Evidence-Based Acupuncture

General Information
Duration 1 semester
Level Year 4, Semester 1
Unit Weighting Unit Credit Points: 10 credit points
Total Course Credit Points: 320 credit points
Student Workload Number of timetabled hours per week: 4
Number of personal study hours per week: 6
Total workload hours per week: 10
Prerequisites ACU302 Acupuncture Microsystems.
Academic Details
Description This unit explores contemporary evidence-based research findings on the effectiveness and limitations of acupuncture in the treatment and management of chronic pain and chronic disorders. This unit aims to enhance, deepen, and extend knowledge and understanding about the clinical application of acupuncture and its effectiveness in the management of pain and chronic diseases and complements other acupuncture studies from previous units (ACU107, ACU202, ACU207 and ACU302).
Throughout this unit, students study the neurophysiology of acupuncture; learn to critically assess its application in a range of clinical settings and practices; and develop problem-solving and decision-making skills in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients with acupuncture. Acupuncture treatment issues are also covered including its contributions and limitations, infection control and prevention, appropriate referral and transfer to other medical services, and the reporting of adverse events.
Learning outcomes Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Describe the basic neurophysiology of acupuncture.
  2. Compare traditional Chinese medicine (CM) and Western medicine (WM) perspectives on the treatment of common chronic disorders.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in the clinical examination and the safe management of pain using acupuncture.
  4. Evaluate the findings of evidence-based research on the treatment of acupuncture for common chronic diseases.
  5. Review the risks, precautions and contraindications related to interactions between acupuncture and other therapeutic approaches for pain management.