Are you looking for a pathway to a career as a health professional?

Are you searching for the first step to a fulfilling career in health and wellness?

If you’re fascinated by health and love helping others to be their best selves, the Diploma of Health Science will bring that passion to life. This course equips you with the foundational knowledge and skills needed for launching a career in Health.

The Diploma can set you on the path towards making a real impact on individuals and communities in need. This could be through complementary, public or community health initiatives. This course can also lead to further study in a range of Professional health disciplines such as Naturopathy, Clinical or Non-Clinical Nutrition, Western Herbal Medicine, Public Health and Physical Therapies through enrolling in the relevant linked degree pathways.

If you are unsure which path in health is right for you, this course is a great option. It allows you to choose a specialisation area and elective subjects of your choice from an extensive range of options. This means you can match the subject matter of your chosen subjects with your area of interest in health and future career goals. If you’re passionate about disease prevention, helping individuals make positive changes, food or herbal medicine there are options for you.

This course is equivalent to the first year of a Bachelor of Health Science degree and is great for those choosing to study for personal interest, for professionals looking to upgrade knowledge in the areas of Complementary Medicine, Public Health or to try university study prior to studying a full degree. The Diploma will give you a solid understanding of the science behind how the body maintains health to support the study of your chosen Health electives. This course enables you to develop essential skills required for gaining employment and securing career progression in the field.

Graduates are guaranteed entry into all of the following degree programs offered at Torrens University Australia Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Nutrition, Naturopathy, Western Herbal Medicine), Bachelor of Nutrition and the Bachelor of Applied Public Health. Depending on the specialization and electives chosen you may receive part of or up to one year of credit towards your chosen degree.

Your Health career starts here with the Torrens University Diploma of Health Science!

Learning outcomes:

  • Perform and practice as a professional, leader and team member, being accountable to all underlying moral, ethical, legal and professional principles and best practices.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of human biology and structure and function appropriate to the discipline of Health Science.
  • Apply knowledge and scientific reasoning in a health context and aligned to an area of specialisation within the CAM and Public Health field.
  • Demonstrate the application of theoretical knowledge and cognitive skills in exercising judgement to assess, formulate, accurately record and communicate plans within a range of retail, wholesale, manufacturing and clinic administrative settings to address health industry needs.
  • Advocate for health awareness and understanding of contemporary global health issues, drawing on learnings from the past, current practices and future innovations.
  • Apply research, digital literacy and e-health skills and knowledge to form an evidence-based approach towards professional practices.
  • Demonstrate the ability to collect, synthesise and evaluate data, and then effectively communicate outcomes and solutions appropriately across culturally diverse groups, to members of industry or health professionals.
  • Develop, establish, and manage professional relationships to enhance professional development and industry relevance.
  • Embed a commitment to social justice, diversity and human rights as a global professional in the development of health awareness.

Career outcomes:

This course will equip students with a solid foundation of knowledge and ability to start or progress towards a successful and rewarding career within the complementary health and healthcare industry.

As an outcome of this course students may engage in some of the following roles:

  • CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) Retail/Wholesale
  • Herbal manufacturing and production
  • Nutritional supplement manufacturing & production
  • Health Product Development
  • Clinic administration
  • Clinic Dispensary/practitioner support
  • CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) regulatory affairs support
  • Health/Nutritional Advisor

Furthermore many students use this course as a platform to continue on into degree level study in our Bachelor programs and pursue careers relevant to these areas.

Course recognition

The HE Diploma of Health Science is an AQF 5 entry level qualification for school leavers interested in entering the health industry, career changers, or a professional development opportunity for those already working in the health industry.

Course highlights:

  • One year Diploma program
  • Available Fully online or blended on-campus course through Torrens University Australia
  • 9 subjects over three trimesters
  • Covers the first year of the Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Nutrition, Naturopathy or Western Herbal Medicine)
  • Standalone qualification as a Health/Nutritional Advisor
  • Ideal to complement those with prior qualifications (e.g. Pharmacists, Nursing, Fitness)
  • Includes 4 core Sciences (Human Structure and Physiology 1-2, Biological Foundations, Evidence-based practice)
  • Includes a choice in specialization that provides a foundation in one of: Australia’s Health system, Complementary Medicine or Public Health
  • Choose your own path by picking 4 electives to suit your professional goals
  • Broad range of Health electives available in human nutrition, sociology of nutrition and basic dietary planning or in Herbal Medicine Manufacturing and Botany or in Health Promotion and Corporate Health
  • Options for Electives that promote employability also available such as introductory Counselling & Communication skills, Marketing fundamentals and Digital Fluency
  • Non-practitioner qualification

Why study with us:

Our health science courses are offered at our colleges ACNT (Sydney or Brisbane) and SSNT (Melbourne) with nearly 100 years of combined history between them.

Torrens University Australia – Here for good!

Here for Good is the spirit of Laureate International Universities. As the largest global network of higher education institutions, of which Torrens University Australia is a member, we’re united by a belief in the power of education to change lives. In addition, we’re serious about making an enduring commitment to the communities we serve. To us, this is about purpose and permanence. This is what we mean by Here for Good.

We believe society is best served when our students, faculty, and our entire organisation use our collective skills and experience to create positive and lasting change. Our students and graduates are improving lives and making our world better. Our institutions are providing the critical skills, knowledge and support to help make this happen.

At Torrens University Australia, contributing to the community through our student’s learning and development is part of what we do.

We FLIP the Classroom

The Diploma of Health Science 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 then find a much more interactive and collaborative environment in which to consolidate and apply the things you have learned.

We are Career-focused and industry connected

  • Our students practice in on-campus clinics and through industry placement
  • Our academics are current industry practitioners
  • Industry contributes to our course development

We provide a personalised experience

  • Success Coaches: working with our students to increase motivation, improve employability and provide an in-depth understanding of natural talents
  • PASS program (Peer-Assisted Study Scheme): One hour of dedicated time to study – Run by students for students! It is a casual safe environment for fellow students to ask questions, have concepts explained in way you understand, get study tips from experienced students and get some guidance with assessments.
  • Academic skills support: If you need help with assignment writing, referencing, time management, or any other academic-related aspect of your studies then the Academic Skills Support team can help.
  • Technical support: if you have any questions about your online learning management system
  • We care about your success: we value the importance of a positive student experience, and therefore have robust processes to resolve student complaints.  The Student Complaints Policy, and associated procedures (as well as all policies and procedures), can be access from your student portal.

We have a strong history

Benefit from the knowledge and experience we have acquired from nearly 60 years of educating and empowering health students.  Our courses are designed to arm you with the best possible theoretical understanding and practical skills to achieve your professional goals.  Our courses are developed and delivered by industry experienced lecturers who use real life examples from their clinical experience combined with resources that have been developed within the Laureate International Universities network.

We have 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.

We offer 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.  Because this is a clinical health qualification, your course will combine online and on-campus study to provide you with the best skills and knowledge for your future career.

Access our national campus network

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

Fast-track your career

We operate on a trimester system which means you can focus on less subjects per study period while completing a full year’s study load, a better use of your time!

Feel engaged with industry

We engage 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.

We also invite industry onto campus for lunch time and after hour’s sessions that give you the opportunity to hear from industry professionals and expand your network in a face-to-face environment.

Develop job ready skills

Through our Careers and Industry advisors and Success Coaches, we provide students with employability profiling and upskilling, courtesy of a range of events and seminars. We assist students in developing current employability skills and help them to access leaders in their field, for their personal networks and industry placements. We enjoy many mutually beneficial relationships with industry that empower our entire student cohort to be successful graduates.

Get involved in student events

Meet and network with industry professionals and gain valuable contacts at various events including networking nights, professional seminars and industry association events.  Organise events by getting involved in your local Student Representative Council (SRC)
 

Course Overview

Qualification Title DIPLOMA OF HEALTH SCIENCE
Study Options – Domestic Australian students Full-time or Part-time On-campus/  Blended or Online delivery Study Options –international students This course is available to international students needing a visa to study in Australia.
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: 1 years

Part Time: 2 years

Full time = 3 x 12 week trimesters (1 year)

Part time = 6 x 12 week  trimesters (over two years)

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 and practical exams.
Location ·      Fitzroy campus Melbourne

·      Pyrmont campus Sydney

·      Fortitude Valley campus Brisbane.

·      Online campus

International students can study at the Brisbane or Sydney campus

Delivered by Torrens University Australia
Provider Torrens University Ltd is registered as a self-accrediting Australian university by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). CRICOS Course code 099640E
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 Torrens University Ltd is registered as a self-accrediting Australian university by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).
Course Fees               For details, refer to the https://www.torrens.edu.au/apply-online/fees Any other fees For details, refer to the https://www.torrens.edu.au/apply-online/fees
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

OR

·        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)

OR

·        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 with ATAR 50

 

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 5.5


 

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 https://www.torrens.edu.au/apply-online/course-credits

ATAR profile:

Please note: This course is new and so the necessary ATAR data for the table below has not (yet) been obtained.

   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
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.  Please note: This course is new and so the necessary student profile data for the table below has not (yet) been obtained.

Applicant background Semester one / Full year intake [—-]
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
0 0%
(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)

0 0%
·        Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
0 0%
·        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)
0 0%
(D) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)
0 0%
International students 0 0%
All students 0 0%

Notes:       “<5” – 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.Where to get further information:

Torrens University:  Torrens University is Australia’s global university and offers courses including business, design, hospitality, education and more!

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Course Logistics

What you will learn:

Biological foundations, human structure and physiology, evidence-based practices and Health systems or a foundation in Complementary medicine. Alongside this study could include human nutrition, herbal medicine, interpersonal communication, health promotion. Students will learn under the guidance of experienced practitioners and professionals from the industry with string understanding of the context of the learnings. This prepares graduates to confidently and successfully commence integrating with the community.

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.
  • Counsellors 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, fridge 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.
  • 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

 

Success Coaches:

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.
 

Paying for your qualification

We offer two payment options for this course:

  1. Upfront payment

If you want to complete your qualification debt-free you can choose to pay as you go. This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date using EFTPOS, credit card or Flywire.

  1. FEE-HELP

FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses.

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.

Further information about FEE-HELP, including eligibility, is available at:

FEE-HELP website

FEE-HELP booklets

Austudy and Abstudy

Students enrolled in this course may be eligible for government assistance, such as Austudy or Abstudy

Course Structure and Rules:To graduate from this course a student must satisfactorily complete 9 subjects.  Each subject is worth 10 credit points for a course total of 90 credit points.  A normal full-time study load would see a student complete 90 credit points per year.  A year is divided into three trimesters. Each subject includes 3 hours of teaching (e.g. classroom hours, tutorials, group work, online activities) and approximately 7 hours of self-directed study per week, totaling 10 hours of study per week per subject. The correct combination of core and elective subjects needs to be satisfied this includes 4x core subjects 1x specialisation subject and 4 x elective subjects.

Course Structure and recommended sequence:

SUGGESTED STUDY PATTERN
Type Course Code Subject Name Prerequisite or Corequisite Credit points
Study Period 1
Core BFD105 Biological Foundations Nil 10
Specialisation 1 Choose 1 subject from the Specialisation table below.  

Note: You can select only one of the subjects from the table however, if you are considering pathwaying into one of the Bachelor (degree) courses then you should note that some specialisation subjects provide a credit in a matching degree.  You should select the subject that will provide a credit.

10
Elective Elective 1 Refer to the elective bank below. Choose an elective under Study Period 1.  

Note: You can select any one of the subjects from the table however, if you are considering pathwaying into one of the Bachelor (degree) courses then you should note that some elective subjects provide a credit in a matching degree.  You should select the subject that will provide a credit.

10
Study Period 2
Core HSP101 Human Structure & Physiology 1 Nil   10
Core EBP107 Evidence Based Practice Nil   10
Elective Elective 2 Refer to the elective bank below. Choose an elective under Study Period 2.  

Note: You can select any one of the subjects from the table however, if you are considering pathwaying into one of the Bachelor (degree) courses then you should note that some elective subjects provide a credit in a matching degree.  You should select the subject that will provide a credit.

10
Study Period 3
Core HSP102 Human Structure & Physiology 2 Prerequisite: HSP101 must be completed prior to this subject

 

10
Elective Elective 3 Refer to the elective bank below. Choose an elective under Study Period 3.  

Note: You can select any one of the subjects from the table however, if you are considering pathwaying into one of the Bachelor (degree) courses then you should note that some elective subjects provide a credit in a matching degree.  You should select the subject that will provide a credit.

10
Elective Elective 4 Refer to the elective bank below. Choose an elective under Study Period 3.  

Note: You can select any one of the subjects from the table however, if you are considering pathwaying into one of the Bachelor (degree) courses then you should note that some elective subjects provide a credit in a matching degree.  You should select the subject that will provide a credit.

10
Please note – not all subjects are available for each Study Period. If your suggested subjects are unavailable, please take the subject that is immediately preceding or following that subject
SPECIALISATION SUBJECT  BANK
(Diploma of Health Science)
Area of interest subject   Subject has a credit in course Credit points
Nutrition HWEL2002 Understanding  Health Nil Bachelor of Nutrition 10
   

 

Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Nutrition)  10
Naturopathy & Herbal Medicine CMF105 Complementary Medicine Foundations Nil Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) 10
 

 

Bachelor of Health Science (Western Herbal Medicine) 10
Public Health PUBh3000 Foundations of Public Health Nil Bachelor of Applied Public Health 10

Elective Subject List- Choose 4 elective subjects which can be customized based on the pathway or focus area of choice:

ELECTIVE BANK
(Diploma of Health Science)
Course Code Subject Name Prequisites Subject has a credit in course Credit points
Study Period 1
(Only choose one elective)
NUTR2001 Human Nutrition 1 Nil Bachelor of Nutrition 10
 

 

Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Nutrition)  
Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy)  
Bachelor of Health Science (Western Herbal Medicine)  
CCS103 Counselling & Communication Skills Nil Bachelor of Health Science (Chinese Medicine) 10
 

 

Bachelor of Health Science (Myotherapy)  
*May be assessed for unspecified Credit to degree programs such as:

Bachelor of Applied Public Health

 
Study Period 2
(Only choose one elective)
NUTR2004 Food Systems, Science and Policy Nil Bachelor of Nutrition 10
 

 

Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Nutrition)  
DGF105 Digital Fluency Nil *May be assessed for unspecified Credit to degree programs 10
BOT106 Botany Nil Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) 10
  Bachelor of Health Science (Western Herbal Medicine)  
Study Period 3
(Only choose TWO electives)
NUTR2005 Lifespan Nutrition (Co-req NUTR2002) Prerequisite: NUTR2001

must be completed prior to this subject

Bachelor of Nutrition 10
Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Nutrition)  
Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy)  
NUTR2002 Human Nutrition 2 Prerequisite: NUTR2001

must be completed prior to this subject

Bachelor of Nutrition 10
  Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Nutrition)  
Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) 10
Bachelor of Health Science (Western Herbal Medicine)  
HBM107 Herbal Manufacturing Nil Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) 10
 

 

Bachelor of Health Science (Western Herbal Medicine)  
HWEL2003 Disease Prevention Co-requisite: HSP102

must be completed concurrently to this subject

*May be assessed for unspecified Credit to degree programs such as:

Bachelor of Applied Public Health

10
  Bachelor of Health Science (Myotherapy)  
Any questions? Please contact your Success Coach on yoursuccesscoach@laureate.edu.au
 


 

Subject details:

Subject Descriptors
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.

HSP101 Human Structure & 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.

HSP102 Human Structure & 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.

Specialisation subjects:

Students must choose one Specialisation subject as indicated in the course structure. 

Subject Descriptors
CMF105 Complementary Medicine Foundations

Complementary Medicine Foundations 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.

HWEL2002 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 intersectoral action will also be provided.

PUBh3000 Foundations of Public Health

Within this introductory course, students will learn the principles and practice of public health and improving the health of populations. Students will learn various functions and definitions of public health, the historical origins of public health and its evolution as a discipline. Students will learn relevant key principles associated with public health: ecological, human rights-based approach to health, social determinants approach; ‘new public health; the role and function of government in the administration of public health; public health service models, including comprehensive and selective primary health care. They will consider different understandings of health and illness, including professional, lay and Australian Indigenous definitions.

Elective subjects:

Students can choose four elective subjects as indicated in the course structure. 

Subject Descriptors
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.

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.

NUTR2004 Food Science, Systems and Policy

Food Science, Systems and Policy (NUTR2004) examines the way in which food is produced, processed and distributed in Australia and globally. It provides students with an understanding of current practices and trends in primary production and food manufacturing and distribution. It also examines the laws governing food for sale and the politics of the food system and how these impact on public health initiatives as they relate to food security, sustainability and food deserts.

NUTR2005 Lifespan Nutrition

Lifespan Nutrition (NUTR2005) examines the range of nutritional requirements that impact populations, communities and individuals at particular life stages including pre-conception, pregnancy, during lactation, early childhood, adolescence, adulthood and ageing populations, as well as the specific issues affecting Indigenous communities, sports people and other at risk populations. This subject provides an overview of dietary patterns and eating habits by age group and dietary recommendations for optimal nutrition to maintain wellbeing at each life stage.

BOT106 Botany

Botany 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.

HBM107 Herbal Manufacturing

In Herbal Manufacturing 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.

HWEL2003 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.

CCS103 Counselling & Communication Skills

Counselling & Communication Skills encompasses counselling skills commonly needed by health professionals for effective communication.  This subject comprises a practical approach to a variety of communication skills and best practice strategies including promoting change, compliance, obstacles to change, transition and self-care. Sessions facilitate the development of effective listening and responding skills, increased personal awareness and insight in order to assist the building of a professional relationship for interactions with clients, colleagues and members of the community.

DGF105 Digital Fluency

Digital capabilities are an essential part of employability in the health and well-being sector in the 21st Century.  Technology continues to impact upon the way in which professionals and members of the public engage with health and well-being practices. It is important, therefore, for health and well-being professionals to be able to participate fluently and ethically with relevant digital platforms and tools.

This subject will introduce students to the foundations of digital fluency, ranging from the ability to self-assess digital skills and create a professional online presence, to the ability to disseminate and critically assess online information sources and use basic multimedia elements to enhance the presentation of information.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What if I haven’t studied in a long time?

It is perfectly natural to feel nervous about starting a new course. TUA have a proud tradition of delivering academic excellence and practical training in a nurturing and supportive environment something which has filtered into our TUA courses.  The Schools have a diverse student community with people from all walks of life, including young adults and mature age students, as more and more people seeking an exciting career in the health sciences and in complementary medicine.

Are the teachers practitioners or working in the industry?

Yes. Many of the country’s leading practitioners or professionals are on 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.

I’m not sure which course is right for me?

If you are not sure which path to follow, you can feel confident starting with the Higher Education Diploma of Health Science at Torrens University. This course is flexible and allows you to choose from a range of electives. Successful completion 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.

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