Contact: Kate Gibson
Phone: (07) 5562 1088
Email: [email protected]
ACS Distance Education
PO Box 2092
Nerang MDC, QLD 4211
Education Partnerships Create Bright Career Paths in Natural Health and Medicine
Qld, Australia – November 30, 2008 – Two schools have combined resources to design and deliver an exciting range of courses in complementary medicine. ACS Distance Education, a world leader in distance study, and Health School Australia, who virtually founded natural health training in Australia, have designed six training courses resulting in accredited qualifications in different branches of complementary medicine: functional nutrition, sports therapy, wellness consultancy, remedial therapy, western herbal medicine, and naturopathy.
Through this partnership, students receive the best of both schools, and benefit from the experience and knowledge of different tutors. Distance education allows students to choose the timing and pace of their study, which makes natural health training much more accessible to mothers, those living in isolated regions or without travel facilities, those who travel a lot or spend time overseas, full time employed, disabled persons, and others who might otherwise be unable to access good training. Another feature of distance education, says ACS Principal, John Mason, is “our ability to provide extensive, timely, and personalised support to students”.
A major feature of these courses is that they can be taken in stages, with each stage resulting in a practical and viable qualification. The first stage is ACS’s Foundation Diploma in Natural Health, a 1000 hour course comprised of ten study modules in human nutrition, anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, cell biology, psychology and counselling. This course is internationally accredited by the International Accreditation and Recognition Council (www.iarc.org), and accredited in the U.K. From there, students can either go on to gain an Advanced Diploma in Complementary Medicine from Health Schools Australia, or gain credit towards a Pre-medical Diploma offered by Warnborough College in the U.K. or Ireland.
The amount of study involved in second stage offered by Health Schools Australia depends on the chosen area of specialisation, naturopathy being the longest. This stage covers different areas of complementary medicine, including iridology, pathology and symptomatology, plus seminars and clinical experience. On successful completion of both stages, students graduate with a nationally accredited Advanced Diploma (also IARC accredited) that qualifies them to work as a nutritionist, naturopath, sports therapist, remedial therapist, herbalist, or wellness consultant. Graduates may continue with one year of additional study to gain a degree from Charles Sturt University or the University of New England.
Particularly remarkable about these courses is the enormous flexibility they offer students, and the different opportunities they provide for choosing different career paths – a bright future for both education and natural health.
For information: www.acs.edu.au Go to ‘Health Science’.
Contact: [email protected] or (07) 5562 1088