Who is AACMA?

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

Our Mission

AACMA was established in 1973 when traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) was relatively unknown by the western population of Australia. Today, the association represents the majority of qualified acupuncture and TCM practitioners in Australia. We encourage and enable our members to grow as TCM practitioners through professional development opportunities, research and collaboration.

Excellence in acupuncture and TCM

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

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.

1973
The Australian Acupuncture Association, AACMA’s precursor, was established by six Queensland Acupuncturists to represent and promote acupuncture as a profession.
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.
1996
The association introduced accreditation standards in Chinese herbal medicine for its existing members.
1998
The Association changed it’s name to AACMA. It became the largest professional association in Australia, representing over 90 percent of qualified practitioners.
2002
Standards of accreditation in TCM Remedial Massage were also introduced in line with the new Health Training Package.
2012
AACMA played a leading role in securing National registration within Australia for the TCM profession.
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.