An Acupuncturist treats patients and improves the overall well-being of individuals by inserting fine needles into the skin as a way of stimulating the body. Acupuncturists also use heat and massage as a way of creating balance and synchronisation.

Duties and tasks

  • Administer treatment according to health standards, laws and procedures
  • Apply heat treatment and massage pressure to further stimulate the body
  • Assess patients through verbal questioning and examinations
  • Diagnose and assess individual health problems
  • Insert sterile needles into patients body and manipulate the areas causing health problems
  • Provide treatment of medical issues and body pain

Skills required

  • Ethical and Moral
  • Good listener
  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Patient and Compassionate
  • Strong Attention to Detail

Working conditions

Acupuncturists work in an indoor office environment and predominately work alone. Often an Acupuncturist will travel to a patients house to treat them in the comfort of their own home.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association 

Australian Natural Therapists Association 

Australian Traditional Medicine Society 

Federation of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Societies of Australia 

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