The Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA) is the peak professional organisation in Australia for Chinese medicine practitioners including acupuncturists, Chinese herbalists, Chinese herbal dispensers and traditional remedial massage practitioners.

Our Mission

To support our members and advance the acupuncture and Chinese medicine profession.

Excellence in acupuncture and TCM

AACMA promotes safety, quality and ethics in practice. Our members are registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia and adhere to strict codes, practices and guidelines. You can find out how to become a member under the membership tab.

Our History

AACMA has successfully transformed the standing of the TCM profession in Australia over the last four decades. Our approach to promotion, research and education has seen major advancements in the way TCM is viewed by the Australian government and public. The relevance and effectiveness of Chinese medicine is now embraced as a valid part of the mainstream health system in Australia.

AACMA acknowledges the Traditional Owners of this land through out which our members practice and we honour The Elders past, present and emerging of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


January 23, 1973

The Australian Acupuncture Association, AACMA’s precursor, was established by six Queensland acupuncturists to represent and promote acupuncture as a profession.


January 23, 1995

The Australian Acupuncture Association merged with the Acupuncture Ethics and Standards Association. The majority of qualified Australian TCM practitioners became united under one professional body.


January 23, 1996

The Association introduced accreditation standards in Chinese herbal medicine for its existing members.


January 23, 1998

The Association changed it’s name to AACMA. It became the largest professional association in Australia, representing over 90 percent of qualified practitioners.


January 23, 2002

Standards of accreditation in TCM remedial massage were also introduced in line with the new Health Training Package.


January 23, 2012

AACMA played a leading role in securing national registration within Australia for the TCM profession.


January 23, 2016

From humble beginnings, AACMA is now the peak professional body for TCM practitioners and proudly has more than 2,200 members. It is the largest professional association in Australia representing the majority of qualified acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine practitioners nationally.