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.
Is the course nationally recognised?
Yes. The training and the Ayurveda qualification issued by our institution is nationally recognised across Australia.
Where is the campus located?:
Our campus was located in Northlake Rd, Cockburn Central in WA. But as of 2018, we changed our delivery mode.
As a result, we retained our admin offices in Perth, Western Australia. We deliver all our theory units in Virtual interactive mode so that students can learn from any destination at the comfort of their own home or office. All they need is a computer and a good internet connection.
Can I do the entire course/qualification online or in virtual mode?
You can do all the theory units online/in virtual mode. However, you also need to complete 100 hours of practical work. This can be accomplished in many ways, such as working as a volunteer in a community setting, or in a health-related organisation, or at a Gym, or you can consult your friends and families on a volunteer basis to complete your required 100 hours. The college will ask you to provide evidence of your performance in taking those consultations. We may arrange a few Zoom sessions with you when you are doing your hands-on work or you may be asked to record them and upload them to the learning portal.
What time live lectures and tutorials are held?
We have recorded many lectures during previous virtual delivery sessions, and students have access to those recordings at any time when they enrol in a unit. Live virtual tutorials are usually held every week or every other week from 4 pm-5 pm AWST (GMT+8). Any virtual lectures are delivered between 3:30-5:30 pm AWEST.
What if I miss a virtual tutorial; can I listen to it later?
Yes, you can. We record all our lectures and live tutorials so that student can listen anytime that suit them and as many times as they want!
How long does AIHFE been operating as a Training Organisation
AIHFE evolved from AIHM, which is its original name. AIHM was established in 1991 and had been offering training and education since. AIHM changed its corporate name to AIHFE in 2014. We currently use both names.
What are the entry requirements?
To be successful in studies, we expect the applicants to have completed their year 12 or equivalence or have completed Certificate 4 or higher qualification under the Australian Qualification Framework or equivalence. Life experience is also considered.
Can I start pat- time studies and change it to full time and vice versa?
Many students start part-time and go full-time studies as they gain more confidence.
Do I need to have any insurance to work in the workplace?
Yes, you may be required to take a prof indemnity and public liability insurance to cover yourself when you do a consultation on the general public. There are a number of insurers who provide the types of insurance you may require. We can’t recommend one over the other and students are requested to find suitable insurances who meet their requirements. As guidance, some of our previous students have got their policies through AON and Swiss international SE (Insurance house -03 9235 5222).
Does the course cost include learning resources such as books?:
No, it does not. We provide you with a list of resources once you are enrolled, and you can purchase them online. It is around $1000.00 (2021)
Do I need to pay upfront for the course fees?
No, as a policy, we do not take upfront tuition fees for the entire course. It is a safeguard mechanism to protect students fees. Students are required to pay for each term for the units that they are going to enrol in. The number of fees can vary depending on the number of units they enrol in each term and the cost of each unit. For fee structure, please visit
What are the payment options?
The majority of students pay for the unit/s they enrol in each term by a bank transfer to AIHFE account. The payment must be paid before the commencement of the term, by the cut off date, which is published in each term. We also offer an interest-FREE easy payment plan.
How does an interest-FREE easy payment plan work?
The easy payment plan is managed by a third party; Paysmart. If students want to make use of this option, they need to complete the required form and provide their details, including the bank account or credit card details. The paysmart charges one-off set up fees ($11.00) and $1.95 per transaction to cover their admin fees. The amount is correct as of 2021 and subject to changes. To obtain the Paysmart form, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
To work out each instrument, you need to first work out the unit fees for the term you are enrolling in. Please see an example below.
Alice is a student and wants to pay her term fees by using an Interest-FREE payment plan and decided to enrol in one unit., BMS101 unit/subject.
The cost of the unit is $1000.00
Alice must complete the payment of the unit/s fees before the end of the term and must commence her first payment on or before the advertised cut off date.
Since there are ten weeks per term, there is five fortnight during the term.
Therefore, she needs to pay $1000/5= $200.00 per fortnight, plus $1.95 per transaction.
Paysmart contract is valid only for one term, and students are required to sign a new contract each term depending on the number of units they enrol each term and the cost for those units.
What if something happens to the college, particularly during these uncertain times? How is my pre -paid fees are protected?
Firstly, we take fees only for one term. We even protect that by having a bank guarantee in place to cover any unforeseen circumstance to protect students fees.
After doing a unit or two, if my circumstances do not allow me to continue my studies or the course does not suit me, am I financially liable for the entire course?
No, your financial liability is only for the units that you are enrolled in a particular term.
Can I start any time?
If a student wants to study part-time, they can enrol in any of the four terms that the college runs. The four terms are January, April, July and October. The full-time enrolment occurs in April each year. However, there is some flexibility with the enrolment. Please get in touch with email@example.com to discuss the best circumstances that suit you. The college term run online with WA, School terms.
What is the enrolment process?
Once you have expressed an interest, we will contact you with all the relevant information about the course. We encourage prospective students to visit our website www.aihfe.edu.au and download the course brochures and read the course information pages. If there are any questions, students are encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Once the enrolment form is submitted, students need a copy of their photo ids, such as a copy of the Driver’s license or passport, together with their highest educational certificate and the transcript. These documents should be emailed to email@example.com
Once the college receives your application and relevant documents, we will contact you to arrange a virtual meeting to discuss the course and explain how the course is delivered and provide an opportunity for you to ask any questions. After that, a letter of offer will be sent to you together with the letter of acceptance and a declaration. You need to complete these documents and return them to firstname.lastname@example.org, after which you will receive the unit enrolment form for the first term. You need to complete the unit enrolment form and return it to email@example.com, after which you will receive a confirmation of enrolment and your student number. Once you have completed the payment for the unit/s or completed and returned your paysmart form, you will be given access to the learning portal to commence your studies.
Can I have early access to the learning portal before the term commencement?
Yes, by enrolling in a unit and making all the admin requirements (paying unit fees), you can have early access to the learning portal before the term commencement date so that you can start your studies before the term commences.
Do I need to have a USI (unique student Identifier) to apply for the course?
All the Australian students undertaking Vocational education and training must have a USI number. This is a unique student number issued by the government. You get only one number irrespective of where and what you study, and you use that number every time when requested. If you do not have your USI or have forgotten your USI, please visit https://www.usi.gov.au/students It takes only a few minutes to get your USI.
How do I know that you are a recognised training organisation, and your qualification is nationally recognised?
Please visit training.gov.au and type our RTO number 40977, and you can see our details on this government website with our scope.
How do I know your teachers are appropriately qualified and have the necessary experience and qualifications to teach me?
Under the standards that we operate, it is a requirement that we engage appropriately qualified staff to provide education and training, and we are audited by the regulators. Our trainers and teachers have a passion for what they do and have been doing this for many years. We are not a new training organisation and have been operating for over 30 years!
Is your course recognised by professional bodies?:
Yes, the course is recognised for professional development by the Australian Natural Therapist Association (ANTA), Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS), and recognised by International Complementary Medicine Therapist (ICMT).
Are we legally allowed to practice as Health and Wellness consultants after qualification?
Under Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009, there are no statutory requirements to register to practice as a Health and Wellness consultant, unlike other health professionals such as Medical Practitioners, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Chines Medicine practitioners and Acupuncturists. As long as Ayurveda practitioners do not use restricted titles or practices controlled by the legislation and do not hold themselves as registered healthcare practitioners under the Act, there is no restriction to practice as a Health and Wellness practitioner or consultant.
Is the course internationally recognised?
There is no uniform international recognition body for many qualifications globally, including for Medical and health qualifications. The requirements to practice any profession may vary depending on the legislation of each country, and we encourage the prospects to contact the relevant regulatory bodies to contact the county of their interest to find out the requirements in those countries to practice Ayurveda.
Do I need to have further training to practice Ayurveda in Australia after completing my course at the AIHFE?
No, all the required knowledge and skills will be provided in the course offered by the AIHFE.
Does the college provide additional support to set up my business/practice?
Marketing and Business planning are part of the course curriculum. However, if a graduate needs additional support to set up their Ayurveda practice, AIHFE offers coaching and mentoring sessions and additional support For a fee upon request.
If I am struggling with the coursed, what support does the college provide?
AIHFE offers additional support for those students who need additional academic support through our mentoring programme. Senior students who are the scholars of the AIHFER offer this additional support and act as their mentors.
Does the college provide scholarships?
AIHFE offers limited part scholarships for full time, eligible Australian citizens. The criteria and the value of the scholarships are published on the AIHFE website and on our Facebook page. If you are interested in applying, please visit and subscribe to the AIHFE Facebook page and watch out for our upcoming news on the webpage.
I already have the necessary knowledge and skills gained through my previous or current employment or studies in certain areas that are in your course curriculum. Do I get any credit?
If you have similar work or life experience or have the necessary knowledge and skills in any unit of the course that we are offering, you can apply for Recognition of prior learning (RPL). For details of RPL, please visit https://aihfe.edu.au/recognition-of-prior-learning/ Please note that you need to provide all the evidence at the time you apply for RPL, and there is a fee for the RPL process as outlined on the course fee structure on our website.
On the other hand, if you have done an identical unit in any of your previous studies and have a statement of attainment issued by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), you may apply for a Credit transfer for those units. It is totally FREE.
Why do many students choose you over other colleges offering similar courses?
We are not exactly sure whether this is the case. If it, we feel blessed and thank those students who chose us and trusted us to be part of their Ayurveda journey. We like to think that students and prospects love us as we take good care of our students, before the enrolment, during their studies and even after graduating. Our course materials cover more than the minimum requirements of the Nationally recognised training and the qualifications and developed by dedicated and highly qualified Academics, and Practitioners who have a deeper knowledge of Ayurveda and Biomedical Sciences and other areas than our graduates need to know when they set up a practice. We have also been in the training and education industry for nearly 30 years and won multiple awards for what we do!. We have used the most current updated training methods, including a virtual delivery platform, for many years now!. Our course fee structure is kept to a minimum. We also offer scholarships and work very closely with the industry. More than anything else, we have a passion for what we do.
What are the Job opportunities after completing the course?
You could be opening your own consultancy once you graduate – and you’ll learn about business planning and marketing within the course units too so you’ll be well prepared to start consulting immediately.
Or you might choose to work in an organisation coaching, co-ordinating or managing staff or students in Health and Wellness practices. Already, there are many organisations, from colleges to mining companies, across the country who see the benefits of having a dedicated wellness consultant on their team – and they pay well! Having healthy and happy employees saves them time and stress and improves the performance of any organisation.
Do you need to have a background in medicine or allied health?
No, You don’t need a background in medicine, but you do need to have a passion for helping people holistically. You may already be involved in some form of wellbeing practice such as a personal trainer, life coach, or yoga, beauty therapy, naturopathy, massage etc, and want to expand your skills and widen your experience. Or you may be new to the field and looking for the right tools.
If I have any further questions, who should I contact
If you have any further questions or would like to arrange a phone conversation, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org