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HLT60112 Advanced Diploma of Western Herbal Medicine

We no longer enroll new students in this qualification. Please contact us for alternative options

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
  • nomenclature
  • pharmacognosy and pharmacology of herbs
  • material medica
  • formulation
  • 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 AIHFE subjects that are mapped against nationally endorsed units of competency from the health training package. Upon completion of all the AIHFE subjects and clinical requirements, students receive a nationally recognised qualification. Students may have to complete more than one AIHFE subject to gain a complete unit of competency.

Clinical training

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 AIHFE Cockburn Central Campus Clinic are encouraged to attend their final term of clinical placement at the AIHFE 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.

Financial assistance

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.

Career prospects

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
  • Herbalist
  • Western Herbal Medicine practitioner
  • Phytotherapist
  • Herbal medicine practitioner

General entry requirements to AIHFE 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 AIHFE or equivalent.

Degree pathway

Students who have completed any of the Advanced Diploma or Diploma courses offered by AIHFE, are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Health Science (Complementary Medicine) degree offered by Charles Sturt University with advanced standing.

Fee Schedule:

To see the fee schedule please click here.

The course is designed to be delivered over 2 years (full time fast track) or 3 years (full time) requiring 40-50 study hours or 30-40 study hours per week respectively. Part time options are also available allowing course completion within 4-6 years. Students who choose to enrol in the 2 year fast tracked study programme are advised to ensure that they have the required time available to dedicate to their studies before making this decision. Both 2 year and 3 year study programmes are considered to be full time, provided you enrol in a minimum of 4 subjects per term which may include clinical training.

There are four intakes per year -January, April, July and October. January and July new enrolments are open for both week days on campus and virtual class room /online students. April new enrolments are open for virtual classroom /online students only. Online classes are the only option open to students enrolling in October.

Since AIHFE virtual classes are conducted in real time, students attend these interactive lectures and tutorials. Where possible, virtual classes are scheduled in the afternoon or evening to accommodate many working mature age students. Virtual class room sessions are recorded and archived for future reference. When virtual class rooms are not offered students can enroll for online classes where they are provided with all the lesson materials, recorded lectures and assigned tutors to respond to questions. Supplementary live interactive tutorials will also be offered to support the students and to ensure that students meet the required knowledge and skills.

Holidays at AIHFE are in line with school holidays.

Students who enrol in January will start with term one subjects, similarly students who enrol in April, July and October will start with term one subjects and proceed from there. If you need any assistance with your study plan please contact one of our staff members.

For full time fast tracked schedule Click Here.

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  • Your qualification is nationally recognised (Australia wide) through Australian Qualification Framework.
  • Monitored and regulated by Australian Skills Qualification Authority, the government regulator of the Vocational Education and Training Sector.
  • Articulation with Charles Sturt University that enable our graduates to enrol in the Bachelor of Health Science (Complementary Medicine) degree with advanced standing.
  • Advanced Diploma and Diploma courses offered by AIHFE are approved by Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education [DIISRTE] which enables our eligible students to access VET FEE-HELP, an interest free Government study loan.
  • Approved by Department of Human Services to receive financial assistance for full time eligible Australian students (Austudy/Abstudy).
  • Approved by Department of Education, Employment and Workplace relation.
  • Industry recognition which enable our students and graduates to apply for membership of professional bodies such as Australian Natural Therapists Association and National Herbalist Association.
  • Member of the Australian Council of Private Education and Training and fee protection for Australian students under their Tuition Assurance Scheme.
  • Meets entry requirements and advanced standing in certain degree programs offered by Curtin University, Edith Cowan University and Murdoch University in Western Australia.
  • Eligibility to apply for membership of American Association of Drugless Practitioners.
  • Accredited by British Complementary Medicine Association.