Dr. Tim Begbie graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Arts and an Honours Degree in Medicine in 1974 and relocated to Hobart. After an internship and a further 3 years of surgical training at the Royal Hobart Hospital, he ventured on a series of GP locums throughout Australia. His interest in people led him towards a career in General Practice, and after 6 years of practicing in the Huon Valley he joined the Sandy Bay Medical Centre.
During his period as a locum he noted various limitations in what was available for treatment of certain conditions, in particular headaches, neck pain and back pain. As a consequence, he studied Orthopaedic Medicine under Dr. James Cyriax of London and acupuncture at the Chinese Acupuncture Research Foundation in Taipei, Taiwan.
Now, after 22 years of full-time acupuncture practice, Dr Begbie has retired from practice altogether and has closed his clinic.
He will remain active in roles for the Australian Medical Acupuncture College (AMAC), and as an information source for GPs interested in training with AMAC.