Courses

FAQ for Australian Students

Question

How long has the Institute been helping people into new careers?

Answer 

More than 20 years.

Question:
What are the qualifications of AIHM ‘s Directors?

Answer: 
AIHM’s Directors are medical practitioners as well as having knowledge of Natural Therapies.

Question:
Will my new qualification be recognised?

Answer:
Yes, all Advanced Diploma and Diploma courses meet the Australian National Training Authority competency packages requirements, so are nationally accredited.

These courses are accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority.

Graduating students are recognised for membership with Australian Natural Therapy association, Complementary Medicine Association, National Herbalist Association, Australian Association of Massage Therapists.

The Advance Diploma of Naturopathy course also meets the minimum entry requirements of at least 3 major WA universities. You can articulate your Advance diploma qualifications to the degree level through Charles Sturt University and complete their BHSc (Complementary Medicine) degree by completing some additional units with them.

Question:
After I graduate, will my clients be eligible to receive health funds rebates?

Answer: 
This is decided by individual health funds based on the course and the mode of studies you have undertaken and your membership status with industry bodies. Health funds will recognise Natural Therapy campus graduates (who have completed an accredited course) for client health fund rebates, if they are members of a recognised industry body. Some health funds also recognise accredited, online courses in the same way, and AIHM is currently lobbying for other health funds/associations to recognise online graduates in the same way.

Question:
I have done some similar studies before. Can I get some exemptions or recognition for my prior learning or experience?

Answer: 
Yes. At the time of your application, you can apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL). To download the RPL form please click here.

Question:
Can I apply without Yr 12 qualifications?

Answer: 
Yes, but you may need to enrol in our Bridging Course before you enrol in the Advance Diploma or Diploma courses.

Question:
Do your holidays coincide with school holidays?

Answer:

Yes.

Question:
Why should I choose your Institution over similar Institutions?

Reason 1:

We offer all the courses you need to become a fully qualified Naturopath or specialist in your choice of modality. You can upgrade or transfer to other courses.

Reason 2:

All Advance Diploma and Diploma course are approved for Government VET FEE HELP.

Reason 3:

You can upgrade all our Advance Diploma courses to Bachelor Degree level.

Reason 4:

Your new skills will be nationally recognised.

Reason 5:

Pleasant study environment, in a relaxed bush setting.

Reason 6:

Flexible timetable and payment options.

Reason 7:

You are learning at a reputable Institute. The courses are recognised by major professional organisations.

Reason 8:

The student clinic is supervised by qualified practitioners, so that you can receive your Clinical and Practical experience on campus.

Reason 9:

Free introductory seminars.

Reason 10:

Students can apply the fundamentals of natural medicine in their own lives by doing meditation, yoga, and tai chi.

Reason 11:

Advance Diploma courses are designed to be completed in 2 years (full time/fast track).

Reason 12:

Holidays are in line with school holidays.

Reason 13:

Teaching methodology is holistic and similar to the methods adopted in many medical schools.

Reason 14:

Scholarships

Reason 15:

Live online courses 

Question:
What scholarships do you offer?

Answer: 
There are two categories of scholarships offered to the most deserving students. Annually, the Institute offers the “Dr. Deepak Chopra Scholarship” for a new student (50% fees) and a number of scholarships for the enrolled students in the clinical practice.

Question 

I am really interested. How can I enrol?

Answer

I can send you the enrolment form, or when you click on ‘apply now’ button on the right hand side of the website, and submit the form, an application form will be sent to your inbox.

Once you have completed the form please send it to us together with the other required information so that we can process your application.

Once your application is processed we will send you a letter of offer within 7 days, together with the letter of acceptance which you need to complete and return. We then will send you the VET FEE-HELP application form, which you need to fill out and return to us.

Question:

What course do you offer?

Answer

Our Natural Medicine courses include:

  • Advance Diploma of Naturopathy – HLT60512
  • Advance Diploma of Western Herbal Medicine – HLT60112
  • Advance Diploma of Nutritional Medicine – HLT61012
  • Advance Diploma of Ayurveda – HLT60712
  • Certificate IV in Massage – HLT40312
  • Diploma of Remedial Massage – HLT50307 (Not available for International students)
  • Certificate III of Aged Care – CHC30212
  • Bridging Course

 

Question

What are the costs of your courses?

Answer

  • Advance Diploma of Naturopathy – $25,025.00
  • Advance Diploma of Western Herbal Medicine – $21,166.50
  • Advance Diploma of Ayurveda – $23,133.00
  • Advance Diploma of Nutritional Medicine – $22,720.50
  • Diploma of Remedial Massage –  $7280.00
  • Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice – $4150.00
  • Certificate III in Aged Care (Govt Funding eligible students) = $1,210.00

 

Question

So what are my study options?

Answer

You can study online, on campus, week days, or a combination of all.

Question

What is the work load like?

Answer

Full time students are required to enrol in all the units offered for a particular term, usually 4-5 units.

For part time studies we recommend at least 2 units (subjects). Biomedical Science is a compulsory subject in every term. If you are planning part time studies you can enrol in Biomedical Science and one other unit.

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How long are your terms?

Answer

Four terms per year, each lasting for ten weeks.

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How long is your Advance Diploma?

Answer: 
Advance Diploma can be completed in 2 years (Full time/Fast Track) or 3 years and must be completed within 4-6 years (Part time).

Question:
How long is the Massage Diploma?

Answer: 
Massage Diploma can be completed in 2 terms.

Due to its hands on nature we do not offer this course online however campus based students can do a few theory based units online.

Question:
Can I change my course half way through?

Answer: 
Yes, all courses are accredited so you can change from one course to another.

Question:
How can I do the Bridging Course and what does it cover and how long does it run?

Answer: 
The Bridging Course is offered online and on campus. You can do the online recorded version anytime you want

Usually the on campus course is run in March and October.

Both on campus and online bridging courses are 30 hours in duration.

The course covers Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, study skills, and Introduction to Natural Therapy Philosophy and Nutrition.

Question:
Do you offer short courses?

Answer: 
Yes, we offer many short courses on campus, called electives. Usually they are 30 hours in duration.

There are also a few short courses currently offered online.

Please click here for a list of electives being offered

Question:
Are there any other attendance requirements I should be aware of, apart from attending classes or contact study?

Answer:
Yes, in addition to the theory classes you need to attend the clinic, where you interact with real clients to gain your practical and clinical skills and experience.

AIHM offers this training in a well equipped clinic facility on campus.

If you are unable to attend the clinical training due to the distance you may be able to gain most of your clinical experience through a mentor in your local area, who is approved by the AIHM.

You may also complete your clinical training through AIHM clinical schools to be established in a number of states in Australia.

Question:
What are the enrolment dates (in case I am not ready to start)?

Answer: 
2014

  • 28th Jan – 11th April (Online and on campus)
  • 28th April – 4th July (Online)
  • 21st July – 26th Sep (Online and On Campus)
  • 13th Oct – 19th Dec (Online)

Question:
Do you offer a distance education program?

Answer: 
Yes, we offer live online interactive courses in real time with real lecturers.

You will be able to interact and ask questions then and there.

Question:

What if I miss some of these lectures?

Answer: 
We archive the recorded lectures and you can listen and view the entire lecture later on as many times  as you like during the term.

Question:
Can I do the entire course online?

Answer: 
Since there are some clinical and practical components in the course, the entire course cannot be done online.  But all the theory based units are offered online. For a list of online units offered please click here.

Question:
How can I do the clinical/practical components?

Answer: 
There are three ways you can complete your clinical/practical components.

1. By attending the AIHM clinic in Western Australia.

2. By attending one of our clinical schools to be established in different states in Australia.

3. With the AIHM approved practitioner of your choice.

Question:
How do I know what time to log in to go to the virtual class room?

Answer:

Once you are enrolled a time table will be given to you.

Question:
This sounds very exciting! do you have more information about online courses?

Answer:

Please visit the online courses  section of our website and fill in the form and submit it. One of our staff members will get back to you to answer all your questions.

Question:
Can I get any financial assistance for my studies?

Answer: 
Yes if you are an Australian citizen and have not borrowed more than you are entitled to as a student loan from the commonwealth, you will be eligible to receive a loan to cover the entire course tuition fees through the Government VET FEE-HELP programme.

In addition to VET FEE-HELP you may also be eligible for Austudy/Abstudy assistance. Please contact Centrelink to check your eligibility.

Question:
What is VET FEE-HELP?

Answer:
VET FEE-HELP is a loan that the Australian Government provides to eligible students to help pay part or all of their tuition fees for approved vocational education and training (VET) courses.

You can begin your studies now and pay later.

You repay only when your income reaches a certain threshold (For 2013-2014 income year, the threshold is A$51,309.00).

Question:
How does VET FEE-HELP work?

Answer: 
If eligible, you won’t need to pay for your course upfront. Instead, you can borrow up to the total tuition fee.  The Australian Government pays the amount of the loan on your behalf and you start repaying through the tax system, once your income reaches the minimum repayment threshold.

For the 2013-2014 income year the threshold is A$51,309.00

Question:
Who is eligible for VET FEE-HELP?

Answer: 
Every Australian citizen who has not reached their VET FEE-HELP lifetime limit.

Question:

How can I find out more about VET FEE-HELP?

Answer: 
You can read more about VET FEE-HELP atwww.deewr.gov.au/skills/programs/support/vetfeehelp/

Question:

Does VET FEE-HELP cover the cost of my books and other learning materials?

Answer:
No, VET FEE-HELP covers only your tuition. We can give you the estimated cost for the books and any other learning tools that yopu may require.

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