Integrative Health Courses

HLT52615 Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation


Up to 52 weeks

On Campus | Blended

Domestic Students
International Students
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January 2025


  • Internship Program:  Applications open for 2024/2025.  People interested in our Integrative Health Internship Program are encouraged to read through the course information below before applying.  You may request a consultation with our Course Coordinator.
  • Distance Learning Students:  Applications have now closed for 2024.


Established as the oldest surviving complete medical system in the world, Ayurveda has its origins dating back more than 5ooo years ago. The name Ayurveda is derived from its ancient Sanskrit roots – ‘Ayur‘ (‘life’ or ‘longevity’) and ‘Veda‘ (‘science’ or ‘knowledge’). Ayurveda can be described as ‘The Science of Life or Longevity’ or ‘The Yoga of Life’.

Ayurveda and Siddha provide the knowledge and the tools to allow you to experience your ‘life-span’ to its fullest extent for very specific purposes. This medical science offers a rich, comprehensive, holistic and meaningful outlook to a healthy life.

Ayurveda aims to integrate and balance the body, mind and spirit. In doing so, it aims to:

  1. Maintain the health of those who are well and are not suffering from any disease. This is achieved by regulating one’s diet and nutrition, exercise, hygiene and lifestyle.
  2. Cure disease and illness through accurate diagnosis and administering remedies and therapies to restore balance and good health.


However, the highest or ultimate goal of Ayurveda is to attain absolute detachment of the ‘Atman’ or soul. This is the state of liberation or ‘Moksham’. At the same instance, the body, mind and its equipment are not neglected but brought very much into focus and attention, as it is the means of realising the Self or Truth.

Each person will practice and live differently as each person is different and unique. Ayurvedic philosophy believes that people, their health, and the universe are all related. It is believed that health problems result when these relationships are out of balance.

Graduates of the Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation HLT52615 are qualified to offer consultations and provide advice, selected remedies and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation therapies according to Ayurvedic principles. People working at this level may be self-employed independent practitioners or work in a larger health service.

Graduates of the Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation HLT52615 who wish to further their study will gain direct entry to the Advanced Diploma of Ayurveda HLT62615 at EQUALS.

For more important information, please read our Student Handbook.

Alternatively, you may request to have the handbook emailed to you by contacting


Ayurveda Village Tour

Diploma students will have the opportunity to attend a tour of Ayurveda Village in the Adelaide Hills.  This introduction will inform students about traditional treatment facilities and experience the healing grounds.

Diploma graduates that continue onto the Advanced Diploma will participate in a 2-day Rejuvenation Retreat during their studies.


Integrative Health Internship

The EQUALS Integrative Health Internship Program is a unique and innovative educational experience that bridges the gap between theoretical knowledge and real-world experience. Students accepted into the internship program are immersed in professional integrative health environments, allowing them to apply academic learning and skills in practical settings. Students gain invaluable insights into Ayurveda, honing their abilities and building essential networks. Our internship program enhances students’ employability, fostering a deeper understanding of industry demands and cultivating adaptability in dynamic workplaces. This experiential learning process nurtures well-rounded graduates, ready to embrace the challenges and opportunities of the integrative healing sector with confidence and competence.

Experience the opportunity of a lifetime with a limited number positions available each year for an Ayurvedic Internship in South Australia!

As part of a multi-disciplinary team, you will learn with experienced Ayurvedic physicians, skilled health practitioners and support staff, gaining valuable insights into the holistic wisdom of Ayurveda. To excel in this transformative journey, self-motivation and discipline are key.  Our interns are hosted by two leading Australian industry employers, Aspects of Healing and Ayurveda Village.  With clinic and retreat sites located in Adelaide city and the serene Adelaide Hills, students accepted into the internship program will need to travel between the clinic and retreat sites.

Internship dates and terms are subject to availability and negotiated between the student and Aspects of Healing.  Students may express interest in undertaking a fulltime or part time internship at any time during their studies.

Internships are a value added and therefore do not attract an additional cost.  However, students selected for an internship are required to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

Students seeking an Internship that contributes towards Work Integrated Learning hours should discuss directly with the Ayurveda Course Coordinator.


Internship Delivery Arrangements

Students will undertake individual and small group learning as part of their internship.  Learning activities are conducted in the workplace under the direction of qualified workplace trainers and practitioners.  Students also have full access to campus services at EQUALS throughout their studies. Students can expect to spend up to 20 hours per week in the workplace during the Study Period. Each academic year includes four Study Periods.

Upon acceptance of your application, our Course Coordinator will consult with you and prepare a customised study plan that seeks to match your aspirations and maximize your potential.   All interns will be required to complete Foundations of Ayurveda.

Embrace the chance to immerse yourself in Ayurveda’s time-honored knowledge and discover a path towards personal and professional growth.

Please refer to the Extended Course Information for unit details and sequence


Internship Duration

Students can expect to spend up to 8-12 hours per week over their 12 month internship.

Intern hours may be timetabled over weekends.

Students do not study during Study Period holidays.  


Apply for an Internship

Prospective interns are expected to have a commitment to the practice of Ayurveda and strive to excel in their acquisition of knowledge and skills. People who demonstrative resilience, humility, the ability to work well in teams and a strong commitment to their studies will thrive.

While applications are welcome at any time, a limited number of positions are made available each year.   Applications may be made via this website.

Applicants are encouraged to include a one page letter addressing the following criteria:

  1. Interest in Ayurveda: Applicants should demonstrate a genuine interest and passion for Ayurveda, showing a desire to learn and apply its principles in their future careers.
  2. Applicants should address their commitment to acquiring EQUALS’ Graduate Attributes
  3. Motivation and Discipline: The internship requires self-motivated and disciplined individuals who can manage their time effectively and commit to the program’s requirements.
  4. Applicants must be living in South Australia throughout the Internship Program.
  5. Applicants must have access to transport or be willing to travel between host sites.
  6. Team Player: Applicants should display an ability to work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team, respecting diverse perspectives and contributing positively to the group dynamic.6. Adaptability: The internship involves working in different settings, such as clinics and retreat sites, so candidates should demonstrate adaptability to various environments.
  7. Empathy and Compassion: A caring and empathetic approach towards clients and fellow team members is crucial, as Ayurveda emphasises personalized care and holistic healing.
  8. Wellness-oriented: Applicants who prioritise their own well-being and demonstrate an interest in promoting a healthy lifestyle align well with the principles of Ayurveda.
  9. Future Goals: Applicants should articulate how the internship aligns with their professional goals and how they envision contributing to the field of holistic health in the future.
  10. Commitment to Learning: A willingness to embrace continuous learning and a growth mindset are highly valued, as the internship offers opportunities for personal and professional development.

These criteria assist the Course Coordinator identify candidates who are the best fit for the Integrative Health Internship, ensuring a rewarding and enriching experience for both the interns and our industry partners alike.

You may also book a meeting with the Course Coordinator to explore answers to your questions – visit the Meet the Course Coordinator section for details.


Your Educators

Vaidya (Dr) Shweta Rao has completed a Bachelor degree of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S) from India and is a certified Yoga Instructor.

Born and brought up in a traditional South Indian Brahmin family, Ayurveda had a profound influence on Shweta’s life. Shweta was introduced to authentic Ayurveda and its spiritual aspect by her mentor, Dr. Maheshwar Vaidya. The learning from this life science, brought a radical change not only in her health but also in all aspects of her life. She practised authentic Ayurveda for 8 years in Mumbai (India) before immigrating to Australia.

For over six years, Shweta has worked as the principal Ayurvedic practitioner with leading ayurvedic treatment and retreat centres, Aspects of Healing and Ayurveda Village, in Adelaide, South Australia.  EQUALS students have been fortunate to benefit from Shweta’s knowledge and experience through her teaching of our nationally recognised courses in Ayurveda, delivered locally in South Australia to students all over the Australia and internationally.

In her Ayurvedic journey Shweta has learnt that one cannot control the extrinsic factors and pressures which affect our health and life, but one can always try to keep the intrinsic system strong to handle these pressures and use them for our advantage/ growth rather than suffering from their ill effects/disadvantages.

Shweta’s special interests include preventive Ayurvedic lifestyle, digestive health, women’s health, children’s health, pregnancy care, post-partum care, lifestyle related disorders, mental health, and reproductive health.

She is passionate about sharing her knowledge of Ayurveda and empowering learners to be responsible for their health by making conscious choices and sharing this experience with others.

Vaidya (Dr) Kiran Kaushik is a registered Ayurvedic medical practitioner from India.  She is a certified Ayurvedic physician in India, holding a Bachelor degree of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S)

Kiran brings over seven years of professional experience working in Ayurvedic hospitals in India. Kiran further extended her professional education, completing a Masters of Public Health, and Diploma of Nursing in Australia. Her comprehensive qualifications are consolidated in practical experience, having worked professionally in the Australian healthcare system since graduating.

Kiran has special interests in digestive illnesses, skin diseases, and mental health.

Kiran believes in healing the body through herbs, treatments, lifestyle changes and diet modification. She also believes that, Ayurveda is a holistic approach towards health, so in order to treat any condition, it is important to treat the body, mind as well as the soul.

Kiran is an Adjunct Educator and Course Coordinator with EQUALS. She works as an Ayurvedic practitioner with ayurvedic treatment and retreat centres, Aspects of Healing and Ayurveda Village in Adelaide, South Australia.


Meet the Course Coordinator

Seeking admission in a nationally recognised course is an exciting decision. That’s why we offer prospective students a one-on-one appointment with our Course Coordinator, Dr Kiran Kaushik.   This is an ideal opportunity to have your specific questions answered.   Bookings are made using this link.

Subsidy available


Traineeship available


Entry Requirements

Students must complete the free online Foundations of Ayurveda course before the end of Study Period 1.  This course has been designed to support your Diploma studies and is recommended to be completed prior to commencing the Diploma.  Register here.

Current and valid Provide First Aid certificate, Department of Communities & Social Inclusion (DCSI) Screening Checks for working with Vulnerable People, with Children, and in the Aged Care Sector, & Physical Fitness are required for this course.

If you do not hold a current DCSI check, you are required to apply through DCSI at the time of application for enrolment at EQUALS. A DCSI check must be acquired prior to industry placement. Visit for further information.

Please note that the outcome of your DCSI screening check may affect student clinic participation opportunities, and that this is at the discretion of EQUALS.

Please contact us at to enquire or book a one-on-one conversation with Dr Kiran Kaushik, Course Coordinator, using this link.


Distance Learning Delivery

Each academic year includes four Study Periods. Ayurveda students undertake the following learning activities:

  • Class once each week of the Study Period, led by one of our Ayurvedic physicians and educators; and
  • 2 x 5 days of practical training during Integration Week at our campus in Adelaide (Compulsory). Integration week is a rich learning opportunity where students and educators come together to integrate theory with practical application and experience.

Suitable for Interstate student or regional SA student.

Please refer to the Extended Course Information for unit details and sequence.

Study Units

The course structure comprises of four study periods over a full academic year.  Each Study Period includes learning and teaching across core and elective content areas.

Study Period 1

HLTAYV001 Develop Ayurvedic practice – Students must complete the Foundations of Ayurveda online course prior to completing Study Period 1.   Register here.

HLTAYV003 Provide Ayurvedic bodywork therapies

HLTWHS004 Manage Work Health and Safety

HLTINF004 Manage the control of infection

HLTAID011 Provide First Aid

Study Period 2

HLTMSG009 Develop massage practice

HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status

HLTAYV004 Provide Ayurvedic lifestyle advice

Study Period 3

HLTAYV005 Provide advice on Ayurvedic nutrition

HLTHPS010 Interpret and use information about nutrition and diet

HLTAYV002 Make Ayurvedic lifestyle assessments

Study Period 4

CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

CHCPRP005 Engage with health professionals and the health system

CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance

BSBSMB403 Market the small business

Domestic Study Mode

On Campus | Blended

Recognition of Prior Learning


Work Integrated Learning

  • Students participate in a minimum of 200 hours of structured and supervised student clinics where skills, knowledge and attitudes are developed as you work towards mastering your therapy practice.

    EQUALS works collaboratively with the leading health and healing centres, Ayurveda Village and Aspects of Healing. Our unique collaboration with industry allows our students to receive a rich combination of education and training in two authentic and industry leading integrative therapy centres. Our students grow to become excellent, work ready Practitioners while being supported in a nurturing, challenging and professional environment.

    This course is recognised by Australian peak bodies for traditional medicine and natural therapies.

Nationally Recognised Training


National Recognition (Credit Transfer) and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have related prior education and experiences, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Please follow this link for more information on applying for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have successfully completed units of competency from this qualification previously, you may be eligible for National Recognition, please follow this link for more information on National Recognition (Credit Transfer).

Domestic VET Student Loans Eligible