What is homoeopathy?
Homoeopathy is a sophisticated health system which is based on the law of similars.
This principle states that a manifestation of disease, with a given set of symptoms, can be cured by a substance (remedy) which when used on healthy individuals in its raw form, is known (proven) to produce a similar set of symptoms.
In brief, the law of similars is based on the principle that ‘like cures like’. This form of healing was first documented by Hippocrates, who is considered the ‘Father of Medicine’, however it was really developed in the 18th Century.
Why study homoeopathy?
Homoeopathy is a distinct method of healing, underpinned by the belief that all living forms possess an innate ability for self-healing. This ability, or vital force, operates in an intelligent, orderly fashion.
All natural approaches to health care are aimed at supporting and enhancing the body’s own ability to heal itself.
The term ‘innate’ refers to characteristics or qualities, which are present in an individual from birth. They are part of the essential nature of something, rather than something that is learned, or gained through experience.
Innate Healing therefore, refers to the natural ability of the body to both resist disease and heal oneself.
As homoeopathic remedies contain no physical dose of the original substance, but rather a ‘potentised’ energetic representation, there are usually no adverse side effects of homoeopathy. Further, the correct remedy will improve physical and mental health, which makes it a powerful treatment method (modality).
In Iconic Health Academy’s Homoeopathy qualifications, the traditional method (‘modality’) used to support an individual on their healing journey includes Homoeopathy and Nutrition.
What will the Iconic Health Academy Advanced Diploma of Homoeopathy do for you?
The Iconic Health Academy’s Advanced Diploma of Homoeopathy is a versatile qualification, as it provides the graduate homoeopath with a rounded knowledge of these modalities (Homoeopathy and Nutrition).
The qualification includes biological health sciences, such as anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and differential diagnosis, together with social sciences, and practice management.
Graduates at this level have broad knowledge and skills for highly skilled work. The main difference between an advanced diploma and bachelor level is the inclusion of critical thinking as a discipline, which does make it easier for graduates to continue their studies as a post graduate student in higher education. For example, if you wish to continue on to research, it would be easier to make the adjustment from a bachelor qualification than an advanced diploma.
Both qualifications equip the graduate to:
- analyse information to complete a range of activities
- interpret and transmit solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems
- transmit information and skills to others
For these reasons, Iconic Health Academy’s Advanced Diplomas tend to be more practical and eclectic, whereas the Bachelor Degrees are more academic and evidence-based. There is a little less work to achieve an Advanced Diploma than a Bachelor Degree, with 28 modules in an Advanced Diploma and 36 modules in a Bachelor Degree, being a 77.77% workload by comparison.
At the end of the course, you will be able to demonstrate a broad range of knowledge and skills to be able to analyse a client’s health status, including current medical treatments. Based on this assessment, graduates can design and implement individualised treatment protocols for health management.
It is equally important for graduates to understand their limitations, and identify ‘red flags’ which would require referral to a medical practitioner, to diagnose any serious underlying conditions.
Upon completion of this course, graduate homoeopaths will be equipped to practice autonomously in their own professional clinic or work within an established health care practice.
The educational material is designed in accordance with the UK Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) Level 5, and the Australian Quality Framework (AQF) Level 6, specifically at Advanced Diploma level. Once you have completed your Advanced Diploma of Homoeopathy, you will receive a certificate of completion from Iconic Health Academy.
Graduates will be eligible to become professional members of the International Institute for Complementary Therapists, which is recognised in:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
- United States
This course is assessed using self-paced Multiple Choice Questionnaires, which can be used as formative or summative assessment, and provide immediate feedback. The questions are designed to assess what you have learnt, and challenge your ability to apply concepts, and analyse and evaluate information.
Each module has its own assessment plan, and some include written assignments, student form participation and online presentations. Students are also required to complete practical components, including webinars and supervised clinical elements.
The Iconic Health Academy Advanced Diploma of Homoeopathy is designed to be completed over 3 years; it is offered in a full time format, which is delivered over 18 months, and a part time format, which is delivered over 36 months.
To ensure currency of information, students are required to complete their studies within 6 years.
The Advanced Diploma of Homoeopathy is structured to include the following Modules, which may also contribute to other courses:
|AP1||Anatomy and Physiology 1|
|HSF||Health Sciences, Foundations|
|NP||Natural Health Philosophy|
|AP2||Anatomy and Physiology 2|
|FW||Food for Wellness|
|CP1||Clinical Practice 1 (Log Book)|
|DD1||Differential Diagnosis 1|
|TPHOM1||Treatment Protocols (HOM) 1|
|CP2||Clinical Practice 2 (Log Book)|
|DD2||Differential Diagnosis 2|
|TPHOM2||Treatment Protocols (HOM) 2|
The full time course will be delivered online, two modules at a time. Health Sciences, Foundations is included to set students up for success. You will be required to pass each pair of modules, before advancing to the next. Modules are delivered in the following pairs:
|Health Sciences, Foundations||Natural Health Philosophy|
|Homoeopathy 1||Medical Terminology|
|Anatomy and Physiology 1||Professional Development|
|Chemistry, Foundations||Homoeopathy 2|
|Anatomy and Physiology 2||Nutrition 1|
|Clinical Studies||Nutrition 2|
|Food for Wellness||Homoeopathic Pharmacy|
|Clinical Practice 1 (Log Book)||Practice Management|
|Homoeopathic Demographics||Homoeopathic Research|
|Differential Diagnosis 1||Treatment Protocols (HOM) 1|
|Clinical Practice 2 (Log Book)||Research Evaluation|
|Differential Diagnosis 2||Treatment Protocols (HOM) 2|
NB: Students will also be required to complete a Senior First Aid Certificate, which is not offered by Iconic Health Academy, prior to commencing their supervised clinic elements.
The part time course will be delivered online, one module at a time. Health Sciences, Foundations is included to set students up for success. You will be required to pass each module, before advancing to the next. Modules are delivered in the following order:
|Natural Health Philosophy|
|Health Sciences, Foundations|
|Anatomy & Physiology 1|
|Anatomy & Physiology 2|
|Food for Wellness|
|Clinical Practice 1 (Log Book)|
|Differential Diagnosis 1|
|Treatment Protocols (HOM) 1|
|Clinical Practice 2 (Log Book)|
|Differential Diagnosis 2|
|Treatment Protocols (HOM) 2|
NB: Students will also be required to complete a Senior First Aid Certificate, which is not offered by Iconic Health Academy, prior to commencing their supervised clinic elements.
Anatomy and Physiology 1
This module introduces students to the anatomical structure and physiological function of the human body, including the chemical, cellular and tissue levels of organisation. Students will also learn about the structure and specialised functions of the integumentary, musculoskeletal and gastrointestinal systems, as well as gaining a basic overview of human metabolism.
Anatomy and Physiology 2
This module follows AP1, providing information on the structure and specialised functions of the lymphatic, immune, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary and reproductive systems. Key concepts associated with fluid, electrolyte and acid-base homeostasis are also introduced.
This module introduces basic chemistry and organic chemistry principles, and relates biochemical structure to the function of substances within the body. It will provide an introduction to biochemical processes and metabolic pathways of macronutrients and energy production.
Clinical Practice 1
This is the first of two modules which are managed via a student log book, which includes checklists designed to give students practical experience within a real or simulated operational clinical practice setting. CP1 students will progress through reception duties, clinic dispensary duties. Students will observe other consulting practitioners and/or students. They may also undertake mock consultations with peers. They will assist in developing treatment protocols to client needs with respect to current evidence. Students will also explore how to write effective referral letters, as well as critically analyse claims of therapeutic actions of natural therapies. By the end of this module, students will start to engage in health consultations with clients, to propose his/her own treatment protocols. Under direct supervision, students will prescribe appropriate therapies and educate their clients with regard to natural medicine philosophy and evidence-based practice. They will learn to recognise limits of competency and identify when referrals to other health practitioners are appropriate.
Clinical Practice 2
This is the second of two modules which are managed via a student log book, which includes checklists designed to give students practical experience within a real or simulated operational clinical practice setting. CP2 students may continue to undertake mock consultations with peers. They will assist in developing treatment protocols and applying knowledge of appropriate modalities to client needs with respect to current evidence. Under direct supervision, students will prescribe appropriate therapies and educate their clients with regard to natural medicine philosophy and evidence-based practice. They will learn to recognise limits of competency and identify when referrals to other health practitioners are appropriate.
The Clinical Studies module will teach students case-taking and diagnostic skills in order to carry out a thorough health assessment. A range of diagnostic and examination techniques pertaining to all systems of the body will be discussed.
Differential Diagnosis 1
This module integrates the knowledge gained in the previous biological science modules to provide students with an understanding of the different signs and symptoms of common health conditions. Based on their clinical findings, students will learn to understand likely underlying pathology and prognoses, and decide on appropriate further investigations and referrals. This module will cover differential diagnosis of gastrointestinal, hepatic, metabolic, integumentary, immune, respiratory and urinary tract disorders.
Differential Diagnosis 2
This module follows DD1, to provide students with an understanding of the different signs and symptoms of common health conditions. This module will cover differential diagnosis of musculoskeletal, nervous, mental health, cardiovascular, endocrine and reproductive disorders.
This module explores the concept of the multi-faceted human organism and prompts student to critically evaluate the mechanism of action of energy medicines, including homoeopathy, sound healing, colour therapy and flower essences. The crossover of theories between biomedical and energetic models of healing from an evidence-based perspective is also investigated.
Food for Wellness
In this module, students will explore the evidence for the therapeutic benefits and health outcomes of a balanced whole food diet. Food culture is explored across various ethnic groups and religions, and topics including traditional dietary paradigms, modern food production and genetic modification will also be discussed. Most sessions include insights into specific beneficial foods.
Health Sciences, Foundations
HSF is a self-paced learning module for students without prior human biology studies. It introduces the structure and function of the human body and the major body systems, together with an introduction to pathology, microbiology and pharmacology.
A specialist homoeopathy module that builds on repertorisation skills and teaches students to adapt case-taking to societal demographics. Case studies are analysed with consideration of acute, constitutional and miasmatic levels of prescribing. Detailed treatment plans will include potency, frequency, duration and expected outcome of therapy.
This module introduces students to homoeopathic remedy sources, including mineral, plant, animal and nosode remedies. Students will learn to predict the likely properties of remedies from different kingdoms and critically evaluate prescribing choices with respect to evidence-based medicine.
Students will learn to critique contemporary research in the evaluation of homoeopathic theory and explore future directions for homoeopathic public health research.
This module introduces students to the historical development and the fundamental philosophy of homoeopathy. Students will gain an understanding of disease from the homoeopathic viewpoint; learn how remedies are made, stored and administered; cover case-taking techniques and the basic principles of treatment; as well as gain an overview of the major polycrest remedies. Current critique of homeopathy is evaluated based on evidence.
This module develops homoeopathic case-taking skills, including the categorisation of mental, emotional, physical and general symptoms, and focuses on the acute therapeutic uses of homoeopathy, including major and minor remedies relating to specific conditions. Potency selection and ethico-legal considerations are among the topics included.
This module explores the concepts of vital force, disease and the miasmatic approach in homoeopathy. Students will learn to differentiate between homoeopathic prescribing methodologies and their relationship to potencies, and develop skills in case-taking and constitutional prescribing.
Specifically designed to teach students to effectively and efficiently communicate with other health professionals, this module analyses the structure of medical terms, diagnostic tests and referrals.
Natural Health Philosophy
Exploring the cultural origins, philosophies and historical development of modern day natural therapies, this module will outline the philosophical foundations of natural medicine and provide an overview of various modalities. Theories and applications of specific natural therapies are compared with each other and biomedical practice.
This module provides a broad overview of nutrition, including an introduction to macro- and micro-nutrients, energy requirements, exogenous factors affecting nutrition, and dietary guidelines. The student will learn how to perform a basic nutritional assessment, and to plan and implement dietary modifications based on healthy eating guidelines. We will also look at nutrition in respect to different life stages, weight management and food reactions.
Expanding on NU1, Nutrition 2 provides students with an in-depth look into specific micro- and macro-nutrients, including their food sources, physiological function, metabolism, and deficiency and excess symptoms. Students will explore therapeutic applications of nutrients and rationales for supplementation, as well as gaining an understanding of current TGA regulations.
Integrating knowledge of anatomy and physiology, students will learn to apply knowledge of pathological processes to clinical outcomes. Diseases states are identified and discussed in terms of their effects on cell structure and function, as well as their underlying risk factors. Appropriate pathological tests and the interpretation of their results are also discussed.
Pharmacological principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacogenetics are applied to define drug actions and interactions. Students will learn to classify drugs according to mechanisms of action and reflect upon the legal and ethical responsibilities of practitioners and the media.
This module will develop awareness of the necessary factors involved in operating a complementary medicine practice, including financial considerations, taxation requirements, record keeping, legal issues, implementation of systems, policies & procedures, and statutory & regulatory requirements. Students will create a business plan, formulate marketing strategies and materials for use in practice, and learn the basics of managing human resources.
In this module, we will explore techniques for effective communication, including the use of micro-skills, to enable students to develop oral and written communication skills to enhance the therapeutic encounter. We will also discuss self-esteem, self-concept, self-presentation and social psychology, as well as professional boundaries and legal and ethical considerations.
In this module, students will learn to develop their academic writing skills and apply knowledge of research methodology to the critique of research papers. This module will help students to differentiate between treatment options with a strong evidence base and those without, reflecting upon and critically evaluating their own work.
Treatment Protocols (HOM) 1
This module integrates the knowledge gained in previous modules to enable students to analyse clinical cases from a holistic perspective, and develop evidence-based homeopathic treatment protocols for gastro-intestinal, hepatic, integumentary, immune, respiratory, urinary tract and metabolic conditions. Treatment protocols will be evaluated and management plans adapted for follow up cases. Students will also learn to recognise red flags and decide on appropriate referrals.
Treatment Protocols (HOM) 2
This module integrates the knowledge gained in previous modules to enable students to critically analyse clinical cases from a holistic perspective, and develop evidence-based homoeopathic treatment protocols for musculoskeletal, nervous, mental health, cardiovascular, endocrine and reproductive conditions. Treatment protocols will be critically evaluated and management plans adapted for follow up cases. Students will also learn to recognise red flags and decide on appropriate referrals.