Dear Collegues, Dear Friends,
As representative of ICMART I feel very honored, that AMAC, the Australian Medical Acupuncture College, offered to host our this year´s ICMART World Congress. AMAC´s work has been a main pillar of ICMART for many years, representing Medical Acupuncture within a whole continent, already well integrated into the health system.
The role of Medical Acupuncture and Related Techniques is growing worldwide. WHO demands an integration of western and eastern medicines within an integrative medical model to offer to the patient the best treatment from 2 worlds. Acupuncture should become available and affordable for patients worldwide, already within primary healthcare but also within the different medical specialties. There is need in highly developed countries e.g. to help to overcome the opioid crisis in pain medicine as well as in medically poorly developed countries to give access to healthcare to everybody. ICMART´s role is to build a network of medical acupuncture Societies around the world, to formulate educational and safety standards and accreditation systems for Medical Acupuncture and Related Techniques.
This Congress offers an exchange on highest scientific level as well as relevant lectures for immediate practical application. We also address the policy makers in showing the scientific evidence of Medical Acupuncture to approach our goal to offer the best possible treatment to all patients.
I am looking forward to meeting all of you here in this great location and wish a wonderful congress to everybody.