Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy

This qualification covers the skills needed to practise as a naturopath. Besides core common and specialisation units, a choice of electives is offered.

Occupational titles for these workers may include:


Naturopathic practitioner

Natural medicine practitioner

Natural therapist



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

24 core units, comprising 12 common units and 12 specialisation units

2 elective units

A wide range of elective units is available, including:

Group A electives which are required to provide and manage acute homopathic treatment

Group B electives for work in massage therapy

Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Health and/or Community Services Training Packages

Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in other relevant Training Packages

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 HLTHER603D Operate a western herbal medicine dispensary

add topic HLTHER608C Provide specialised western herbal medicine treatment

add topic HLTNAT601D Provide naturopathic treatment

add topic HLTNAT602D Provide western herbal medicine treatment

add topic HLTNAT603D Provide naturopathic nutritional treatment

add topic HLTNAT605C Plan naturopathic treatment strategy

add topic HLTNAT606C Perform naturopathic health assessment

add topic HLTNAT607D Manage work within a naturopathic framework

add topic HLTNAT608C Apply naturopathic diagnostic framework

add topic HLTNAT609D Work within a naturopathic framework

add topic HLTNUT601C Apply literature research findings to clinical practice

add topic HLTNUT602C Provide specialised nutritional care

Group A electives - required to provide and manage acute homopathic treatment

The following units must be selected to provide and manage acute homopathic treatment.

add topic HLTHOM612D Work within a homopathic framework

add topic HLTNAT604C Provide acute homopathic treatment

Group B electives - for work in massage therapy

Two of the following units may be selected for work in massage therapy.

Selection of all 5 massage electives below would result in an additional qualification: HLT40307 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice.

add topic HLTREM401D Work within a massage framework

add topic HLTREM406C Provide massage treatment

add topic HLTREM407C Plan massage treatment

add topic HLTREM408C Apply massage assessment framework

add topic HLTREM409C Perform massage health assessment

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