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Dry Needling Level 1 – Part A

Member: $105.00 inc. GST

Non-Member: $175.00 inc. GST

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  • Overview

Physiotherapists are increasingly using dry needling for pain management and thereby improving function in conjunction with other physiotherapy approaches. This structured course meets the national APA and AHPRA recommendations for physiotherapists to practice dry needling safely for musculoskeletal conditions and sports injuries. The sound knowledge of indications and contraindications for dry needling requires appropriate assessment and treatment skills.


This course is designed to provide physiotherapists an opportunity to improve knowledge and skills of dry needling, and make them aware of guidelines for safe dry needling practices in a range of musculoskeletal conditions. On completion, participants will have a good knowledge of the theory, research and safety considerations of dry needling.


Dry Needling Physiotherapy Level 1 - Part A  is self-paced and consists of seven recorded lectures. These must be completed to receive a Certificate of Attendance. It is also valuable as refresher training or CPD


Part A is a pre-requisite for the Dry Needling for Physiotherapists Level 1 – Part B face-to-face course.  Group discussion, presentations and a theory exam during the practical Part B course will assume this knowledge.


Diagram: APA Dry Needling Physiotherapy Level 1



Jane Rooney, APAM, FACP

Peter Selvaratnam, APAM, FACP


Learning Outcomes

On completion of Part A, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the history and theories of dry needling.
  • Explain the different approaches and indications of dry needling
  • Identify the difference between acupuncture and dry needling approaches
  • Explain the research evidence specific to dry needling
  • Identify the safety considerations including documented side effects relating to dry needling
  • Describe the precautions and contraindications for dry needling, in order to evaluate patient’s suitability for dry needling


CPD Hours

3.5 hours



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Important Note:  If you are registered or intending to register for the face-to-face Dry Needling Level 1 course, you do not need to go through this eCart. Part A is included in the face-to-face course registration fee. After registering for the face-to-face course, the APA team will register participants into the Part A online component.

If you wish to undertake just Part A as CPD, then please continue to register online.