TCM Practice 2 (Acupuncture Microsystems)

July 22, 2019

General Information
Duration 1 semester (14 teaching weeks)
Level Year 3, Semester 5
Unit Weighting Unit Credit Points: 10 credit points
Total Course Credit Points: 320 credit points
Student Workload Number of timetabled hours per week: 9 (including 5 hours clinical practice)
Number of personal study hours per week: 1
Total workload hours per week: 10
Prerequisites ACU207 TCM Practice 1 (Acupuncture Techniques); CHM208 Chinese Herbal Medicine & Formulae 3
Academic Details
Description TCM Practice 2 (Acupuncture Microsystems) involves the study of the history, theory, and the strengths and limitations of commonly used acupuncture Microsystems including Auricular, 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 emphasised. 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 supervisor. 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:

  1. Critically evaluate the history, the theoretical basis, and the strengths and limitations of acupuncture micro-systems including Auricular, Scalp, Ankylo-capsular, and Abdominal acupuncture, and other advanced acupuncture techniques.
  2. Describe issues related to risk management, culturally sensitive points in the application of acupuncture Microsystems within the Australian healthcare context.
  3. Describe the locations, main functions, clinical indications and contraindications of the points or zones combinations in acupuncture micro-system.
  4. Demonstrate competency in locating points or zones of different acupuncture Microsystems, perform specific needling procedures and safe application of acupuncture Microsystems in the clinical management of common clinical conditions in both of simulated circumstances and in the clinic practice.
  5. Demonstrate competency in conducting problem-focused interview and examination, integrated diagnosis and pattern differentiation, and formation of treatment plans including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, herbal dispensing, necessary paozhi (herbal processing) procedure, patient care, record keeping and clinic duties in the clinic practice.
  6. Describe and demonstrate compliance with Chinese Medicine Board of Australia’s policies, codes and guidelines to their practice, and awareness of the updated listing of restricted Chinese herbs in the clinic practice and Code of Conduct (including self-reflection, understanding and practicing within their own scope of practice, assuming responsibility and accept accountability for their own professional decisions, and identifying and explaining procedures for the appropriate reporting of adverse events and implementation of appropriate first aid measures when necessary) in the clinic practice.
Unit requirement To successfully complete the unit, students must: attend 80% of all the lectures and tutorial classes plus 100% of clinic hours including fulfilling all rostered receptionist duties; attempt all assessment tasks including summative and formative assessments and achieve at least 50% of the total marks; and achieve a mark of at least 40% in the final examination and at least 50% in Clinical Assessment.
Assessment Assessment 1: Practical Tests (30%)

Assessment 2: Clinical Assessment (30%)

Assessment 3: Final Examination (40%)

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

Wang, Y. (2009). Micro-Acupuncture in Practice: Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier.

Abbate, S. (2015). Chinese auricular acupuncture (2nd ed.). Boca Raton: CRC Press.

Hecker H., Steveling A., peuker E. (2006). Microsystems Acupuncture- the complete guide: Ear-Scalp-Mouth-hand. New York: Thieme New York

Recommended readings Aung, S. K. H., & Chen, W. P. D. (2011). Clinical Introduction to Medical Acupuncture: Thieme.

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 http://www.chinesemedicineboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines.aspx (Retrieved 09/04/2018).

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.

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

Landgren, K. (2008). Ear acupuncture (English 1st ed.). Edinburgh; New York: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier.

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  https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines-publications/cd33 (Retrieved 09/04/2018)

Oleson, T. (2014). Auriculotherapy Manual: Chinese and Western Systems of Ear Acupuncture. Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier.

Rubach, A. (2016). Principles of Ear Acupuncture: Microsystem of the Auricle. Thieme.

Wager, K., & Cox, Sue, MBAcC. (2009). Auricular acupuncture and addiction: Mechanisms, methodology, and practice. Edinburgh ; New York: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier.