‘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
To achieve a better understanding, it’s worthwhile to look at some psychological aspects of our profession. In Australia, with around 4,500 registered practitioners, we represent less than 1% of the workforce.
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.
Since the board has released Chinese herbal dispensing guidelines late last year, a group opposed to complementary medicines launching unparalleled missions of attack and the scientific publication of DNA analysis and fingerprinting of Chinese herbs at three universities in South Australia late last year, we had a rough awakening.