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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 and reference material to support your needling practice. The course is suited to healthcare professionals whose practice is underpinned by orthodox Western biomedical understandings of health and disease, osteopaths / osteopathic & medical doctors, chiropractors, physiotherapists, podiatrists, myotherapists etc. Particularly those that have attended short professional development courses in dry-needling and other acupuncture related modalities and would like to undertake some continuing education to support their competence. Reviewing this material and completing the assessment tasks can reasonably counted as 10 hours of continuing education / professional development.

Please ensure you have had the minimum training required by your professional association, professional indemnity insurer or governmental regulatory authority to allow you to lawfully incorporate these techniques into your scope of practice. You can not rely solely on participating in this e-module as evidence of your competence to use needling techniques in practice, rather 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 musculoskeletal practice medicine. 

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 practitioners of manual medicine, such as chiropractors, osteopaths and physiotherapists 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. 

Course content

  • Aims & Learning Outcomes

  • Assessment & Record of Learning

  • Australian Healthcare Regulation

  • Regulatory Considerations

  • Taxonomy of Needling Techniques

  • Tradition Based Acupuncture Systems

  • Acupoints, The Chinese Anatomical Inch and Meridians

  • Western Medical Acupuncture

  • Dry-needling I

  • Dry-needling II

  • Dry-needling III

  • Other Needling Techniques

  • Adverse Effects in Acupuncture & Related Needling Techniques

  • Surface Markings of the Lungs

  • Patient Selection

  • The Evidence

  • References

  • Recommended Texts

  • Useful links

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