Acupuncture in Australia: past, present, future
Abstract: This study was carried out in Brisbane, a cosmopolitan city in northern Australia with approximately one million inhabitants. It traces the history of acupuncture in this city with a view to discovering why it was able to enjoy such a strong growth pattern in a relatively short period of time. In 1974 acupuncture was virtually unheard of, yet by 1988 there were over two hundred clinics providing acupuncture services. The reasons for this may be found in the social changes which took place in the late 1960s as well as the recognition of the Peoples Republic of China in the early 1970s. There is a wide division between the medically qualified suppliers of the service and those not so qualified with each side claiming special advantages. The study concludes that despite some possible dangers due to poor practice, the future of acupuncture is excellent.