Australian Society of Acupuncture Physiotherapists

This group was established in 2004 to promote and support acupuncture in the physiotherapy profession. At that point in time there was no other group representing acupuncture in physiotherapy, even within the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA). The aim of the ASAP was to provide a national identity for physiotherapists who used acupuncture as part of their clinical practice. The main function of this group is to promote continuing education opportunites in classically based acupuncture. One of the first achievements of the ASAP was the development of guidelines for safe practice which were made freely available.

Because we are able to function with minimal operation costs, any profits from courses can be used to sponsor courses in poorly resourced areas of Australia.

With the establishment of the Chinese Medicine Board in July 2012 and the scope to apply for endorsement for Acupuncturist titling through the Physiotherapy Board, the acupuncture training landscape for physiotherapists and other allied health practitioners is shifting and evolving. The ASAP will continue to be involved in training therapists but it is still uncertain whether these courses will be sufficient for titling or may instead be a pathway to titling.

As soon as we have any information regarding the requirements for titling we will be posting it here.