A guide to Studying Natural Health (Nutrition and Diet)


Today, the Australian Government and industries are investing heavily in natural health, leading it to be one of the fastest growing industries in the country. Supported by a highly skilled and technology-driven workforce and backed by leading research institutions, Australian expertise in a range of health-related disciplines is in international demand.

The world is quickly learning that the key to good health is a balanced diet. As a result, people are building more and more interest in nutrition and its benefits, such as flawless skin and weight control. Natural health experts are in high demand, and a good level of dietary knowledge can lead to a plethora of job opportunities as well as good health for yourself and your family. One way to build this knowledge is to enrol yourself in a Natural Health course.

Studying Natural Health

The International Career Institute (ICI)’s Natural Health (Nutrition and Diet) course provides an opportunity to interact with and learn from successful, highly qualified and experienced professionals. Units covered include:

  • Nutrition
  • Weight loss
  • Diets
  • Medical conditions
  • Digestion and absorption
  • Protein, vitamins, minerals, water, nutrients, carbohydrates and fats
  • Food Processing
  • Detoxification
  • Counselling skills

Students will learn the inside secrets of natural health and nutrition, and can use this knowledge to help improve the lifestyle of others. Typically, students will:

  • Discuss diet, nutrition and weight loss with a range of clients.
  • Assist in creating menus and diaries for clients.
  • Learn to create menus based on nutritional content labelling.
  • Provide emotional support, nutrition-based counselling and ongoing coaching.
  • Learn how to refer clients to other fitness and health professionals.

The end result of ICI’s Natural Health (Nutrition and Diet) course will see a student awarded a Certificate of Completion. Average completion for a Certificate course is 14 weeks, however as ICI allows you to study at your own pace, you have up to three years to complete the course selected.

ICI’s use of distance learning means studying can be fitted around your other work or family commitments. It’s also ideal should you want to fast track your course instead of sticking to a designated timetable. Financially, distance learning makes education affordable, with no need for travel expenses and time off work for exams.

What can a Natural Health course lead to?

As well as give you the knowledge and understanding to look after yourself, a qualification in natural health can lead to a number of career opportunities, such as a weight loss consultant or nutritionist. Nutritionists are employed in a range of facilities, from gyms and fitness centres to nursing care facilities and hospitals. With further study, graduates can become a dietician or personal trainer, and the opportunity is there to create your own consultancy firm.

If a consultancy firm is your ultimate goal, it is recommended that you coincide your studies with a course in business management. Communications and marketing is a key part in a successful consultancy business and can give you the edge over competitors.

ICI is an approved Training Provider with the International Institute of Complementary Therapists (IICT), one of Australia’s leading professional bodies representing practitioners operating within the natural health industry. Natural Health graduates are eligible to obtain IICT membership, which provides numerous benefits such as access to discounted Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance.

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Gladys Mae


Gladys Mae serves as the General Manager and Head of Student Services at the International Career Institute. Gladys holds a degree in Mass Communication - Broadcast Media from the University of San Jose-Recoletos. She joined ICI in 2010 and has over the past 12 years been instrumental in providing leadership and guidance to staff and students alike. Prior to joining ICI Gladys led a multifaceted career with key roles in the banking and business process outsourcing industries.