While there are provisions under the National Law for endorsements, not all registered health professions have established standards for acupuncture endorsement. Where this is the case, the pathway exists to register with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia, through the grandparenting arrangements. This pathway is a time limited transitional arrangement, and the period for the grandparent provision ends 30 June 2015.
Chinese medicine practices, such as acupuncture, can be undertaken by appropriately educated and competent health practitioners who are registered in professions other than Chinese medicine, when they have received endorsement from the profession for which they hold registration.
It is important in these instances the practitioners represent themselves, and are recognised, as being primarily a practitioner in the profession for which they hold registration. Endorsed practitioners can use the protected title acupuncturist, under the National Law.
For further information the AHPRA website has a Fact Sheet: Endorsement of Registration.