This three-year TEQSA (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency) approved degree provides a holistic clinical environment where you will be trained to identify individual properties of different herb and how to prepare and prescribe them. A degree in Western Herbal Medicine is ideal for those who want a career incorporating herbal medicine as part of a holistic and scientifically based health practice.
|Qualification Title||BACHELOR OF HEALTH SCIENCE (WESTERN HERBAL MEDICINE)|
|Study Options – Domestic Australian students||Full-time On-campus or Part-time Blended Delivery||Study Options –international students||This course is available to international students needing a visa to study in Australia – depending upon the campus|
|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: 3 years
Part Time: 6 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, practical exams and written exams.|
||Delivered by||Torrens University|
|Provider||Torrens University Ltd is registered as a self-accrediting Australian university by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).||CRICOS Course code||099641D
(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||Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA)|
|Course Fees||For details, refer to the /apply-online/fees||Any other fees||For details, refer to the /apply-online/fees|
|Applicants with higher education study||
|Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study||
|Applicants with work and life experience||Demonstrated ability to undertake study at the required level:
|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)
Equivalent IELTS 6.5 (Academic) with no skills band less than 5.5
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 [—]
|(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.
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 [—-P]|
|Number of students||Percentage of all students|
|(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
|(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study||0||N/P|
|(C) Recent secondary education:
(regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
not a factor
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
|(D) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)
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!
Universities Admissions Centre (UAC): Explore your options, apply for courses and receive offers for tertiary study in NSW & the ACT.
Australian Tertiary Admissions Centres (TACs): manage the usual process of student university applications and the study offer rounds on behalf of the particular universities that they cover. All TACs are independent of each other, so depending on which state or the number of universities you want to submit an application to, you may need to apply through multiple TACs. We’ve provided links below to the various TACs.
Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT): With QILT, you can do side by side comparisons of the quality of the higher education institutions and the study areas that you’re interested in
The course structure is based on a standard duration of three trimesters per year, each of 12-weeks duration. Students will undertake an offering of 3 subjects per trimester on a full time study load.
The course consists of 27 subjects (10 core; 16 specialisation and 1 elective subject). There are 6 elective subjects to choose from which provide for further studies in research, food as medicine, iridology, flower essences, communications or social enterprise (270 credit points).
The recommended study pattern for full-time students is three subjects per trimester. Part time options are available for students to undertake 1-2 subjects per study period.
- Core subjects: 10 (Health Science based)
- Specialisations: 16 (herbal medicine based)
- Elective subjects: 1
To graduate from the course, a student must satisfactorily completed 27 subjects with a value of 10 credit points for a course total of 270 credit points. Refer to the course structure shown below.
Course Structure: Bachelor of Health Science (Western Herbal Medicine)
|SUGGESTED STUDY PATTERN|
|Year||Level||Type||Subject||Prerequisite||Attendance Requirements||Credit Points|
|YEAR 1||Study Period 1|
|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|
|Study Period 3|
|100||Core||HSP102||Human Structure and Physiology 2||Prerequisite: HSP101 must be completed prior to taking this subject||10|
|100||Core||HMM204||Herbal Materia Medica 1
|Prerequisite: BOT106 must be completed prior to taking this subject||10|
|100||Core||HBM107||Herbal Manufacturing||Nil||Compulsory attendance requirements: On campus weekly class or online workshop||10|
|YEAR 2||Study Period 4|
|200||Core||HSP201||Human Systems & Pathophysiology 1||Prerequisite: HSP102 must be completed prior to taking this subject||10|
|200||Core||HMM205||Herbal Materia Medica 2||Prerequisite: HMM204 must be completed prior to taking this subject||10|
|200||Core||NUTR2002||Nutritional Foundations 2||Prerequisite: NUTR2001 must be completed prior to taking this subject||10|
|YEAR 2||Study Period 5|
|200||Core||HSP202||Human Systems & Pathophysiology 2||Prerequisite: HSP201 must be completed prior to taking this subject||10|
|200||Core||HBP206||Herbal Pharmacology||Prerequisite: HMM205 must be completed prior to taking this subject||10|
|200||Core||SCIE2005||Human Biochemistry||Prerequisite: BDF105 must be completed prior to taking this subject||10|
|Study Period 6|
|200||Core||CLA207||Clinical Assessment||Prerequisite: HSP202 must be completed prior to taking this subject||Compulsory attendance requirements: On campus weekly class or online workshop||10|
|200||Core||PCS207||Pre-Clinical Studies 1||Co-requisite: CLA207 must be undertaken at the same time as this subject||Compulsory weekly on campus attendance required. This subject requires 25 hours of external clinical placement.||10|
|200||Core||HBT208||Herbal Therapeutics 1||Prerequisite: HPB206 must be completed prior to taking this subject||10|
|YEAR 3||Study Period 7|
|300||Core||DIP303||Drug & Integrated Pharmacology||Prerequisite: PCS207 must be completed prior to taking this subject||10|
|300||Core||PCS209||Pre-Clinical Studies 2||Prerequisite: PCS207 must be completed prior to taking this subject||Compulsory weekly on campus attendance required. This subject requires 25 hours of external clinical placement.||10|
|300||Core||HBT302||Herbal Therapeutics 2||Prerequisite: HBT208 must be completed prior to taking this subject||10|
|Study Period 8|
|300||Core||AHT303||Advanced Herbal Therapeutics||Prerequisite:
HBT302 must be completed prior to taking this subject
|300||Core||HCP307||WHM Clinical Practicum 1||Prerequisite:
PCS209 must be completed prior to taking this subject
|This subject requires 60 hours of weekly on campus clinical practicum in the Wellbeing Centre.||10|
|Study Period 9|
|300||Elective||Choose one subject from the Elective Bank table below.||Nil||10|
|300||Core||HCP308||WHM Clinical Practicum 2||Prerequisite: HCP307 must be completed prior to taking this subject||This subject requires 120 hours of weekly on campus clinical practicum in the Wellbeing Centre.||10|
|300||Core||HCP309||WHM Clinical Practicum 3||Prerequisite: HCP308 must be completed prior to taking this subject||This subject requires 120 hours of weekly on campus clinical practicum in the Wellbeing Centre.||10|
Bachelor of Health Science (Western Herbal Medicine)
|Choose one elective|
|Subject Name||Prerequisite||Credit Points|
|CLR308||Critical Literature Review||Prerequisite: EPB107 must be completed prior to taking this subject||10|
|SOC201A||Mediation and Conflict Management||Nil||10|
|FAM203||Food as Medicine||Prerequisite: NUTR2002 + EPB107 must be completed prior to taking this subject||10|
Subject Descriptions: Bachelor of Health Science (Western Herbal Medicine)
|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.
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.
|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.
|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:
Introduction to commonly used laboratory tests and interpretation of findings.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|SCIE2005 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 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.
This subject has compulsory attendance requirements.
|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.
|STUDY PERIOD 7|
|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.
|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.
|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.
|STUDY PERIOD 8|
|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.
|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.
|HCP307 Herbal Clinical Practicum 1
In Herbal Clinical Practicum 1 (HCP307), students are required to undertake 60 hours of 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 holistic 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 through the use of targeted case study, analysis and presentation.
This subject has compulsory attendance requirements.
|STUDY PERIOD 9|
|ELECTIVE SUBJECT – See list of options below|
|HCP308 Herbal Clinical Practicum 2
In Herbal Clinical Practicum 2 (HCP308), students required to undertake 120 hours of 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 with the supervision of experienced clinicians. In addition, further integration and research is completed through the use of targeted case study, analysis and presentation.
This subject has compulsory attendance requirements.
|HCP309 Herbal Clinical Practicum 3
In Herbal Clinical Practicum 3 (HCP309), students required to undertake 120 hours of clinical practicum working in a public student clinic. This is the final clinical subject of the Bachelor of Health Science (WHM) 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 with the supervision of experienced clinicians. In this advanced Clinical practicum subject, 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.
|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.
|SEN301 Social Enterprise
Social Enterprise is an exciting theoretically-based subject that is driven by the desire to create positive change through entrepreneurial activities. These activities harness design thinking and problem-solving processes in the realisation of pragmatic, viable project proposals from initiation to client presentation.
By providing students with a framework to understand business model generation and the skills to source, evaluate, and measure opportunities through systematic research and competitor analysis, Social Enterprise empowers students to conceptualise, develop and propose new ventures and products that focus primarily upon social change for good. In addition, this subject will help students understand and address the practical challenges of working within this environment; to analyse different entrepreneurial business strategies, to explore diverse funding strategies, as well as incorporate theoretical discussions on major trends and issues in the social economy. Social Enterprise enables students to appreciate the power of creativity in problem-solving and the importance of the designer’s role in making a difference and precipitating change.
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.
|FAM203 Food as Medicine
Food as Medicine (FAM203) introduces students to the concept that food can be used as a form of medicine to promote health and wellbeing and treat and prevent disease. This subject provides an overview of farming practices, food preparation, cooking and storage methods, as well as food manufacturing and processing techniques and their impacts on the nutritional value of foods. Students will investigate nutritional food-based science including the health effects of food additives, food safety and phytochemical toxicity. An in depth study of food evolution, historical, cultural and modern uses of food as medicine and the medicinal properties of food is also examined. The benefits and disadvantages of new dietary models are also explored. Students will explore the potential therapeutic function of food, the relationship of phytochemical constituents and disease, and their physiological effects on humans. Students will learn how to apply evidence based nutrition knowledge to illustrate the use of food as a therapeutic tool and provide food-based recommendations in health and disease.
What you will learn:
Biological and social sciences, herbal medicine and basic nutrition as well as clinical practicum and business management. You are able to self-select one elective from a range of elective subjects including Advanced Research, Iridology, Nutrition, Counseling and Social Enterprise.
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 Herbal Medicine specialisation incorporates three subsequent clinical practicum subjects.
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 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”.
Each subject you complete includes 3 assessments on average. Assessments are mapped to specific subject learning outcomes and may include quizzes, written assignments, presentations, reflective journal, case analysis, literature review, practical exams and written exams.
This course is delivered at the Fitzroy (Melbourne) campus, the Pyrmont (Sydney) campus and the Bowen Terrace (Brisbane) campus.
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 campus.
- Counselors 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 Officers. 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
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.
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 is flipped learning?
Flipped learning is different to the traditional learning environment, in that it is the student has access to all their content material and it is their responsibility to access and work through that weekly content prior to coming to class. Classes can then become dynamic and interactive learning environments where students are able to explore their new knowledge in practical ways.
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 our staff, all with 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.
How much time do I need for study?
Each subject includes 1 hour of preparation for class, 3 hours of contact (class) time (e.g. classroom hours, tutorials, group work, online activities), and approximately 7 hours of self- directed study per week which may include further reading and assessment preparation. We recommend a total of 10 hours of study per week for each enrolled subject.
What kind of support will I receive?
- Student Portal: Centralisted portal with all your study information such as enrolments, timetable, academic records and results.
- Learning Portal: Central portal with subject information such as course materials, on-line access to resources, events and activities at the campus.
- Campus Life Student Services Team: First point of contact for academic and administrative enquiries.
- Counselling: Free of charge and available for all students facing personal or study issues.
- Success Coaches: Guidance and academic support, course sequencing, credit exemptions. Strengths training, pastoral care.
- Library: our library has the most extensive collections of books, journals, audio and DVD’s on complementary medicine in Australia.
- Studiosity: Support for students new to higher education, covering academic writing skills.
- Academic Skills Team: Our Academic Skills team is available for individual consultations. This team also holds regular workshops on general topics and specific assessment support so you can develop your academic writing skills, paraphrasing and referencing skills. Support is available on campus and online.
- Peer Assisted Study Scheme: Student led tutorials for science subjects providing a supportive informal study environment for first year students. Support is available on campus and online.
- Science Success Course: Pre-trimester workshop for new students who haven’t studied science (biology and chemistry) at year 12, or who want a refresher before they start. Science Success is available online and also as a two day on campus workshop held in Orientation Week.
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, Torrens University supports 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.
Will you help me find a job once I graduate?
Yes. We have a full-time Industry and Careers Manager who leads a program of employability and career management skills workshops and activities. Alumni of the School are assisted throughout their early career. We also have strong relationships with the complementary medicine industry and professional associations, many of whom are invited on campus to present to students and Alumni. Potential employers, clinics and organisations regularly advertise positions to students and a job board is available to students and graduates via the Careers Connect site.
Careers Connect is a dedicated platform where you have access to the Laureate Alumni Community. The Careers Connect team regularly runs events to help you succeed as an Entrepreneur or find your perfect role in the profession. The site also provides services to help you build your curriculum vitae and career portfolio.
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 Western Herbal Medicine practitioner?
Western Herbal Medicine practitioners are qualified to prescribe herbal medicine and provide basic diet advice. WHM 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.
- Other admission options
(For applicants who will be selected on a basis other than ATAR)
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 (RPL) in addition to any credit approved.
Credit and block credit may be available for those who have completed or partially completed Advanced Diploma qualifications in Nutritional Medicine or Western Herbal Medicine.
If you hold an Advanced Diploma Qualification in Nutritional Medicine or Western Herbal Medicine you may be eligible for block credit if you have graduated recently within the last 3-5 years. For practitioners, with qualifications that are older than this we recommend an application for Prior Recognized Learning (RPL). The following information may be required to assess your RPL application:
- current Curriculum Vitae showing practice related experience
- current Professional Association membership
- evidence of professional practice (ie: ABN) or employment statement/reference
- certified qualifications
- transcript (if available)
Credit /RPL 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 /apply-online/course-credits.
How do I Apply?
Trimester 1 intake (February), Trimester 2 (June) and Trimester 3 (Sept) intakes
Apply online or directly by contacting the Course and Careers Advisor for more information.