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PHTY548 Introduction to Musculoskeletal Acupuncture

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The theoretical basis of acupuncture, predominantly from a Western/Scientific paradigm; critical review and evaluation of acupuncture theory and practice in the management of musculoskeletal conditions.

Paper title Introduction to Musculoskeletal Acupuncture
Paper code PHTY548
Subject Physiotherapy
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Second Semester (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,857.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,363.00

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PHTX 547, PHTX 548
Limited to
MPhty, PGCertPhty, PGDipPhty
The paper may not be offered if insufficient numbers of students enrol.
This paper is restricted to health professionals.
Qualifications are restricted to physiotherapists.
Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Karen Taylor
Teaching staff: Wendy Lockhart

Wendy Lockhart is a Senior Physiotherapist, currently working in the Physiotherapy Outpatient department of Dunedin Hospital and Dunedin Pain Clinic service. She has completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Physiotherapy (endorsed in Acupuncture) and has been teaching at the School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, since 2004, on the postgraduate acupuncture paper. She also has experience teaching on the PAANZ Education team from 1996-2016. Her interest in acupuncture is mainly in the Western/Scientific paradigm.

Paper Structure
The paper topics include:
  • The use of acupuncture for musculoskeletal conditions
  • The Western scientific theory underpinning the use of acupuncture
  • The history of acupuncture, including styles of practice
  • Guidelines for safe acupuncture practice
  • Acupuncture treatment concepts
  • Practical location of acupoints and needle management
  • Acupuncture treatment concepts
  • Critique of the acupuncture literature
Teaching Arrangements
This paper is taught by distance learning with three 3-day residential blocks held in Dunedin and approximately six audioconferences held in the evenings via Zoom.
WHO Standard Acupuncture Point Locations in the Western Pacific Region. ISBN-13: 9789290613831 ISBN-10: 9290613831
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical basis of acupuncture;
  • Explain the neuroanatomical basis of pain modulation in acupuncture;
  • Utilise acupuncture as a safe and effective treatment option within selected musculoskeletal conditions in keeping with international standards of safety.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system