To practise acupuncture in Australia a practitioner must complete a four-year Bachelor of Health Science, including hundreds of practical hours.
Since 2012 Acupuncture has been included in the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
The same agency that regulates medical practitioners, chiropractors, physiotherapists, dentists and nurses.
To practise acupuncture in Australia, practitioners must be registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA), a subsidiary of AHPRA. In addition to maintaining registration, acupuncturists must complete a minimum of 20 hours of continuing professional development each year.
Like all medicine, there is always a risk of adverse effects, however, when Chinese medicine is safely administered by a highly qualified practitioner, adverse effects are extremely unlikely.