The transmission of Chinese medicine in Australia

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UTSePress
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Portal Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, 2011, 8 (2), pp. 1 - 13
Issue Date:
2011-01
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Chinese medicine is a complex field with a very long history and a great many diverse currents. Today, mainland Chinese still use Chinese medicine (CM) for the treatment of a wide range of medical conditions, and Chinas medical students study CM alongside Western biomedicine because the nations integrated healthcare system delivers both. Australians also use CM for all kinds of acute and chronic illnesses even though Australian CM practitioner training qualifies its graduates to practice Chinese acupuncture and herbal medicine only. A brief overview of CM in China and Australia below will highlight some of the factors that have influenced its evolution over the last century, its transmission to Australia, and the continued challenges to its transmission in Australia.
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