TCM Practice 2 (Acupuncture Microsystems)

General Information
Duration 1 semester
Level Year 3, 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: 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 ACU302 is on 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 in clinical practice. Emphasis throughout this study is placed on infection control, safety and risk management, the importance of a commitment to the appropriate reporting of adverse events, the implementation of appropriate first aid measures when a patient displays an adverse reaction to treatment, ensuring prompt transfer to medical services when necessary, and sensitivity to the cultural context of the Australian healthcare system.
During this unit, students undertake 100 hours of supervised clinical practice as a Level 3 “Clinic Assistant” in the Clinical Practice Program and record 40 case records during those hours. Clinical practice provides a supervised opportunity to assist patient care including acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treatments under the guidance and mentoring of an approved supervisor. Experience at this level includes the application of acupuncture techniques, acupuncture microsystems, and herbal medicine treatments for various internal and muscular conditions.
Learning outcomes On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the history, theoretical basis, and strengths and limitations of acupuncture micro-systems including Auricular, Scalp, Ankylo-capsular, and Abdominal acupuncture, and other advanced acupuncture techniques.
  2. Develop strategies to issues related to infection control and prevention, 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 the clinical management of common clinical conditions when locating points or zones of different acupuncture microsystems, communicating with and explaining to patients, and performing the safe application of acupuncture Microsystems in both simulated and supervised clinic practice circumstances.
  5. Demonstrate active participation in problem-focused interview and examination, discussion of diagnosis and pattern differentiation, formulation of treatment plans, assistance of treatment, herbal dispensing, patient care, case record documentation, record keeping, and general clinic duties in the clinic practice.
  6. Demonstrate adherence to relevant NSQHS Standards, professional standards, policies, codes and guidelines when undertaking supervised clinical practice including informed consent, appropriate reporting of adverse events, implementation of first aid when necessary, and safe Chinese herbal medicine practice.