ACMAC conference 2018

ACMAC Conference 2018

It’s that time of year again – after last year’s amazing get together which really was the best yet, we’re really excited to announce the line-up for this year’s ACMAC conference.
The conference is a chance to learn, network, share and be inspired about community acupuncture. There will be speakers from across the world of acupuncture and multibed, meditation and qi gong, open space workshops and a great raffle PLUS amazing evening food and lots of silly dancing in the evening.

The theme for 2018 is ‘MAKING IT HAPPEN’ and we will be hosting a range of speakers who have taken acupuncture out to the people, those who have overcome obstacles to make acupuncture affordable, accessible and in the places people need it.
Tickets will go on sale shortly – but the big news this year is that all ACMAC members will be given one weekend ticket to the conference absolutely FREE!

Our organisation is all about community and we want to bring together the people out there that are ‘making it happen’.  And more than anything we want to say a big thank you for your support over the years - THANK YOU!

So book your train ticket and accommodation and get on down to Brighton on the 17th/18th November.

Saturday speakers - 17th November 2018

Graeme McCraken ACMAC UK speaker

Graeme McCracken: making it happen with lottery funding

Source Point Community Acupuncture is a community acupuncture clinic in the heart of rural Devon.  It was originally set up by Graeme McCracken and Tom Hirons and has at all times been revolutionary in its outlook about making acupuncture accessible to patients whilst simultaneously ensuring practitioners are paid fairly for the work they do.
In 2017 they were granted an award from The Big Lottery Fun to offer completely FREE courses of acupuncture treatment for people suffering from chronic pain AND on a low income.
Graeme will be talking to conference about how they accessed this funding and the lessons learnt about this model of working so that you can replicate it in your area. 

ACMAC Dr. Caroline Rubens

Carolyn Rubens: making it happen in the NHS

Dr Rubens is a GP who uses medical acupuncture in conjunction with a practical yet holistic approach to her work.  She is interested is in palliative care and she has worked in the pain clinic at the Royal Marsden cancer hospital since 2004 as well as local hospices.
There are big changes occurring at the BAcC, with the membership unsure about the recent focus on making ourselves acceptable and attractive to medics so that we can access funding and/or work within the NHS. This work and money always seems elusive for us traditional acupuncturists and in reality one needs to be already established within the NHS hierarchy to practice acupuncture. Dr Rubens will be talking to conference about her experience of setting up an acupuncture service from within the NHS and how ACMAC members might do the same.

Sheira Chan ACMAC speaker

Sheira Chan – Making it happen for the survivors of Grenfell

Sheira was one of two acupuncturists who rallied together after the Grenfell Tower tragedy to set up front line “Emergency Acupuncture” at various London locations. Since then, over 50 volunteer acupuncturists have joined the cause to treat the community for post-traumatic stress.  Sheira will be talking to conference about how she and her colleaguses made that happen.
Sheira believes in the power of the community and truly feels that in the changing landscape we are currently living, the ability to care and support the communities we are a part of is what will help in times of crisis and disasters. And our roles as acupuncturists mean we are uniquely placed and have a greater responsibility to lead by example using our skills and knowledge to bridge those gaps that exist in these communities. Genuine curiosity about the people who live around us is what bridges gaps and builds stronger bonds despite our differences. And she truly believes this is what enabled the project for Grenfell Community to be a success; a willingness to listen, to ask, to be patient without pushing your own agenda or having expectations.
We will be raising money from our raffle for the Grenfell Tower Project which is now being led by World Medicine.

Hannah Reade ACMAC speaker

Hannah  – how acupuncturists are making it happen in Japan

Hannah is the founder of Community Acupuncture Lancaster and is also an ACMAC Board member. She will be at conference to present stories from her trip round acupuncture clinics in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto; looking at acupuncture techniques, business models and the culture around multibed clinics.

Sunday Speakers - 18th November 2018

Paul Blacker ACMAC speaker

Paul Blacker - making it happen with some amazing practical skills

We touch and palpate others every day we are working in our clinics, but what is it that we feel. In this practical interactive session Paul will guide you through how to listen to your own body and the feelings you may experience, to enhance and guide your treatments with your patients. Paul will guide you through the emotions and the Zang Fu and the impact of these on the body.

You will explore some of the W's:

What you might find, Who you might find it on, Where you might find it, Why it may be there

What else is happening over the weekend...

Open Space - We will host an ‘Open Space’ session to offer you advice on all sorts of topics and facilitate conversation between practitioners to enable you to discover new ways of thinking and working.  Our mutlibed experts will be available to share their wisdom and experience.

Gong meditation - It's not easy to explain what it feels like to take part in a gong meditation.  It is described as a form of sound therapy where the gong is played in a therapeutic way to bring about healing.  It is transformative, intensely relaxing and feels like you have travelled to another world entirely!  This is always a real highlight of our conferences and we're delighted to be welcoming Andy Mappleback back again on Saturday this year.

Party – Never a night to be missed we will this year be boogying on down to some wild tunes care of DJ Deadman, eating delicious food and partaking in a few white wine spritzers… Move your qi like you never have before and don’t forget to bring friends and partners along too.

Qi Gong – After a wild night on the dance floor there is nothing more restorative than a Sunday morning Qi Gong session with Peter Deadman. Peter has been working with the Asian tradition of medicine for over 40 years. He is the co-founder of Infinity Foods and the Brighton Natural Health Centre, studied acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in the UK and China and was a practitioner for three decades. He has written numerous articles and a major textbook of the acupuncture points and has taught Chinese medicine to many thousands of students in numerous countries throughout the world. He has practised qigong and/or the internal martial arts for the last twenty-three years, studying with a wide variety of teachers, and has been teaching taichi qigong for the last five years.

Hourly Schedule

Day 1

9.00 - 9.30
Arrive and Register
9.30 - 9.46
Welcome and introductions
9.45 - 10.45
Speaker 1
Source Point
10.45 - 11.00
Tea Break
11.00 - 12.00
Speaker 2
Carolyn Rubens
12.00 - 12.30
Speaker 3
Hannah Reade
12.30pm - 1.30pm
1.30pm - 2.00pm
Meditation session
2.00pm - 3.00pm
Speaker 4
Sheria Chan
3.00pm - 3.15pm
Tea Break
3.15pm - 4.15pm
Open Space
Open space
4.15pm - 4.45pm
Win win win
4.45pm - 5.00pm
7.00pm - Late
Party, party, party.


17 - 18 Nov 2018


9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 17 - 18 Nov 2018
  • Time: 4:00 am - 12:00 pm


Free for members
Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront


Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront
Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 2GS, UK
Katy Bradshaw


Katy Bradshaw


8 °C
Wind: 20 KPH
Humidity: 1 %
Visibility: 5 KM
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