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Course summary

The complementary medicines industry in Australia is worth an estimated $4.7 billion, and globally, close to $83 billion.

Naturopathic practitioners with advanced knowledge and skills may be well-placed to support this growing field.

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Naturopathic Medicine provides an introduction to advanced study in naturopathic medicine. The course is ideal if you are a recent naturopathy graduate wishing to develop specialised knowledge, or a practitioner in the field looking to expand your skills, attributes and career opportunities. The course also provides a pathway for graduates wanting to undertake further postgraduate or higher degree studies.

Delivered online in flexible part-time or full-time mode, the course covers critical aspects of naturopathic philosophy, research and evidence-based practice. You'll also be able to deepen your knowledge in a specialised area of clinical practice, such as gastrointestinal health, mental health or reproductive health, through the choice of an elective.

DurationLocationStudy Period

34wks P

Online1, 3, 5
DurationLocationStudy Period


Online1, 3, 5

You will study two core units in naturopathic philosophy and research:

  • Critical Perspectives in Naturopathic Philosophy
  • Practice-Based Health Research.

You'll also choose two electives from the following units to expand your knowledge in a specialist area:

  • Cognition and the Healthy Brain
  • Integrative Mental Health
  • Integrative Gastroenterology
  • Gut Microbiome and Health
  • Integrative Women's Health
  • Integrative Reproductive Health
  • Food as Medicine.

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate critical judgement, thinking and understanding of the interplay between traditional and scientific knowledge within naturopathic medicine.


Develop innovative, creative and effective responses to the integration of traditional and scientific knowledge in professional practice of naturopathic medicine.

Ethical practice

Develop and integrate an understanding of ethical and legal principles and apply these values to the practice of naturopathic medicine.

Knowledge of a discipline

Explain established naturopathic theories, guiding philosophies, principles of practice and apply these to the professional practice of naturopathic medicine.

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate autonomy, well developed independent judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a learner and practitioner.

Communication and social skills

Demonstrate person-oriented care and communicate concisely and appropriately in an oral and written form in an academic, professional and health care settings.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate an understanding of the physical, social, political, ecological and cultural influences that impact health and wellbeing in all members of society.

The assessment methods used in this course vary from unit to unit. Each assessment connects with the learning outcomes for each unit and the course as a whole, but also the real-world. Assessment tasks may include essays, literature reviews, journal manuscripts, case studies, online activities, examinations and presentations.

Our online study option is innovative, highly interactive and engaging. It strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community among learners. An inquiry-based approach, together with the use of diverse media (e.g. interactive videos, scenario-based activities, electronic study materials, online discussion forums, virtual classes) and real-world assessments, creates an immersive and accessible learning environment that enriches the student learning experience. These methods of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Naturopathic Medicine enables practitioners to extend their knowledge and skills in naturopathic medicine. Career opportunities exist as a naturopathic practitioner or in any number of roles within the complementary medicines industry. You may also choose to pursue further postgraduate studies in advanced naturopathic medicine.


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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'