Board

Waveny Holland President

Waveny Holland MTCM BHSc Acupuncture RN RM (non practising)

Waveny Holland successfully completed her Bachelor of Health Science(acupuncture) at the Australian College of Natural Medicine and graduated with a Master of Traditional Chinese medicine in 2005 from the University of Western Sydney.

She is in private practice in the northern suburbs of Brisbane.

Waveny has been a member of the AACMA Queensland State Committee continuously since 2010 serving as chair for 5 years and has been a director on the AACMA National Board since 2012, the past 2 years as President.
She is a current member of the Chinese Medicine Reference Group convened by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA) and Professions Reference Group established by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). She also represents the profession on the Course Advisory Committee for Endeavour College of Natural Health.

Richard Li Deputy Chair

Richard Li graduated from the Shanghai University of TCM with a Bachelor of Medicine. Before arriving in Australia, he was a lecturer at the International Acupuncture Training Centre – a teaching division of the university and one of the WHO Collaborating Centres for Traditional Medicine for overseas trained health practitioners. He also practised as a doctor in the in-patient and out-patient departments in affiliated general teaching hospitals on a regular basis.

Soon after settling in Australia, Richard started a TCM clinical practice and became actively involved in Australian TCM professional development in the areas of standards and policy for Chinese Medicine practice, training, education and practitioner assessments. He participated in many national projects related to Chinese Medicine including the Australian Guideline for TCM Education, the Australian Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner Accreditation Board and the Australian Council for Chinese Medicine Education, the latter two of which were funded by Commonwealth government grants. He also served two terms on the Chinese Medicine Council of NSW as an inaugural Practitioner Member.

At AACMA, he has undertaken roles in different capacities on the national board including Membership Officer, Chair of the Course Accreditation Committee, Chair of the Continuing Professional Education Committee, Vice-President, Acting President, President, and inaugural Chair of the NSW State Committee. Moreover, he has been re-elected as Vice-President of the World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies (WFAS), the NGO in official relations with the WHO on acupuncture, since 2000. In addition to his clinical practice and professional work, he has been as a sessional lecturer at Western Sydney University since 2005. He remains committed to contributing his knowledge and effort to the growth of Chinese Medicine in Australia.

Drew Matfin Chair of Audit and Risk Committee

Andrew Matfin, MHScAcu(Dist), DipAppSc(Acu).

Andrew Matfin is a Registered Acupuncturist. He has spent his career working within medical, allied health and solo private practice settings. A graduate of the Australian College of Natural Medicine (1997) & University of Western Sydney (2012).

Andrew has a special interest in developing increased awareness of the evidence base and science of acupuncture, and assisting in the development of partnerships with the Australian government and the medical and allied health industry.

Andrew is currently the Chair of AACMA’s Audit and Risk Committee.

Rose Pinter Secretary

Rosemary (Rose) Pinter BHSc (Acu.), D.Acu., BA (Literary Theory), GAICD.

AACMA Company Secretary/Director, International Relations Committee member.

Rose is a registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Acupuncturist, who has been practicing since 1985. In this time, she has worked and studied in hospital clinics in SE Asia and China, completing an advanced studies internship at the Guangxi University of Chinese Medicine and associated hospitals in Nanning.

She established free community clinics in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan where she lived for some time and practiced in various remote and urban communities in Australia. She has also practiced in multi-discipline and GP clinics focussing on women’s health. She is currently in her own private practice in Mundaring, Western Australia.

Her primary interest on this Board is to ensure the continued acceptance and advancement of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine as an allied health practice in the community.

Michael Popplewell Director

Graduating from the University of Technology of Sydney (UTS) in 1996 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Acupuncture), Michael has 24 years’ varied TCM practice experience; ranging from subletting from GPs to setting up and running large mixed modality and smaller practices. Accounting studies in his 20’s also led to his current role as a part-time lecturer in small business practice management at UTS.

Michael has postgraduate qualifications, completing a Masters of Engineering (Research) in 2004, investigating the electrical properties of the meridian system and PhD (2016) reviewing diagnostic reliability in TCM, making recommendations including a novel diagnostic format. He has regularly presented at AACMAC and WFAS, presented once at SAR (Beijing 2014) and has three papers published in the AJACM.

Michael is passionate about progressing and protecting the acupuncture and Chinese medicine modality and believes that in order to safeguard and market our profession, we need coherently presented evidence to secure the position of registered health professionals with government, western medicine and health insurance sectors. He believes that the main goal should be to negotiate substantial insurance reimbursements for research validated treatment of an expanding list of conditions and ultimately Medicare rebates for our profession.

Paul Stadhams CEO

Paul joined AACMA in October 2017, but has enjoyed the benefits of acupuncture for over thirty years. Being from a small country town in North Queensland, Paul has worked in a number of industries, including; Hospitality, Fuel Distribution, Agriculture and Organics and has more than twenty-five years managerial experience.
He has been a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the CEO Institute and served as President of his local Basketball Association.
Paul is focused on developing systems and processes to allow for continual improvement and to achieve the highest level of service and representation for all our members.

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