdominal acupuncture, and other advanced acupuncture techniques.

b.    Describe issues related to safety and risk management, culturally sensitive points in the application of Acupuncture Microsystems within the Australian healthcare context.

c.    Describe and demonstrate the procedures involved in the hygienic handling of needles and treatment of surfaces, disposal of sharps and other waste following an acupuncture treatment

d.    Describe the main functions, clinical indications and contraindications of the points combinations

e.    Demonstrate competency in locating ear and scalp acupuncture points and zones, and perform specific needling procedures

f.     Demonstrate competency in conducting patient interview and examination, accurately reporting and synthesising the clinical data, with reasonable explanation gathered during the process, and involvement with patient in decision making;

g.    Demonstrate relevant skills and procedures in the diagnosis and pattern differentiation, and formation of treatment plans relevant to presenting health issue of the patient under the context of general patient management, Chinese herbal medicine and herbal dispensing;

h.    Explain and demonstrate the safe application of acupuncture Microsystems in the clinical management of common clinical conditions;

i.      Explain and demonstrate the procedures of herbal dispensary, including storage, labelling, packaging inventory control, contamination control, hygienic procedures, herbal identification and herbal prescription scrutinising, the processing of herbs including grinding, dry frying, char frying as well as honey frying, and also instructing patients in the preparation and administration of herbal prescriptions;

j.      Demonstrate competency in professional communications, general patient care, record keeping, clinic reception, stock taking, and the day-to-day management of clinic facilities as well as equipment.

k.     Demonstrate self- assessment and self-reflection through actively encourage feedbacks from patient, classmate and supervisor during practice

l.        Describe and demonstrate compliance with Chinese Medicine Board of Australia’s Code of Conduct, policies, codes and guidelines to their practice, and awareness of the updated listing of restricted Chinese herbs

m.       Understand and practice within their own scope of practice, and assume responsibility and accept accountability for their own professional decisions

n.      Identify and explain procedures for the appropriate reporting of adverse events and implementation of appropriate first aid measures when a patient displays an adverse reaction to treatment, and ensure prompt transfer to medical services where necessary

Unit requirement To successfully complete the unit, students must:

  • Attend 80% of all the lectures and tutorial classes.
  • Attempt all assessment tasks and achieve at least 50% of the total marks.
  • Achieve a mark of at least 40% in final exam
  • Achieve a mark of at least 50% in clinical assessments.
Assessment Assessment 1: Practical Tests (20%)

Assessment 2: Three Case Study Analysis (2000 words each) (30%)

Assessment 3: Case Record of Clinical Assessment (at completion of 100 hours of clinical hours) (20%)

Assessment 4: Final Examination (30%)

Prescribed text * The prescribed and recommended readings are subject to annual review.

HeckerHU.,Steveling A., peuker E. (2002). Microsystems Acupuncture- the complete guide: Ear-Scalp-Mouth-hand. New York: Thieme New York

Kerridge, I. H., Lowe, M., & Stewart, C. (2009). Ethics and law for the health professions (3rd ed.). Annandale, N.S.W.: The Federation Press.

Recommended readings Cheng, X., Cheng, Y., & Deng, L. (2010). Chinese acupuncture and moxibustion (3th ed.). Beijing: Foreign Languages Press.

Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (2013). Infection prevention and control guidelines for acupuncture practice. Available at 01/09/2013).

Chiu, M., & Li, L. (1993). Chinese acupuncture and moxibustion. Edinburgh; New York: Churchill Livingstone.

Deadman, P., Al-Khafaji, M., & Baker, K. (2007). A manual of acupuncture (2nd ed.). Hove, East Sussex: Journal of Chinese Medicine Publications.

Maciocia, G. (2008). The practice of Chinese medicine: The treatment of diseases with acupuncture and Chinese herbs (2nd ed.). Edinburgh; New York: Elsevier.

National Health and Medical Research Council (2010). Australian Guidelines for the prevention and control of infection in healthcare.Australian Government: Canberra. Available at (Accessed 04/09/2013)

Rubach A. (2001). Principles of Ear Acupuncture- Microsystem of the Auricle. New York: Thieme New York

(Accessed 27/06/2013) . Note that the final draft on the matter has yet to be published.

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