AFPA IRELAND Acupuncture Awareness Week 2016
by Deirdre Murphy, Chairperson of AFPA
The Acupuncture Foundation Professional Association (AFPA) in Ireland held their fourth Acupuncture Awareness Week (AAW), from 7th to 13th March 2016, with a theme of “Acupuncture for the Treatment of Musculoskeletal Injury and Pain”.
Another successful national radio advert campaign promoting professional acupuncture was aired on Ireland’s Newstalk Radio station over two days prior to AAW. The audio clip of this AFPA advert can be accessed on our Facebook page and website www.afpa.ie. Members were supported and encouraged to exploit AAW as an opportunity to educate the public about the work that practitioners do and the full potential of traditional acupuncture. This was done by holding events of their own including newspaper articles, radio interviews, public talks and discounted treatments.
The AAW was officially launched on Wednesday 2nd March by the Chairperson of Chronic Pain Ireland, Mr. John Lindsay. First Secretary of Science & Technology from the Chinese Embassy in Ireland, Mr. Changlin Gao spoke at the launch and conveyed a message of congratulations to the AFPA from His Excellency Mr. Jianguo Xu, Chinese Ambassador to Ireland. His Excellency attended last year’s event which was launched by Ireland’s Minister of State from the Department of Health, Ms. Kathleen Lynch TD.
AFPA Chairperson, Deirdre Murphy, and AFPA Head of Communications, Sandro Graca also spoke at the launch which was directed by Master of Ceremonies and AFPA Patient Representative, Mr. Seán Murphy. First Secretary of Culture Ms. Fei Huang from the Chinese Embassy in Ireland, AFPA members, non-members, patients and Board members from Chronic Pain Ireland attended this event which was held in the historic setting of the Dun Library of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.