Inaugural Chinese Medicine Council of New Zealand

It was announced today that the first Chinese Medicine Council of New Zealand (CMCNZ) has been appointed by the Minister of Health, the Hon. Andre Petit. This brings the Chinese medicine profession under the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Act 2003 (HPCA) – the first time a profession outside the Western medical model has been included.

The President of Acupuncture New Zealand, Ms Robin Kerr, welcomes the new New Zealand Council of Chinese Medicine (NZCMC) and extends her congratulations to those appointed to the Council.

“This is a very important step for our profession and an assurance to the public that acupuncture and Chinese medicine are an accepted and important part of the New Zealand healthcare system. The HPCA Act aims to ensure public safety. People can be reassured that they are in good hands if they choose to see a practitioner registered with the new Council.

The Treaty of Waitangi principles of protection, participation and partnership will support Chinese medicine’s ability to gain a foothold in the healthcare landscape, setting standards and participating at the table with other professions to meet the needs of our culturally diverse communities. .

It is expected that the new Council will meet for the first time in the coming weeks and begin the process of registering practitioners from across New Zealand.

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