HLT60112 – Advanced Diploma of Western Herbal Medicine
Herbal Medicine is considered to be the oldest medicine on our planet and is still used to promote healing and maintain good health by more than seventy five percent of the world’s population. The aim of herbal medicine is to restore the body’s ability to heal itself and maintain optimal health.
This comprehensive, nationally recognised and industry endorsed Western Herbal Medicine course has been designed to give you the required knowledge and skills to practice as a Herbalist or Western Herbal Medicine practitioner.
The course encompasses a variety of subjects and areas –
- the history and philosophy of herbal medicine
- plant identification
- pharmacognosy and pharmacology of herbs
- material medica
- dosage and therapeutic applications of herbs in various disorders.
In addition to herbal subjects, topics in relation to practice of herbal medicine will also be covered including:
- biomedical sciences
- communication and basic counselling
- workplace health and safety
- practice management and professional practice and development
Many other short courses are also offered to complement the course and create awareness of other natural therapy modalities.
Students progress through the course by completing AIHM subjects that are mapped against nationally endorsed units of competency from the health training package. Upon completion of all the AIHM subjects and clinical requirements, students receive a nationally recognised qualification. Students may have to complete more than one AIHM subject to gain a complete unit of competency.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 300 hours of supervised clinical training. These clinical sessions are conducted and supervised by qualified practitioners at the student clinic on campus. Other designated clinical schools or clinics across Australia may be accessed, with approval, by domestic students looking to complete their clinical experience. Assessors and mentors must have both vocational and training qualifications required to conduct training and assessments.
In order to maintain the authenticity and the quality of training and assessment, virtual campus students who have gained their clinical skills outside of the AIHM Cockburn Central Campus Clinic are encouraged to attend their final term of clinical placement at the AIHM clinic. This provides an opportunity for the students to demonstrate their competency and assessors to identify any short comings and provide required feedback as well as remedial actions.
Domestic Students are also eligible to apply for Austudy/Abstudy assistance. The course is approved for VET FEE HELP which is a government funded interest free study loan. This allows eligible domestic students to obtain VET FEE HELP to fund their entire course tuition fee.
Course has also been approved for Austudy/ Abstudy assistance for eligible domestic students.
Industry recognition and licensing requirements
Upon completion of the course, graduates are eligible to apply for membership with professional associations such as Australian Natural Therapists Association, National Herbalist Association and other professional membership organisations that represent herbal practitioners. However Industry association may require additional information and conditions for membership and the requirements may change periodically. As such, prospective students are encouraged to contact the relevant professional bodies for current membership requirements. Currently there are no licensing requirements to practice herbal medicine in Australia.
Most of the graduates set up in private practice or work in multi-disciplinary clinics along with other health care professionals such as doctors, physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths and psychologists. Graduates can then share the overhead of running the business as well as benefit from mutual referrals. Alternatively, some herbal practitioners get involved in the manufacturing industry and others become academics in the field. So there are many opportunities a fresh graduate can opt from.
Occupational titles for this qualification
- Botanical Medicine practitioner
- Western Herbal Medicine practitioner
- Herbal medicine practitioner
General entry requirements to AIHM courses
For Advanced Diploma and Diploma courses the applicants will need to have completed the Western Australian Certificate of Education (Year 12) or equivalent preferably with Human Biology and Chemistry as subjects. Mature age students must meet the required literacy and numeracy skills.
Applicants who have not studied Human Biology and Chemistry at Year 12 level within the last five years, or who do not have relevant post school vocational experience or knowledge are required to complete a bridging course offered by AIHM or equivalent.
Students who have completed any of the Advanced Diploma or Diploma courses offered by AIHM, are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Health Science (Complementary Medicine) degree offered by Charles Sturt University with advanced standing.
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