Acupuncturist (Occupation Code : 223101)

Description

Treats disorders and illnesses by stimulating the body's defence mechanisms through inserting fine needle into the skin.

Tasks
Using techniques in the traditional Chinese medicine system to treat a range of conditions in the human body that contribute to ill health.
 
Conducting physical examinations of patients and interviewing them and their families to determine their health status.
 
Identifying the correct anatomical locations to insert needles into the patient’s body in accordance with accepted practice.
 
Taking the required precautions related to treatments involving intradermal needles and other traditional Chinese medicine practices.
 
Developing and implementing treatment plans for physical, mental and psychosocial ailments using traditional methods.
 
Applying a range of therapies and treatments such as acupuncture, massage, and dietary and herbal therapies.
 
Conducting research into traditional and complementary medicines and treatments and disseminating findings.
 
Evaluating and documenting patients' progress through treatment plans.

Occupation Regulation
The occupation of Acupuncturist is recognised in the field of allied healthcare. The Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA) is the statutory body that regulates all the allied health professions. 
 
In order to practise and provide therapeutic services to the public, an Acupuncturist must be registered with the AHPCSA as a Practitioner of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Your registration serves as a safeguard to the public and confirms that you keep to a code of conduct, meet the criteria to practice in the field and that your annual fees are paid.
 
Almost all aspects of the occupation are regulated, including registration requirements; standards for theoretical and practical training; ethical conduct and behaviour; compliance with scientific and healthcare standards; and requirements for Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

Learning Pathway Description

To become an Acupuncturist in South Africa, you should train in the practice of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.
 
To enter this learning pathway, you need a National Senior Certificate – Degree Entrance with Mathematics and Physical Science, and preferably also Life Sciences. This qualifies you to enrol for a Bachelor of Science in Traditional and Complementary Health Sciences. This is then followed by a Bachelor of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. After completing your studies you must register with the AHPCSA as a Doctor in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.

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