Pre-Conference Workshop

Go extra mile

We are excited to host additional workshops prior to AACMAC 2021 with sought-after local speakers – Stephen Janz, Terry Hitzke, Wade and Amanda Kuhn.

The optional workshops are designed for those want to move to the next level in their practice and take advantage of this rare opportunity to learn from the acclaimed speakers who are ready to share their expertise.

Date: Thursday, 27 May 2021
Time: 9am-5pm (AEST)
Location: JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217 Australia
CPD: 6 points (interactive CPD points)
Ticket: AACMA Member $240 | AACMA Student Member $180 | Non Member $300
Price inclusion:

– access to all three workshops in room on the day,
– lunch and tea breaks onsite,
– access to the recording post event.

Registration (by 24 May): contact us today on 07 3457 1800 or email 

*AACMAC 2021 delegates can get 10% discount on pre-conference workshop fee.

9:00-10:00 ‘Small Business Marketing Strategies’ presented by Wade and Amanda Kuhn
10:00-10:30 Morning tea
10:30-11:30 ‘Small Business Marketing Strategies’ (continued)
11:30-12:30 Lunch

12:30-14:30 ‘Preventing pneumothorax in acupuncture practice: the vulnerable patient and a demonstration of safe needling of GB 21 and HuaTuo jiaji points’ presented by Stephen Janz
14:30-15:00 Afternoon tea
15:00-17:00 ‘New perspectives on managing common shoulder issues’ presented by Terry Hitzke

Small Business Marketing Strategies

An open forum discussion and workshop on marketing your small business. Including tips and tricks in SMB marketing, social media, community engagement and marketing strategies.

About Wade and Amanda Kuhn 
Amanda Kuhn has 20 years working in the media and communications industries here and around the world.  For the last ten years, Amanda has been running a successful boutique agency, MMPR, which specialises in support SMB’s and NOP across a wide range of industries. Wade Kuhn, {Amanda’s’ husband} joined the agency in 2017, launching the social media, digital marketing, and creative strategy arm, and has worked on numerous campaigns for MMPR clients that helped to drive brand awareness and sales.  Wade has a two-decade-long award-winning career in media and creative marketing and is most recognised for launching the internal global creative team ‘The Creative Shop’ for Facebook International.

Preventing pneumothorax in acupuncture practice: the vulnerable patient and a demonstration of safe needling of GB 21 and HuaTuo jiaji points

Pneumothorax is an uncommon but serious and potentially fatal complication associated with acupuncture practice. The risk of pneumothorax is often associated with limited training in acupuncture and poor needle technique; however some patients attract an inherently increased risk of pneumothorax in their own right. Pneumothorax may even occur co-incidentally with an acupuncture treatment in some patients.

This workshop has two parts. The first part will discuss acupuncture points and needling technique associated with pneumothoracies and consider the characteristics of high-risk patients. The signs of symptoms of pneumothorax, first aid and medical management of pneumothorax will be discussed. The second part will be a practical demonstration of needling techniques of selected points including Gb 21. Particular attention will be paid to the safe needling of thoracic Hua Tuo jiaji points. These points are very powerful but often overlooked as they require deep confident needling techniques.

About Stephen Janz
Stephen Janz is a former president of the AACMA and former member of the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia. Stephen has been in full time clinical practice for over 30 years and has an interest in both clinical and professional issues. Stephen is the project manager and co-author of The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review. Stephen developed an interest in acupuncture and pneumothorax when conducting research for his 2011 publication, Acupuncture by another name: Dry needling in Australia.

New perspectives on managing common shoulder issues

There is no doubt that shoulder pain can be tricky to treat. At some stage we have all had patients whose pain is unresponsive to our treatments or just keeps coming back. But these are precisely the cases that have us researching and trying new techniques, and cause us to learn.

This practical, and hands on workshop will condense the learnings gained in 35yrs of treating shoulders (some successfully) and give you a logical diagnostic and treatment framework to deal with your next difficult shoulder.

The most common conditions, including frozen shoulder, anterior humeral head displacement syndrome, cervical radiculopathy, supraspinatus impingement and subacromial bursitis will be covered.

About Terry Hitzke
A lifelong love of fitness, sport and helping athletes with sporting injuries led Terry Hitzke to design and lecture the first postgraduate diploma of Sports Injuries Management in Australia at the Brisbane College of Traditional Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from 1987-1991.He has also lectured in Acupuncture point location, Sports Massage and more recently presented The Nature of Muscles, Joints and Pain lecture series nationally.

An entertaining and engaging speaker, he loves innovation, understanding how things work and sharing the learnings of his 35+ years in full-time practice.



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