FAQ

– What training courses do you offer?

Ayurveda

  •  HLT52615: Diploma in Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation
  •  HLT62615: Advanced Diploma in Ayurveda

Business

  • BSB40407: Certificate IV in Small Business Management
  •  BSB50017: Diploma of Management
  •  BSB60407: Advanced Diploma of Management

– Is AIAS a Registered Training Organisation?

Yes. AIAS became a Registered Training Organisation (R.T.O.) in 2005 offering a nationally recognized qualification in Ayurveda under the Australian Qualifications Training Framework. It has recently added courses in Business and Early Childhood Education to its academic programme.

– How does Ayurveda differ from modern medicine?

Modern medicine treats symptomatically rather than looking to the root cause of the problem. This stems from the view that all people are more or less the same. Ayurveda’s special contribution is healing the cause of the symptoms by considering the uniqueness of each patient and by helping each body to heal itself. Ayurveda has perfected healing treatments and herbal preparations to keep the physical, mental and emotional health of a person in its prime throughout life. It is contrary to the current practice of waiting until symptoms appear before getting medical help or only seeking treatment when a disease manifests.

Why do people study Ayurveda?

  •  People come to Ayurveda seeking insights into health, a meaningful career and a new direction.
  •  Job Opportunities: Ayurveda is a growth industry at present in Australia with demand for practitioners exceeding supply.
  •  Many mature aged students comment that this is ’their time now’, time to engage in a personally fulfilling and rewarding path that coincides as a vocation
  •  Complementary health practitioners to extend the range of diagnostic tools and therapeutic treatments they offer in their existing practice.

Why is there so much interest in Ayurveda?

Ayurveda provides the theory and knowledge behind the unique expression of life in every individual. There is no presumption that all individuals will respond to a medicine or therapy in the same way. Ayurveda recognizes, perhaps more than any other development in health care, the absolute need to regard the individual ‘holistically’ and to take into consideration all facets of their life in order to effect positive change. Ayurveda proves easy and effective to integrate alongside other forms of both complimentary and Allopathic Western Medicine. With current studies in ’Epigentics’ confirming the importance of lifestyle, diet, attitudes and emotions on the expression of genetic material – and the continuing search for a system of healthcare that respects individual requirements and the care of both mind and body, Ayurveda provides many of the missing elements in modern health care.

Who might be interested to study Ayurveda?

People from all backgrounds, ages and cultures are drawn to Ayurveda.

  •  Medical practitioners;
  •  Dieticians, Naturopaths, Herbalists, Massage Practitioners, Chiropractors. Physiotherapists, Yoga teachers;
  •  People looking for a career change and a meaningful vocation;
  •  School leavers interested in alternative medicine and the holistic nature of Ayurveda and wishing to take advantage of this growth sector in Natural medicine;
  •  Anyone interested in Ayurveda, health and alternative medicine

What can I expect to learn?

You will learn everything required to become an Ayurvedic Practitioner in Australia. The Ayurveda ‘Specialisation Units’ of study (specific to the subjects of Ayurveda) will furnish you with all the diagnostic skills, treatment protocols and expertise to deliver Ayurvedic therapies with confidence. The ‘Common Units’ competencies will provide you with the necessary requirements and abilities to conduct your own Ayurveda  Centre, with clinic management skills, management of infection control, how to make referrals a d comply with Workplace Health an d Safety regulations in Australia.

It would be an exhaustive exercise to spell out each and every article of study. A.I.A.S is fortunate to have Dr Ajit to guide the students through the necessary subjects and to the necessary depth of study. What’s more, Dr Ajit’s extensive clinical experience in the west places him as a leading figure in Ayurveda education both in terms of knowing what has to be taught and understanding how to translate Ayurveda for western students an d clearly identify the areas of Ayurveda thawill serve our community in the best possible way.

To illustrate to some extent the depth of studies, the course involves:

  • Applied Philosophy of Ayurveda: An investigation of Ayurveda’s origin and its philosophies, introducing an understanding of the role of the body, mind and soul in achieving perfect balance and an understan ing of the ancient principles that awaken cellular intelligence.
  • Ayurvedic Anatomy and Physiology: An extensive study covering detailed knowledge of how the Tridosha works in our body and the assessment of Prakruti, understanding of the body structure and the nature of Prakruti (balance) and Vrikriti (imbalance), the Srotas (13 channels) functioning, metabolism and their role in health and disease.
  • Ayurvedic Herbology: Materia Medica: Ayurvedic Herbology will provide a deep knowledge of healing substances and the skills necessary for selecting and preparing basic healing formulations. This module provides a greater understanding of Ayurvedic Pharmaceuticals (Bhaishajya Kalpan), the preparation and use of appropriate herbs in the right way, at the right time, using the right Anupana (herbal vehicles).
  • Ayurvedic Clinical Diagnosis:  theory and practice – Nadi Pariksha (Pulse Diagnosis), Tongue Diagnosis, Ayurvedic Iridulogy.
  • Ayurvedic Nutrition, Ayuvedic Cooking:  In depth study into the energetic principles that provide understanding of how food affects body and mind, experiential workshops and authentic Ayurvedic meal preparation.
  • Ayurvedic Massage and related therapies: Shirodhara, Musculo-skeletal treatments, Udwartanam, navar Kizzi massage, Sarvang Swdeana, Netra Basti, Hrdya basti, Nasya Karma, Karna Purna and Nadi Swedana.
  • Women & Child Care: providing skills in applying Ayurvedic programs for conscious conception, women’s and maternal health, improved parenting and baby rituals.
  • Ayurvedic Psychology and Spirituality:  Including the evaluation of case histories to determine counselling needs with emphasis also on the personal psychological development of the Ayurvedic Practitioner to develop professional detachment (to enable the Practitioner to work effectively in situations of high emotional charge).
  • Authentic Ayurvedic Clinical Pathology: An extensive and unique presentation developed by Dr. Ajit, covering numerous common dis-orders according to Traditional Ayurvedic texts. This study provides knowledge of how to identify the correct herbs and strategies for each ailment and to structure the formulations for each client.
  • Clinical Case work – extensive work on taking and documenting case studies with regular summations by Dr Aiit.

Is Ayurveda difficult to learn?

The principles of Ayurveda are based on laws within Nature and are quite logical. If you commit yourself to the study and apply what you learn to your own life, you can become a successful representative of Ayurveda.

“Siddha” is a term in the Sanskrit language applying to one who has attained something: Ayurveda

study requires –

  • Sincerity,
  • Integrity,
  • Dedication,
  • Devotion,
  • Honour and
  • Altruism (concern for the welfare of others).

If you can apply passion and energy towards the above qualities in yourself, you can succeed and attain everything you require in Ayurveda.

How to choose an Ayurvedic School

Students of Ayurveda outside of India must seek out qualified and clinically experienced B.A.M.S ‘Ayurvedacharyas’ in order to learn and understand the correct knowledge, skills and applications of Ayurveda, You will need a teacher who can convey Ayurveda in a clear and comprehensive fashion.Studying Ayurveda is unlike studying any other subject. You will require a course where you have the time to imbibe and live the subject, in order to experience it and later convey it yourself to others with integrity and confidence.

When comparing courses, aim to get clear answers these questions

  •  Is the course provider a Recognised Training Organisation (R.T.O) in Australia?
  •  Will you receive authentic In-depth training in the theory and assessment methods of
  • Ayurveda including Ayurveda pulse diagnosis and therapies, Material Medica and authentic Ayurvedic pathology, clinical case studies etc?
  •  Is the course content based upon Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) Guidelines, reflecting a true and genuine Ayurvedic Study Program?
  •  Who will teach and supervise the Ayurveda course?
  • Do they possess the Ayurveda BA.M.S degree recognized by the Central Council of Indian Medicine?
  • How many decades clinical experience in Ayurveda have they?
  • (Are you learning from new graduates in Ayurveda who are not much further along in their journey than yourself?)
  • Would your lecturer’s background stand up to scrutiny in India amongst other senior Ayurveda B.A.M.S Vaidyas?
  •  Is the study program being regularly assessed to achieve set outcomes and standards through
  • assignments, test examinations, tutor observation, supervised clinical practice and practical applications?
  •  Has the course been carefully and thoughtfully designed to provide flexible training utilizing both online and face to face course delivery that can be undertaken even while working full time?
  •  Is the course recognised by an authentic Ayurveda professional industry association?
  •  What are the total course fees? Are there additional expenses?

The Institute strongly encourages all prospective students to look into the professional background, qualifications and clinical experience of their teachers before choosing a course. The AIAS is pleased to announce that they meet all of these requirements. Our courses and tutors/practitioners have been audited by ICAM, and ASQA (Australia).This is your assurance of training excellence,

How do I become an Ayurvedic Doctor?

’Ayurvedacharya’ or Vaidya is an official qualification for those persons who have earned their bachelor degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) in India. This degree in traditional medicine is equivalent in duration and similar in curriculum to allopathic or the modern medicine degrees around the world, though its main focus is the unique science of Ayurveda.

Entrance into the BAMS course in Ayurveda is available to students with the required pre-requisites in physics, chemistry, zoology and botany, who must then pass the State entrance examination, the ‘Combined Premedical Test’. The Syllabus and curriculum has been standardised by the Central Council of Indian Medlcliie (C.C.I.M). The BAMS degree is awarded by a University.

The Central Council of Indian Medicine is the official body responsible for recognizing all bona fide degree holders in Ayurveda and Schools of Ayurvedic learning. CCIM plays a very significant role much like the Australian Medical Council does  for Allopathic Doctors. The public can then be assured that when they consult with an Ayurvedic Doctor recognized by CCIM, they are consulting with an authentic, reputable and properly trained Ayurveda professional.

Students of Ayurveda outside of lndla must seeh the same level of training In Ayurveda and standards for any teacher of Ayurveda.

Very few westerners have been able to pursue the B.A.M.S degree in India due to the time and expense involved in supporting oneself for 6 years in India, the fact that many courses are not hosted in English and the pre-requisite subjects and marks required for entrance into the Ayurveda degree program.

What are Webinars?

Using the internet, webinars creates a virtual classroom on your computer. Even though you are in your own home you still enjoy the benefits of interactions with your teacher and fellow students in real time. You can:

  •  See your teacher as you would in the class room
  •  Ask questions as you would in class
  •  Take part in class room discussion
  •  See questions from other students and listen to the answers

Are Webinars compulsory?

Yes – it is compulsory. Your webinar attendance will be counted as a part of your class attendance.

What happen if I miss a Webinar?

Webinars are not recorded. If you miss a session you can contact your class mates and ask for their notes or follow the comprehensive notes given to you for the class. You can email any questions to your teacher, who will respond with an answer.

How is the practical component of the course covered?

All Ayurvedic Consultants require in depth practical training in Ayurvedic therapies. This practical training is covered at a compulsory 15 day in-house training program at our Institute in Auckland (to be held in the February of the second year of study).

– I practice yoga, but don’t know about Ayurveda. Why should I follow Ayurveda?

Ayurveda and Yoga have been practiced together for thousands of years with the goal of healing body, mind, and consciousness. Generally speaking, Ayurveda deals more with the health of the body, while yoga deals with purifying the mind and consciousness but in reality they complement and embrace each other. Besides sharing a philosophical foundation, both systems have many similarities in relation to nutrition, diet, hygiene, exercise, as well as spiritual practices. The ancient Rishis of India understood that good health is a great asset on the path toward Self-realization. If the body is neglected it can easily become an obstacle to spiritual practice. Anyone who has practiced meditation for any length of time would agree to how difficult it can be to sit still for long periods of time without feeling discomfort and fatigue. Both yoga and Ayurveda are mutually supportive and offer many ways to prevent and heal various disorders as well as to cleanse and rejuvenate the body.

– How can I know that my Ayurveda practitioner is competent?

If your practitioner trained in India, they should have a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine (BAMS), a 6 year Degree Programme at University Level. In Australasia, Ayurveda is regarded as complimentary medicine, so teaching standards are not regulated. However, as a minimum, your practitioner should have either have completed the Australian Government approved Certificate in Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consulting (Level 4) or the New Zealand Government approved Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant (Level 5).

– Where can I access information on course start dates?

Most courses commence in February, though some courses have rolling enrolments during the year. Information on course starts dates is available in the course costs section of the particular programme.

– How do I find out how long it will take me to complete my course?

Full time courses are one year in duration (42 weeks), though some courses in our academic programme are offered on a part time basis.(63 weeks). Information on course starts dates is available in the course costs section of the particular programme.

– How much does my course cost?

Information on course costs is available in the course costs section of the particular programme.

– Which courses are eligible for VET Fee-Help?

Currently none of the courses in our academic programme are eligible for Vet fee help.

– Will any of my previous qualifications, knowledge and experience be recognised?

Under the Mutual Recognition regulations, you are able to gain immediate credit for Units of Competency you have studied through another Registered Training Organisation on production of the original Qualification or Statement of Attainment. If you have completed any courses, work experience or clinical practice which is equivalent to the work required in this course, you may be eligible for course credit through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Process. This provides a process to assess your skills and knowledge against units of competency within a particular course.

The Institute sets fees and charges for the assessment of R.P.L. Applications, which are available on receipt of an RPL application.

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