Amongst new graduates, I can see that there is lack of planning, goal setting and often insufficient confidence in succeeding as a practitioner to earn a sustainable income. This problem seems more common in the first two to three years of practice and one of the reasons for this is, that there isn’t enough postgraduate support available. In fact, there might be a lack of skills for novice practitioner to set up and run a business.
The past few years of changing conditions in an unprecedented way, have caused some havoc with the old ways of doing things. Consequently, practitioners who have been practicing for longer, might require a repositioning too. Patients often come with particular ideas about their condition as ample information is now available at our fingertips. Compared to other allied health practitioners, Chinese medicine stands out due to its particular framework and paradigms and hence an entire language least known to our patients.
Building a successful and blossoming practice in regional Victoria has provided me with confidence and sustenance to write a book about setting yourself up as a thriving practitioner. My book was launched and published in 2019. Based on my findings and professional experience, I have developed a mentorship program as well. I have found that group work is excellent to support individual practitioners in their journeys.
My collaborative approach is based on the love that I hold for both - our industry and the paradigms of our long-established medical system that we immerse ourselves and our patients in. One of my goals is to help practitioners to thrive but also to re-unite the Chinese medicine profession worldwide.