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Community Acupuncture for Health Equity

Community acupuncture is a big part of Central Highlands Pain & Wellbeing, and is held in the new, specifically dedicated Community space alongside the dispensary at the back of the buliding. Sessions run 2 days per week – Tuesday afternoons 2pm – 4pm & Friday mornings 10am – 12 midday. Session prices are $30 for every person, every time, so everyone can afford to access regular Chinese medicine treatment. Health fund rebates are available via HICAPS, so you can claim on the spot. Drop by, have a cup of tea, a laugh and a chat, or just settle back into your recliner and meditate to the music while you have your session in a friendly group of Central Vic locals.


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Dr Rebecca Tolhurst

Registered Senior Chinese Medicine Practitioner

Clinic Owner/Manager

Senior Acupuncturist, Herbalist & Traditional Massage Therapist

Rebecca views every person’s health as holistic and individual, and tailors each session to accommodate, with personalised treatment design. She has worked in many different settings with many different types of patients through her career and has now entered her 16th year of clinical practice in acupuncture & Chinese herbal medicine.  The Central Highlands Pain & Wellbeing dispensary has raw, powdered, prepared or granulated Chinese herbal medicines for utmost strength and your greatest convenience. Rebecca also uses acupuncture, Chinese bodywork, meditation or spiritually-derived styles – whichever combination is more relevant to the person in front of her – you.

Hospitality and Food focus

In another life, before Chinese medicine, Rebecca worked in Front-of-House hospitality, from her teens to late 30’s. As a result she developed a deep empathy for hospitality employees, as well as an experiential understanding of the types of emotional and occupational injuries incurred whilst performing work duties. She also has a keen interest in amazing ways to put food together, nutrition and supplementation, and is obsessed with food history. She can advise about TCM food medicine principles but with a modern twist – so you can always find something awesome to replace the things you have to give up.

Mental Health, Alcohol & Other Drugs

Rebecca has a background volunteering in community and not-for-profit clinics where she has supported homeless people and those detoxing from alcohol and other drugs, not treating addiction itself but helping with pain and stress that can sometimes form the underlying reason for self-medication. Within these contexts she has also offered pain relief support in recovery and understands the different challenges that patients experience as a result of taking this enormous, life-changing step. She has been involved in regular volunteer and professional acupuncture work in the AOD sector for 8 years.

Foundations in Research

During Public Health study, Rebecca worked for a nutritional & herbal supplement company as a research assistant and advertising copy writer. It was a good foundation to inform Chinese Medicine practice and allow a deeper and more cohesive understanding of integrative health principles so they could be applied in clinical practice. She works on an explanatory level which assists patients and practitioners to understand how Chinese medicine and scientific theory can mesh to promote greater awareness of how these concepts align.

Her formal qualifications are:

BHSci (Chinese Herbal Medicine)(2004); BHSci (Traditional Chinese Medicine)(2006); Grad. Dip (Public Health)(2018).


Rebecca is a member of the Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA) and is registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA) under the Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine divisions. Health fund rebates are available and she is eligible for inclusion as a therapist in Work Cover, TAC & NDIS treatment plans by referral from a General Practitioner.

If you would like to make a time to see Rebecca, please call or text reception on 0422 353 446 or book online by clicking this link.