Integrative Acupuncture Level 1

Integrative Acupuncture Level 1

This course is appropriate for AHPRA registered physiotherapists only*

This course gives participants assessment and treatment tools beyond those offered by dry needling only.

Acupuncture has been used to modulate pain well before Janet Travel discovered myofascial trigger points.

The methods taught are gentler but no less effective.

The Oriental Medicine theory introduced gives filters that assist to understand tissue and movement dysfunction’s underlying drivers and how to best address these.

Patients will experience benefits to their well being such as better sleep, mood and energy levels because acupuncture aims to address any underlying energetic imbalances.

Presenter Paula Raymond-Yacoub, APAM

Module 1: 27-29 July 2018
Module 2: 31 August - 2 September 2018

Time 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

Registrations close 16 July 2018

Rationale and Goal Statement

Currently there are few options for physiotherapists who wish to explore a wholistic approach to needle based therapies. Dry needling courses offer a model that permits pain modulation but none of the systemic benefits acupuncture offers that can improve mood, sleep, inflammation, appetite and digestive function and sense of well being.

This course is the entry level into Integrative Acupuncture (IA). IA is is palpation based style of acupuncture that integrates examination of tissue and movement dysfunction found in manual therapies with meridian examination found in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) practice particularly in some styles of meridian style Japanese Acupuncture.

The Theoretical constructs of AOM pertinent to physiotherapy are introduced. The course meets with IAAPT’s recommendations for foundational courses in acupuncture. Its is based on 80 hours of training, 6 days face to face and the rest through self directed learning.

What is the overall aim of the course/activity?

To provide participant with foundational skills in the application of acupuncture in musculoskeletal conditions.


These skills may then be extended over time with further levels of training.

Target Audience and Prerequisites

Physiotherapists working in musculoskeletal or rehab settings.

There are no pre requisites other than an eagerness to learn and commitment to engage in the self-directed learning necessary. It is suggested that physiotherapists have a minimum of 12 months clinical experience.


If you are pregnant, please contact Caroline Jones on  02 8748 1507 or Paula would like to speak with you.


Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this course participants should:

 1. Have familiarisation with meridian pathways and the correct movement of qi

 2. Have familiarisation with key acupuncture points location and application

 3. Have familiarisation with AOM’s major theoretical contracts and how these are applied to understand pathology, diagnosis and developing treatment principles

 4. During the course participants will be expected to follow safety guidelines as outlined by AHPRA and the National Health Guidelines

 5. Be familiar with current evidence supporting the use of acupuncture and the mechanisms by which it mediates its effects.

 6. Be able to apply acupuncture to improve/restore soft tissue status and movement function.

 7. Be able to apply the appropriate needle technique for the presenting condition. This includes using the appropriate type, length and gauge of needle.

 8. During the course participants will be expected to know areas of the body where vulnerable structures may be compromised if acupuncture is applied without proper regard, or when acupuncture is contraindicated.

About Brunswick Heads

Brunswick Heads is the perfect place to hold this course from Eastern medicine. It  has remained almost unchanged,  relaxed and unpretentious coastal town.  Situated at the mouth of the Brunswick River, the area has white sandy beaches, a breakwater and harbour, making it a great location to enjoy a wide range of water activities such as yabbying, boating and kayaking.



Fly in via Gold Coast(Coolangatta) Airport. A reliable shuttle service runs from the airport to Brunswick Heads, about a 30 minute drive.

Fly in via Ballina/Byron Airport and take the shuttle, about a 40 minute drive.

Please don't book your flights until you receive confirmation that this course is going ahead.


Accommodation is fairly cheap here as low as $60/night. To find more information head to the Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce site


Participants may be asked by the presenter for their contact details.

To register as a non-member, please download the writable registration form here and email back to

*If unsure of your suitability, please email

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27/07/2018 - 2/09/2018
Integrative Acupunture Clinic
1/22 Fawcett Street
Brunswick Heads, NSW 2483


Friday, 27 July 2018

ADNG/Regional: $2153.00, APA: $2208.00; Non-Member: $3312.00

Registration is 3 weeks prior to cut off date as there is some online work to be done prior to the course.
If you are pregnant, please contact or 02 8748 1507
27/07/2018 9:00 AM - 2/09/2018 5:00 PM
27/07/2018 9:00 AM

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