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Advanced Diploma of Homoeopathy Part Time

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Welcome to your Advanced Diploma of Homoeopathy Part Time Career Course 

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.

Professional Recognition

The educational material is designed in accordance with the Australian Quality Framework (AQF) standard, and is equivalent to the AQF level 6 Advanced Diploma level course material. 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:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Europe
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Assessment

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.

Course Outline

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: 

Course Structure by Semester:

SEMESTER 1
Code Title
AP1 Anatomy and Physiology 1
HO1 Homoeopathy 1
HSF Health Sciences, Foundations 
MT Medical Terminology
NP Natural Health Philosophy
SEMESTER 2
AP2 Anatomy and Physiology 2
CF Chemistry, Foundations
HO2 Homoeopathy 2
NU1 Nutrition 1
PD Professional Development
SEMESTER 3
CS Clinical Studies
EM Energetic Medicine
NU2 Nutrition 2
PA Pathology
SEMESTER 4
FW Food for Wellness
HP Homoeopathic Pharmacy
PH Pharmacology
HO3 Homoeopathy 3
SEMESTER 5
CP1 Clinical Practice 1 (Log Book)
DD1 Differential Diagnosis 1
HD Homoeopathic Demographics
HR Homoeopathic Research
TPHOM1 Treatment Protocols (HOM) 1
SEMESTER 6
CP2 Clinical Practice 2 (Log Book)
DD2 Differential Diagnosis 2
PM Practice Management
RE Research Evaluation
TPHOM2 Treatment Protocols (HOM) 2

Rules of Progression (part time):

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
Homoeopathy 1
Medical Terminology
Professional Development
Anatomy & Physiology 1
Homoeopathy 2
Chemistry, Foundations
Nutrition 1
Anatomy & Physiology 2
Nutrition 2
Clinical Studies
Energetic Medicine
Pathology
Homoeopathy 3
Pharmacology
Homoeopathic Pharmacy
Food for Wellness
Practice Management
Clinical Practice 1 (Log Book)
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.

Module Descriptors

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.

Chemistry, Foundations         

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.

Clinical Studies 

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.

Energetic Medicine     

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.

Homoeopathic Demographics   

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.

Homoeopathic Pharmacy            

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.

Homoeopathic Research     

Students will learn to critique contemporary research in the evaluation of homoeopathic theory and explore future directions for homoeopathic public health research.

Homoeopathy 1              

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.

Homoeopathy 2              

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.

Homoeopathy 3              

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.

Medical Terminology     

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.

Nutrition 1         

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.

Nutrition 2    

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.

Pathology           

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.

Pharmacology  

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.

Practice Management  

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.

Professional Development      

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.

Research Evaluation      

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.

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