Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Health Science Lectures (Western Medicine) coming to an end

Overview pic of the lecture theatre


Purple striped socks
Knitting, for 3 hours...

Exclusive pics from inside the lecture theatre

This is the second to last lecture for Health Sciences I will ever have to sit through. Woot, woot! Only two people from my course turned up this week. Me and Jez! The others here are the nurses who we share this subject with.
Health sciences can be interesting and engaging. At this level though the information is thrown at you. For example this lecture is 3 HOURS long! That is a big ask and is an intimidating prospect-especially in first year. Anyway managed to crawl though it all. AMAZING!!
In these pics you get a feel for the place, the classic feet up on the back of the chair in front is highlighted (especially brazen effort as close to front row and purple striped socks) and also managed to capture someone knitting. The book in front is her patterns book, nothing to do with the lecture, haha.
The notorious thing about this lecture theatre was the sub zero air con. Why? Who knows? Did we complain-hell yes. Did the temperature change,no. People would turn up in blankets. The conclusion-hoodies are the most essential item of clothing at uni.
BTW no permission was sought for these photos so if you are looking at this and that is you, I've stalked you. Haha

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Assignment Deadlines

The TCM Assignment Drop Box

This object is the destination for hard work, anxiety, dreams, sweat and a few late nights! Its an incredibly dull looking thing though. The amount of combined stored energy that has passed through the entrance of this posting hole would probably add up to some good Qi. I think we need to add an object of good luck and prosperity to it, super glued to the top. A laughing Buddha, or Guan Yin (goddess of mercy), or burn some incense at least.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Sydney Night Noodle Markets

Here are some pics of the last night of the Noodle Markets here in Sydney. Was a great night, heaps of food and a great atmosphere in Hyde Park. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008

Acupuncture Practice

Gall Bladder 14 & 1 both needled

Next week is the last week of acupuncture practice and then after that it’s the end of semester. I managed to get pics of GB 1 and GB 14. Enjoy! Thanks Jeff for the pics and BTW, looking very calm and collected.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Food for thought

Yeah, trying to juggle a lot of stuff at the moment. However eating is fairly necessary, so I can share that. Here we are in Chinatown, eating dumplings. This proves we are best Chinese Medicine practitioners as we think Chinese Medicine, we read Chinese Medicine, we write Chinese Medicine, I blog Chinese Medicine and we eat Chinese dumplings.
Thanks Soph, Nic and James for pics!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

History of Chinese Medicine at UTS

Hi Ppl,

I was going through the Acupuncture Network Forums and I came across this post by Carole Rogers. It gives you all the history for TCM at UTS. I think it's just helpful to have a clear view of how it all developed. I've linked to the post in the title.

"In going through the list of people cited on this discussion the majority of them were trained by Russell Jewell either directly, or indirectly through one of the colleges he founded where they were taught by one of the teachers he trained. The list of notable practitioners in whose training he played a major role includes: Chris Zaslawski, Mary Garvey, Peter Meier, Sean Walsh, Kerry Watson, Alan Bensoussen, Kerry Watson, Mark Aird, Damien Ryan, and every past and present student of UTS and VU.

Besides founding the first acupuncture school in Australia: Acupuncture Colleges (Australia) in Sydney in 1969, he also founded colleges in Melbourne. Adelaide. Canberra and Brisbane that subsequently, and with Russell's blessing, became independent colleges in their own right. Some of these closed, others continued and now offer recognised degree programs. In 1982 Russell turned over his private college to the acupuncture profession so that the college could apply and ultimately gain recognition as a government accredited higher educational body that had the right to offer an accredited Diploma, and subsequently a Bachelor of Acupuncture. In 1992, as one of the three Chairmen of the Board of Governors that ran the College, he approved granting the right to Victoria University to offer a degree program based on the ACA degree program when Dr Kerry Watson organised the first undergraduate program in acupuncture to be offered at a university in Australia. In 1994 he approved the dissolution of the Board of the Sydney ACA and the transfer of the degree program to the University of Technology Sydney. "

There you go! 1994 was when the UTS TCM course evolved and it all started in 1969 from the first acupuncture college in Australia.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Aboriginal Art and Chinese Medicine

Painting by Urrunga
Hi Blogs,
This is one of my favourite things. It's a painting by an Aboriginal artist who calls himself Urrunga. He paints and sells from a rug on the floor in the Devonshire Street tunnel, under Central station, Sydney.
When I first started my course in TCM I walked past this guy and was knocked over by this really strong piece of art work that called out to me! How rare is that? But it happened. I was just intrigued by it and somehow it had caught my attention past the walking legs and bustling people. As he explained the picture to me I was even more amazed.
What you are witnessing here is an amazing explosion of the imagination, reflecting the world, from a totally different perspective. If you look at the picture the two circles begin in the two knots in the wood. The Moon, large on the right is next to the Sun on the left. Below (or behind) are the star filled rivers of where Urrunga had stayed on a night out in the bush. The planet Earth surrounded by stars and on top are the trees Urrunga could see as the dawn began to strike their barks as the Sun began to rise. Just to see the Moon powering over the Sun and yet to see the awesome latent power of the Sun about to be witnessed on the days dawn. The view of Earth, covered in stars and in vast space, but also anchored to everyday life by the trees and rivers. I was just hit by the absolute latent power there. As each moment is noticed it becomes even more powerful and yet it is all at this tipping point. Vastness , nothingness, beauty , power, everything and nothing. The dawn, the night. Everything is suggested in an opposite way around! In five minutes I saw a breathing, three dimensional vision of latent ability and power. I was amazed at such a vibrant reflection of a beautiful moment. Yin and Yang. Macrocosm and Microcosm.
I look at this picture constantly to help me in my studies. May it help you too.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Peter Deadman-Still alive

Hi Blogs,

Here's a quick look at the net:

Just read a lovely interview from Chinese Medicine Notes of Peter Deadman. Check it out as it's down to earth, to the point and nice to read.

Herbis Orbis is a nice, rich earthy blog about herbs, studying and a bit of magic

This is a lovely blog about a just graduated practitioner. Looking forward to hearing how it all goes. Good luck

Keep on blogging and keep on learning :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Photo Essay on writing an Essay

Firstly thanks Jeremy for letting me take some pics.
We have a 2,500 word essay to write on Trigger Points and Channel Theory. It's the biggest assignment we've done so far and it's a dog! What? Am I not loving the in depth analysis etc? This essay is really the most tedious thing I've done so far! Anyway I am learning a bit more about channel theory and writing and referencing ( Blurgh!). Half way through it and at least we have got some new Macs to play with at the Uni. Facebook is pretty quick on them.


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