‘Constant dripping wears the stone’ (proverb) It’s a complex situation for around 4,500 registered Chinese medicine practitioners in Australia. We ‘compete’ with other registered health professionals in the allied health or
The state of our industry concerns me at times. And I am forever interested to see if that’s the case with my colleagues as well. And it is! Presently, topics floating around our industry that come in the discussions vary depending on where the practitioners are at in their journey. How long have they been practicing? How many patients do they see in a week? Where do they practice and to some extend – how they practice.
Communication to the public is first and foremost. It is worthwhile to look at the approaches of other organisations that present working examples of what can and should be achieved on this front. It is understood that the Acupuncture Now Foundation (ANF) is tackling the very common need to increase general public awareness. ‘The ANF has particular interest in public outreach campaigns, the role of research, and encouraging the development of acupuncture best practices.’
The TGA inspectors recently visited the premises, spending two days forensically looking over documents, questioning work flow processes, and checking logbooks and forms to make sure the dispensary operates in line with the international, pharmaceutical standard.