Celebrating 40 years of Acupuncture in New Zealand

StartTime: Fri 11 August 2017 9:00 am
Location: Wellington

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Book your place now for the 2017 Acupuncture NZ conference - the biggest one to date!  

Join us in celebrating 40 years of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine in New Zealand!

Invited speakers from throughout New Zealand and overseas will join with us to look back at our history, acknowledge how far we have come and look forward to the future of the profession as an integral part of health care for all New Zealanders. 

The weekend will be packed with presentations and workshops and trade exhibitions. It is a chance to meet up with old friends and make new ones.  There will be social events including the Gala Dinner and drinks and nibbles after the AGM.  Altogether a weekend packed full with good times!

Our keynote speakers include:

Professor Charlie Changli Xue - Head of the School of Health Sciences at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia

Professor Charlie Xue holds a Bachelor of Medicine (majoring in Chinese Medicine) from Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, China (1987) and a PhD from RMIT University, Australia (2000).  He has been an academic, researcher, regulator and practitioner for three decades. Prof Xue has made significant contributions....  Click here to read more... 


Professor XiaoChuan Pan (China/Canada) - Scholar, researcher, practitioner and educator of classical Chinese medicine. 

He is a Doctor of TCM (Canada) and  Vice-director Physician and Professor (China).  Dr Pan was the Founder of the Canadian Institute of Classical Chinese Medicine; the founder of Self-consistent System of Classical Chinese Medicine... click here to read more...

Mel Hopper-Koppelman, Vice President of the Acupuncture Now Foundation from the US via the UK and leader of the recent campaign regarding the NICE Guidelines in the UK  

Mel Hopper Koppelman looks forward to living in a world where suffering is minimised, science and intuition harmoniously co-exist, and acupuncture gets the respect it deserves from the scientific and medical community.   Click here to read more...


Dr John McDonald PhD, well known lecturer and practitioner from Queensland, Australia and researcher for the Acupuncture Now Foundation.  

John McDonald began studying acupuncture in 1971, practice in 1975 and teaching acupuncture in 1977. Since then John has been actively engaged in education, practice and more recently research, completing his PhD at Griffith University in 2015.  Click here to read more...


Professor Caroline Smith

Professor Caroline Smith is based at The National Institute of Complementary Medicine, Western Sydney University. Caroline  is an experienced clinical acupuncture researcher.  She has extensive experience in evidence....  Click here to read more... 


Vardi Benesh-Ravivhas

Vardi Benesh-Ravivhas, specialises in Obstetrics, Fertility and Gynecology, Founded a Chinese medicine clinic for HIV/AIDS and runs a private clinic in Israel 

Vardi Benesh-Ravivhas practiced Classical Chinese Medicine since 2000. She specializes in Gynecology, Fertility and Obstetrics after studying for two years under Prof. Yuning Wu... Click here to read more...


Dr Debra Betts PhD, international lecturer in women's health, Wellington

Debra has had a practice in pregnancy related acupuncture care spanning more than 20 years. She lectures internationally on the use of acupuncture in maternity care and her publications include her 2006 text book “The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth” which has subsequently been translated into French and German.

Debra completed her PhD on the use of acupuncture in threatened miscarriage in 2014. She is currently an Adjunct Fellow at the National Institute of Complementary Medicine (University of Western Sydney) and Director of Postgraduate Programmes for an online Masters course through the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and TCM.


Henry Su, Wellington 

Henry completed a five year bachelor course at Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1988. From 1988 to 1997 he lectured and practised at the International Centre of Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  After moving to Wellington, New Zealand, Henry lectured at New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine from 1998 to 2010.

Since 1998, Henry has practised acupuncture and herbal medicine at the Good Health Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic in Wellington.


Phillip Mettrick, Auckland

Phillip Mettrick holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture) and co-developed the musculoskeletal course for the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and TCM where he lectured for 10 years. He runs a busy, full time Acupuncture and Osteopathic practice on the North Shore in Auckland.

Prior to studying acupuncture, Phillip attended the International College of Chiropractic in Melbourne. He went on to do further studies at the Melbourne College of Acupuncture, then Physiology at Auckland University and completed an Advanced Diploma of Clinical Osteopathy at RMIT in Melbourne.

Phillip is a former President of the New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists (now Acupuncture NZ).


Kate Roberts, Wellington

Kate Roberts graduated with her Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the University of Technology, Sydney Australia in 2001. She continued her study in 2014, completing a post-graduate certificate in psychological medicine, and is currently enrolled in her PhD, specialising in mental health. Since moving to New Zealand in 2002 Kate has been working at the New Zealand School of Acupuncture as a tutor, and has taught both clinical and theory subjects for 1st through to 4th year students.

In addition to her teaching, Kate remains extremely passionate about offering holistic acupuncture treatments, with a focus on working with patients to achieve their maximum potential, both physically and mentally. Kate’s clinical practice specialises in the treatment of mental health, musculo-skeletal conditions, and gynaecology and fertility


Dr Mike Armour PhD (Australia/New Zealand)

Dr Mike Armour is an early career researcher and post-doctoral research fellow working at The National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM), School of Science and Health, Western Sydney University, with a specialty interest in the area of women’s health and acupuncture, specifically disorders of menstruation and the subsequent impact on fertility.  Mike completed his PhD in 2016 on the subject of acupuncture in the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea. 


Soojin Choi

Soojin Choi graduated from the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2004 with a Diploma of Acupuncture and in 2009 with a Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture). Currently, she is studying toward a Master’s degree in Women’s Health from the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Soojin is currently a lecturer at the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and a practitioner in her own clinic in Auckland.


Dr Ben Gray 

Dr Ben Gray is a general practitioner at Newtown Union Health Service and senior lecturer at Otago University Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences. His particular clinical and research interests are around cross cultural care, the use of interpreters and cross cultural ethics.


Robin Kerr Masters (TCM) Student New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (NZSATCM)

Professional Supervision: An Exploration of Current Practice and The HPCA Act Requirements

Health practitioners registered under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCAA-
2003), are required to participate in professional supervision under the provision of both
professional ‘self-care and development’, as well as ‘safe and relevant clinical practice’.
Currently our profession is working toward registration under the HPCA Act. Professional
supervision needs to be included as a part of the Code of Ethics, Guidelines and Practices of the
registered professional organisations.

Supervision can be interpreted and delivered in many forms. As a profession, we need to explore the
current evidence which identifies the strengths and weaknesses of developing programmes and
requirements for professional supervision, placing emphasis on the Australasian context. This paper
begins this process by exploring and identifying the policies and culture currently existing within the
Chinese medicine and acupuncture professional bodies, as well as those of other registered
practitioners already included under the Act.

There is a need to identify potential gaps in our codes of practice and culture, taking into account
the HPCA Act (2003), the policies of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Treaty of
Waitangi, as well as the duty of care to practitioners and their clients. In view of the current cultural
shifts in emphasis on safe practice, we need to understand what this means as we move towards


Phillip Jamieson

Practical and Meaningful Mentoring

New graduates of acupuncture face challenges when transitioning into the workplace of clinical
practice. Currently there is no acupuncture mentoring program in New Zealand.
The research question: What would be a meaningful and practical mentoring program for New
Zealand Acupuncturists?

With a particular focus on new graduates, the aim of this study was to research how best to support
them with their transition into their clinical practice in a way that is meaningful and practical. A
survey and follow-up interview of new graduates helped identify some of their needs and

To familiarize with existing acupuncture mentoring programs interviews were conducted with
mentors, mentoring program designers and mentor trainers from the UK and Australia to gather
current protocols and opinions of their mentoring programs. In the UK mentoring support is not
limited to only new graduates but is available for all Acupuncturists.

The results from this study may help inform how best to support new graduates with their transition
and may form the basis for consideration of implementing a pilot mentoring program in New


Scott Pearson

Strategies for Taking Better Clinical Notes

In 2012 Scott Pearson developed a method to track outcomes in his acupuncture practice. Since then he has formed the software development company Noted, which has released a cloud-based product of the same name.

In the development of the product Scott has taken on feedback and information from experts across the health sector, including at the Ministry of Health, ACC and Otago Medical School, as well as various doctors and allied health practitioners. What he has found is that there is huge commonality across professions with similar needs and challenges for all clinicians.

In this presentation Scott will share his experience, discussing why clinical note taking is so important, what information should be recorded and sharing strategies on how to take good notes within the constraints of a busy clinical environment. This will include a particular focus on meeting the requirements of ACC.

Scott will use Noted to demonstrate his ideas in show how the concepts discussed can be applied in practice.


Dr Jessica Li Feng PhD Principal of New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine, Auckland

Jessica has been involved in TCM for 36 years and holds a Bachelor of Medicine (majoring in Traditional Chinese Medicine) and a PhD from Zhejiang Chinese Medical University. She was appointed as Visiting Professor by the University in 2006. She is the 5th generation Disciple of Inheritance of Chen Lianfang, the famous Imperial Physician of the Late Qing Dynasty which specialised in Spleen-Stomach Theory. Jessica is the Principal and co-owner of New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine. She is a TCM programme developer, lecturer and Clinic Supervisor.

Jessica is an experienced TCM practitioner who is always open to new approaches. She is the first practitioner in New Zealand to practice and introduce the new approaches of Abdominal Acupuncture, Navel Acupuncture, Chang Sang Jun pulse diagnosis” and Wei’s “S” oscillation pulse diagnosis. Jessica has been interested in Abdominal Acupuncture since late 1980s so she has her own understanding on point location and treatment method for Abdominal Acupuncture.


Liz Ruatoto

Creating and Keeping a Strong Brand

A brand is an idea or image that customers can connect with by identifying with a name, logo, design
or reputation of a business. In other word’s a brand is how customers perceive your service. When
a brand is actively developed you are making a promise to the customer of what they will experience
and gain from your services. The more the promise is kept, the greater the loyalty and trust a
customer will have for your brand.

Understanding Your Customer
Understanding how and what motivates your customers to choose your business, what is it they are
trying to satisfy and how can you position your business to hear them loud and clear?

Online Promotion
Without a doubt online marketing is necessary in business, let’s look at how making online
promotion easy and accessible through establishing an online presence that you can manage
seamlessly. What are the benefits of creating a business Facebook page and how do you create an
integrated approach with LinkedIn, your website, Twitter etc.

2016 Conference and AGM

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