Stefan Hafner Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine
Toyohari Japanese Acupuncture - gentle and effective. Health fund registered.


Dr. Stefan Hafner (TCM)

I completed my Traditinal Chinese Medicine degree at the University of Technology, Sydney in 2003. I spend six weeks doing a hospital internship in Beijing . After practcing TCM for five years, I discovered the Japanese Toyohari style of acupuncture and found it offered a refined style of treatment that was more gentle and effective.

In my practice I use Acupuncture in conjunction with Moxibustion, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Cupping, Tuina Massage and Chinese Dietary Therapy. If appropriate, I will recommend changes to lifestyle and diet. I might suggest and demonstrate Yoga, Qi Gong and Meditation exercises as homework. Apart from treating adults of all ages, I enjoy treating children with the Japanese Shonishin method which is very gentle.

I am passionate about my chosen path in traditional medicine and enjoy treating everyone from baby to mature person. I have been working in Woy Woy for the last 15 years and still maintain a practice day in Glebe, Sydney on Wednesdays.


Stefan Hafner has been in clinical practice for over 15 years. The former ambulance officer, studied Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at UTS in Sydney. He completed his studies with a six week hospital internship in Beijing.

He completed a certificate course in Japanese Toyohari acupuncture and trained at the Toyohari association in Tokyo.

He also studied Shonishin, a Japanese form of pediatric acupuncture.

Stefan is one of the very few therapists in Australia who practice medicinal leech therapy (hirudo therapy).

As part of his professional development, Stefan regularly updates his skills by attending seminars and acupuncture training sessions throughout the year.

Stefan works at the Gnostic Wellness Centre in Woy Woy on the NSW Central Coast as well as The Genki Centre in Glebe, Sydney. He enjoys treating a broad range of conditions using acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, ear acupuncture Chinese herbal medicine, pediatric acupuncture (Shonishin) and medicinal leech therapy.

Stefan is a government registered acupuncturist and herbalist, a member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS). He is a board member of the Australasian branch of the Toyohari Association.


University of Technology, Sydney
Bachelor of Health Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Toyohari Medical Association, Tokyo Certificate in Japanese Toyohari Meridian Therapy Advanced Toyohari teacher training


  • Studied Shonishin pediatric acupuncture

  • Medicinal leech therapy (hirudo therapy)


  • Member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)

  • Treasurer of the Australasian branch of the Toyohari Association.

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There are many good reasons for seeking traditional Chinese medicine. Stefan will walk you through your needs and provide you with the right treatment.