HLT60512 – Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy Course
Naturopathy is based on a profound philosophy that the body has an innate ability to heal itself given the right circumstances. The fundamentals of Naturopathy are well known and were even practised by Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. His therapeutic approach was based on the “healing power of nature.” With the radical changes to this philosophy in the practices of modern medicine, a new system of medicine was born in late 1890s, to be known as Naturopathy and the credit goes to a German physician called Benedict Lust.
Naturopaths primarily treat the person rather than the disease, using life style modification, diet, nutritional supplements and herbal remedies. The body is viewed more than the sum of biochemical processes and the connections between mind and body are highly regarded.
This comprehensive nationally recognised, industry endorsed Naturopathy course has been designed to give you the required knowledge and skills to practice as Naturopaths or Natural Therapy practitioners.
The course encompasses a variety of subjects and areas including
- biomedical sciences
- herbal medicine
- mind body medicine
- communication and basic counselling
- workplace health and safety
- practice management
- professional practice and development in relation to practice of natural therapies.
Many other short courses are also offered to complement the course and create an 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 450 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 by domestic students upon approval, to gain their clinical experience. Assessors and mentors must have both vocational and training qualifications in order 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 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 learners to demonstrate their competency and assessors to identify any short comings and to provide the required feedback and remedial actions.
During this course students can choose either a Homoeopathy or Massage stream as their elective units in addition to other core and specialised units offered in the course.
Domestic students are also eligible to apply for Austudy/Abstudy assistance. The course is approved for VET FEE HELP so that eligible domestic students can obtain VET FEE HELP, a Government funded interest free study loan, to fund their entire course tuition fee.
This 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 at professional associations such as Australian Natural Therapists Association, Complementary Medicine Association, National Herbalist Association and other professional membership organisations representing Naturopaths. However Industry association may require additional information and the conditions for membership as well as the requirements may change periodically. As such, prospective students are encouraged to contact relevant professional bodies for current membership requirements. Currently there are no licensing requirements to practice Naturopathy 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, psychologists and share the overhead of running the business and benefit from mutual referrals. Some Naturopaths work in pharmacies as consulting Naturopaths, while some work in the manufacturing industry in different capacities. Some establish and work in health retreats and others become academics in the field. So there are many opportunities a fresh graduate can choose from.
Occupational titles for this qualification
- Naturopathic practitioner
- Natural medicine practitioner
- Natural therapist
General entry requirements to AIHM courses:
For Advanced Diploma and Diploma courses applicants will need to have completed Western Australian Certificate of Education (Year 12) or equivalent preferably with Human Biology and Chemistry as subjects. Mature age students must meet certain literacy and numeracy requirements.
Applicants who have not studied Year 12 level Human Biology and Chemistry 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 a Bachelor of Health Science (Complementary Medicine) degree offered by Charles Sturt University with advanced standing.
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