Dr Stiofán Mac Suibhne

Clinical Educator & Mindfulness Trainer

I am an osteopath with post graduate university qualifications in education and training, Western acupuncture and rehabilitation. I undertook my initial acupuncture training with the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS) in 2003 and then completed a master's level qualification in Western Acupuncture at AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand. I am a registered in the General Osteopathic and Western Medical Acupuncture Scopes of Practice in New Zealand. I practise in a primary care / GP setting in Sydney, Australia. Clinically I have particular interest in chronic pain and musculoskeletal health in older patients. I am a full member of BMAS and author of Osteopathy Australia's Practice Briefing on Acupuncture and Related Needling Techniques. I run introductory workshops in needling techniques in manual medicine in Australia.


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This e-module introduces delegates to elements of needling theory and practice and other useful information plus reference material to support your needling practice and complement the practical introductory workshop. The emodule is intended for people that have attend the face to face needling workshop I run in Australia (there is a paid version available for those that have not attended a practical workshop). 

It is suited to healthcare professionals whose practice is underpinned by orthodox Western biomedical understandings of health and disease. The aim is to provide delegates with a conceptual framework that allows the integration of emerging knowledge from the inter-disciplinary field of Western Medical Acupuncture with manual therapy.

If uncertain about the suitability of a patient for treatment with needling or if concerned about your level of skill for the particular procedure always err on the side of safety  

At all times when contemplating using needling techniques it is vital that the best interest of your patient is the prime consideration. As a manual therapist needling is just one of many approaches that might be used when treating any given patient.

Needling is a modality that osteopaths, and other practitioners of manual medicine, can usefully incorporate into their practice. The focus is on safety and biologically plausible models of clinical reasoning to allow delegates to confidently extend their clinical reach. By approaching needling from the perspective of harm minimisation and drawing on a range of principles of point selection rather than a narrow proceduralist approach you will reduce the likelihood of adverse events and increase your clinical effectiveness.

Members of Osteopathy Australia that have attended the introductory workshop that review the material in this e-module and satisfactorily complete the assessments will meet the requirements of Guild Insurance to incorporate needling techniques into their practice. For non-osteopath delegates and / or those not insured with Guild you must check with your insurance provider and your National Board what their requirements are. 

Practising without adequate insurance cover is an offence in Australia

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