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The following is a press release by the +Acupuncture Foundation Professional Association and the Acupuncture Now Foundation in response to the publication today (November 30th, 2016) of revised NICE guidelines on the treatment of lower back pain:

New NICE Guidelines on Low Back Pain: Bias Against Acupuncture Increases Risk to Patients

Click on the link below to read the full press release:

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The University of York has become the first university in the UK to appoint a professor of acupuncture research.

Dr +Hugh MacPherson, who works in the department of health sciences at the university, initially trained as an acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine practitioner in the 1980s, before founding the +Northern College of Acupuncture, based in Micklegate in York.

He accepted a position as senior research fellow at the department of health sciences at the University of York in 2003.

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Jim Chalmers' Auriculotherapy Seminar - that was only day 1! Are you ready for more? ;-)
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Big special "thank you" to all the members for coming!
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Newsflash! AFPA members, check your email inboxes because there's exciting news waiting for you!

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Acupuncture Awareness Week 2016
The Executive Committee are delighted to announce the Official Launch of the 4th AFPA Acupuncture Awareness Week.
This year our theme will be on the benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and injury.

The official launch will be conducted by the Chairperson of Chronic Pain Ireland, Mr John Lindsay on Wednesday 2nd of March in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

We have been promoting this event with great success, including running an ad on national radio (Newstalk), on Thursday and Friday. Here are the broadcasting times for
Friday 26th - 07:20, 12:55, 14:40, and 18:55.

In case you miss it when it is live on air, please click the link below and listen to it now.

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World Health Organisation Survey: Have Your Say

The World Health Organisation has recently developed International Classification of Diseases codes for Traditional Medicine (TM ICD-11, see for more detail). The TM ICD-11 codes are based on a unified set of traditional medicine disorders and patterns from national classifications from China, Japan and Korea. As a new Chapter in ICD-11, the TM ICD-11 codes will be subjected to peer review and international field testing over the coming years. The field testing is being led by the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, in collaboration with a number of international partners.
As a TM practitioner your input is very important in order to enhance the quality of the TM ICD-11 codes and for testing their utility, feasibility and reliability. We would like to invite you to participate in a survey to identify the spectrum of opinions as well as a consensus statement on key aspects of the TM ICD-11 codes. The English language voluntary survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and will be completely confidential with individual results being aggregated.
To participate in the survey please login to the Members Area of the website ( and click on the link provided.
With kind regards,
Dr John Hughes
Senior Research Co-ordinator
Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
London, UK

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Official Launch!
AFPA Acupuncture Awareness Week 2016
(7th March to 13th March)
“Acupuncture for the Treatment of Musculoskeletal Injury and Pain”
Please click below to download the full information leaflet:

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It's official!

The AFPA Executive Committee are delighted to announce that the
Acupuncture Awareness Week 2016 (7th to 13th March) with a theme of:
“Acupuncture for the Treatment of Musculoskeletal Injury & Pain” will be officially launched by the Chairperson of Chronic Pain Ireland, Mr. John Lindsay in the Dun Library, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, No.6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2 on Wednesday 2nd of March at 10.00 am.

Please RSVP to if you wish to attend.

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AFPA - Acupuncture Awareness Week 2016
March 7th - 13th
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