Wellness Designs Academy – General

The Wellness Designs Academy was established in 2015 by Wellness Designs in recognition of the need for workplaces to build their internal capacity to deliver an engaging, cost-effective, results-oriented and sustainable employee health and wellness strategy.

Wellness Designs are a boutique workplace wellness business, specialising in strategic consultancy, speaking and training services for workplaces, government agencies and industry groups.

The Wellness Designs Academy training programs draw on over 50 years’ collective experience delivering multi-award winning workplaces solutions across the globe across a range of industries.

Our facilitators are leading workplace wellness professionals who have implemented leading-edge and award-winning programs across the country. Principal Facilitator and Founder, Katrina Walton, has built a reputation as a pioneer of workplace wellness in Australia. She has over 25 years’ experience in the development and implementation of multi award-winning wellness and human capital solutions for small to large organisations across the globe. This includes two-time winner and finalist of the Australian Human Resource Institute Award for Best Health and Wellbeing Strategy (2012/2009 and 2011 respectively) and three-time winner of the Australian Human Resources Award for Best Health and Wellbeing Strategy (2006/2007/2009).

Katrina is a sought-after speaker and trainer, having presented throughout Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom, including as an Adjunct Lecturer with the Centre for Environment and Population Health, Griffith University and University of Queensland.

The Wellness Designs Leaders program is conducted as a 1.5 – 2 hour workshop.

The Wellness Designs Practitioner program consists of a two day face-to-face or four week online self-paced course. Check our upcoming course dates. 

The Wellness Designs Champions program is conducted as a 1/2 day workshop face-to-face, or 3 hours virtually. For established health and wellness programs, the workshop can also be extended to a full day workshop for more in-depth program review and planning.

Wellness Designs Practitioner

People from all industries and backgrounds with a passion for empowering and transforming workplaces are encouraged to enrol in this training program. In fact, the vast variety of skills and experiences of our participants is what generates the most interesting discussions during the  program! The program is relevant to people from a range of industries, including:

  • Workplace health and wellness practitioners
  • Human resources professionals
  • OHS and occupational health professionals
  • Health professionals
  • Workplace health and wellness providers
  • Government representatives or consultants
  • Undergraduate or post graduate students

… and anyone else seeking training and accreditation in the field.

You will leave with:

  • an understanding of what constitutes a best-practice strategy
  • the knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver a targeted, integrated, results-oriented and sustainable strategy
  • practical tools relevant to your workplace
  • key learnings from award-winning Australian case studies
  • tips from some of Australia’s leading workplace wellness practitioners
  • insights into industry trends both globally and nationally
  • ongoing support and networks, including access to support options including mentoring and our online knowledge centre – The Hub
  • a nationally accredited qualification

The course is delivered by Wellness Designs and is accredited by the Australasian Leadership Academy (RTO Code 41012). Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) and Australian Institute of Health and Safety (AIHS) members are also eligible to receive CPD points.

No. However practitioners are encouraged to maintain annual prof development in contemporary workplace wellness practice and active involvement in The Hub.

The Wellness Designs Practitioner training program is the first of its kind globally. The program draws from global trends and best-practice guidelines but with a specific focus on leading edge practice within Australia. This nationally accredited program is delivered by expert Wellness Designs facilitators and synthesises over 50 years’ collective experience delivering multi-award-winning health and wellness solutions across the globe.  This includes the previous facilitation of the Tasmanian Department of Premier and Cabinet Healthy @Work Professional Development Program and the pilot Comcare Health and Wellbeing Coordinator’s Training. The program has been developed under the guidance of an international expert Faculty and includes practical insights from highly successful wellness practitioners around Australasia. The certification requires not only successful completion of the course but also demonstrating a thorough understanding of workplace health and wellness best practice through a comprehensive assessment. All successful participants will receive a Statement of Attainment for the national unit of competency ‘BSBHRM531: Coordinate health and wellness programs’ issued by our partner Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Payment is required when you register for the course. We will confirm your enrollment in the course when full fee payment is received. View our pricing page here.

Payment via credit and debit cards for our Wellness Designs Practitioner course is available through our secure payment gateway as part of the registration process. Please contact us if you require a invoice, or would like to organise a payment plan.

Yes. Groups of three or more from the same organisation are eligible for a group discount of 10%. Please contact us to arrange.

The Wellness Designs Practitioner training program is available as public, in-house and online. Public courses are regularly held across Australasia. For upcoming course dates click here.

For further information regarding in-house programs or to request training in your location, contact us.

Our courses run subject to registered numbers. We will formally confirm a course 2 weeks prior. If you are booking interstate or international travel, we recommend holding off on booking your travel until your course is confirmed. Click here for further details regarding our terms and conditions for registering.

We warmly welcome and encourage students from different countries to attend the Wellness Designs Practitioner course. Check with your relevant national training authority to find out if the Statement of Attainment from the course is recognised in your country. The qualification is recognised reciprocally in New Zealand and many other countries.  If you are attending a course in Australia, you will need to apply for a USI (Unique Student Identifier) whilst you are in the country with an active visa to receive a Statement of Attainment following successful completion of the course.

Click here to create your USI or for more information.  If you are attending a course in New Zealand, you will not need a USI to receive a Statement of Attainment following the course.

Payment and funding options:

  • Many employers reimburse or part-subsidise their employees for professional development. We suggest that you check with your organisation.

  • Additional funding may also be available via your corporate health insurance provider or Risk Management Funding.

  • Self-funded education can also be a tax deductible expense.

  • Are you aged over 45 and looking to re-skill?

    The Australian Government, through its Skills and Training Incentive, is providing up to $2,200 (GST inclusive) to fund training to help mature age Australians to update their skills and remain in the workforce longer. You are eligible for the Incentive if you:
    – are aged 45–70
    – are an Australian citizen or permanent resident
    – are currently employed OR recently unemployed (within nine months) and not registered with an Australian Government employment services provider
    – have completed a Skills Checkpoint assessment that identified training opportunities through the Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program (Program).

    You can find out more information about the Incentive and the Program by:
    – visiting www.skillscheck.com.au and quote RTO #41012.
    – visiting the Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s website at www.dese.gov.au/skills-checkpoint-older-workers-program and www.dese.gov.au/skills-and-training-incentive and quote RTO #41012. 
    – contacting your local Program Provider, who can help you apply for the Program and potentially access the Incentive:
    The BUSY Group Ltd (QLD, SA, WA, TAS, NT), 13 BUSY (13 28 79), www.busyatwork.com.au/skills-checkpoint-program
    VERTO Ltd (NSW, VIC, ACT), 1300 4 VERTO (1300 483 786) www.verto.org.au/our-services/skills-checkpoint and be sure to quote RTO #41012. 

We understand that circumstances may prevent you from attending a face-to-face course after you have paid and registered. Please view the terms and conditions here.


If for some reason, the course isn’t what you had expected and you would like to request a refund, you need to contact us before the end of week 1 of the course. Before we refund your money, we will want to take a look at your Workplace Scanning Tool that you should have completed during the onboarding phase and the completed activities from Module 1 – we want to see that you’ve applied the training before you decide it’s not right for you. Refunds will not be given after week 1 of the course.

All the course materials, including the workbook and activities, will be accessible via our dedicated online portal. This online portal will house all the materials you will require throughout the course. If you are attending a face-to-face course, please bring a Wi-Fi enabled laptop, tablet or other mobile device  If you do not have access to a mobile device for the course, please contact us prior to the course and we can arrange for you to have hard copies of all the required resources. Morning and afternoon tea are provided for our face-to-face courses.

You will need regular access to a computer with reliable, high-speed Internet access that meets the criteria below. If you are attending a face-to-face course, you will need a computer to complete the initial onboarding module. If you are attending the online course, a significant percentage of the course work will be completed online, thus it is highly recommended that you have a backup plan in case your primary computer becomes unavailable.

In order to make the course as applicable to your workplace or the ‘real world’ as possible, you will be required to complete a brief workplace scanning exercise prior to the course that should only take approximately 30 minutes.  There will also be several readings that we recommend. You will have access to these tasks as part of completing your online onboarding once your registration is complete.

We recommend you set aside a minimum of two to three hours for each of the six modules (approx 12-15 hours total), including:

  • 30 to 75 minutes of video content for each module
  • between 5 to 60 minutes to complete the activities for each module, depending on how much work you put in
  • at least 30 minutes per module to get through the most pertinent reading material, although we would strongly encourage you to read as many of the articles and publications as you can
  • submitting any questions and logging into the one hour webinars and/or Q&A blockbusters

We do ask that you attend the virtual welcome Meet ‘n Greet in Week 1 of the online Practitioner course. The remaining interactive weekly webinars are not mandatory but they’re designed to keep you on track, get your questions answered and to connect you with like-minded Practitioners. 

Students registered in the Practitioner course will have the opportunity to undertake assessment resulting in a Statement of Attainment issued by our affiliated RTO, Australasian Leadership Academy (RTO#41012). There are five assessment items in total, most of which you will start working on during the course.  These tasks have been designed to focus on your ability to apply what you’ve learnt throughout the course and are not meant to cause stress, anxiety or sleepless nights! We use a variety of assessment methods (not just quizzes!), to let you show us what you’ve learnt and how to apply it in the workplace. For example, you will prepare a proposal for senior management, outlining the business case for your workplace health and wellness strategy or initiative.

The length of time it will take you to complete your assessment items will vary depending on your experience in workplace health and wellbeing, proficiency in preparing these types of documents, and familiarity with the content. We recommend that you will need a minimum of 8 to 10 hours to complete the assessment items but please be prepared to put in additional hours if required.

The assessment items should be submitted in full within 4 weeks of completing the course.

If our facilitators have deemed your assessment items to be Not Yet Competent, you will be provided detailed feedback via email and will have one opportunity to resubmit any of the items requiring further work. If further resubmissions are required, an additional administration fee of $250+GST will apply per resubmission.

If you choose not to submit the assessment items, you will not receive a Statement of Attainment from our RTO. We can provide a Wellness Designs certificate as evidence of your attendance at the two day course.

The online Practitioner course runs for 4 weeks online (recommended schedule). You’ll have access to the online course 4 weeks following the course, to enable you to complete along with the assessment. Therefore in total, 8 weeks.

Absolutely! We know it is virtually impossible to learn all there is to know about delivering effective, sustainable workplace wellness strategies in two days. To ensure your journey to being wellness wise continues after the course you receive:

  • Follow up 1-on-1 mentoring session (4 weeks post course)
  • 2 months online access to The Hub, which includes:
    • Wellness Designs webinar library
    • Wellness Wise™ TV (full interviews)
    • Resource library
    • Live Q & A blockbuster webinars
    • Community forum
    • Virtual Masterclasses (coming in 2022)
    • Discounts to Wellness Designs events &/or training
    • Recent news/industry updates
    • Dedicated Wellness Jobs Board

For a bit of extra support once the ‘rubber hits the road’, you can also upgrade to our 3 month and 6 month mentoring packages. Click here for more information.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is available upon enrolment in the Wellness Wise Practitioner training course. Skills and knowledge gained through life and work experiences, which meet the competency requirements of nationally accredited training can be formally recognised through the RPL process. Students who would like to apply for RPL can contact us at info@wellnessdesigns.com.au  to receive an RPL Application Form and information about the Wellness Designs Academy’s RPL procedure.  The RPL application form must accompany full payment, which are subject to the standard withdrawal and deferral conditions.