Endeavour College expands Chinese Medicine offerings with three new courses

Written by Endeavour College of Natural Health | 30 September, 2021

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More Australians are turning to complementary medicine for help with their mental and physical health. With the COVID-19 pandemic creating an even further spike in demand, interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine continues to steadily grow in Australia.

Here at Endeavour, we have seen demand for our current Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture) skyrocket in recent years — with enrolments increasing 56 per cent from 2018 to 2020. To support this growing demand, we are excited to announce that we will now offer three new Chinese Medicine courses from 2022.

“Traditional Chinese Medicine has been growing in popularity around Australia for many years, to the point where it’s not uncommon to see an acupuncture clinic alongside the bottle shop and bakery at the local shopping centre,” said Endeavour’s Head of Chinese Medicine Greg Cope. “The statistics tell us that Australians turn to a complementary massage therapist as often as they seek help from a counsellor or a physiotherapist, showing how Chinese medicine has become a core part of our health care.”

Endeavour’s student practitioners are seeing clients of all ages and from all backgrounds requesting acupuncture and Tui Na treatments, with Chinese medicine accounting for around a quarter (24 per cent) of all appointments at our teaching clinics. “Chinese medicine has come a long way since the 90s when Aussies hadn’t heard of acupuncture to now, where mums are sending kids in for a cupping treatment and friends openly talk about their latest ‘acu’ session,” said Greg.

“Since the pandemic, there has been increased demand for Chinese medicine services and in some cases, it’s people who haven’t previously seen a practitioner who are reaching out for help with their physical and mental health in lockdown.

According to the latest research, two out of three Australians use some form of complementary medicine, including a fifth (21 per cent) who visit massage therapists, and 8 per cent of the population has acupuncture treatments each year.

Endeavour College, which started as a Chinese medicine college in the 1970s and has been a leader in the field for more than 45 years, is returning to its roots with the new courses. These courses are the first to launch following the latest guidelines from the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia, and are based on students changing needs with a focus on improving career and employment opportunities for graduates.

In place of the existing Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture), Endeavour will offer the following Chinese Medicine courses from 2022:

Diploma of Health Science (Chinese Remedial Massage)

The only qualification of its kind in Australia, this new course represents the first time Chinese Remedial Massage, or Tui Na, has been offered at a higher education level. With a rise in interest in this specialist area of Chinese Medicine in recent years, Endeavour is introducing the qualification to cater to growing demand for the dry massage which focuses on acupuncture meridians and pressure points.

Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture Therapies)

As the leader in acupuncture training, Endeavour still offers the only specialised acupuncture course for undergraduates in Australia. This new course replaces the existing Acupuncture course that has been taught for the past 20 years. It has been designed from scratch to meet the latest standards and offer a contemporary approach, which focuses on practical elements and paves a swift pathway into practice.

Bachelor of Health Science (Chinese Medicine)

This new bachelor degree encompasses the Chinese Remedial Massage and Acupuncture Therapies courses, while also expanding on other areas of the philosophy and principles of Chinese Medicine with a focus on Chinese herbalism. The comprehensive qualification allows students to graduate prepared to meet the evolving needs of the Chinese medicine profession in Australia.

To celebrate the launch of these new course offerings, we are running a series of events starting in October that will help demonstrate the incredible healing powers of the ancient practice of Chinese Medicine. From tea-blending workshops to live webinars, there will be something for everyone. Find out more today!


Endeavour College of Natural Health

Endeavour College of Natural Health is Australia's largest Higher Education provider of natural medicine courses.

The College is known as the centre of excellence for natural medicine and is respected for its internationally recognised academic teams and high calibre graduates. Endeavour offers Bachelor of Health Science degrees in Naturopathy, Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine, and Acupuncture, a fully online Bachelor of Complementary Medicine, Undergraduate Certificates, a Diploma of Health Science and massage courses.

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