I have been needling for years but have had no formal training. Can I go straight into Level 2 ?

From January 2011 dnp Level 1 is a prerequisite for dnp Level 2. See following question for more details.

I have completed two days or more of Dry Needling training with another training organisation, can I attend the Level 2 Dry Needling Plus course?

Because the dnp approach course is very different to all other Dry Needling approaches, it is necessary to attend the Level 1 course prior to the Level 2 Dry Needling Plus course. This recommendation is based on feeback over several years allowing such participants to enter dnp Level 2. They found that even when they have done other approaches that they get a lot out of the Level 1 course, and this improves their dry needling and palpation skills and treatment results vastly. They also reported difficulty entering at an advanced skill level whilst not yet familiar with different jsrgon and basic skills.

I am pregnant. can I do the course?

There are issues with the practical component as pregnant bodies are more sensitive generally than other bodies.
This often means that your practical partners are unable to do as much practice on your body as you are on theirs.
Depending how pregnant you are there may also be some regional techniques that are not able to be practiced at all by your partical session partners.
In summary being pregnant will not interfere with your own learning process but will limit the learning experience of those working with you on the course.
We generally suggest that,in fairness to other participants that you do the course whilst not pregnant.

I am a remedial massage therapist. Can I do a dnp course?
The dnp approach is a complex integrated neuromuscular paradigm of dry needling.
It is quite different to the popular trigger point approaches and embraces complex clinical reasoning as part of its skill base.
The pre-requisites for the training programmes are a Bachelor degree in one of the Health Sciences with an emphasis on manual therapy such as physiotherapy, chiropractic or osteopathy. Podiatrists and hand therapists also find the course material integrates well within their scope of practice. Naturopaths, nurses and human movements graduates tend to find the course material challenging due to its manual therapy emphasis and whilst eligible for the course might find simpler needling approaches better suited to their needs.
Specific training programmes¬† have been presented to remedial massage therapists in the past however there are no dnp¬† courses for RMT’s currently scheduled. Stringent guidelines for insurance and course accreditation in Australia and NZ determine that the pre-requisites outlined be adhered to.

Is the Dry Needling Plus Level 1 course APA Accredited?

Yes. The Dry Needling Plus courses have current APA Accreditation. As an APA Accredited course, APA members will receive 32 points for a two day course (two points per hour), and for non-APA members this is relevant for your Indemnity Insurance – ie meets all the current standards of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Are the Dry Needling Plus courses AOA Accredited?

Yes, the Dry Needling Plus courses are approved for category 1A with the AOA (Australian Osteopathic Association).

How many APA CPD points do I get for courses?

32 points for a two day APA Accredited course (ie two points per hour) and 1 point per hour (16 points for two days) for courses that are not formally APA Accredited.

The course I want to do is not formally Accredited with the APA. Can I use what I learn on the course in my Physio practice?

Yes. You will receive 1 APA CPD point per hour (16 points for two days) for these courses and you will be able to use what you learn in your Physiotherapy practice.

When I have completed the Dry Needling Plus course, can I perform Dry Needling in the UK?

Yes, the Dry Needling Plus course material and techniques can be used in Physiotherapy practice in the UK. The CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, as at February 2010) has confirmed that you are able to work within your scope of practice ie if you have received training in Dry Needling Plus or any other course, and have a certificate (which you will receive at the end of each course) you can then use Dry Needling in the UK.

Where may I obtain cleaning and sterilisation supplies recommended on the dnp courses?

Chlorhexidine/Alcohol Swabs (for dry needling purposes)
Available from Medical Specialties Australia


Item number 101.02

Solumed SOLU-I.V. Swabs

Antiseptic swabs impregnated with a solution of 2% Chlorhexidine Gluconate and 70% alcohol.
Phone (02) 9417 7955

Spirigel Alcohol Gel
Available from CH2 at http://www.ch2.net.au/page.php?id=66
or Symbion http://symbionhealth.com/ContactUs.aspx

Hexifoam – Antiseptic Chlorhexidine Foam Handwash
Available from Symbion http://symbionhealth.com/ContactUs.aspx

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