Acupuncture treatments performed by Chinese Medicine Practitioners are now covered by WorkCover Queensland
The latest information on covered health providers can be found at http://www.workcoverqld.com.au/service-providers/allied-health-providers.
Chinese Medicine Practitioners were specifically mentioned on WorkCover’s website as they are registered health professionals with the Australian Health Professionals Agency and the Chinese Medical Board of Australia (AHPRA/CHBA). This is significant in the fact that the minimum level of education is a Bachelor Degree in Health Sciences and Chinese Medicine, continued professional development, member of an appropriate association, and full indemnity insurance.
What does this mean to you? A Chinese medicine practitioner practicing Acupuncture is formally trained in Chinese medicine with acupuncture a large component which gives them a broader scope of practice in the use of Acupuncture in the treatment of injuries and disorders than other health professionals. Medical Doctors, Physiotherapists, and some other health professionals can legally perform medical interventions using acupuncture needles under the banner or Acupuncture and dry needling but often don’t have a full understanding of Chinese Medicine. There are over 360 acupuncture points on the human body of which an Acupuncturist is trained to accurately locate and use each one.
This is an important step forward for Chinese Medicine Acupuncture in Australia as WorkCover Queensland has made a clear distinction between health professionals offering acupuncture/dry needling and Acupuncture from a Chinese Medicine practitioners solidifying its place in western society and health care.
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