Advanced Diploma of Western Herbal Medicine

This qualification covers the skills needed to work at practitioner level in western herbal medicine. A substantial range of herbal medicine is included (a minimum of 130 herbs) as well as the skills required to operate a herbal dispensary.

Occupational titles for these workers may include:

Botanical medicine practitioner



Western herbal medicine practitioner

Herbal medicine practitioner



21 units of competency are required for award of this qualification, including:

21 core units, comprising 12 common units and 9 specialisation units

Core units

Common units

add topic BSBFLM303C Contribute to effective workplace relationships

add topic CHCORG428A Reflect on and improve own professional practice

add topic HLTAP401B Confirm physical health status

add topic HLTAP501C Analyse health information (Note pre-requ: add topic HLTAP401B )

add topic HLTCOM404C Communicate effectively with clients

add topic HLTCOM406C Make referrals to other health care professionals when appropriate

add topic HLTCOM502C Develop professional expertise

add topic HLTCOM503D Manage a practice

add topic HLTFA311A Apply first aid

add topic HLTHIR501C Maintain an effective health work environment

add topic HLTIN504D Manage the control of infection (Note pre-requ: add topic HLTIN301C )

add topic HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes

Specialisation units

add topic HLTHER601C Apply western herbal medicine diagnostic framework

add topic HLTHER602D Manage work within the western herbal medicine framework

add topic HLTHER603D Operate a western herbal medicine dispensary

add topic HLTHER604C Perform western herbal medicine health assessment

add topic HLTHER605C Plan the western herbal medicine treatment strategy

add topic HLTHER606D Prepare and dispense western herbal medicine

add topic HLTHER607C Provide dietary advice

add topic HLTHER608C Provide specialised western herbal medicine treatment

add topic HLTHER609D Provide western herbal medicine treatment

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice

All workers undertaking work in health need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Health Training Package.


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries