The topic of health and wellness has received increasing attention over the last few decades, nationally and internationally.
As established by the World Health Organization (WHO), health is referred to as “a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” According to the WHO, the primary determinants of health include the social, economic, and physical environments and the person’s individual characteristics and behaviours. Accordingly, the maintenance and improvement of health depend not only on external or environmental factors (including the systems of care) but also on the person’s efforts and intelligent lifestyle choices.
On the other hand, Wellness is considered a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential. It is multidimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual wellbeing, and the environment. It is positive and affirming. Wellness is an individual pursuit, a conscious decision—we have self-responsibility for our own choices, behaviours and lifestyles that influences our wellbeing, happiness and health.
There is staggering evidence to suggest that unhealthy diets, lack of physical activities, poor lifestyle choices and attitudes to our lives and situation as the primary cause of many modern-day health problems and unhappiness in our society.
This comprehensive, nationally recognised, and industry-endorsed Diploma of Health and Wellness course has been designed to give the graduates the required knowledge and skills based on modern sciences and ancient teachings to practice as a health and wellness consultant health and wellness coach or mentor. The course encompasses a variety of subjects and areas, including:
Anatomy and pathophysiology
Communication and client relationship
Research and evidence-based practice
Principles of health and wellness
Coaching and mentoring
Marketing and business planning
Mode of delivery
The course is delivered via AIHFE virtual campus mode, where the students can attend from any destination by using their internet. The lecturers and tutorials are delivered in real-time on a structured timetable so that students get an opportunity to ask questions from their teachers and interact with other fellow students.
When it is impracticable to deliver live lecturers, pre-recorded lecturers will be provided with subsequent live tutorials and or direct contact support with the trainers and assessors.
Clinical / practical training
Participants must complete 100 hours of voluntary work as a wellness consultant or a coach in an organisation or in a community setting to gain the required practical and clinical skills to gain the qualification.
This can be at a place that is convenient to the participant, such as in private practice, community centre, in a workplace, health club or a gym, pharmacy or health food store.
Course fees and financial assistance
Course fees are payable on a term-by-term basis for the units enrolled in that term by direct debit to the AIHFE nominated account. AIHFE also offers an interest-FREE payment plan. For details, Eligible students may also apply for a student loan. For details, please contact the College.
With the qualification and skills gained through the training, graduates could choose to work as a Wellness/ Health consultant or coach in your private practice or for a large organisation. Already, there are many large organisations across the country, from colleges to mining companies, who now see the benefits of having a dedicated wellness consultant on their team. Having healthy and happy employees saves them time and stress and improves the profit for any organisation.
If you are looking for employment, here are some examples of the positions you could consider with your qualification:
Health & Wellbeing Coach
Health and Wellness Consultant
Student Wellbeing Coordinator
Health & Wellbeing Advisor
Wellbeing Program Manager
According to some employment statistics, as an employee, you could be starting as a coach with an average income of $60,000, and as a Manager, you would expect to achieve a six-figure income. Or you can be your own boss and offer your services to small or medium-sized companies to help their employees – or you can help individuals directly. And of course, you could choose to work full time or part-time to suit your own lifestyle.
General Entry Requirements for AIHFE Diploma and Advanced Diploma Courses
For Advanced Diploma and Diploma courses, the applicants will need to have completed the Western Australian Certificate of Education (Year 12) or equivalent or satisfactory completion level 4 Australian Qualification or an equivalence. Mature age students with life experience may also apply for the course provided they meet literacy, language, and numeracy skill requirements.
Unique Student Identifier requirement (USI)
A USI must be provided by all students applying for the course, and this should be provided in the application form. If you need any assistance in obtaining your USI, please contact the college administration or visit http://usi.gov.au
College Policies and Procedures
All prospective students are requested to view the college policies prior to enrolment. Policies can be accessed on the website under policies, procedures, and forms located at the bottom of the home page under the heading navigation.
Please click link to to download the course fee structure and the schedule.
The course is designed to be delivered over 12 months on a full-time basis, requiring about 12 hours of contact study hours per week. There are four terms for the course, and each term runs for a period of 10 weeks. Part-time options are also available, allowing course completion within two years.
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 so that students can listen to the lectures as many times as they want during the term and also if they miss a live class session. When virtual classrooms are not offered, students may 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.
The college terms are aligned with WA school terms. Students who enrol in January will start with term one subjects. Similarly, students who enrol in April will start with term one subjects and proceed progressively in the course. If you need any assistance with your study plan, please contact one of our staff members.
HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to clients health information. *
DHWNUT501 Determine diet and nutritional status of the clients
CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationship.
DHWNUT502 Provide nutritional and dietary advice for health and wellness
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice.
DHWHWP503 promote health and wellness to individuals and groups
DHWCOA504 Provide health and wellness coaching and mentoring
DHWYOG505 Apply yoga for health and wellness
DHWTAI406 Provide tai chi exercises for health and wellness
BSBPEF501 Manage personal and professional development
BSBESB404 Market new business ventures
BSBESB401 Research and develop small business plans
DHWCLP Clinical placement
(*HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to clients health information.- This unit will be delivered over two terms; term one and two. However, students will be enrolling only in term one)
Please note that the workload for each unit is varied. Therefore, increased number of units in certain terms does not mean that student workload will relatively be increased)
Currently, there is no licensing requirement in Australia to practice as a health and wellness consultant or coach.
The qualification is recognised by International Institute for Complementary Therapist (IICT). The qualification is also recognised by many professional organisations such as the Australian Natural Therapist Association (ANTA), Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS) for professional development activity for their members. AIHFE continually and pro-actively communicate with professional bodies and organisations both nationally and internationally for recognition and accreditation of the course for the benefit of all stakeholders and the community.
The Diploma of Health and wellness course offered by AIHFE is nationally recognised (Australia wide) through the Australian Qualification Framework. Monitored and regulated by Australian Skills Qualification Authority, the government regulator of the Vocational Education and Training Sector.
Graduates may be eligible to apply for recognition or prior learning or credit transfer for similar units offered by the AIHFE and other education providers.