Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine
The Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine is a nationally recognised nutrition course that will enable you to register as a qualified nutritionist with both the Australian Traditional Medicine Society and the Australian
Natural Therapists Association. Within the Advanced Diploma, you'll cover a range of nutrition and nutrition-related subjects which cover: anatomy and physiology, pathology, biochemistry, diagnostics, clinical practice
managements, counselling and nutrition.
The advanced diploma of nutritional medicine will provide you with the knowledge and skills to either set up your own private practice as a nutritionist or work as a nutritionist in a health clinic. Alternatively, due to the increasing demand and awareness of nutrition and nutrition experts in Australia, you will also be explosed to a wide range of employment opportunities in health care clinics, the education sector, welfare, health and beauty retreats and various other fields.
Please be aware, not all advanced dioloma of nutritional medicine courses will enable you to register with a relevant accreditation body such as the Australian Traditional Medicine Society and the Australian Natural Therapists Association. Registration with an accreditation body is essential as it is a general requirement when you take out indemnity insurance which is a legal requirement for you to practice as a nutritionist. Therefore, you must ask each course provider (or training organisation) which nutrition-related organisation their course is accredited with.
You can study your Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine online or by correspondence however, you must make sure that if you study this way, the course you enrol in provides you with several hundred hours of clinical practical experience (which is a requirement by all accreditation agencies). By studying your nutrition course online or by correspondence (with distance education), you can begin your studies much sooner and you can study from home at your own pace, with the help of a tutor that you can contact whenever you need help.
Furthermore, when you study online or by correspondence you must make sure your accredited nutrition course is accepted by at least one of the nutrition-related accreditation agencies.
The Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine is a Centrelink Approved course and therefore, you may be eligible for one of several education payments (some of which are listed below). (Course information is current and was updated in October, 2012)
Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine, HLT61012
Course Code: HLT61012
Qualification: Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine
Accreditation: This is a nationally recognised, government-accredited nutrition course. You must also make sure that the advanced diploma of nutritional medicine course you do is recognised by at least one of the following governing nutrition bodies: Nutrition Society of Australia, Australian Traditional Medicine Society, Australian Natural Therapists Association, Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). Generally, the advanced diploma of nutritional medicine will be recognised by the Australian Traditional Medicine Society and the Australian Natural Therapists Association which is still sufficient for you to become a qualified nutritionist.
Study time: 2-3 years (depending on your method of study and selected term)
Study method: Online or by Correspondence (Post) or on Campus
Prerequisites / Requirements: There are no requirements to study this course
Enrolment dates: By studying online, you can enrol and start now!
Study Support: When you study online, you have private phone and email tutoring support whenever you need help
Financial Support: This Course is Centrelink approved and you may be eligible to receive ongoing study support benefits while you study this course from home. If you are a single parent, on a carers pension, disability pension and several others, you should be eligible for the pension education supplement. You should also ask Centrelink about the Education Entry Payment and the Temporary Supplement to Education Entry Payment ($1158 combined, as an upfront payment). If you're on NewStart Allowance, you should be able to claim the Education Entry Payment and the Temporary Supplement. To find out if you're eligible for Centrelink payments, call 13 24 90 and ask about the above payments.
Course outline: 22 core subjects, 2 elective areas as well as a work placement for you to gain your hands-on training
Pathways to further study: After completing the Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine, you may be eligible to go on and study your nutrition degree or dietetics degree.
Cricos Approved: Yes, international students may study this course
Austudy Approved: Yes, the Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine is Centrelink 'Austudy' approved
You will benefit from this nutrition course if you are:
- Wanting to practice as a nutritionist
- Working in a field for which having a highly regarded nutrition qualification will be highly complimentary and enhance your existing role
- Working as fitness consultants and personal trainers where nutrition can play an integral role in your existing profession
- Generally interested in nutrition and are wanting to educate yourself on how to live a longer, healthier and more balanced lifestyle
- Wanting to study a nationally recognised and accredited nutrition course which may serve as a direct pathway into a nutrition degree or degree in dietetics
Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine Subjects:
Contribute to effective workplace relationships
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Confirm physical health status
Analyse health information
Communicate effectively with clients
Make referrals to other health care professionals when appropriate
Develop professional expertise
Manage a practice
Apply first aid
Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
Maintain an effective health work environment
Comply with infection control policies and procedures
Manage the control of infection
Apply literature research findings to clinical practice
Apply a nutritional medicine diagnostic framework
Manage Work within a clinical nutritional framework
Perform nutritional medicine health assessment
Plan the nutritional treatment strategy
Provide nutritional medicine treatment
Provide specialised nutritional medicine treatment
Prepare and dispense nutritional and dietary supplements
Provide basic dietary advice
Contribute to WHS processes
Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine FAQ's:
-I didn't finish high school and have no qualifications, can I study this nutrition course?
There are no strict entry requirements for this nutrition advanced diploma course.
-If I study this nutrition course online, do I receive the exact same qualification that I would receive if I studied on campus?
Yes, you will receive the exact same qualification regardless of how you study it.
-How long do I have to finish this nutrition course when I study online or via correspondence?
Usually up to 36 months, depending on which course provider you study with. You are usually able to apply for extension if you have a valid reason why you weren't able to finish it within the specified time-frame. Considering this course can comfortably be done in less than a year, 36 months is an extreme amount of time and you shouldn't require much longer.
-Are there exams?
If you study your Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine online or by correspondence (with distance education), you won't need to do any exams. You will be required to submit assessments and complete 'work placement' assessments.
Course information for the above accredited nutrition course is current and was updated in October, 2012.