HLT61012 Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine
What we eat has an enormous impact on our health and well being. About seventy per cent of modern diseases leading to ill health and premature deaths are considered to be nutritionally oriented. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, once said “we should consider food as our medicine”. This Nutritional Medicine course explores contemporary and traditional nutritional principles and practices that will lead to a happy, healthy and vibrant life.
This comprehensive, nationally recognised, Industry endorsed Nutritional Medicine course has been designed to give you the required knowledge and skills to practice as Nutritional Medicine practitioners or Nutritional Therapists.
The course encompasses variety of subjects and areas including
- modern and traditional nutritional theories and principles
- food groups
- specific dietary requirements
- management and prevention of diseases with nutritional intervention
- biochemical pathways of nutrition
- healthy food recipes and preparation
- food as medicine for a vibrant, happy and healthy life.
In addition to nutritional subjects, biomedical sciences, herbal medicine, iridology, mind body medicine, communication and basic counselling, workplace health and safety, practice management, professional practice and development in relation to practice of nutritional medicine. Many other short courses are also offered to complement the course and create an awareness of various natural therapy modalities that are available.
Students progress through the course by completing AIHM subjects that are mapped against nationally endorsed units of competency from the health training package so that upon completion of all the AIHM subjects and clinical requirements students receive 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 by domestic students only upon approval, to gain 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 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 required feedback and remedial actions.
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 for their entire course tuition fees.
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 of professional associations such as the Australian Natural Therapists Association, Complementary Medicine Association and other professional membership organisations that represent Nutritional Medicine Practitioners. However Industry associations may require additional information and conditions for membership and 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 nutritional 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, psychologists and share the overhead of running the business and benefit from mutual referrals. Some nutritional therapists work in pharmacies as consulting nutritional therapists, 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 opt from.
Occupational titles for this qualification
- Nutritional medicine practitioner
- Nutritional therapist.
General entry requirements to AIHM courses
For Advanced Diploma and Diploma courses the applicants will need to have completed Western Australian Certificate of Education (Year 12) or equivalent, preferably with Human Biology and Chemistry as subjects or be a mature age student with required literacy and numeracy skills.
Applicants who have not studied Human Biology and Chemistry at year 12 level with in 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 course offered by AIHM, are eligible to apply for Bachelor of Health Science (Complementary Medicine) degree offered by Charles Sturt University, with advanced standing.
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