Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association

AACMA full day hybrid event from Melbourne

19 Mar 2023

Book now - A mini “AACMAC” from Melbourne on March 19 to gain 6 CPD

Here are why you must attend this event -

  • A wide range of clinical-relevant topics to be discussed:
    From pain management to understanding the Qi, from distal treatments for sciatic pain to acupuncture protocol for post COVID syndromes, from inter-professional communication on treating fertility patients to a literature review of acupuncture for dysmenorrhea.
  • A great opportunity to keep informed and stay connected: 
    It's AACMA first face-to-face event back in Melbourne since the pandemic. For members and friends in the local areas, the AACMA Board and CEO are visiting you! Don't miss out on the opportunity to meet in person, keep informed and stay connected! Come along with your friends and TCM colleagues for a day of learning, catching up, and making new friends!
  • Value for money in content and for your CPD need:
    With cost of living has increased, AACMA is supporting our members with discounted rates - attending in person, your cost for a full day conference is only $89 which includes lunch and morning and afternoon tea. Upon completion of the day, participants can walk away feeling inspired and gain 6 CPD points under practitioner interaction category and 1 out of the 6 points can be counted under professional issues. 

Registration for physical attendance will close in 4 weeks, secure your seat now!

You will also have access to the event recording for 6 months.

Agenda (times below are based in AEDT)::

  • 0900-1000 Zhen Zheng - Bringing Qi back to chronic pain management
  • 1000-1015 Morning tea
  • 1015-1115 Joe Azuolas Useful distal treatments for neck, back and sciatic pain
  • 1115-1145 Amber Moore - Inter-professional communication and treating fertility patients
  • 1145-1215 Emily Biasotto Acupuncture for dysmenorrhea: A review of the literature
  • 1215-1245 Lunch
  • 1245-1345 Kevin Ryan The Development of an Acupuncture Protocol for the Assessment and Treatment of Post Covid-19 Syndromes
  • 1345-1445 Yingmei Hua Basic Body Reading through Understanding the Qi
  • 1445-1500 Afternoon tea
  • 1500-1600 AACMA President Waveny Holland and AACMA CEO Paul Stadhams Professional issues

This event will be live streamed so members Australia wide can register to attend online.

Event Details:

 Sunday, 19 March 2023
Venue: Lake room, Pullman Melbourne Albert Park, 65 Queens Rd, Albert Park VIC 3004
Time: 9am-4pm (VIC/NSW/ACT/TAS), 8am-3pm (QLD), 8:30am-3:30pm (SA), 7:30am-2:30pm (NT), 6am-12pm (WA)
Presenters: please head to the 'speakers' tab for the speakers' bios
In Person (Physical Attendance):

AACMA Member $89; AACMA Student Member $69; Non Member $119
Online (Joining Livestream):
AACMA Members $99; AACMA Student Member $79; Non Member $129
CPD: 6 points (interactive)
Benefits: both ticket types receive 6-month post event access to the recording and e-copy of lecture notes (subject to presenters)
RSVP: Physical attendance registration must be made by 5th March 2023; Online attendance registration must be made by 15th March 2023.

Please contact AACMA office on 61 7 3457 1800 or email if you need any assistance.

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About The Presentations and The Speakers

Bringing Qi back to chronic pain management

“Tong Ze Bu Tong; Tong Ze Bu Tong” is the fundamentals of Chinese medicine understanding of pain and its management. It means when Qi flows well or when the channels or meridians are clear, one will not experience pain; when one experiences pain, one’s Qi flow must have been blocked”. This amazing simple concept, when used appropriate in the clinic, can be life transforming. 

In this talk, I will integrate the modern pain science with Chinese medicine concepts to illustrate how pain could be better understood, and how we can greatly improve our communication with patients on pain. More importantly I will share with you strategies to empower patients to embark on the journey of recovery.

Zhen Zheng
A/Prof Zheng has more than 20 years of experience of researching and teaching pain and treating patients with pain. She is passionate about integrating modern science with Chinese medicine wisdom for enhanced patient care and patient empowerment.

Useful distal treatments for neck, back and sciatic pain

Most humans will suffer neck and back pain in their lifetime and in clinical practice these conditions will be seen in a significant number of patients seeking acupuncture treatments. There are a multitude of useful treatments for neck, back and sciatic pain using local and distal acupuncture points. However, distal treatments with acupuncture points that are located between the elbows and hands, or between the knees and feet, are convenient to use, require little disrobing and are extremely effective. Protocols and strategies for successful distal treatments of neck, back and sciatic pain will be discussed. The acupuncture treatments which are presented arise from and are explained by common threads linking Five Phase, Extraordinary Meridians, Tung, Imaging and Tan concepts. The use of Wrist Ankle Acupuncture will also be discussed.  All treatment protocols described include supporting case studies. 

Joe Azuolas
The presenter studied Acupuncture at Endeavour in Melbourne and has been in practice for approximately fifteen years. Prior to entering practice he worked as a Research Assistant at the Peter McCallum Cancer Institute, a Forensic Scientist and then a Senior Research Scientist for the Department of Primary Industries.

Inter-professional communication and treating fertility

How can we better use inter-professional communication to improve the care of our clients? The treatment and support of infertility patients in Chinese medicine practice in Australia is common, It may be argued that this provides an intersection point for us as a profession – where we have an opportunity to benefit our clients in providing good care, collaborate with other health care professionals, and educate others about our unique field of practice. But how do we do this effectively? This presentation will define what inter-professional communication is and use evidence to discuss how we may be able to better practice it as a part of authentic, integrative care. Amber will share techniques and tools that may be used to support communication and collaboration with other healthcare providers; and suggest recent research articles from the Research Centre which may be useful in supporting communication on the effectiveness of Chinese medicine. 

Amber Moore
Amber is the AACMA Research Consultant for the AACMA Research Centre, a Senior Learning Facilitator in Health Sciences at Torrens University, and a Chinese Medicine (CM) practitioner at Three Lanterns clinic in Williamstown, Victoria. She is an experienced mixed-methods researcher whose research work helped lead to her role in the development of the AACMA Mentoring Program for new graduates, the first of its kind. Amber has worked on research projects and publications in the areas of workforce readiness, clinical practice and professional issues in CM, CAM use, research methodologies, and health education. Amber has experience as a HREC member and administrator and research assistant, as well as over ten years’ experience in university teaching. She has won awards for her teaching and conference presentations.

Acupuncture for dysmenorrhea: A review of the literature

This presentation will report on the results of a recent critical literature review undertaken to assess whether acupuncture (including electroacupuncture) is effective compared to no or sham acupuncture, NSAIDs and hormonal therapies in decreasing both short-term pain symptoms and long-term recurrences of primary dysmenorrhea and increasing the quality of life in menstruating female-identifying patients.

Data Sources: A search of PubMed, Torrens University Library, EBSCO Host, Cochrane Library, ProQuest and Google Scholar in March 2022 was conducted to source randomised controlled trials published between 2011 and 2022.

Inclusion Criteria: Randomised controlled trials conducted between 2011-2022, published in English and including menstruating female-identifying patients aged 14-45 years with primary dysmenorrhea, and regular menstrual cycles for at least three months prior to the commencement of the study (28+/-7 days).

Studies Reviewed: Of ten studies reviewed for eligibility, quality and data extraction, eight articles were included in the final analysis.

Results: This critical literature review found acupuncture to be an effective treatment for primary dysmenorrhea in terms of reducing associated pain and symptoms when compared to no acupuncture, sham acupuncture, ibuprofen and a combined oral contraceptive.

The efficacy of acupuncture for primary dysmenorrhea will be presented and discussed further, along with areas for improvement in further research and potential clinical applications.

Emily Biasotto
Emily Biasotto is a fourth-year Chinese Medicine student at Torrens University Australia, aiming to graduate in mid-2023. She has a particular interest in gynaecology, mental health and autoimmune conditions. She previously completed a Bachelor of Science (Applied Mathematics).

The Development of an Acupuncture Protocol for the Assessment and Treatment of Post Covid-19 Syndromes

In this presentation, Kevin shows how he used his experience in treating post TIA/ Mini Stroke cases to draw parallels with the brain damage consequent to Covid-19 infection. The development of an assessment and treatment protocol for Post Covid-19 syndromes is then presented through a Case Series. The protocol is based on a combination of Case History, Pulse Diagnosis, Channel Tracking and Palpation skills and finally, VAS testing to locate active points. Each Case has its own comorbidities that modify the protocol.

Kevin Ryan
Kevin is in 47th year of acupuncture and osteopathy practice. He has presented at AACMAC and WFAS. He regularly conducts workshops in the treatment of muscular-skeletal presentations through acupressure techniques. He is an appointed member of the Reference Group of the Chinses Medicine Board of Australia. He has particular interests in neurological and paediatric illnesses.

Basic Body Reading through Understanding the Qi

Qi is an explanation of natural phenomenon to the cosmic, which has been used by the Chinese Medicine to explain basic structure of the human, interpret landmarks presenting in the body, as well as for examine essential elements & functionality of the life. And the Qi of the human body can be interacted or intermingled with surroundings in the universe, which can be simply assessed and understood through basic four diagnostical techniques especially observation, that is also called by some as “Body Reading”.

The balanced or dynamic of Qi in the body is fundamental for maintaining a good health; and the Qi can be regenerated and well protected via suitable life style, dietary adjustment and proper treatment.

This talk will introduce how to understanding the Qi through inspecting basic structure of human body based on the Chinese Medicine theory and modern science aspect, and accompanied with examples of body reading from physiological and pathological perspectives.

Yingmei Hua
Since graduated from Nanjing University of TCM in 1985, Yingmei had been worked at a TCM hospital in China, and practiced at a private CM clinic and taught at a few different CM departments of the teaching institutions at Melbourne, Australia. Currently, she is working as a causal staff, teaching some CM subjects and supervising CM students’ clinic at Torrens University of Australia.

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