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Open Day
Member since
Jan 2006

Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Phone 02 9119 1238
Address Level 5
25 Dixon St
Sydney NSW 2000

Join us for an Open Day at the Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine and explore our range of courses!

Open Day at SITCM

Join us for our Open Day and explore your future in natural health!

The day involves a presentation by the CEO, a lecture sample, and a range of demonstrations to show you what it is like to study at SITCM.

The intinerary includes:

    • Campus Tour
    • Introduction of the school and available courses
    • Demonstrations on acupuncture and cupping
    • Question and Answer session

There will also be staff and students available to answer your questions and help with any enrolment and course credit queries.

Please contact us at your earliest opportunity as places fill up fast

We hope to see you soon!

Date: Saturday 21 September 2019 11am – 2pm

Location: L5, 25-29 Dixon St, Haymarket, Sydney

Thank you for your enquiry about our Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine program. We would like to invite you to visit our school campus and discuss with you for your study plan anytime when you are in the Sydney city or attend our next Open Day on Saturday 21 September 2019.

A bit about SITCM’s Bachelor Degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

    1. Our Bachelor degree is a 4 years full time course and will commence on 10 February 2020.
    1. Timetable flexibility is one of the perks of studying at SITCM. For Year 1 students, classes are arranged on 2 days a week. From Year 2 onwards, you will need to attend another half day for clinical practice in our Teaching Clinic.
    1. For most domestic students, admission to the Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine will be based on your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) that you receive after completing your Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (such as the HSC) or completion of a Certificate IV level or higher studies.

Practicing Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in Australia

Practitioners who wish to practice as a Chinese medicine practitioner in Australia must apply for registration with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia. Our Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (BTCM) is an Australian-approved program of study. This means that upon completing the degree, you will be eligible for registration in the divisions of Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Chinese herbal dispensing, subject to meeting other registration standards.

For further information on the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia please visit:

Get your questions answered at SITCM next Open Day

Saturday 21 September 2019 11:00am

A bit about SITCM’s HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage

    1. Our diploma course is a one year full time course and recruitment will take twice a year. Please contact us for your enrollment. 
    1. Timetable flexibility is one of the perks of studying at SITCM. Classes are arranged on 2 days a week.
    1. Recognized by most major Health Funds including Medibank Private and BUPA.
    1. Recognized by all Australian massage associations.


Acupuncture is a therapy in which thin, solid, metallic needles are inserted into specific locations on the body surface to prevent or treat diseases.

As one of the oldest and most commonly used medical therapies in the world, acupuncture has recently become one of the fastest growing forms of Complementary and alternative medicine in Australia.

There are 4900 registered TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine including Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine) practitioners in Australia (1). Apart from 600 Australian medical doctors also practice acupuncture, about 35000 medical doctors practice acupuncture worldwide (2). 11,874,936 acupuncture services were provided by Australian General Practitioners from 1995-2011. (3) As it is the drug-free nature therapy with much less harmful and side effects comparing with taking chemical medicine. More than 60 medical conditions have been recommended for acupuncture by the World Health Organization (WHO). (4)

Known as an external therapy, acupuncture has three basic components: the acupuncture needles, the target location, and the stimulation of the needle. In most cases, the needle-tip pierces only into the superficial tissues of the body. Various effects of acupuncture, whether instant of long-term, are mainly realized through the stimulation

So scientific investigations can tell us when acupuncture works, but can they tell us how it works? The answer depends on what sort of explanations we are interested in investigating. According to traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is based on the idea of Qi (pronounced and often spelled Chi), which is envisioned as a type of life-giving energy that circulates through the body in special channels. Acupuncture is thought to release blockages in these undetectable channels, restoring the flow of Qi through the body. According to this view, Qi is a mystical force that cannot be sensed or observed — and because science focuses on testing ideas about the natural world with evidence obtained through observation, these aspects of acupuncture can't be studied by science. Over 4,000 scientific studies have been published on the efficacy of acupuncture for disorders ranging from tennis elbow1 to post-traumatic stress disorder. (5) Evidence suggests that acupuncture can effectively treat some symptoms like nausea and pain. (6) 

Of course, when acupuncture was first developed more than 2000 years ago, we understood much less about our bodies and had fewer tools of science at our disposal. Modern scientists studying how acupuncture works do not approach it as a mystical process. Instead, they make careful observations to learn more about acupuncture's natural, physiological basis. This research is ongoing, but results so far suggest that endorphins — proteins naturally produced by the body — play some role in the process. Endorphins have a chemical structure similar to that of morphine or opium and, like those drugs, are known to block pain. Acupuncture may stimulate the production of these and other compounds that affect how the brain perceives pain.of nerve endings and related neural reflexes without injection of any medication. (7)

References: (1) (2) (3) Acupuncture in Medicine, (Australia) 2013, 0, 1-6. (4) WHO list of conditions treated by Acupuncture 22, August 2015.  (5) Hollifield, M., N. Sinclair-Lian, T.D. Warner, et al. 2007. Acupuncture for posttraumatic stress disorder — A randomized controlled pilot trial. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 195(6):504-513. (6) Acupuncture. NIH Consensus Statement Online, 1997 Nov 3-5, 15(5):1-34. (7)

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The First TCM Hostpital in Hong Kong

    • (6 August 2018) The Hong Kong Registered Chinese Medicine Association held the International Chinese Medicine Hong Kong Summit on August 5.
    • The Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mrs Carrie Lam, attended and delivered a speech saying that Chinese medicine is a treasure of Chinese traditional culture and health and well-being.
    • It is worthy of inheritance, development and promotion. The SAR Government has made the promotion of Chinese medicine development as a priority.
    • The Food and Health Bureau has set up a group dedicated to the development of Chinese medicine. It will plan the operation mode of the first Chinese medicine hospital in Hong Kong.


Why Chinese medicine is heading for clinics around the world

    • By David Cyranoski, Nature, 26 August 2018
    • For the first time, the World Health Organization will recognize traditional medicine in its influential global medical compendium.

Traditional Medicine officially included in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11)

Time: 2019-05-25 17:23:47

On May 25, 2019, the 72nd World Health Assembly reviewed and approved the Eleventh Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), which was the first to incorporate the traditional medical chapters that originated in Chinese Medicine. 


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