This ancient traditional vedic system of medicine, with a history of more than 5000 years, focuses on the prevention and management of illness by incorporating basic life principles as well as closely relating the human body and its physiological and pathological processes to the inherent principles of nature.
Ayurveda is considered to be a complete system of medicine in its own right. Ayurveda treats each human as a distinct individual and recognises that it is related to a unique combination of physical, mental and emotional characteristics known as the tridoshas – vata, pitta and kapha. The imbalance of these tridoshas can lead to emotional, mental and physical discomfort, as well as illness. In order to balance these tridoshas, Ayurveda uses a variety of methods such as life style modification, dietary advice, herbal treatment, massage and its unique detoxification method known as panchakarma.
This comprehensive, nationally recognised and industry endorsed Ayurveda course has been designed to give you the required knowledge and skills to practice as an Ayurvedic Practitioner. The course encompasses a variety of subjects and areas including
ayurvedic herbal medicine
ayurvedic massage and therapies
marmas (specific points in the body) and chakras.
In addition, biomedical sciences, communication and basic counselling, workplace health and safety, practice management, professional practice and development in relation to the practice of Ayurveda are covered. Many other short courses are also offered to complement the course and create awareness of other natural therapy modalities such as yoga, meditation, vedic astrology and more.
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 will receive a nationally recognised qualification. Students may have to complete more than one AIHFE subject to gain a complete unit of competency.
Students are required to complete a minimum 400 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 gain 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 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 the 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 memberships at professional associations such as the Australian Natural Therapists Association or other professional membership organisations that represent Ayurvedic practitioners. However Industry association may require additional information and conditions for membership and 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 Ayurveda 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 and also benefit from mutual referrals. Alternatively, some Ayurvedic practitioners establish and or 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
General Entry Requirements for 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 with our required literacy and numeracy skills.
Applicants who have not studied Year 12 level Human Biology and Chemistry within the last five years or do not have relevant post school vocational experience or knowledge are required to complete a bridging course offered by AIHFE or equivalent.
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.
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 namely 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 class room/online students only.
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 classroom sessions are also recorded and archived for future reference. When virtual class rooms are not offered, students can enrol for online classes, where they are provided with all the lesson materials, recorded lectures and are assigned tutors to respond to questions. Supplementary live interactive tutorials will also be offered to support the students and to ensure that they meet the required knowledge and skills.
There are 4 terms per year with term holidays in line with school holidays. Students who enrol in January will start with term one subjects, similarly students who enrol in April and July 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.