Annual Conference and AGM

2017 Conference and AGM

Celebrating 40 Years of Acupuncture in New Zealand


Wellington  August 11-13 2017

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Book your place now for the 2017 Acupuncture NZ conference - the biggest one to date! 

Join us in celebrating 40 years of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine in New Zealand!

Invited speakers from throughout New Zealand and overseas will join with us to look back at our history, acknowledge how far we have come and look forward to the future of the profession as an integral part of health care for all New Zealanders.

The weekend will be packed with presentations and workshops and trade exhibitions. It is a chance to meet up with old friends and make new ones.  There will be social events including the Gala Dinner and drinks and nibbles after the AGM.  Altogether a weekend packed full with good times!

Our keynote speakers include:

Professor Charlie Changli Xue - Head of the School of Health Sciences at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia

Professor Charlie Xue holds a Bachelor of Medicine (majoring in Chinese Medicine) from Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, China (1987) and a PhD from RMIT University, Australia (2000).  He has been an academic, researcher, regulator and practitioner for three decades. Prof Xue has made significant contributions....  Click here to read more...

Professor XiaoChuan Pan (China/Canada) - Scholar, researcher, practitioner and educator of classical Chinese medicine.
He is a Doctor of TCM (Canada) and  Vice-director Physician and Professor (China).  Dr Pan was the Founder of the Canadian Institute of Classical Chinese Medicine; the founder of Self-consistent System of Classical Chinese Medicine... click here to read more...

Mel Hopper-Koppelman, Vice President of the Acupuncture Now Foundation from the US via the UK and leader of the recent campaign regarding the NICE Guidelines in the UK

Mel Hopper Koppelman looks forward to living in a world where suffering is minimised, science and intuition harmoniously co-exist, and acupuncture gets the respect it deserves from the scientific and medical community.   Click here to read more...

Dr John McDonald PhD, well known lecturer and practitioner from Queensland, Australia and researcher for the Acupuncture Now Foundation.

John McDonald began studying acupuncture in 1971, practice in 1975 and teaching acupuncture in 1977. Since then John has been actively engaged in education, practice and more recently research, completing his PhD at Griffith University in 2015.  Click here to read more...

Professor Caroline Smith,

Professor Caroline Smith is based at The National Institute of Complementary Medicine, Western Sydney University. Caroline  is an experienced clinical acupuncture researcher.  She has extensive experience in evidence....  Click here to read more...

Vardi Benesh-Ravivhas, specialises in Obstetrics, Fertility and Gynecology, Founded a Chinese medicine clinic for HIV/AIDS and runs a private clinic in Israel

Vardi Benesh-Ravivhas practiced Classical Chinese Medicine since 2000. She specializes in Gynecology, Fertility and Obstetrics after studying for two years under Prof. Yuning Wu... Click here to read more...

Dr Debra Betts PhD, international lecturer in women's health, Wellington

Debra has had a practice in pregnancy related acupuncture care spanning more than 20 years. She lectures internationally on the use of acupuncture in maternity care and her publications include her 2006 text book “The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth” which has subsequently been translated into French and German.

Debra completed her PhD on the use of acupuncture in threatened miscarriage in 2014. She is currently an Adjunct Fellow at the National Institute of Complementary Medicine (University of Western Sydney) and Director of Postgraduate Programmes for an online Masters course through the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and TCM.

Henry Su, Wellington

Henry completed a five year bachelor course at Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1988. From 1988 to 1997 he lectured and practised at the International Centre of Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  After moving to Wellington, New Zealand, Henry lectured at New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine from 1998 to 2010.

Since 1998, Henry has practised acupuncture and herbal medicine at the Good Health Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic in Wellington.

Phillip Mettrick, Auckland

Phillip Mettrick holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture) and co-developed the musculoskeletal course for the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and TCM where he lectured for 10 years. He runs a busy, full time Acupuncture and Osteopathic practice on the North Shore in Auckland.

Prior to studying acupuncture, Phillip attended the International College of Chiropractic in Melbourne. He went on to do further studies at the Melbourne College of Acupuncture, then Physiology at Auckland University and completed an Advanced Diploma of Clinical Osteopathy at RMIT in Melbourne.

Phillip is a former President of the New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists (now Acupuncture NZ).

Kate Roberts, Wellington

Kate Roberts graduated with her Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the University of Technology, Sydney Australia in 2001. She continued her study in 2014, completing a post-graduate certificate in psychological medicine, and is currently enrolled in her PhD, specialising in mental health. Since moving to New Zealand in 2002 Kate has been working at the New Zealand School of Acupuncture as a tutor, and has taught both clinical and theory subjects for 1st through to 4th year students.

In addition to her teaching, Kate remains extremely passionate about offering holistic acupuncture treatments, with a focus on working with patients to achieve their maximum potential, both physically and mentally. Kate’s clinical practice specialises in the treatment of mental health, musculo-skeletal conditions, and gynaecology and fertility

Dr Mike Armour PhD (Australia/New Zealand)

Dr Mike Armour is an early career researcher and post-doctoral research fellow working at The National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM), School of Science and Health, Western Sydney University, with a specialty interest in the area of women’s health and acupuncture, specifically disorders of menstruation and the subsequent impact on fertility.  Mike completed his PhD in 2016 on the subject of acupuncture in the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea.

Soojin Choi

Soojin Choi graduated from the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2004 with a Diploma of Acupuncture and in 2009 with a Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture). Currently, she is studying toward a Master’s degree in Women’s Health from the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Soojin is currently a lecturer at the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and a practitioner in her own clinic in Auckland.

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2016 Conference and AGM

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