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Advanced Diploma Of Western Herbal Medicine

Course Hours: 1460 hours
VET FEE-HELP: Enabled for Australian students
Distance Education: Available for Australian students
Australian Students: Full-time and part-time by distance education
Course Duration: 78 weeks full-time or 156 weeks part-time

What is western herbal medicine?
Herbalists are trained in the use of herbal medicines using a combination of hundredís of years of experience and modern scientific methods to help promote health and restore balance in disease. Herbalists believe using complex herbs rather than isolated constituents ensures a much more effective and holistic treatment.

Course overview
Western herbal medicineís roots date back to Greek and Roman times and beyond to Ancient Egypt. Discover the principles of plant identification, actions, indications and prescriptions of hundreds of herbs, and learn how to manufacture a range of herbal preparations. The course consists of a combination of lectures, clinics, tutorials, practical demonstrations, and case studies.

Course outcome
On completion of this course you will be set to pursue a career as a Botanical Medicine Practitioner, Herbalist, Herbal Medicine Practitioner, Phytotherapist or Western Herbal Medicine Practitioner.

Entry requirements
To enter this course you will need to have:
- Completed NSW Higher School Certificate, or equivalent (if you are under the age of 18 years at course commencement you may be required to participate in an interview to assess your suitability for the course) or
- Be 21 years or over at course commencement.

Course structure
The HLT60107 Advanced Diploma of Western Herbal Medicine requires the successful completion of 21 units of competency. This includes 12 common and 9 specialisation units. Below you will find an overview of the units of competency delivered within the HLT60107 Advanced Diploma of Western Herbal Medicine. The nominal duration for each unit of competency includes hours in lectures, tutorials, seminars, demonstrations and supervised clinical practice. Full-time students will complete this course in three study periods of 20 weeks duration each. This will involve an average of 25 hours of on-campus tuition each week, or guided self study for distance education students. Please note that the actual hours of delivery may vary across study periods depending on the units of competency delivered and the clinical practice requirements for these units.

Clinical practice
Throughout your studies, youíll be required to complete clinical practice. This is an integral part of the course and provides you with the experience of engaging with clients in a safe and supervised environment. Clinical practice hours can be obtained through the ACNT Student Clinic or an approved clinic site for distance education students. Please note that prior to commencing any clinical practice you will be required to successfully complete HLTFA301B Apply First Aid. Th is unit is delivered in your first study period.

Units of competency
Common subjects
HLTFA301B Apply first aid Common
HLTHIR501A Maintain an effective health work environment
HLTCOM404B Communicate effectively with clients
HLTOHS300A Contribute to OHS processes
BSBFLM303C Contribute to effective workplace relationships
HLTAP501A Analyse health information
HLTCOM406B Make referrals to other health care professionals when appropriate
HLTCOM502B Develop professional expertise
HLTCOM503B Manage a practice
HLTIN504B Manage the control of infection
HLTAP401A Confirm physical health status
CHCORG28A Reflect and improve upon professional practice

Specialist subjects
HLTHER601B Apply western herbal medicine diagnostic framework
HLTHER602B Manage work within the western herbal medicine framework
HLTHER605B Plan the western herbal medicine treatment strategy
HLTHER607B Provide dietary advice
HLTHER603B Operate a western herbal medicine dispensary
HLTHER609B Provide western herbal medicine treatment
HLTHER606B Prepare and dispense western herbal medicine
HLTHER604B Perform western herbal medicine health assessment
HLTHER608B Provide specialised western herbal medicine treatment