Acupuncture is going to be trialled in hospitals in Australia. It will be used in what we call the Casualty (or Emergency) departement.
The trial is to examine how well acupuncture treats pain. It will last for three years and is funded by Government funding body the National Health and Medical Research Council. The funding is $400,000: chicken feed in this writers opinion.
This signals I hope the inclusion of acupuncture into Western medicine in Australia. (It also leads me to worry about doctors wanting to take over acupuncture – but that is another battle). For me this is an important and encouraging step forward.