Non-communicable diseases are leading causes of disability in the western world with the likes of persistent pain, heart disease, diabetes, COPD, depression and obesity decreasing quality of life, increasing sickness absence, and compromising wellbeing in a growing proportion of our society. Promoting movement, improving nutrition, and increasing human function are key solutions to these problems, and this course provides an understanding of the fundamental principles of health and wellbeing to be a part of this solution.


The Higher Education Diploma of Health and Wellbeing is an AQF 5 entry level qualification for those interested in entering the health industry, career changers, or a professional development opportunity for those already working in the health, local government, community or human services industries. Taught by experienced industry professionals, who are leaders in the field, the course outcomes are applicable to emerging careers in the health industry, particularly in the aged care and community sector, and will get you on the path to a fulfilling career.


Torrens University Australia prides itself on being able to meet the needs of those looking to upgrade their skills or move in a different career direction. Our flexible study options and lecturer facilitated online learning platform means that you can study when it suits you best and still receive real-time support from our experienced academic team. The curriculum is designed to be delivered online and hence the students will be learning about health and wellbeing while immersed in an interactive online experience.


Graduate with a higher education qualification and the knowledge and skills to support specific programs in exercise, weight management, physical activity levels and special populations. Make a difference by empowering people to lead healthier lives with the provision of physical activity, leisure and dietary advice. The Diploma of Health and Wellbeing aligns with the growing emphasis on preventative health care, providing the relevant curriculum and broad perspective to prepare students for careers in this rewarding field and supports the new and emerging opportunities in the health care and wellbeing related industries.


There are credit and pathway opportunities into a range of Torrens and sister institution undergraduate courses, including the Bachelor of Nutrition, Bachelor of Applied Public Health, Bachelor of Human Services courses at Torrens, and Bachelor of Applied Social Science and Bachelor of Health Science at The Australasian College of Natural Therapies, The Southern School of Natural Therapies and Jansen Newman Institute.

Key study outcomes:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of health and wellbeing
  • Understand a range of health solutions in human nutrition, health and fitness
  • Learn to research through the process of exploring principles of health and disease, and its application in maintaining health and preventing disease
  • Recognise the dominant theories of health and disease, systems of health, public health and assess the social determinants of health as they relate and apply to a variety of communities and populations
  • Design and evaluate health promotion strategies, including behavioral, physical activity and nutritional programs in a development of solutions to a range of health problems in a diverse array of settings

Career outcomes:

As a graduate of the Diploma of Health and Wellbeing, there are a number of career opportunities in the health and wellness industry available to you, including:


  • Aged Care Health Coordinator roles
  • Day centers and respite programs
  • Recreational fitness programs
  • Community inclusion programs
  • Activity coordinator
  • Leisure coordinator
  • Health and Wellbeing officer
  • Corporate Health

Contact us to discuss your career pathway options.




Study Options – Domestic Australian students Full-time or Part-time Dynamic Online Study Study options – Overseas students This course is not available to students who require a visa to study onshore in Australia. However, this course can be studied online.
Start Dates February, June, September

For specific dates visit the website

Course Length Full Time: 3 trimesters

(2 trimester accelerated options available to get your career started sooner)

Part Time: Options available

Finance Options – Domestic Australian students


Course Study Requirements It is expected that each subject, whether studied online or on-campus, will involve a combined total of 120 hours of structured and self-directed learning, which equates to approximately 10 hours a week for subjects over 12-week trimesters. Assessment Assessments vary and include: critical analysis and essay writing, literature reviews, needs assessment, project development and evaluation, in-class debates, participation in online discussion forums, short questions, and research projects.
Location Adelaide and dynamic online study Delivered by Torrens University Australia


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


Provider obligations Torrens University 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 Australia Ltd
Course Fees    For details, refer to the website Any other fees For details, refer to the website



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


·       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)


·       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

English Language Proficiency

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

International Students


Equivalent IELTS 5.5 (Academic) with no skills band less than 5.0



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 approved.

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 /apply-online/course-credits.


Where to get further information


Torrens University


Australian Tertiary Admissions Centres (TACs)

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)


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 N/A
Median rank to receive an offer N/A
Lowest rank to receive an offer N/A

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


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)
<5 <5
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0%
(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)

·        Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
·        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)
5 55.56%
(D) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)
<5 <5
International students N/A N/A
All students 9 100%

Notes:      <5 – Low numbers: the number of students is less 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.



Research shows that active learning improves understanding and retention of information.


The Diploma of Health and Wellbeing 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 question, query, challenge, discuss, and apply the things you have learned.

Location and Start Dates

This course is delivered online and has three intakes throughout the year – February, June and September.  Contact your Course and Career Adviser now for upcoming start dates and lecture times.


Lecturers and Academic Staff

In developing its degree courses, Torrens is able to draw on the vast experience and resources in education that have been developed within the Laureate International Universities network. Laureate is the largest education network in the world with more than 80 campus-based and online universities offering undergraduate and graduate degree courses to over 1,000,000 students. This makes the degree courses offered by Torrens University unique in their global aspect, the quality of the learning materials, up-to-date learning methodologies and the use of technology to enrich the learning experience.

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.



*Timetable subject to change and availability


To qualify for the Diploma of Health and Wellbeing, students must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of 8 subjects (shown below) which consist of 10 units each which totals to 80 units.

Core Subjects

Subject Code Subject Name Units Value
HWEL2001 Body Systems and Disease 10
HWEL2002 Understanding Health 10
HWEL2003 Disease Prevention 10
 FHN201  Foundations of Human Nutrition 10
HWEL2007 Active Lifestyle Promotion 10
HPR200 Health Promotion 10
  Total        (Core) 60


Elective Subjects (choose any two subjects from the list below)

Subject Code Subject Name Units Value
Ageing focus:
 POA104  Perspectives on Ageing 10
HWEL2009 Active Ageing and Falls Prevention 10
Corporate and community focus:
HWEL2006 Social and Emotional Wellbeing 10
HWEL2010 Corporate Health 10
  Total  (Electives):  20
  Course Total credit points 80




Full Time Delivery

Year Trimester 1 2 3




Body Systems and Disease Understanding Health  




Disease Prevention Foundations of Human Nutrition Elective




Health Promotion Active Lifestyle Promotion Elective


Part Time Delivery

Year Trimester 1 2 3




Understanding Health    




Body Systems and Disease Foundations of Human Nutrition  




Disease Prevention Elective  




Active Lifestyle Promotion Elective  




Health Promotion    


Accelerated Delivery

Speak to the course and careers advisor if you want to hear more about the accelerated delivery options




Core Subjects

Understanding Health

This subject provides students an introduction to the diversity of health theories and initiatives to improve health outcomes. Students will engage with key concepts including human right to health, social determinants of health, equality, equity and vulnerability. An introduction to Australia’s health system and inter-sectoral action will also be provided.

Body Systems and Disease

This subject introduces the basic concepts and terminologies required to understand the fundamental structure and function of the human body. The interaction between the structural anatomy of the human body and key body systems, including the musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive and endocrine systems that maintain homeostasis is explored. In addition, this subject covers the common disease process that commonly effect the major systems of the body.

Disease Prevention

In this subject students will develop their understanding of disease processes and review evidence based strategies to reduce the risk of disease and maintain health. Students will develop knowledge to apply educational and environmental interventions based upon risk factors associated with the development and chronicity of disease.

Foundations of Human Nutrition

This subject provides students with fundamental nutrition knowledge through examining the relationship between food, nutrition and human health.  Students will learn about macro and micro-nutrition, dietary guidelines, role of nutrition in metabolism, health maintenance and disease, nutrient rich food sources, and the specific nutritional requirements throughout the lifespan. Students will also learn how to identify and construct a healthy diet according to specific dietary guidelines, and know the impact of nutritional deficiency and excess as they relate to health and disease.

Active Lifestyle Promotion

Research shows that non-communicable diseases have clear links to sedentary behaviours associated with unhealthy lifestyles, and adverse social and physical environments. This subject develops understanding of the determinants of physical activity and exercise, with students learning to apply evidence based guidelines for physical activity and leisure programs as a strategy for health maintenance and the prevention of chronic disease.

Health Promotion

This subject provides students with the knowledge and understanding of health promotion concepts within various settings within Australia. Students are introduced to the key theories and concepts regarding behavioural change as it relates to health status. This subject provides students with the opportunity to integrate their counselling and nutrition knowledge to devise and assess health promotion interventions.

Elective Options

Perspectives on Ageing

This subject provides an overview of the ageing process and how it impacts individuals and societies.  Students will examine the historical and cultural perspectives of growing older, including consideration of the political, theoretical and practical psycho/social/physical aspects of ageing.  In particular, attention is focused on the notions of: extending purpose, meaningful life, health, community participation and well-being into the transition to post retirement life.  By examining leisure, sport and lifestyle activities plus the positive social roles that elders can assume in community life, pre-conceptions, myths and serotypes that often limit elders are challenged.  The subject also explores the role of professional supports in assisting individuals to remain well, independent and engaged in self-determination as they age.  In addition, it includes investigation of the notion of professional carers and support staff in the making of plans to support changes to physical, emotional, social (or psycho-social), spiritual and environmental needs.

Active Ageing and Falls Prevention

The problem of falls is a significant global issue and can result in injury, hospitalisation, loss of independence, social isolation, depression, poor health status, institutionalism and death. The World Health Organisation identify falls as occurring as a result of complex interrelationships between biological, behavioural, environmental and socioeconomic risk factors. With the predicted costs of falls expected to increase exponentially as our population ages there is a need for effective preventive strategies such as active ageing programs. This subject examines these complexities of ageing, where students will learn to assess falls risk and develop effective prevention strategies that promote wellbeing in ageing populations.

Social and Emotional Wellbeing

The subject covers the principles of social, emotional and psychological health as they relate to health behaviours. Students will analyse the role of capacity building and the promotion of wellbeing through mindfulness, positive behavioural change and resilience.

Corporate Health 

The occupational environment plays an import role in combating or promoting the rise of chronic disease and disability. This environment has the capacity to affect the physical, psychological, economic and social well-being of workers’ and thus, proper attention to workers’ health offers vast opportunities for workers and employers alike.  In this subject students will explore evidence linking worker health and wellbeing to organizational health and business performance.  Specific analysis for business needed will be considered, with practical interventions designed to education and enhance the occupational environment.


Torrens offers a free, personalised admission process where each applicant is considered on an individual basis. Please contact our International Course and Careers Officer for further information and assistance with your application.


Torrens University Australia is an inclusive institution that celebrates diversity in its student community. We provide international students with assistance in finding accommodation, academic support, counselling services and language assistance.

This course is not available to students who require a visa to study onshore in Australia. However, this course can be studied online.

Please read our International Student information or contact us with any questions about studying at Torrens or living in Australia.


Can I get a credit transfer?

Students who have studied at other higher education institutions can apply for credit transfer for subjects studied in these other institutions. Where credit transfer is applicable this will be reflected in the study plan for an individual student.

Contact a Course and Career Advisor for more information on credit transfers from prior study.

Can Torrens University help me find work while I’m studying and after I graduate?

Through our Careers and Industry services, we also provide students with technologically advanced employability profiling and upskilling, courtesy of a range specialised of events and seminars in conjunction with leading employers. Torrens assists students in developing current employability skills and helps them to access leaders in their field, for their personal networks and industry placements. Torrens enjoys many mutually beneficial relationships with industry that empower our entire student cohort to be successful graduates.

Are any payment options or financial assistance available?

Torrens University Australia is a private university. It is not funded by the Australian Government and charges tuition fees for all of its undergraduate, postgraduate coursework and research courses. Eligible students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP.


FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible students pay their tuition fees. FEE-HELP applies to undergraduate, postgraduate and research study. Students repay their FEE-HELP debt through the tax system when their income exceeds the minimum threshold for compulsory payments. In the 2014-2015 tax year, the income threshold is $53,34

Tuition Assurance

If you’re a domestic student, your investment in your education is protected by Torrens’ membership of the TAFE Directors Australia Higher Education Assurance Scheme. If you are a domestic student, please refer to our Tuition Assurance Statement.


International students are covered by our membership to the Tuition Protection Scheme, an initiative of the Australian Government to assist international students whose education providers are unable to fully deliver their course of study. The TPS ensures that international students are able to either complete their studies in another course or with another education provider or receive a refund of their unspent tuition fees

Are scholarships available?

Torrens offers a limited number of fee-waiver scholarships each trimester, ask a Course and Career Advisor if you’re eligible.

What are the enrolment dates for the courses?

There are three intakes per year for each Torrens University course. You may enrol anytime during the year and start in the term of your choice. However, please be sure to book early to reserve your place.

Where are the Torrens campuses located?

Torrens University has campuses in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.


Adelaide – Wakefield Campus: 86-92 Wakefield Street, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

Brisbane – Fortitude Valley Campus: 90 Bowen Terrace, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, Australia Melbourne – Fitzroy Campus: 25 Victoria Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia

Melbourne – Little Collins Campus: 595 Little Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia Sydney – Pyrmont Campus: 235 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont NSW 2009, Australia

Sydney – The Rocks Campus: 11-5 Hickson Road, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia Sydney – Ultimo Campus: 46-52 Mountain Street, Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia


Torrens University Australia brings a fresh, modern, careers-focused perspective to higher education. Here’s what that means for you:

Be part of an international network

Torrens University Australia, Australia’s newest comprehensive university in over 20 years, is part of Laureate International Universities, a leading international network of quality, innovative institutions of higher education comprised of 80 universities across 29 countries. Torrens’ association with Laureate International Universities gives you the opportunity to leverage the network of over 1,000,000 students around the world – including more than 100,000 online students.

Access our national campus network

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

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. At specific campuses, we also offer hybrid courses that combine online and on-campus study to provide you with yet another option for completing your postgraduate course.

Fast-track your career & professional network

Torrens operates on a trimester system so many courses can be completed in less time than at other institutions. Imagine walking out of Torrens with a Master degree in as little as 12 months, or a Bachelor degree in only 2 years.


Torrens runs optional Touch-Point weekend sessions that give you the opportunity to hear from industry professionals, converse with lecturers and expand your multidisciplinary network in a face-to-face environment. With a session every trimester at one of our national campuses, you can build your network faster while you study.

Industry engagement and academic skills

Torrens engages in robust dialogue with local, national and global businesses, industries and associations with the goal of creating better graduate outcomes for our students.

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.

Through our Careers and Industry services, we also provide students with technologically advanced employability profiling and upskilling, courtesy of a range specialised of events and seminars in conjunction with leading employers. Torrens assists students in developing current employability skills and helps them to access leaders in their field, for their personal networks and industry placements. Torrens enjoys many mutually beneficial relationships with industry that empower our entire student cohort to be successful graduates.

Develop skills in:

  • Writing essays and reports
  • Study techniques
  • Goal setting
  • Grammar and spelling
  • Time organisation
  • Creating an effective study environment
  • Academic learning
  • Exam preparation

Student events

Meet and network with industry professionals and gain valuable contacts at various events including networking nights, Meet the Manager professional seminars and industry association events.

If you have any further questions, please contact your Course and Career Adviser for additional information.


Phone: 1300 575 803 (within Australia)

Phone: +61 8 8113 7800 (International)