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Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation

Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation

Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation (Accredited Course Code HLT 52615, CRICOS code 0100555) from the Health Institute Australasia is a 600-hour Government Accredited, CRICOS Approved Course. This course is designed for health seekers and is the foundational study course for Ayurvedic practitioners.

On successful completion of this course, you will have skills in Ayurvedic diagnosis and be adept in Ayurvedic relaxation massage, lifestyle and preventative health care guidance, Ayurvedic nutrition, and the use of potent herbs and oils.

This qualification covers the skills needed to be an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant. An Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant provides advice and assistance on living according to ayurvedic principles. This qualification does not cover ayurvedic remedial or therapeutic care.

– Quote: ANTA (Australian National Training Authority)

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Course Dates:


There are 4 intakes a year, in alignment with Queensland school terms, for face-to-face tuition. Online students can start at any time.

2023 Starting Dates
23 January
17 April
10 July
3 October

2024 Starting Dates
22  January
15 April
8 July
30 September

2025 Starting Dates
28 January
22 April
14 July
7 October

Term Dates 2022

  • Monday 24 January 2022 – Friday 1 April 2022
  • Tuesday 19 April 2022 – Friday 24 June 2022
  • Monday 11 July 2022 – Friday 16 September 2022
  • Tuesday 4 October 2022 – Friday 9 December 2022

Term Breaks

  • Saturday 2 April 2022 – Monday 18 April 2022
  • Saturday 25 June 2022 – Sunday 10 July 2022
  • Saturday 17 September 2022 – Monday 3 October 2022
  • Saturday 10 December 2022 – Sunday 22 January 2023

Term Dates 2023

  • Monday 23  January 2023 – Friday 31 March 2023
  • Monday 17 April 2023 – Friday 23 June 2023
  • Monday 10 July 2023 – Friday 15 September 2023
  • Tuesday 3 October 2023 – Friday 8 December 2023

Term Breaks

  • Saturday 1 April 2023 – Sunday 16 April 2023
  • Saturday 24 June 2023 – Sunday 9 July 2023
  • Saturday 16 September 2023 – Monday 2 October 2023
  • Saturday 9 December 2023 – Sunday 21 January 2024

Term Dates 2024

  • Monday 22  January 2024 – Thursday 28 March 2024
  • Monday 15 April 2024 – Friday 21 June 2024
  • Monday 8 July 2024 – Friday 13 September 2024
  • Monday 30 September 2024– Friday 13 December 2024

Term Breaks

  • Friday 29 March 2024 – Sunday 14 April 2024
  • Saturday 22 June 2024 – Sunday 7 July 2024
  • Saturday 14 September 2024 – Sunday 29 September 2024
  • Saturday 14 December 2024 – Monday 27 January 2025





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9:30 – 5:00pm


LIVING AYURVEDA Residential detox retreat

  • 27 December 2022-3 January 2023. OR  3–10 January 2023.
  • inclusive of shared accommodation, Ayurvedic meals, tuition, medicines, and program/li>
  • at Nirvana Wellbeing Retreat, Beechmont, Queensland.

Course Details

Qualification Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant
CRICOS Course Code 0100555
VET National Code HLT 52615
Delivery mode On-campus full-time or online
(correspondence option is available for both domestic students and international students).
Duration 52 weeks
Hours 600
Dates 11 July 2022, 4 Oct 2022, 23 Jan 2023, 17 April 2023, 10 July 2023, 3 Oct 2023
(You may choose July, Oct 2022 or one of four start dates in 2023)
Awarded by Health Institute Australasia
Pre-requisites None
Fee Click here for forms, fees and policies
Entry requirements IELTS score 5.5 is required for international students

Our Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation course is designed to equip you with a firm understanding of Ayurvedic principles and their practical application in health care. On successful completion, you will be adept at Ayurvedic diagnosis, Ayurvedic relaxation massage, lifestyle and preventative health care guidance, Ayurvedic nutrition, and the use of potent herbs and oils.

This 600 hour course is designed for health seekers and is the foundational study for practitioners. Participants will be able to apply all principles in their daily life and practitioners can incorporate the content into their practice easily.

At the completion of the course, you will receive a Diploma as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant. This qualification is from the Australian Government accredited Health Training Package and is CRICOS approved. The Health Institute Australasia has been running the course for over 12 years.

Subjects include:-

  • Understanding the true nature of your mind and body
  • Proceedings of the cosmos, wisdom of the ages
  • Discovering your Ayurvedic body type
  • Defining the Ayurvedic body
  • Ayurvedic Psychology
  • Symptomatology and Disease
  • Ayurvedic Nutrition & Eating Right without Dieting
  • Ayurvedic Herbology and Materia Medica
  • Virilification, Rejuvenation and longevity (rasvaj)
  • Creating health through balance (SVRIT)
  • Practical Tools for Health, Personal Development and Stress Management
  • Revitalisation through Ayurvedic massage

… and includes actual experiential practices.

Our location

Our campus is located on the beautiful Gold Coast of Australia, with proximity to shops, beaches, libraries and other facilities. Read more about our location and facilities.

Study by Correspondence

The Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation is available via distance for both domestic students and international students who wish to gain an Australian qualification.

If you elect to study by correspondence, and you are a domestic student, you will be required to do some components of the course on campus such as Ayurvedic cooking, massage etc. However, the majority of your units can be completed via distance education with the facilities of online training, Skype tutorials, resource materials, homework and assignments.

The flexibility of correspondence allows you to start at any time. Correspondence can take advantage of our private 1-1 Skype tutorials with our lecturers (optional); these can be arranged at a mutually suitable time, 30 minutes once a month for a duration of 10 months. The duration of correspondence study is a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 1.5 years; this depends on how quickly you wish to complete your qualification.

Read more on our Distance Learning Ayurveda (by Correspondence) page.



Ayurvedic Course Units

HLTAYV001 Develop Ayurvedic practice Outline
HLTAYV002 Make Ayurvedic lifestyle assessments Outline
HLTAYV003 Provide Ayurvedic bodywork therapies Outline
HLTAYV004 Provide Ayurvedic lifestyle advice Outline
HLTAYV005 Provide advice on Ayurvedic nutrition Outline
HLTINF004 Manage the prevention and control of infection Online
CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships Online
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Online
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance Online
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice Online
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status Online
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety Online
HLTAID011 Provide first aid.
BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning Online
CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people Online
CHCCCS001 Address the needs of people with chronic disease Online
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability Online
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues Online



This Code of Ethics has been established by the Ethics Committee of the Health Institute Australasia (HIA).

The purpose of this Code of Ethics is to set a standard of conduct for Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant  students and graduates of HIA.

In this document, An Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant, or student, hereinafter may be referred to as an ALC Consultant.

By becoming a student of HIA, the ALC Consultant accepts this Code of Ethics and will conduct her/his professionalism accordingly.

Any serious breach of this Code of Ethics will subject the ALC Consultant to disciplinary action by the Executive Committee  HIA.


1. The primary function of the Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant is to maintain the health of the healthy and provide accurate and relevant advice to support the health of the individual.

2. In doing so, however, the Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant must not attempt to diagnose a disease in the person and purport to cure a disease.

3. The Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant must not prescribe medication of any sort to alleviate the signs, symptoms or disease-related conditions.

4. Upon being aware that the client/patient’s condition is beyond the scope of her/his qualification, the Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant must refer the patient to a fully qualified Ayurvedic practitioner or to other health professionals as s/he considers appropriate

5. The Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant must be humble, kind and caring, and when Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant realises that s/he may not be able to help the diseased, s/he must refer the diseased to other health professionals who may be able to help further.

6. An Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant must act or do such things so as to improve and learn more about her/his art of practice for the benefit of her/his patients.

7. An Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant must not attend to a diseased under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any such substance that may impair her/his judgment as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant, and health professional.

8. An Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant must not engage in sexual conduct with the client/patient.

9. An Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant must practice within the legal system of the Commonwealth, State or Territory and must not knowingly breach any such law that may bring disrepute to her/his colleagues, the Association and or the College.

10. An Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant must not refuse to treat a patient on the basis of religion, caste, colour, creed, sex, ethnic origin, marital status, cultural background or any such thing that may be discriminatory.

11. An Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant must maintain a good standard of practice with all relevant records of the client/patient and treatment provided, and keep such record/s in a secure area.

12. An Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant must not provide false and/or misleading information that may be incriminating, such as claiming to cure a disease or condition that may give false hope to the patient.

13. An Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant must not give false or misleading information about the therapy s/he is proposing for the client/patient that can not be substantiated.

14. An Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant must obtain consent from the patient for any procedural treatment provided or proposed.

15. An Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant must not divulge information obtained from the patient in confidence without the consent of the patient concerned, however, an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant with her/his colleagues may discuss matters with the consent of the patient for the benefit of the patient.

16. An Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant must not engage herself/himself in any way that will in any form or manner denigrate the Association, the College, and bring disrepute to her/his colleagues.

17. An Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant must clearly display within the premises the trading hours and the cost of services provided.

18. An Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant must do or act in such a manner that will bring the College, to a high standing within the community in general and bring the profession to a high standard of health care.



(Foundations of Ayurvedic medicine, fundamentals and history, AVAT, AYPHIL)
Overview and introduction to the unchanging nature of Ayurvedic science, with an experiential understanding of its utility as a healing science.

  • The science (veda) of life (ayur)
  • Origins and history (ithias) of Ayurveda and the philosophies of India
  • Evolution of Ayurveda (avataran)
  • Philosophy of Ayurveda
  • Sanskrit and illustrate its calligraphy (practicum)

(Basic principles of Ayurveda AYUPRIN)
Ayurveda recognises that whatever is present in the universe, is also being presented in the human body:
a. Central principles
– Creation theory: History and background concerning the origin of life and consciousness
– Macrocosm and microcosm
– Five great elements, panchamahabhootas
– Three qualities, gunas
– Three biological principles, doshas
b. Classical principles and practices
c. Relationship of Ayurveda to holistic health, mental health; life mission and success.


(Constitutional analysis AYUPRKTI)
Students are introduced to the concept of the three doshas and how Ayurveda conceives the body-mind in health and disease.
a. Nature (prakruti)
b. Ayurvedic Body types


Sharira: Snatomy and physiology (SHAR)

  • Healthy Body – Western A&P TBA
  • Ayurvedic Anatomy & Physiology I
    – Knowledge that how the tridosha (vata, pitta, kapha) work in our body
    – the assessments of body types;
    – understanding the physiology related to the sub-doshas.
    – how to correlate qualities, functions and places of dosha in our body.
  • Ayurvedic Anatomy & Physiology 2
    – The sub-doshas of Vata, Pitta and Kapha that function within our body.
    – Detailed understanding of prakruti and vikruti (essential and present condition).
    – Assessment of doshic imbalances.
    – Determination of subsequent methods to rectify imbalances.
    – Clinical understanding of seven tissues (dhatus).
    – Metabolic function of dhatus and their affect on well-being.
  • Ayurvedic Physiology 3
    – Working knowledge of channels (srotas) and their role in health and disease.
    – The role of agni in clinical physiology and pathology.
    – Knowledge of what is ama and how it takes form in our body
    – Factors responsible for causing physical and mental ama.

Ayurvedic and Yogic approaches in working with the mind.
Co-requisites: Yoga and Meditation


Students are more deeply grounded in how Ayurveda conceives the body-mind in health and disease and taken through the process of:

  • Understanding the fundamentals and nature of health and disease
  • Ayurvedic Clinical Diagnosis
  • Ayurvedic Clinical Pathology
  • Pulse Diagnosis

Aahar: Ayur Nutrition & Clinical Nutrition (AHR)

  • Ayurvedic and Western views on Nutrition. AHR-1
    Introduction to nutrition. Understanding ayurvedic and western food fundamentals and eating for health.
  • Diet and Constitution AHR-2
    – Eating for Health.
    – The energetics of different types of food and recipes which then can selected after taking into account an individual’s diet and constitution.
  • Ayurvedic Kitchen Herbs. AHR-3
    – The use of medicinal fruits, vegetables and the study of 22 commonly available Ayurvedic kitchen herbs
    – Their application in a clinical setting to bring about balance to the mind-body.
  • Ayurvedic Cooking for Nutrition
    Practicum. AHR-4
    The knowledge and skills to prepare Ayurvedic sattvic meals, recipes for different seasons and the significance of Ayurvedic cooking in Ayurvedic psychology, yoga and meditation sciences.
  • Food and Mood AHR-5
    – Food and subtle energy.
    – Diet, mind and yoga.
  • Ayurvedic Cinical Nutrition.
    Food as medicine.
    Treatment of various diseases and disorders using food articles as medicine. AHR-6

Herbs are nature’s healing gift to human kind and have been used for their maintenance and curative purposes throughout history by almost all the cultures of our world.
– Ayurvedic Materia Medica I: Introduction to Ayurvedic medicine.
– Ayurvedic Materia Medica II: Anupana, & Herb preparation and usage in different conditions.
– Ayurvedic Materia Medica III: Detailed study of tailam (medicated oil) and ghritam
(medicated ghee) and their preparation and selection for different conditions.
– Ayurvedic Herbology & Pharmacy

  • Health, Longevity and the Disease process
  • Ayurvedic rejuvenation therapies (rasayana) RASVAJ-1
  • Virilification and Aphrodisiacs (vajikaran)  RASVAJ-2
  • Introduction to the five physiological detoxification & purification processes, the 5 actions (Panchakarma therapy)
  • Ayurvedic Psychology and Spirituality 1 – non-physical aspects of ayus (life) that play a critical role in physical and mental health and enhance our consciousness.
  • Ayurvedic Psychology & Spirituality II – Three gunas, antahkarana (mind, ego, intellect and consciousness) and life supporting diet, aahara, lifestyle, vihara and conduct, achara.
  • Ayurvedic Psychology & Spirituality III – The psychological development of the Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant. This period will include un-supervised clinical work wherein students will be required to continue with the therapies that they learnt in their practicum and complete a number of case studies for each therapy at their own location.

Practical Tools for Health, Personal Development and Stress Management

  • Concept of exercise in Ayurveda.
  • Stress management
  • Fundamentals of Sanskrit – calligraphy (practicum)
  • Purification and cleansing therapies
  • Knowledge and skills to assess cases
  • Principles and fundamental techniques of massage. AYMAS1
  • Ayurvedic massage principles. ABH1
  • Relaxation Massage practicum AYMAS1

What you get

Your Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant Package Includes:

Inclusive in the fees for this course are the following:


All course materials for Modules 1-10, common units, Ayurvedic cooking and Ayurvedic massage modules are included.


You need to keep a tally of your hours in your student contact diary for submission at the end of the course.


You will receive clinical practice and training in massage, cooking, ayurvedic analysis/consultancy during your week-long attendance at our Shanti Yoga studio on the Gold Coast.


You will receive private one-on-one tuition with the Health Institute Australasia’s Ayurvedic lecturer: 30 minutes once a month for 12 months.  Please note, over and above this duration will incur private tuition fees @ $75 per hour.

+ CD’S:
  1. 1 week of attendance at our Shanti Yoga Gold Coast studio for clinical practice and training in massage, cooking, ayurvedic analysis/consultancy.
  2. + 8-day/7 night residential detox retreat BONUS (twin-share accommodation, all meals, medicines, lectures and program) in July, September, December or January at our Nirvana Wellness Retreat Sanctuary, Beechmont, Queensland, at no extra fee. Please note this is not part of your tuition fees, and attendance is optional. Nevertheless, there will be Ayurvedic lectures, cooking classes and so on, which can contribute to your contact diary attendance hours.

Ayurveda is a science that has its roots in ancient Indian culture. It’s simple and extremely practical significance can be adapted to our culture and time. It is the ‘mother of all healing systems’ as it embraces all modalities.

We have re-created the most idyllic Ayurvedic retreat, Nirvana Wellness Retreat on 70 acres, where you can attend tutorials, practicum and immersion programs.

Optional Extras


Students have an annual opportunity to enjoy a cultural experience in India, visit Ayurvedic centres and pharmacies, tour a spice and herb farm and visit Ayurvedic hospitals, yoga retreats, places of pilgrimage and interest.

For tour prices and dates, please enquire at the Health Institute Australasia office or contact us online.


Graduates from The Health Institute are eligible for membership and encouraged to join professional associations relevant to their modality and location. Annual membership to AAPA is encouraged and necessary for insurance purposes. Australasian Ayurvedic Practitioners Association has various levels of membership:

  1. Ayurvedic Practitioner $85
  2. Ayurvedic Clinical Consultant $55
  3. Ayurvedic Trainee $25
  4. Associate/Friend $25

Contact AAPA’s secretary: Hilary Sullivan
Email: aapa@onthenet.com.au
Website: ayurvedaaustralia.com


Senior First Aid is compulsory for graduates who wish to join a professional association such as AAPA for insurance purposes. For HIA students, Provide First Aid HLTAID003 is included in your course training, and covered by your fees. Please diarise the date to attend.


At the completion of the course, students receive a Diploma as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant. This qualification is from the Australian Government accredited Health Training Package and is CRICOS approved.

This diploma qualifies you to empower your clients to achieve optimum health and well-being through Ayurveda. You will be a qualified Ayurvedic Clinical and Lifestyle Consultant, providing optimum wellness, nutritional advice and relaxation massage

As a worker with this qualification, you may be titled an:-

  • Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant
  • Ayurvedic assistant

This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeships pathways.

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is the knowledge of life and health. It is Indian naturopathy which stems from the time of the Vedas. It is the oldest and most comprehensive system of medicine invented for humankind. The term Ayurveda means the ‘science of life’.

… Read more about ‘What is Ayurveda’


Our accredited Ayurveda courses are fully compliant with the Australian Skills Quality Authority. This means that you can be assured of our commitment to the highest quality education available, and that your qualifications are recognised Australia-wide and beyond.


This course is CRICOS approved so that international students can get a student visa for one year.


This accredited Ayurvedic course has been developed in consultation with a wide range of teachers and practitioners of Ayurveda, including representatives of the health care industry and training authorities.


Our CEO, Shanti Gowans, sat on the advisory board of the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council as an industry expert in the field of Ayurveda. She is also the president of the AAPA (Australasian Ayurvedic Practitioners Association).


We provide high quality medicinal products for ayurvedic students to use personally or to recommend to clients.  These products are specifically prepared for the Health Institute Australasia.


We offer a Nutrition program like no other – no cans, packets or frozen foods, not even cans of coconut water. We believe fresh is best, whether it be fresh coconut water or herbs and spices, fresh vegetables, home-made sauces, breads and beverages – all made from scratch.


We have our very own Ayurvedic retreat centre only 40 minutes from the main campus which has an amazing 70 acre property for students to learn experientially, enjoy the Ayurvedic gardens, planting, picking & eating delicious organic fresh produce & much more.

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Registered Training Organisation No. 45524

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