Many of those who teach at the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as many graduates from the School, are members of AcNZ. We are very happy to welcome current students to also join us and become members of our organisation. AcNZ has a very strong commitment to support our members in the provision of safe and effective healthcare for all New Zealanders. NZSATCM is where I personally completed my master’s degree, something I would encourage others who are contemplating furthering their education, to do.
There is no doubt that the public are increasingly choosing acupuncture and Chinese medicine as their primary health care system. More and more people are seeking to take greater responsibility for their own health and are realising that acupuncture and Chinese medicine, with strong emphasis on the maintenance of wellbeing, can provide what they are looking for.
This is an exciting time in the development of our profession in New Zealand. At the same time as moving more into the realms of research and scientific evidence, we are also becoming more aware of the importance of the history and philosophy that underpins our medicine. As all of us who have studied Chinese medicine know, balance is essential in all aspects of life. As the ancient philosopher Laozi said in the Tao Te Ching: “Stay with the ancient Tao but move with the present”.
New Zealand has something of a name for being a country of innovation – there is no reason why we cannot lead the world into the integration of the very best that both eastern and western medicine have to offer. Current students of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have a great deal to look forward to.
Robin Kerr, AcNZ President
First established in 1977 with more than 1,000 members throughout New Zealand, AcNZ, previously the New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists (NZRA), is the oldest and largest professional body representing acupuncturists in New Zealand. AcNZ members have been recognised as ACC treatment providers since 1990.
A member of the World Federation of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Societies as well as the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies, AcNZ also has strong affiliations with acupuncture associations in Australia, China, the United States and Britain.
AcNZ is very pleased to support students by providing free membership to all those enrolled in a full programme of study in the field of acupuncture in New Zealand. The benefits of student membership are as follows:
For more information, please visit www.acupuncture.org.nz