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#1 Oilucy

Posted 04 November 2011 - 10:16 PM

I'm really getting into Natural Therapies at the moment. I've always been a fan of herbal remedies but even moreso these days along with anything and everything organic and anything related to nutrition.
I'd really love to do a course on the above but have no idea where to start nor what course titles I should even be looking for.


#2 Libertine

Posted 10 November 2011 - 08:46 AM

I noticed that this months wellbeing magazine had a supplement about natural therapy courses.

#3 Oilucy

Posted 10 November 2011 - 09:11 AM

Oooh thank you I will go and check it out!

#4 mave

Posted 19 December 2011 - 10:21 AM

Not sure if you're still looking but I am currently doing an AD in Natuopathy at AIAS.
The course is mostly by distance but there is a big chunk of clinical placement.
You'll probably find that many natural therapy courses require some amount of placement. In my opinion I think you need to have a certain amount to be fully equipped to get out there and work in the industry.
I love the course BTW! biggrin.gif

#5 Oilucy

Posted 19 December 2011 - 09:18 PM

Mave thanks so much for the info. I had a look at their website this afternoon and was wondering if you would mind telling me how much your course is costing?
And also, in the course you are doing, do you learn about nutritional powders such as spirulina, maca root powder etc and the various ways you can take them and how they can help you nutritionally?

#6 mave

Posted 20 December 2011 - 01:15 PM

Hi Oilucy.
I have only just started the course so not 100% sure if these topics will be covered.
Some subjects that will be covered include Anatomy & Physiology, Nutrition, Chemistry, Iridology, Herbal medicine etc.

You may find doing a course like the AD Nutritional Medicine may go over the nutrition side of things more if this is where your interest lays. Although, when I complete my course I will walk away with both the AD Naturopathy and the AD Nutritional Medicine.

I guess another thing to think about is what you actually want to do with your qualification. For me this course is an eventual career change and I wasn't sure how I would go job wise with doing Nutritional Medicine alone. I thought I may have more doors open to me with a Naturopathy qualification.

Maybe give them a call or shoot them an email to ask more q's. I hassled them for a couple of months before deciding to bite the bullet and enrol.

Cost-wise, another huge plus for me was the fact that the course is now covered by HECS (as there was no way I could afford to pay upfront fees!)
I think it works out to be around $20,000 or so in the end but obviously paying it back depends on how much you earn. At the moment, on my current salary (full-time until I go on mat leave mid-Feb) I pay back around $160 per f/n.
Once I go back to work in 2013 I am hoping to go part-time. If I work 3 days a week I will be under the cap so nothing will be taken out. If I go 4 days a week then I'll have some taken out so I have to work out what's better financially for me.

If you're on Facebook there's a brilliant support group for those studying natural health courses by distance. Just search for 'Natural Therapy DE Students'. There's heaps of people on there studying everything from Naturopathy to Reflexology to Massage.

If you have any other q's let me know original.gif

#7 Oilucy

Posted 20 December 2011 - 01:19 PM

Thank you SO MUCH Mave for taking the time to respond I really appreciate your help.

#8 mave

Posted 20 December 2011 - 06:40 PM

You're welcome.
Good luck with whatever you chose to do!  biggrin.gif

#9 FeralSchnitzel

Posted 23 December 2011 - 07:30 AM

I'm doing a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Naturopathy) at Endeavour, and in the early years of the degree you can complete a large number of subjects on line, however as you progress through the course, there fewer online and more on campus subjects, purely because you can't learn effective clinical skills online or from a book.

Just one other thing to be aware of, have a look at the minimum qualifications you need to gain in order to achieve professional accreditation by the appropriate organisations (ATMS, ANTA). Without accreditation, you can't offer your future clients PHI rebates on their consultations.

On the money side of things, my degree is all up going to be around $24,000. HECS is not usually available for these kinds of courses, however FEE-HELP is, which is really just a government student loan. As Mave said, you start paying it back in increased taxes once your salary reaches a certain level.

#10 Guest_Caramel_Swirl_*

Posted 28 December 2011 - 11:36 AM

I would stay away from basic certificates as they are a rip off and don't get you anywhere career wise. Anything decent from a decent college will be covered by fee-help which was formerly known as HECS. The government has never given degrees away. It's always been a loan that you pay back once you hit a certain income through your tax, so i'm not sure what you are talking about willanddaisysmum .



#11 dirtgirl

Posted 28 December 2011 - 11:56 AM

QUOTE (Caramel_Swirl @ 28/12/2011, 12:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I would stay away from basic certificates as they are a rip off and don't get you anywhere career wise. Anything decent from a decent college will be covered by fee-help which was formerly known as HECS. The government has never given degrees away. It's always been a loan that you pay back once you hit a certain income through your tax, so i'm not sure what you are talking about willanddaisysmum .



To help clarify the HECS/FEE-HELP concerns...the government offers a deferred payment plan to Australian students, which PPs have noted is paid back via your taxes, once you reach a certain threshold. Some courses (generally Bachelor degrees) are partially subsidised by the Government, and are offered as reduced fees...these are called Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP), and were formerly referred to as HECS places. These reduced fees can be deferred while you are studying, and are paid back once you meet the income threshold.  Full-fee paying courses are NOT subsidised by the Government, however the fees can also be deferred through the FEE-HELP loan scheme, which means you don't have to pay upfront.  Generally these courses will accumulate much higher fees, but just as the CSP places, you don't start paying back your loan until you meet the income threshold. Based on what I have read on the AIAS website, they don't offer CSP places, so you are enrolled as a full-fee paying student, with access to the FEE-HELP loan scheme.



#12 mave

Posted 29 December 2011 - 06:43 PM

Sorry, I think I may have got people confused by calling it HECS. I did mean Fee-Help.  wink.gif

With selected alternative therapy courses, in particular those in the area of Naturopathy, around 2-3 years ago the government changed things so that some now offer Fee-Help.
These are mostly Advanced Diplomas (and possibly some Diplomas???)
Prior to this it was mainly Bachelor Degrees that offered Fee-Help places.

Also, in regards to professional accreditation, some associations don't offer membership if your course is mainly studied by distance. With the AD Naturopathy at AIAS you can get membership with ANPA and ATMS as there is a large component of clinical placement (300 hours in total) involved in the course.

#13 cloudgirl

Posted 04 May 2012 - 09:59 AM

i'm currently doing an adv. dip nutritional medicine through ACNT - ideally i would go straight into a B Health Science with Endeavour but they arent available online... i have  1yr old and 3 yr old and so need something totally distance. after i finish this i will go on to do the Natropathy degree
my Adv. Dip is fully accreditted.




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