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Acupuncture Post Graduate Study

Nov 22, 2018 | Acupuncture

Our long-time resident acupuncturist, Kirsten Baker has been busier than usual this year having undertaken post-graduate studies in preparation for a research higher degree.

Kirsten’s original research project, due for completion and dissemination in 2019 focuses on the potential role of acupuncture in the treatment of marginalised and underserved populations. Kirsten has been inspired by her work with marginalised populations through the Inclusive Health Clinic (IHC) located in inner-city Brisbane, where she is the founder and coordinator of a community or group based acupuncture studio within a community health service incorporating GP, dental and allied health services.

Research from the United States on the use of integrative or complementary medicine (including acupuncture) for underserved populations shows that affordability, accessibility, and awareness are the key factors that limit treatment for these population groups. These findings highlight obvious inequities in healthcare delivery and shine a spotlight on the social determinants of health.

A clear evidence base demonstrates that when these barriers are removed there is a high degree of acceptability of acupuncture in the management of chronic pain conditions such as back pain, osteoarthritis, neck and shoulder pain, and headaches/migraines.

Kirsten hopes her Australian first research into the contribution of acupuncture in the treatment of marginalised populations is the starting point for further research into integrative health service delivery amongst marginalised populations and provides a compelling source of information to policy makers and stakeholders within the public health sector.