Acupuncture

Acupuncture and herbs are both an integral part of TCM, which has been proven to be a very safe and effective health care modality in Australia.

National Registration was introduced Australia-wide for Chinese Medicine Practitioners in 2012. This provides strong regulation of the industry and ensures a high standard of care is delivered to the public. Both Mark and Elisabeth are registered through the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia, which comes under the umbrella of AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency).

There are many conditions Acupuncture can be used for, including infertility, women’s health issues, headaches, digestive problems, tiredness, anxiety, sleep problems, skin disorders and spinal, leg and arm pain.

Elisabeth & Mark are our qualified acupuncture practitioners.

Elisabeth Staunton is a registered Doctor of Chinese Medicine and graduated from VU with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (Hons). She is registered with AACMA and AHPRA.

Always having a keen interest in Eastern philosophy and it’s holistic view of healthcare, Elisabeth studied Shiatsu and completed Reiki levels I and II, before commencing her Chinese Medicine degree.

As a part of her Chinese medicine training, Elisabeth did an internship at Shuguang Teaching Hospital in Shanghai, China, completing clinical hours in the Internal medicine, Acupuncture, Gynecology and Oncology departments. There she saw how the integration of Western medicine and Chinese Medicine worked extremely well. It was inspiring to see Acupuncture being used as a key part of a patient’s treatment plan for recovery.

After graduating, Elisabeth spent time volunteering for community based acupuncture programs, whilst establishing her own professional practice. Joining Yarraville Health Group in 2009, first as a locum and then as part of the permanent team in 2011. She now also practices in another multi- disciplinary clinic in Williamstown.

Elisabeth consults on a wide range of conditions in her practice, including muscular skeletal injury, chronic pain, migraines, fertility issues, skin disorders, digestive issues and anxiety. She offers IVF support and treats many women through their pregnancy and in preparation for labour.

Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques are used both in diagnosis and treatment. In addition to Acupuncture, Elisabeth offers moxa, cupping, guasha, acupressure and Chinese herbal medicine where needed.

Acupuncture can be very useful in conjunction with other health care modalities. Elisabeth often work in consultation with our Naturopath Rowenna Halge in areas of Women’s health and fertility and to address imbalances that may lead to hormone and energy issues.

Elisabeth has always loved the Chinese medicine philosophy and how it sees everything as interconnected (yes everything!). It is a special interest of Elisabeth’s in getting to the underlying causes of an illness whether it’s physical, emotional or environmental.

Elisabeth looks forward to meeting you and discussing your health care needs.


Mark Hastie
is a registered Doctor of Acupuncture and is a member of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association and the Chinese Medicine Registration Board. Mark`s history in health care began over 20 years ago after completing a B. App Sc Phys Ed specializing in rehabilitation. His role as a senior Rehabilitation Physical Educator at the TAC Rehabilitation Centre followed where he worked with serious orthopaedic, road trauma and road accident victims, developing and implementing both short and long term physical rehabilitation management programmes.

In 2000 Mark completed further study and became a Doctor of Chinese Medicine after completing a B.H. Sc. Chinese Medicine-Acupuncture (Hons). He began working at the Yarraville Health Group soon after and also established a private practice in Richmond offering Acupuncture treatment plans. In 2007 Mark again pursued further study and completed B. H. Sc. Chiropractic and a Master of Clinical Chiropractic.

Mark offers separate Acupuncture and Chiropractic treatment plans but also integrates these together when deemed necessary. His unique approach underpins both Chiropractic and Chinese Medicine philosophy`s which combine all aspects of his health career. Both musculo-skeletal (sports)and systemic health(general health issues) plans are offered utilizing spinal and extremity adjustment, exercise rehabilitation, acupuncture (needle or laser), soft tissue therapy, mobilization, trigger point and acupressure therapy, cupping, moxa, and guasha (spooning).

Mark is also a keen cyclist and has previously achieved a World long distance team cycling record and won Australian and Victorian road racing titles. He draws on this experience when incorporating exercise rehabilitation into client treatment plans. Mark invites you to experience his Acupuncture, Chiropractic or multidisciplinary treatment approach and looks forward to helping you in the future.

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