Your First Visit
Our mission is to provide a high quality experience of healing that's accessible to everyone.
Relax, you're in good hands
ACU FITZ is a community acupuncture clinic created and managed by Ping Ming Health — one of Australia’s most trusted clinics dedicated to the professional practice of Chinese medicine since 1992.
From the moment you arrive, you'll see that we've gone to great lengths to create a space where you are welcome to relax and heal.
What is community acupuncture?
Community acupuncture is a clinic where acupuncture treatments take place in a comfortable group setting instead of a private room.
It's a way of experiencing the benefits of acupuncture at a much lower cost than a private session.
In our community acupuncture clinic, you'll find a very friendly and inclusive atmosphere where treatments take place in reclining armchairs and friends and family are welcome to come together and receive treatment at the same time.
Benefits of community acupuncture
Community acupuncture makes treatments more affordable and easily accessible — which empowers people to take better care of their health instead of waiting to get sick.
Apart from the benefit of very affordable treatments, community acupuncture also offers a social healing experience that's missing from the "behind closed doors" approach of how we receive healthcare today.
Is it private? What should I wear?
Being treated in a shared space means that you will be seen and may be overheard by others who are receiving treatment at the same time.
If you feel uncomfortable about this then community acupuncture may not be suitable for you.
If you prefer consultations in a private room setting, please contact our parent clinic Ping Ming Health.
Remember, you don't have to tell your practitioner anything that you prefer to keep private.
With community acupuncture and meridian massage, there is no need to fully undress as only your arms and legs are exposed during treatment.
Please come wearing suitable loose clothing so that your arms, legs, hands and feet can be easily exposed while you are sitting in an armchair.
From time-to-time, our clinic may host medical students from RMIT University, Torrens University and Endeavour College of Natural Health as we support the training of future doctors of Chinese medicine. If you prefer not to have a student involved in your consultation simply let us know.
Are your acupuncturists qualified and experienced?
At ACU FITZ our fees are affordable because of our unique community acupuncture model. You are always treated by a fully qualified practitioner.
Our acupuncturists are doctors of Chinese medicine registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia. They are able to advise you on a wide range of health issues.
Our meridian massage practitioners are qualified, insured and registered with their respective professional associations.
What health issues can you help with?
Our practitioners are registered doctors of Chinese medicine who can help you with a wide range of symptoms and health issues using acupuncture to bring your body back into balance.
Our treatments are practiced according to traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis and treatment principles.
Everyone receives an individual consultation and personalised acupuncture treatment during each visit at ACU FITZ.
For more serious cases, our experienced practitioners may refer you to your GP for a check up, or advise you when we think that more extensive Chinese medicine treatment may be beneficial for your condition.
Acupuncture is a great choice as a natural treatment to relieve pain and promote healing, reducing (and sometimes avoiding) the need for pharmaceutical drugs. We can help with most types of pain conditions from injuries to chronic pain management.
Since stress goes hand-in-hand with many health problems, we also offer a de-stress treatment if you'd like to wind down after a busy day or week. Acupuncture is a very relaxing experience because your body produces plenty of natural feel-good endorphins while you rest.
See the wide range of health issues we can assist with on our Acupuncture page.
Are there any side effects of acupuncture?
Serious side effects from acupuncture treatment when provided by qualified Chinese medicine practitioners are extremely rare.
You may experience minor bleeding, bruising, redness or lumps over certain points. These skin reactions are normal and will resolve by themselves.
Certain conditions may be temporarily aggravated immediately following treatment.
Remember, you can contact our clinic to speak with your practitioner if you have questions or concerns at any time following your treatment.
Do you provide treatments other than acupuncture?
ACU FITZ offers acupuncture, meridian massage and facial acupuncture from our community acupuncture clinic.
Our practitioners may recommend Chinese herbal medicine for certain conditions and at times when a health problem doesn't respond to acupuncture alone.
For our complete range of Chinese medicine treatments and services, or treatment in a private clinic, please get in touch with Ping Ming Health Melbourne.
Can I claim a private health rebate?
Yes, you can submit our acupuncture receipts to your private health fund to claim a rebate.
Note: private health rebates are not applicable for meridian massage.
Do you bulk-bill?
Sorry we don't bulk-bill because Medicare does not cover acupuncture treatments provided by Chinese medicine practitioners.
Be not inhospitable to strangers lest they be angels in disguise. George Whitman
Our clinic has been designed from the ground up to provide a quality and affordable acupuncture experience for everyone.
- Reduced post-lockdown pricing until 30 Jun 2021
- Including Initial Consultation & Assessment
- Chinese Medicine Acupuncture
- Meridian Massage 20 mins
- Facial & Cosmetic Acupuncture
- Follow-up Treatments
- Chinese Medicine Acupuncture
- Meridian Massage per 20 mins
- Facial & Cosmetic Acupuncture
- Combined Acupuncture and Meridian Massage
- Chinese Medicine Acupuncture & Meridian Massage 20 mins
Our mission and purpose is to make traditional Chinese medicine therapies more accessible to everyone in our community.
Our practitioners work in a beautiful, open and welcoming environment where you can receive professional, high quality health care with a friendly and genuine human touch.
Behind the scenes, our clinic is powered by technology that helps us run efficiently and our practitioners receive extensive continuous professional development from our parent clinic Ping Ming Health.
We offer our treatments with transparency and authenticity in everything we do.
The truth is, we all get unwell and need to be cared for at different times in our lives but we needn't always do it alone.
In today's increasingly clinical and behind-closed-doors approach to healthcare, our clinic is designed to bring people closer together through the shared experience of healing.
Stay In Touch
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We don't just call ourselves a team. You'll see our practitioners actually working together to solve your health problems.
Dr Jinnan Cai Chinese Medicine Practitioner
Practicing with compassion, patience and attention to detail, Dr Jinnan Cai is passionate about the potential of traditional Chinese medicine to provide effective and natural health care that complements both western medicine and our modern lifestyles.
Jinnan is experienced with a wide range of health problems commonly helped by Chinese medicine from migraines, frozen shoulders and chronic eczema through to women’s health and pregnancy. He also has a special interest in the management of postoperative and chronic nerve pain. Jinnan readily takes up the challenge of helping people with complex physical and emotional symptoms by helping to identify and treat the underlying causes using Chinese medicine diagnosis.
Jinnan holds a double degree in Chinese medicine and human biology with first class honours from RMIT University, and graduated with a perfect GPA. He is an external supervisor of Chinese medicine students from RMIT University. Outside of medicine, Jinnan loves to travel and learn from people of different cultures and ways of life. He is a member of AACMA and AICD, the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Dr Sabwina Li Chinese Medicine Practitioner
Dr Sabwina Li is an enthusiastic and positive Chinese medicine practitioner who graduated with Distinction from RMIT University. She has clinical experience from a range of healthcare settings including remedial massage and her part-time work as a registered nurse.
Sabwina holds a double degree in Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) and Master of Nursing Science from the University of Melbourne. She is a member of FCMA speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin in addition to English.
Dr Ve-Vinn Lim Chinese Medicine Practitioner
Dr Ve-Vinn Lim is a caring and gentle Chinese medicine practitioner who believes in a holistic approach to treating diseases. She graduated from RMIT University with Distinction and holds a double degree in Bachelor of Health Science & Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine).
Ve-Vinn has since developed a special interest in women’s health, gut health and natural pain relief. She is passionate about helping women to ease their period pain and menstrual symptoms to improve their physical and emotional quality of life and fertility. Ve-Vinn is an avid learner who enjoys reading and constantly expanding her knowledge. She is a member of AACMA and also speaks Mandarin.
Daniel Frankel Shiatsu Practitioner
Dan is a long-term Fitzroy local and Shiatsu practitioner with over 10 years experience. He studied at the Australian Shiatsu College in Melbourne and then went on to do further studies in Meridian therapies. Dan has found that he always comes back to working with his hands since he feels that he can connect and help people best in this way.
Jack Logan Shiatsu Practitioner
Jack is a qualified shiatsu practitioner from the Australian Shiatsu College (Dip. Shiatsu & Oriental Therapies) who believes in using a hands on approach to move tension and deepen relaxation.
He uses meridian massage techniques to stimulate the acupuncture channels and points, as well as muscles, tendons and soft tissues to balance the internal organs.
Jack is particularly interested in working with health issues that deplete energy, including people who are recovering from chemotherapy, chronic fatigue, stress and anxiety.
As well as being a passionate practitioner of meridian massage, Jack brings his knowledge of physical therapy with a decade of experience in yoga (qualified 200 hr Hatha Yoga Teacher, 2017) and currently trains in Ziran Qigong.
Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly. Saint Francis de Sales
We've made it easy to book your community acupuncture appointments online 24/7.
You can see all available upcoming appointments published on our website one week in advance.
ACU FITZ is proudly supported by our parent clinic Ping Ming Health.
Our Melbourne team is available Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm should you require assistance before or after your appointment.
Phone: (03) 9077 3399
Email: [email protected]
Community acupuncture by Ping Ming Health is available at the following clinics in Fitzroy and Prahran.
ACU FITZ FitzroyACU FITZ
47 Rose St
Fitzroy VIC 3065
You'll find us directly across the road from Rose St Pantry, which is located next door to the Rose Street Artists' Market.
We are just a short walk from the Nicholson St (96) and Brunswick St (11) tram stops.
Free 2 hour on-street parking is available in the area and the nearest car park is The Rose Car Park located just a few doors down at 75 Rose St.
Ping Ming Health PrahranPing Ming Health Prahran
240 Chapel St, 1st Floor, Suite 1.2
Prahran VIC 3181
Ping Ming Health Prahran is located on Chapel St near the Prahran Town Hall. Our building entrance is right next door to Amici Cafe. Once inside, you'll find us located on the first floor. We suggest walking up the stairs as the lift is a bit slow!
We are closest to the Chatham St (78) and High St/Chapel St (6) tram stops. It's also a 5 minute walk from Prahran train station on the Sandringham line.
Free 1 hour on-street parking is available in the area and the nearest car park is Care Park at 8 King St. It's also recommended to park at the nearby Prahran Square car park which is within 5 minutes walk ($1 for 2 hours).