AACMA Phil Macqueen Memorial Scholarship

It’s with great pride that Acupuncture DVDs partners with AACMA to establish the Phil Macqueen Memorial Scholarship to be launched October 2017.

AACMA Fellow and Former President, Phil Macqueen, sadly passed away on 14 August,2014 from complications of influenza following treatment for leukaemia. Phil Macqueen was famous worldwide for his “Phil Macqueen Treatment Protocols for Musculoskeletal issues”, holding seminars around the world with his last seminars on board our catamaran in Phuket.

Phil Macqueen joined AACMA in June 1982 after graduating with a Bachelor of Acupuncture from the Brisbane College of Traditional Acupuncture. He ran a busy practice in Brisbane’s bayside as well as a business in acupuncture videos and DVDs.

Phil’s passion for his profession permeated every aspect of his professional life. He joined the AACMA board in the 1980s (then the AAcA –Australian Acupuncture Association Ltd) and became President the early 1990s, a position he held until 1993. During his time on the AAcA board, the association moved to serviced offices in Indooroopilly and faced its first major challenge – the emergence of HIV/AIDS and its association with ‘needles’ – and the wholesale shift from reusable to single-use use acupuncture needles. As a direct response to the difficulties facing the profession, Phil and other board members organised the association’s first Acupuncture Awareness Week in Brisbane and the profession’s first major (and successful) publicity campaign. Phil had also joined AESO during that time and eventually went on to become AESO President in 1995 – in so doing played a key role in the amalgamation between these two big acupuncture associations – with AACMA as the end product.

To read more about this aspect of Phil’s life, read his interview on pages 20 – 21 of the AACMA 40th Anniversary Commemorative Book, available on AACMA website Publications page.

Phil also recognised the importance of professional development and keeping a record – and Acupuncture Videos Australia was born. Over many years, he built an extensive resource of recording on DVD of acupuncture clinicians from around the world. He also assisted AACMA by recording AACMA seminars and conferences, most recently at AACMAC Melbourne 2014.

Phil understood and embraced life-long learning. He is credited with developing numerous new and unique musculoskeletal treatment protocols, combining acupuncture with his developed physical therapies to get positive results for his patients and other therapies to get positive results for his patients.

Outside of his clinical work and business interests, Phil was an accomplished musician. Members who attended WFAS 2013 and AACMAC 2014 may recall Phil and friends entertaining guests at the social nights.

About the AACMA Phil Macqueen Scholarship:

The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage and support students and first-year practitioners of acupuncture who are passionate about their career and healing, who are restricted by financial means from obtaining the knowledge and experience to be gained from attending the AACMA annual conference.

Scholarship Eligibility:

Student members of AACMA and first-year practitioner members of AACMA.

Scholarship Description:

The scholarship will provide up to $750 for travel and accommodation to attend AACMAC; travel and accommodation will be arranged for the successful candidate by Acupuncture DVDs founded by Phil Macqueen.
A full set of DVDs of Phil Macqueens last seminar The Macqueen Shoulder, Lower Back and Torso Treatment Protocols Valued at $247 with 15 AACMA CPD points will be provided.

Complimentary ticket to AACMAC 2018 (ACMA Anual Conference) plus Gala dinner ticket, contributed by AACMA.


Applications open October 1st, 2017 and applications close March 2018.


How to apply

Applications open on 1 October each year and will close 15 March of the following year.

Applicants are to submit the following:

  1. An expression of interest in writing by addressing (in up to 500 words) the following topics:
  • The importance of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) to them personally
  • The benefits of attending AACMAC
  • Why they joined AACMA
  • Their passion for healing and their ability to take their knowledge further
  1. A brief resume (maximum ½ page)
  2. The names and contact details of two referees

All applications are to be emailed to aacma@acupuncture.org.au before the closing date.