Naturopathy today occupies an important and prominent role in the contemporary health-care system due to the guiding principles of disease prevention, encouraging the body’s inherent ability to heal, treatment of the whole person using individualised prescriptions, education of patients on beneficial health practices and in taking responsibility for their own health (WHO, 2010).

A Torrens University trained Naturopath uses a patient-centered approach incorporating traditional and research knowledge to inform safe and effective prescribing.  The naturopathic tenant of “first do no harm” guides the development of the course curriculum to ensure students have a deep understanding of health science, herbal pharmacology, nutritional biochemistry, research and therapeutic interventions.  The course also allows students to explore ethical practice issues, public health considerations and practicing within a collaborative health environment to achieve best client care and outcomes.

This four-year accredited degree is the highest level of naturopathic training available in Australia and provides a holistic clinical environment for students to gain hands-on experience practicing as a Naturopath in the Student Clinic.

*World Health Organisation, 2010, Benchmarks for training in Traditional/Complementary and Alternative Medicine. WHO Press. Switzerland.

Learning outcomes:

  • Perform and practice as a professional practitioner, leader and team member, being accountable to all underlying moral, ethical, legal and professional principles and best practice.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of human biology, structure and function as it relates to disease manifestation, health maintenance and naturopathic/WHM intervention.
  • Interpret physiological, nutritional, complementary, and alternative medicine (CAM) data in order to apply scientific reasoning to the development of solutions to a range of complex health problems.
  • Independently exercise judgment to assess, diagnose, formulate and accurately record and communicate therapeutic treatment plans with regard to holistic and integrative naturopathic / WHM principles and theories to address health related problems.
  • Advocate for naturopathic / WHM focused health interventions addressing a range of contemporary global health issues, drawing on learning’s from the past, current practice and future innovations.
  • Apply research and digital literacy skills and knowledge to form an evidence-based approach towards professional practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to collect, synthesise and evaluate data, and then effectively communicate outcomes and solutions appropriately across culturally diverse groups, patients or other health professionals.
  • Develop, establish, and manage professional relationships to enhance patient care, professional development and industry relevance.
  • Embed a commitment to social justice, diversity and human rights as a global naturopathic / WHM professional practitioner.

Career outcomes

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) degree, there are a number of career opportunities available to you:

  • Private practice
    • Complementary and multi-modality clinics
    • Community programs
    • Health retreats and day spas
    • Community Education
    • Research
    • Product development
    • Corporate health consultancy
    • Corporate roles in regulatory affairs, sales & marketing
    • Writing for health journals, textbooks and media

Industry Recognition

Our Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) degree is nationally and government recognised, designed to meet the professional requirements of the following industry organisations:

  • ARONAH (Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists)
  • ANPA (Australian Naturopathic Practitioners Association)
  • ANTA (Australian Natural Therapists Association)
  • CMA (Complementary Medicine Association)
  • NHAA (Naturopaths & Herbalists Association of Australia)

Students may also be eligible to join:

  • ACNEM (Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine)
  • AIMA (Australian Integrative Medicine Association)
  • ATMS (Australian Traditional Medicine Society)

We are career-focused and industry connected

  • Blended course delivery including face to face and flexible online study options (some coursework must be completed face to face to meet industry requirements)
  • Strong health science grounding including biological sciences and diagnostics as well as health assessment and naturopathic diagnosis
  • Gain a solid foundation in naturopathic philosophy and develop therapeutic skills to effectively treat a range of conditions and common health problems
  • Choose an elective pathway to suit your future career goals
  • Learn from practitioners – our lecturers are real industry and clinical experts
  • Clinical practicum experience – see real clients under supervision from experienced practitioners in our Wellbeing Clinics
  • Course designed to meet professional association and industry requirements
  • Graduates practice with multiple modalities including herbal medicine, nutritional medicine, homoeopathy, flower essences and lifestyle counseling

Why study with us:

Our health science courses are offered at our colleges ACNT (Sydney or Brisbane) and SSNT (Melbourne) with nearly 100 years of combined history between them.

 

Torrens University Australia is here for good!

Here for Good is the spirit of Laureate International Universities. As the largest global network of higher education institutions, of which Torrens University Australia is a member, we’re united by a belief in the power of education to change lives. In addition, we’re serious about making an enduring commitment to the communities we serve. To us, this is about purpose and permanence. This is what we mean by Here for Good.

We believe society is best served when our students, faculty, and our entire organisation use our collective skills and experience to create positive and lasting change. Our students and graduates are improving lives and making our world better. Our institutions are providing the critical skills, knowledge and support to help make this happen.

At Torrens University Australia, contributing to the community through our student’s learning and development is part of what we do.

We FLIP the Classroom

The Bachelor of Health Science is designed around the principles of the ‘flipped classroom’ allowing you to learn through doing, not just through listening. The flipped classroom model provides you with the opportunity to explore material at your own pace before class. This might involve reading articles or texts, watching presentations or listening to podcasts. Rather than just listening to a lecturer for an hour or more, you’ll come to class ready having read through or listened to the subject material.

Guided by an expert in the field, you will then find a much more interactive and collaborative environment in which to consolidate and apply the things you have learned.

We are Career-focused and industry connected

  • Our students practice in on-campus clinics and through industry placement
  • Our academics are current industry practitioners
  • Industry contributes to our course development

We want you to succeed

We provide a personalised learning experience by providing support to suit your needs:

Success Coaches: working with you to increase motivation, improve employability and provide an in-depth understanding of your natural talents.

PASS program (Peer-Assisted Study Scheme): One hour of dedicated time to study – Run by students for students! It is a causal, safe environment for students to ask questions, have concepts explained, get study tips from experienced students and gain guidance with assessments.

Academic skills support: If you need help with assignment writing, referencing, time management, or any other academic-related aspect of your studies then the Academic Skills Support team can help.

Learning Technology support: if you have any questions about your online learning management system.

We care about your success: we value the importance of a positive student experience, and therefore have robust processes to resolve student complaints. The Student Complaints Policy, and associated procedures (as well as all policies and procedures), can be accessed from your student portal.

  • We have a strong history

Benefit from the knowledge and experience we have acquired from nearly 60 years of educating and empowering health students.

Our courses are designed to arm you with the best possible theoretical understanding and practical skills to achieve your professional goals. Our courses are developed and delivered by industry-experienced lecturers who use real life examples from their clinical experience combined with resources that have been developed within the Laureate International Universities network.

  • We have small class sizes

Get direct and personalised access to our industry-experienced lecturers and learning facilitators, through small class sizes and valuable one-to-one interactions, regardless of whether you study online or on campus.

We offer Dynamic Online Learning

Dynamic Online Learning mode means you can achieve success in your own time. We provide on-demand access to your course materials and content so you can study whenever it’s convenient to you. Because this is a clinical health qualification, your course will combine online and on-campus study to provide you with the best skills and knowledge for your future career.

  • Access our national campus network

Whether you study on campus or online, you can access state-of-the-art campuses in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.  There are no more boring classrooms, instead, we have designed our learning spaces to promote collaboration and engagement, and they’re located in convenient and vibrant inner city neighbourhoods.

Fast-track your career

We operate on a trimester system which means you can focus on less subjects per study period while completing a full year’s study load, a better use of your time!

                    Feel engaged with industry
  • We engage in robust dialogue with local, national and global businesses, industries and associations with the goal of creating better graduate outcomes for our We believe education should reflect the realities of industry, as well as the development of critical thinking and global perspectives in the approach we take. Integrating relevant insights and desirable skill sets through our active conversations with industry allows us to remain dynamic and evolve with the needs of the modern workplace.
  • We also invite industry onto campus for lunch time and after hour’s sessions that give you the opportunity to hear from industry professionals and expand your network in a face-to-face
  • Develop job ready skills

Through our Careers and Industry advisors and Success Coaches, we provide students with employability profiling and upskilling, courtesy of a range of events and seminars. We assist students in developing current employability skills and help them to access leaders in their field, for their personal networks and industry placements. We enjoy many mutually beneficial relationships with industry that empower our entire student cohort to be successful graduates.

Develop your academic skills

Develop skills in:

  • Writing essays and reports
  • Study techniques
  • Goal setting
  • Grammar and spelling
  • Time management
  • Creating an effective study environment
  • Academic learning
  • Exam preparation
  • Get involved in student events

Meet and network with industry professionals and gain valuable contacts at various events including networking nights, professional seminars and industry association events.  Organise events by getting involved in your local Student Representative Council (SRC).

  • Collaborate with International Colleagues

As part of the Laureate University Network, we are privileged to collaborate with International Naturology colleagues in Brazil who study at Universidade Anhembi Morumbi (UAM).  Senior students have the opportunity to participate in case discussion webinars to expand knowledge on case understanding, herbal material medica, and treatment plans.
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  • Course Overview
 

Qualification Title

 

BACHELOR OF HEALTH SCIENCE (NATUROPATHY)

Study Options – Domestic Australian students Full-time or Part-time On campus Blended Delivery Study Options –international students This course is available to international students needing a visa to study in Australia.
Start Dates February, June, September

For specific dates visit:https://studenthub.torrens.edu.au/Hub/dates

Start Dates February, June, September

For specific dates visit the: https://studenthub.torrens.edu.au/Hub/dates

Payment Options – Domestic Australian students

 

Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.

FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses.

Further information within this Course Information Sheet

It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold ($54,869 in 2016-17). Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

Payment Options – International students

 

Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.

Course study requirements Full Time: 4 years

Part Time: 8 years

Full time = 3 x 12 week trimesters (1 year).

No. of timetabled hours per week:

Full time = 3 x 3hr classes per week. Plus self-study < 30hrs total per week.

Part time = 2 x 3hr classes per week. Plus self-study < 20hrs total per week.

Assessment Each subject you complete includes 3 assessments on average. Assessments are mapped to specific subject learning outcomes and may include quizzes, written assignments, presentation, reflective journal, case analysis, literature review and practical exams.
Location ·      Fitzroy campus Melbourne

·      Pyrmont campus Sydney

·      Fortitude Valley campus Brisbane.

International students:

Campuses available are Brisbane and Sydney

 

Delivered by Torrens University Australia
Provider Torrens University Ltd is registered as a self-accrediting Australian university by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). CRICOS Course code 099643B

(currently, available for Brisbane and Pyrmont (Sydney) campus)

Provider obligations Torrens University Ltd is responsible for all aspects of the student experience, including the quality of course delivery, in compliance with the Higher Education Standards 2015 Accrediting body Torrens University Ltd is registered as a self-accrediting Australian university by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).
Course Fees         For details, refer to the /apply-online/fees Any other fees For details, refer to the /apply-online/fees
Admission Criteria
Applicants with higher education study

 

·       A completed higher education qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider

OR

·       Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 6 (Associate Degree) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

 

·       A completed vocational education qualification at AQF level 4 (Certificate IV) or above, or equivalent, from a registered training organisation (RTO)

OR

·       Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 5 (Diploma) or above, or equivalent, at a registered training organisation (RTO)

Applicants with work and life experience

 

Demonstrated ability to undertake study at the required level:

·        broadly relevant work experience (documented e.g. CV), demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; OR

·        formal, informal or non-formal study, completed or partially completed, demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; OR

·        written submission to demonstrate reasonable prospect of success.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) with ATAR or equivalent

(for applicants who will be selected wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR)

 

Year 12 or equivalent with ATAR 60

 

English Language Proficiency

(applicable to international students, and in addition to academic or special entry requirements noted above)

International Students

Equivalent IELTS 6.5 (Academic) with no skills band less than 5.5

Other admission options

(For applicants who will be selected on a basis other than ATAR)

Special Entry:

Applicants in any category whose study, work or life experiences have been impacted by disability, illness or family disruption will be given special consideration for admission. Each application will be considered on its merit, based on the evidence supplied by the applicant attesting to the circumstances of the applicant. Applicants for special entry may need to complete written or numerical tasks to assist with assessing eligibility for admission.

Advanced standing/academic credit/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

You may be entitled to credit for prior learning, whether formal or informal. Formal learning can include previous study in higher education, vocational education, or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience. Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

Applicants admitted based on prior higher education study may be eligible for Advanced Standing in the form of credit and/or recognition of prior learning (RPL) under the Torrens University Australia Credit Policy.

  • Students with completed subjects may be eligible for specified credit and/or elective exemptions
  • Students who have completed a qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above may be eligible for block credit (where a block credit agreement exists)
  • Students with a mix of formal study and informal and/or non-formal learning may be eligible for recognition of prior learning in addition to any credit

Credit will not be applied automatically. Applicants must apply for credit and/or RPL as early as possible prior to each study period, with applications not accepted after week 2. For further information about credit and recognition of prior learning please see https://www.torrens.edu.au/apply-online/course-credits

ATAR profile:

Please note; there is no data for the Student Profile as this course has not been offered previously.

ATAR profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in [T1 2018]

(ATAR-based offers only, across all offer rounds) ATAR (OP in QLD)

(Excluding adjustment factors) *

 

Highest rank to receive an offer

 

0

Median rank to receive an offer 0
Lowest rank to receive an offer 0

Notes:            <5  – indicates low numbers if less than 5 ATAR-based offers made.

Student profile:

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at the institution. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.  Please note; there is no data for the Student Profile as this course has not been offered previously.

 

Applicant background

Semester one / Full year intake [T1 2018]
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher education study

(includes a bridging or enabling course)

0 N/P
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 N/P
(C) Recent secondary education:

·        Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR

(regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

0 N/P
·        Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were

considered

(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)

0 N/P
·       Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was

not a factor

(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)

0 N/P
(D) Work and life experience

(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)

0 N/P
International students 0 N/P
All students 0 N/P

Notes:               “<5” – the number of students I sless than 5. N/A – Students not accepted in this category.

N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

Where to get further information:

Torrens University:  Torrens University is Australia’s global university and offers courses including business, design, hospitality, education and more!

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What you will learn:

Biological and social sciences, research, herbal and nutritional therapeutics and clinical and integrative medicine studies.  You are able to self-select three (3) electives from a range of elective subjects including Iridology, Homoeopathy, Nutrition, Counseling and Social Enterprise.  You also learn business and practice management in the subject Professional Practice.

Students enroll because they want to become expert practitioners and The Wellbeing Centre provides the perfect hands on learning environment to hone your craft.  In the year or more you spend in clinic you will undergo a transformation from theoretical student to graduate practitioner, all under the expert supervision of some of Australia’s best clinicians.

Practice Experience at the Wellbeing Centre:

Clinical experience is a vital part of the course.  Students commence clinical studies with a common two-subject series of Pre-clinical Studies 1 and 2, in which students observe clinical practice, learn basic counseling, case taking and analysis skills. The Naturopathy specialisation incorporates three subsequent clinical practicum subjects.

Naturopathic Clinical Practicum subjects are conducted at the Wellbeing Centre, a clinical setting where student practitioners gain hands on experience treating public patients under the guidance of experienced naturopathic practitioners.  This prepares graduates to confidently and successfully commence practice in the community.

The Clinic is a real-life, multi-modality clinic serving the needs of the surrounding communities.  The clinics are custom built with modern practice technology including body composition analysis and iridology technology.  You will treat real patients, work with a professional clinic team, gain experience in all aspects of working in, and running your own clinical practice, and engage with real clients in a safe and supervised environment.

The Wellbeing Centres are located in vibrant inner-city areas of Melbourne (Fitzroy), Sydney (Pyrmont) and Brisbane (Gotha Street).

The Wellbeing Centres are low cost community clinics which embody the Laureate Philosophy of being “Here for Good”.

Campus facilities and services

All campuses are designed to provide students with professional spaces in which to learn and work. They have been planned with student study needs in mind with well-equipped accessible learning spaces as well as student breakout areas for group work and spending time with friends.

Facilities and Services include:

  • The Customer Service Hub – our friendly and experienced staff can give help and advice about courses, your enrolment and campus life, including all services and activities on
  • Counsellors are available for students to consult with on a range of personal issues
  • Student wireless access throughout the Campus
  • Student break-out and relaxed study spaces for group work
  • Student lounge areas – most with microwaves and kitchenette facilities
  • The Learning Hub – home to the Learning Support Team, encompasses Learning Skills Advisors, Learning Technology Advisors, and Library & Learning Skills It provides an integrated, holistic support program for students throughout the study lifecycle within a library/collaborative study environment.

The Learning Hub service includes:

  • Support and workshops with highly qualified staff in the areas of Academic skills, Library skills, and Technology skills, both on campus and online
  • Physical and digital resources relevant to studies, such as books, journals, multimedia, databases
  • Self-check kiosks for library loans and print and copy facilities

Success Coaches:

Our Success Coaches are industry and education experts who leverage your strengths to align your learning with your broader life purpose. With a focus on career goals, and trained in Gallup Strength methodologies, your Success Coach will take a strengths-based approach to helping you set your learning and career goals.

Partnering with you for the duration of your studies, the Success Coach is here to make sense of all of the learning experiences, including readiness for and securing of work integrated learning, placements, internships and opportunities in internal enterprises. All of our coaches are industry professionals, which will give you that inside edge you’ll need to be successful in your chosen career.

Irrelevant of how you like to learn, our coaches are there for you. Coaching can take place online or on campus. Our main priorities are to make sure that you are always well connected and motivated, that you are successfully completing your desired subjects, and that you gain valuable knowledge and experience through participation and engagement, whilst always aligning to your natural talents.

Paying for your qualification

We offer two payment options for this course:

  1. Upfront payment

If you want to complete your qualification debt-free you can choose to pay as you go. This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date using EFTPOS, credit card or Flywire.

  1. FEE-HELP

FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses.

It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold ($54,869 in 2016-17). Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

Further information about FEE-HELP, including eligibility, is available at:

FEE-HELP website FEE-HELP booklets

Austudy and Abstudy

Students enrolled in this course may be eligible for government assistance, such as Austudy or Abstudy

Course Rules

To graduate from this course a student will need to successfully complete 36 subjects, each with a value of 10 credit points for a course total of 360 credit points.

Core subjects:  11 (Health Science based)

Specialisations: 22 (Herbal and nutritional based)

Specified Electives: 3

The course structure is based on a standard duration of three trimesters per year, each of 12-weeks duration and offering 3 subjects.  A normal full-time load will see a student undertaking 90 credit points or 9 subjects per year for 4 years.  A year consists of three trimesters.  Part-time students may typically take 8 years to complete the 360 credit points.

Course Structure:  Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy)

SUGGESTED STUDY PATTERN
Level Type Subject Prerequisite or Corequisite Attendance Requirement Credit Points
YEAR 1   Study Period 1
100 Core BFD105 Biological Foundations Nil 10
100 Core CMF105 Complementary Medicine Foundations Nil   10
100 Core NUTR2001 Human Nutrition 1 Nil 10
  Study Period 2
100 Core HSP101 Human Structure & Physiology 1 Nil 10
100 Core EBP107 Evidence Based Practice Nil 10
100 Core BOT106 Botany Nil 10
    Study Period 3
100 Core HSP102 Human Structure and Physiology 2 Prerequisite: HSP101 10  
100 Core NUTR2002 Human Nutrition 2 Prerequisite: NUTR2001 10  
  100 Core HBM107 Herbal Manufacturing Nil Compulsory  attendance requirements 10  
YEAR 2   Study Period 4
100 Core HSP201 Human Systems & Pathophysiology 1 Prerequisite: HSP102 10  
100 Core HMM204 Herbal Materia Medica 1 Prerequisite: BOT106 10  
100 Core HBC205 Human Biochemistry Prerequisite: BDF105 10  
  Study Period 5
200 Core HSP202 Human Systems & Pathophysiology 2 Prerequisite: HSP201 10  
200 Core HMM205 Herbal Materia Medica 2 Prerequisite: HMM204 10  
200 Core SCIE2006 Nutritional Biochemistry & Human Metabolism Prerequisite: HBC205 10  
    Study Period 6
200 Core CLA207 Clinical Assessment Prerequisite: HSP202 Compulsory  attendance requirements 10  
200 Core HBP206 Herbal Pharmacology Prerequisite: HMM205 10  
200 Core NUTR2005 Lifespan Nutrition Prerequisite: NUTR2001 10  
YEAR 3   Study Period 7
200 Core PCS207 Pre-Clinical Studies 1 Prerequisite: HSP202 Compulsory weekly on campus attendance required. 10  
200 Core HBT208 Herbal Therapeutics 1 Prerequisite: HPB206 10  
200 Core NUT208 Nutritional Therapeutics 1 Prerequisite: NUTR2005 10  
  Study Period 8
300 Elective Elective 1 Choose one elective subject from the Elective Bank below. refer to elective 10  
300 Core HBT302 Herbal Therapeutics 2 Prerequisite: HBT208 10  
300 Core NUT301 Nutritional Therapeutics 2 Prerequisite: HUT208 10  
 

 

  Study Period 9
300 Core DIP303 Integrated Pharmacology Prerequisite: HSP202   10  
300 Core PCS209 Pre-Clinical Studies 2 Prerequisite: PCS207 Compulsory weekly on campus attendance required. 10  
300 Core AHT303 Advanced Herbal Therapeutics Prerequisite: HBT302   10  
YEAR 4   Study Period 10
400 Elective Elective 2 Choose one elective subject from the Elective Bank below. refer to elective 10  
400 Core ICS401 Integrative Clinical Studies 1 Prerequisite: PCS209 Compulsory weekly on campus attendance required. 10  
400 Core NCP407 Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 1 Prerequisite: PCS209 Compulsory weekly on campus attendance required. 10  
  Study Period 11
300 Core CLR308 Critical Literature Review Prerequisite: EPB107   10  
400 Core ICS402 Integrative Clinical Studies 2 Prerequisite: ICS401 Compulsory weekly on campus attendance required. 10  
400 Core NCP408 Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 2 Prerequisite: NCP407 Compulsory weekly on campus attendance required. 10  
  Study Period 12
400 Core PRP307 Professional Practice Nil 10
400 Elective Elective 3 Choose one elective subject from the Elective Bank below. refer to elective 10
400 Core NCP409 Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 3 Prerequisite: NCP408 Compulsory weekly on campus attendance required.  . 10
Total Course Credit Points    360
Please note – not all subjects are available for each Study Period. If your suggested subjects are unavailable, please take the subject that is immediately preceding or following that subject

ELECTIVE BANK
Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy)
 

Subject Code

 

Subject Name

 

Prerequisite

 

Credit points

HPF209 Homeopathic Foundations Nil  

10

APH303 Applied Homeopathy Prerequisite: HPF209  

10

IRD302 Iridology Nil  

10

DCP409 Dietary Counselling & Planning Prerequisite: NUT301  

10

FNM408 Functional Nutritional Medicine Prerequisite: NUT301  

10

FLE405 Flower Essences Nil  

10

SOC201A Mediation & Conflict Management Prerequisite: PCS209 10

Subject Descriptions: Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy)

Please note these subject descriptions are subject to change.

Year 1
STUDY PERIOD 1
BFD105 Biological Foundations

Biological Foundations explores the biological building blocks which make up the human body from the chemical level up to the cellular level. These essential chemistry concepts will assist with building relevant links to the study of human physiology in later subjects. The subject then explores the foundational studies in biochemistry which includes the structure and function of carbohydrates, proteins, enzymes, lipids, DNA and RNA. The concepts of gene expression and regulation are discussed in addition to the cellular membrane structure and transport through the membrane. The study of the biology of the human cell concludes this subject and upon completion equips students to commence study at the tissue level of structure and physiology subjects.

CMF105 Complementary Medicine Foundations

Complementary Medicine Foundations (CMF105) introduces the historical and conceptual emergence of Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine and how this underpins contemporary clinical practice in Australia and globally. It specifically focuses on professional practice: introducing the therapeutic model, the underlying theoretical and philosophical concepts, and discusses the differences between various approaches to the health-disease-healing process. Students will be introduced to the local regulatory environment of the complementary medicine professions within the context of their career outcome and best practice. This subject introduces key concepts regarding ethics and communication in therapeutic relationships.

NUTR2001 Human Nutrition 1

Human Nutrition 1 (NUTR2001) provides a detailed and in-depth study of the macronutrients, protein, carbohydrates and lipids, as well as the water soluble vitamins and how these relate to human metabolism. Each individual macronutrient and water soluble vitamin is studied in regards to their composition, biological function, dietary sources, recommended daily intake, factors contributing to excess states, and states of insufficiency and deficiency; and signs and symptoms associated with nutrient imbalances found in individuals and populations. Students will investigate how the management of these nutrients contribute to the public health agenda.

STUDY PERIOD 2
HSP101 Human Structure and Physiology 1

Human Structure & Physiology 1 introduces the basic concepts and terminologies required to study and understand the structure and function of the human body. This subject will build on the biological foundations by exploring the interaction and organisation of cells, tissues and organs which forms a basis to study the physiological integration of key body systems.  The maintenance and regulation of the internal environment by homeostasis at a system level will be key to students understanding disruption and disease in later subjects.  Key physiological and functional processes such as movement, metabolism, oxygenation and protection will be discussed, with body systems including the integumentary, musculoskeletal, respiratory and cardiovascular system the focus of this subject. This subject will provide the first part of an evidence based foundational knowledge of human physiology to guide health practice.

EBP107 Evidence-based Practice

Evidence-based practice is an essential component of the exercise of clinical judgement in the delivery of quality healthcare. Students will also gain an understanding of how research evidence is translated into practice. This subject provides students with an introduction to health informatics, research and digital literacy, critical thinking and evidence-based practice. Students are guided through the skills necessary to locate, critique and interpret a research article for application to their practice.

They will become familiar with quantitative and qualitative evidence, research methodology, basic descriptive and inferential statistics and the foundational skills to be able to evaluate and appraise evidence in healthcare research.

BOT106  Botany

Botany (BOT106) introduces students to the study of plant structure and function. Plant taxonomy, nomenclature, classification and identification will be discussed with special regard and relevance for the study of naturopathy and western herbal medicine. Students will be introduced to selected medicinal plants as examples of key plant families, relevant cultivation and conservation considerations.

STUDY PERIOD 3
HSP102 Human Structure and Physiology 2

Human Structure & Physiology 2 will further develop knowledge of the structure and physiology of the human body with special attention given to the integration of human systems and beginning to explore the impact of disturbances in Homeostasis and disruption of normal function. The structure and function of the lymphatic, immune, digestive, nervous, endocrine, urinary, reproductive systems and the special senses are covered in detail including the homoeostatic control mechanisms of each system and the integration of the systems in the body. This subject builds on the knowledge and understandings of human structure and physiology, provides the foundation to look at disease, disorders and syndromes and their pathophysiology, in later subjects.

HBM107 Herbal Manufacturing

This subject builds on herbal medicine concepts introduced in Herbal Medicine Manufacturing CAM105A.  Botany In Herbal Manufacturing (HBM107) students are familiarized with different forms of herbal preparations exploring the definition, herbs used, manufacturing techniques, preservation and application. This information is applied in compulsory laboratory sessions where students are immersed in the practical aspects of herbal medicine making. Students are introduced to the requirements of working in a professional herbal medicine dispensary. Students are also introduced to the commercial regulatory environment including manufacturing and distribution requirements of herbal medicines in Australia

This subject has compulsory attendance requirements.

NUTR2002  Human Nutrition 2

Human Nutrition 2 (NUTR2002) provides a detailed and in-depth study of the micronutrients and how these relate to human metabolism. This subject provides students with underpinning knowledge about the correlation that exists between micronutrients and human physiology. Each micronutrient’s structure, biological function, dietary sources, recommended daily intake and therapeutic dose is studied. This subject also covers the factors contributing to, and symptoms associated with, states of excess, insufficiency and deficiency found in individuals and populations.

The role of nutrition and lifestyle factors in the development of chronic disease is examined. Furthermore, students will be introduced to the concepts of genetically engineered food. They will discover how food-borne illnesses can be prevented and identify environmental contaminants in the food supply.

This subject also explores the current scientific literature, enabling students to determine the appropriate use of dietary supplementation.

   Year 2  
STUDY PERIOD 4  
HSP201  Human Systems & Pathophysiology 1

Human Systems & Pathophysiology 1 is the first of two subjects that builds upon the foundational studies in Human Structure & Physiology and then expands student’s skills and knowledge into the area of pathophysiology and human disease process.  Understanding the pathogenic process and the disruption of homeostasis in relation to disease will be important concepts, in the context of individual, community and population health.

This subject will cover:

§  Basic pathological processes in response to injury and growth abnormalities.

§  Immunology, toxicology, microbiology, and their characteristic diseases.

§  Pathophysiology, symptomatology and clinical manifestations for diseases of the gastrointestinal, neurological and cardiovascular systems

§   Introduction to commonly used laboratory tests and interpretation of findings.

HMM204 Herbal Materia Medica 1

Herbal Materia Medica 1 introduces students to the characteristics of herbal medicines and basic herbal categorisation.  Students will learn the language and terminology of herbal medicine and explore materia medica relating to the digestive, hepatic, immune, respiratory and cardiovascular and circulatory systems.   In depth understanding of the origin of the plant, correct identification, active constituents, qualities, part used, actions, mechanisms of action, indications, preparation, dose and safety considerations of each herb is explored.  An evidence based practice approach is taken to incorporate both traditional knowledge and research-based evidence in the understanding of the contemporary use of herbal medicines.  Students will explore the similarities and differences between herbs and demonstrate an understanding of basic prescribing.

 
HBC205  Human Biochemistry

Human Biochemistry explains the processes of macromolecule metabolism, energy production and storage in the body. Included in this subject are the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and amino acids; the role of ATP and acetyl CoA in metabolism; oxidative phosphorylation, the electron transport chain, biosignaling and chemical communication. The concept of gene expression and regulation is also explored. Human Biochemistry provides healthcare practitioners a vital foundation on the basic macromolecules and genetic understandings essential for life. This knowledge will be built upon and expanded further in later subjects.

 
STUDY PERIOD 5
HSP202  Human Systems & Pathophysiology 2

Human Systems & Pathophysiology 2 builds upon the concepts explored in Human Systems & Pathophysiology 1 and continues to expand student’s skills and knowledge in pathophysiology and the human disease process, in relation to individual, community and public health.

The pathophysiology and symptomatology will be covered for various disease states of the musculoskeletal, integumentary, hematologic, pulmonary, endocrine, renal and reproductive systems.  Conditions specific to gerontology and aging will also be considered.

General diagnostic approaches will be introduced and the commonly used laboratory tests and interpretation of such findings for the associated disorders and conditions will continue to be developed.

 
HMM205 Herbal Materia Medica 2

Herbal Materia Medica 2 builds on knowledge developed in Herbal Materia Medica 1.  In this subject the student continues to explore herbal materia medica relating to the musculoskeletal, urinary, integumentary, nervous, endocrine and reproductive systems by learning the origin of the plant, identification, active constituents, qualities, part used, actions, mechanisms of action, indications, preparation, dose and safety considerations.  An evidence based practice approach is taken to incorporate both traditional knowledge and research-based evidence in the understanding of the contemporary use of herbal medicines.  Students will explore the similarities and differences between herbs and demonstrate an understanding of basic prescribing.

SCIE2006  Nutritional Biochemistry & Human Metabolism

Nutritional Biochemistry (SCIE2006) builds on concepts developed in human biochemistry and the foundations of nutritional science. The biochemical structure and function of macro and micronutrients and biochemical mechanisms associated with digestion, absorption, transport and storage are examined. The integration of biochemical mechanisms of nutrients with disease pathophysiology is explored. This subject also provides an in depth understanding of the microbiome, biological oxidation, inflammation, antioxidants, liver detoxification and neurotransmitter synthesis. Students will learn about nutritional genomics and epigenetics and how they relate to professional practice. The clinical relevance and importance of nutritional biochemistry for the nutritional management of major diseases is also emphasised.

STUDY PERIOD 6
CLA207 Clinical Assessment

Clinical Assessment builds on the theory of the Human Systems & Pathophysiology subjects and develops practical skills for clinical assessment and examination of the client. Skills for history taking, gathering clinical information, observing clinical manifestations, critically analyse signs and symptoms, identifying red flags, interpreting medical reports, pathology tests and diagnostic imaging are developed. Students will explore a range physical examination techniques using appropriate equipment to reach primary and differential diagnoses. Students will develop and practice skills in effective communication, respecting clients’ privacy, work health and safety concerns as well as the need for referral to other health care practitioners in a professional manner.

 
HBP206  Herbal Pharmacology

Herbal Pharmacology builds on herbal medicine concepts introduced in Herbal Materia Medica 1 and 2. It introduces the student to herbal phytochemistry and pharmacology.  Herbal concepts are explored including discussion of chemical complexity, synergy of medicinal plants and factors influencing the quality of herbal medicines.  Students will explore the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics related to herbal medicines mechanism of action, and extend their knowledge of safety issues and interactions in relation to medicinal plants.

 
NUTR2005  Lifespan Nutrition

Lifespan Nutrition (NUTR2005) examines the range of nutritional requirements that impact populations, communities and individuals at particular life stages including pre-conception, pregnancy, during lactation, early childhood, adolescence, adulthood and ageing populations, as well as the specific issues affecting Indigenous communities, sports people and other at risk populations. This subject provides an overview of dietary patterns and eating habits by age group and dietary recommendations for optimal nutrition to maintain wellbeing at each life stage.

 
    Year 3  
STUDY PERIOD 7  
PCS207  Pre-clinical Studies 1

Pre-Clinical Studies 1 (PCS207) is the first of the two part series of Pre-Clinical subjects in which students observe clinical practice, learn effective communication and counselling skills and professional ethical practices. This subject reinforces evidence based practices and the principles and philosophies of natural medicine, which sets the basis for guiding students to progress and evolve through the development of critical thinking, case history taking skills and communicating holistic understanding, and the therapeutic plan in a workshop setting.

Students will complete a minimum of 25 hours of external observation over the trimester. Students will familiarise themselves with the day-to-day operation of clinical practice.  They will observe practitioners and clients in consultation, undertake a range of administrative tasks and observe dispensaries in action. This provides an opportunity for the student to develop an awareness of the application of professional skills in a clinical setting.  These skills are not only to do with the practice of complementary medicine but also clinical skills such as interpersonal relations, scope of practice, duty of care and ethical compliance business acumen and an appreciation of the Australian health care system.

This subject has compulsory attendance requirements.

 
HBT208  Herbal Therapeutics 1

Herbal Therapeutics 1 builds on herbal medicine concepts introduced in foundational herbal medicine subjects. Students will now explore herbal medicine therapeutic protocols relating to health conditions within various body systems.  They will explore herbal prescribing strategies to effectively construct herbal formulas for individualised client-centred treatments.  Students will learn to prescribe across various lifestages in a safe and ethical manner.  An evidence based practice approach will be employed to justify treatment decisions.  Collaborative problem-solving and case-based workshops provide an active learning environment for this important subject.

NUT208   Nutritional Therapeutics 1

Nutritional Therapeutics 1 (NUT208) is the first of a two part series in which students begin to integrate their health science and human nutrition knowledge for the dietary and nutritional management of particular health conditions. Students will analyse and critically evaluate the evidence and examine specific body systems and associated health conditions to develop treatment approaches in a case based learning environment. The digestive, hepatobiliary, neurological, immune, respiratory systems and conditions affecting the special senses including the eyes and ears will be examined.

STUDY PERIOD 8
ELECTIVE SUBJECT – See list of options below
HBT302  Herbal Therapeutics 2

Herbal Therapeutics 2 builds on herbal medicine concepts introduced in Herbal Therapeutics 1. Students will continue to explore herbal medicine therapeutic protocols relating to various health conditions and body systems.  They will explore herbal prescribing strategies to effectively construct herbal formulas for individualised client-centred treatments.  Students will learn to prescribe across various lifestages in a safe and ethical manner.  An evidence based practice approach will be employed to justify treatment decisions.  Collaborative problem-solving and case-based workshops provide an active learning environment for this important subject.

NUT301  Nutritional Therapeutics 2

Nutritional Therapeutics 2 (NUT301) builds upon Nutritional Therapeutics 1 (NUT208) in which students begin to integrate health science and human nutrition knowledge for the dietary and nutritional management of particular health conditions. Students will analyse and critically evaluate the evidence and examine specific body systems and associated health conditions to develop treatment approaches in a case based learning environment. The endocrine, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, reproductive, urinary and renal, and dermatological systems will be examined. Pediatric conditions and HIV and Aids will also be reviewed.

STUDY PERIOD 9
DIP303  Integrated Pharmacology

Integrated Pharmacology comprises a study of basic principles of pharmacology, the pharmacokinetics of drugs commonly used in medical practice and common interactions between drugs and natural remedies. Drugs for pain, inflammation, infection, mental health, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, reproductive and endocrine systems are discussed. Drug actions, uses, contraindications, adverse effects and interactions with natural remedies are discussed, together with implications for naturopathic, nutritional and western herbal medicine prescribing. This subject is crucial for the modern healthcare practitioner to understand common medications that patients may be taking and common interactions between these medications and natural remedies. This subject also emphasises the need for clear lines of communication and common language between doctors and complementary healthcare practitioners in order to obtain the best health outcomes for clients.

AHT303  Advanced Herbal Therapeutics

Advanced Herbal Therapeutics builds on herbal medicine therapeutic subjects and will explore advanced herbal medicine therapeutic strategies for advanced, multi-factorial health conditions.  An evidence based practice approach will be taken when formulating and prescribing for these complex and emerging conditions.  Students will be challenged to consider the importance of collaborative client care and clinical risk management of these conditions.  Problem based learning workshops will apply this information to theoretical case studies.

PCS209   Pre-clinical Studies 2

Following on from Pre-Clinical Studies 1 (PCS207), students will apply their theoretical and practical knowledge of case taking, holistic, biomedical and therapeutics to conduct critical case analysis and management through the use of holistic evidence based principles, clinical examination skills, and techniques to implement appropriate therapeutic strategies and prescriptions in a simulated clinic environment.

Students will refine interpersonal skills including patient counselling and develop their capacity to give and receive constructive feedback. Throughout the subject, students will reflect and develop their practitioner persona for future clinical practice. Students will also build on their understanding of clinical practice by undertaking 25 hours of clinical observation in the Student Clinic.

This subject has compulsory attendance requirements.

     Year 4
STUDY PERIOD 10
ELECTIVE SUBJECT – See list of options below
ICS401   Integrative Clinical Studies 1

In Integrative Clinical Studies 1 (ICS401) students will refine critical thinking and decision-making skills in the context of developing holistic treatment plans using core and specialist modalities.

Experienced clinicians will facilitate problem based case discussions that will draw on public health policy, contemporary research, ethics and clinical practicalities. Issues of social justice, diversity and human rights will be explored. Students will evidence effective communication with both clients and other health professions.

This subject has compulsory attendance requirements.

 

NCP407  Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 1

In Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 1 (NCP407), students are required to undertake clinical practicum working in a public student clinic. This is the first subject in which students undertake a practitioner role in the clinic. In this introductory subject, students are paired with another student practitioner and are introduced to the operations of the clinic. Students will begin to manage patients, records and equipment, and undertake basic patient assessment. They will also learn how to dispense prescriptions.

In this subject students are required to begin integrating all the theoretical and practical studies undertaken throughout the course. It provides basic clinical skills for students’ future clinical practice. For each presenting case, clinical practicum students are required to take a detailed history, conduct relevant assessment, critically analyse data collected to compose a Naturopathic understanding, construct therapeutic treatment aims, define mechanisms of action of selected modalities and propose a therapeutic prescription. Students are to act professionally and assure patients safety at all times.

Students in clinical practicum 1 are guided through this process with the support and strict supervision of an experienced clinical supervisor. No diagnosis or treatment will be made until the supervisor has determined the appropriateness of diagnosis and treatment proposed.

In addition, further integration and research is undertaken through the use of targeted case study, analysis and presentation as assigned by the clinical supervisor.

This subject will be delivered via participation in a student clinic in which students will conduct full client consultations, detailed client assessment and treatment. This will all be undertaken under the supervision and guidance of teaching clinicians experienced in their modality of specialisation. In addition, further integration and research is undertaken with targeted case study, analysis and presentation.

This subject has compulsory attendance requirements.

 

STUDY PERIOD 11
CLR308   Critical Literature Review

Critical Literature Review (CLR308) provides an opportunity to critically examine the current literature to answer a chosen research question to inform clinical decision-making. The literature review is a scholarly paper that appraises the current knowledge base highlighting strengths, weaknesses and omissions in the literature. The subject builds on established knowledge of literature search methods and critical appraisal skills to culminate in a review that conforms to publication standards.

ICS402  Integrative Clinical Studies 2

An integrative naturopathic approach is necessary for contemporary clinical practitioners.  In Integrative Clinical Studies 2 (ICS402) students will continue to develop critical thinking and decision making skills in the context of developing holistic treatment plans using core and specialist modalities.

This problem based learning subject covers individualized treatment of complex clinical cases including paediatrics and geriatrics. Experienced clinicians will facilitate case discussions that will draw on public health policy, contemporary research, ethics and clinical practicalities. Issues of social justice, diversity and human rights will be explored.  Students will evidence effective communication with clients and health professions.

This subject has compulsory attendance requirements.

NCP408   Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 2

In Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 2 (NCP408), students required to undertake clinical practicum working in a public student clinic.  Students may be expected to work more independently, and continue to develop and refine their clinical skills.  Students will begin to work with clients with a range of more complex health needs. They will be expected to ensure their treatment approaches are informed by contemporary research, and to integrate relevant cultural, religious, gender, linguistic and social aspects of their clients into clinical decision making.  This subject will be delivered via participation in a student clinic in which students will conduct full client consultation, detailed client assessment and treatment. This will be undertaken under the supervision of experienced clinicians.  In addition, further integration and research is undertaken through the use of targeted case study, analysis and presentation.

This subject has compulsory attendance requirements.

 

STUDY PERIOD 12
PRP307  Professional Practice

Professional Practice comprises the basic skills needed for the operation and management of a complementary healthcare practice and provides an understanding of the legal and ethical requirements that are pertinent to the complementary healthcare practitioner. This subject explores business strategies including operating policy and procedures, marketing and networking strategies, leadership duties and administrative and financial issues. Also included in this subject is ethical conduct, liability, legal and regulatory topics.

ELECTIVE SUBJECT – See list of options below
NCP409  Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 3

In Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 3 (NCP409), students required to undertake clinical practicum working in a public student clinic.  This is the final clinical subject of the Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) and is the culmination of all of the theoretical and practical studies undertaken to date.  This subject will be delivered via participation in a student clinic in which students will be conducting full client consultation, detailed client assessment and treatment. This will all be undertaken under the supervision of experienced clinicians. In the advanced Clinical practicum units, students will be expected to work more independently, and to work with clients with a range of more complex health needs. They will be expected to ensure their treatment approaches are informed by contemporary research.

There will continue to be ongoing feedback and assessment from the supervising practitioner throughout this unit.  In addition, further integration and research is undertaken through the use of targeted case study, analysis and presentation.

In this final clinical practicum subject, students will undergo an objective structured clinic examination (OSCE) at the end of the trimester.  This examination assesses level of skill in the above mentioned areas. Successful passing of the OSCE is essential to pass this final clinical unit.

This subject has compulsory attendance requirements.

Elective subjects

    HPF209  Homoeopathic Foundations

Homoeopathic Foundations (HPF209) introduces the student to the study of homeopathy and covers an introduction to homeopathic historical development, philosophy and principles of practice.  Students will discuss the evidence base for homoeopathy and it’s use in naturopathic practice. Students will identify a range of prescribing approaches and learn about homeopathic case taking and remedy selection.  A introduction to basic homoeopathic materia medica and prescribing is provided in the context of naturopathic case management.  Students will be prepared to prescribe basic homeopathic remedies in naturopathic clinic practice.

 
  HFA303  Applied Homoeopathy

Applied Homoeopathy (HFA303) follows on from Homoeopathic Foundations.  Students are introduced to the concept of homeopathic problem definition and resolution, to case taking and principles of prescribing, case analysis and the use of homeopathic remedies.  The homeopathic laws of cure are reinforced and related to prognosis, recognition of recovery signs, remedy reactions and dosage considerations.   A range of remedies are discussed in relation to simple conditions that commonly present in a naturopathic practice.  The use of homeopathic complexes is examined in relation to the body systems.

 
IRD302 Iridology

Iridology (IRD302) introduces the basic concepts of iridology, types of iris signs and application to the concentric zones of the iris, as well as the study of individual organ signs in the iris. Variations of structure, colour and proportion in the iris are observed, analysed and interpreted in terms of an individual’s health status, and will be used as a tool to assist in the formulation of a naturopathic treatment plan.

FLE405   Flower Essences

In Flower Essences (FLE405) students are introduced to Bach and Australian Bush Flower Essences and how to appropriately prescribe these in the context of a naturopathic consultation.  Students learn about the presenting emotions of the client as they relate to the flower essence therapy and learn to formulate individualised prescriptions based on client assessment.  Referrals to appropriate health care professionals is explored in regards to safe prescribing.

SOC201A  Mediation and Conflict Management

As our number of relationships expands, so too does the potential for conflict. This subject looks at the nature of interpersonal conflict, and explores strategies for resolution such as mediation, conferencing and restorative justice. It begins by considering the nature of conflict, theories about its causes, and how conflict manifests in relationships, groups, communities and internationally. It then introduces students to key conflict management strategies and gives steps as to how we might reduce unhealthy forms of conflict and arrive at positive, healthy relationships based on empathy and understanding. The subject also considers anger management strategies in addressing entrenched, high conflict situations.

DCP409  Dietary Counseling and Planning

This subject is a core subject for final year students in the Bachelor of Health Science Clinical Nutrition and an elective for the Bachelor of Health Science Naturopathy and Bachelor of Health Science Western Herbal Medicine students.  This subject will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct thorough nutritional assessment and construct therapeutic dietary interventions in clinically specific disease states. This subject will also provide students with the fundamental skills in communication and counselling techniques to be used when consulting and effectively communicating with culturally diverse groups and patients. Students will learn the counselling and education skills required to implement behavioural change in professional practice as Health Practitioners.

FNM408  Functional Nutritional Medicine

This final year subject builds on and further integrates the concepts introduced in Nutritional Therapeutics 1 and 2. Students will explore the evidence base for advanced clinical nutrition and extend their knowledge of therapeutic mechanisms and application of nutrients and phytochemicals through a functional and integrated systems approach. Foetal programming, mitochondrial dysfunction, genetic polymorphisms, neurological, metabolic, and inflammatory disease, and cancer will be explored. Students will continue to learn how to devise comprehensive nutritional therapeutic strategies with an emphasis on complex health conditions. In this subject, students will be expected to integrate knowledge from Clinical Assessment, Research & Evidence Based Practice and Nutritional therapeutics to provide clinically informed decisions in developing nutrition interventions for complex clinical cases.

Frequently asked questions

What is blended delivery?

Blended delivery is a term used when a combination of both lecturer facilitated and online aspects are used to support learning!  All of the subjects in the course are ‘blended’.
 The readings, worksheets and other learning materials are accessed online via your online learning portal so you can learn at any time and in any place that is convenient to you.  This content is ‘blended’ with either a face to face workshop (F2F class) or a real time interactive webinar (FOL class) with your lecturer and fellow students.

An on campus class also referred to as face to face (F2F) class is where you attend a three hour workshop on campus each week. In some cases attendance will be optional and for some subjects attendance is mandatory.

A flexible online learning or FOL class is where you study in an online environment and interact with your fellow students and your lecturer through chats, forums and live webinars (called Collaborates) each week.

The subject content and materials that are delivered via the Learning Portal are identical in both these class delivery types offering you the flexibility to study these materials whenever and wherever you want.

What does the online learning environment look like?

The online learning environment is the same for both the F2F and FOL classes.  All students are encouraged to be part of an active online environment, by participating in discussions, forums and activities.  You will receive comprehensive learning materials (in electronic form) clearly laid out in a week by week format to make sure you cover each topic in turn. If you study online, you will have access to dedicated online teachers to answer any questions you may have regarding your subjects and you’ll see them and hear them in weekly interactive collaborate sessions held in a real-time online environment.

Are the teachers practitioners?

Many of the country’s leading practitioners are on staff and all contribute substantial experience in their respective areas of expertise. We are passionate about what we do, and constantly seek new and innovative ways to teach the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills needed for excellence in complementary medicine.

What if I haven’t studied in a long time?

It is perfectly natural to feel nervous about starting a new course. We aim to provide you with a nurturing and supportive environment.  We have a diverse student community with people from all walks of life, including young adults and mature age students.  As more and more people seek an exciting career in health and complementary medicine the diversity of the student community adds to a positive learning experience.

Do you have an orientation program?

Yes, we support new students with a program of events, workshops, wellness classes, campus tours and course-specific classes in orientation week. Students new to health science are also invited to join the Science Success program which covers basic chemistry and mathematics for health science as well as medical terminology.

What are the Employment Opportunities like?

The rapid growth of the natural medicine industry is largely due to a growing demand from the public, with reportedly more than 70% of Australians using herbal or complementary medicines. One reason for this growth is a strong desire from people to take greater control of their own health and wellbeing. There is a continually growing demand for highly trained practitioners who can work in various settings such as complementary clinics, medical clinics, health retreats, health food stores, research, education and self-employment. Furthermore many students have gone on to set up their own successful clinics, undertaken postgraduate study, worked overseas, published journals and books, and worked voluntarily to give something back to the community. All of our degrees meet industry association requirements in their chosen areas, so students can register to become a member of professional associations.

What can I prescribe as a Naturopath?

Naturopaths are qualified to prescribe herbal medicine, nutritional medicine including therapeutic diets and nutraceuticals as well as elective modalities such as basic homoeopathy and flower essences therapy.  Naturopathy is a client-focused modality that also includes basic counseling and lifestyle advice.

I’m not sure which course is right for me?

If you are not sure which path to follow, you can start the higher education Diploma of Health Science. The Diploma is the first year of the Bachelor course and you can choose from elective subjects in the herbal or nutritional medicine field.  Successful completion of the Diploma of Health Science guarantees you entry in to any of the Bachelor of Health Science programs, with varying levels of subject exemption depending on your subject choice. Contact the Course and Careers Advisor to discuss your course options and career goals.

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