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HLT61012 Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine

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

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 AIHFE subjects that are mapped against nationally endorsed units of competency from the health training package so that upon completion of all the AIHFE subjects and clinical requirements students receive 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 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 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 learners to demonstrate their competency and assessors to identify any short comings and to provide required feedback and remedial actions.

Financial 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 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.

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, 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 AIHFE 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 AIHFE or equivalent.

Degree pathway

Students who have completed any of the Advanced Diploma or Diploma course offered by AIHFE, are eligible to apply for 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 on a full time fast track basis, requiring about 40-50 study hours per week, or over 3 years requiring about 30-40 study hours per week or on a part time basis over 4-6 years. Students who choose to enrol in 2 year fast tracked study programme are advised to ensure that they have required time available to them to dedicate for their studies before making this decision. Both 2 years and 3 years study programmes are considered as full time studies 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 class room online/students only. October new enrolments are open only for online students.

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 for students. 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 assigned tutors to respond to students questions. Supplementary live interactive tutorials will also be offered to support the learners and to ensure the learners meet the required knowledge and skills.

There are 4 terms per year. The term holidays 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 for 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.
  • 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.