Become a Lifestyle Coordinator!

  • Would you like to actively contribute to the quality of life of others through providing engaging lifestyle programs?
  • Want to learn how to design, implement and evaluate health and leisure activities and programs for clients in residential facilities and/or in community agencies and day centres?
  • Are you looking to gain recognition for your existing skills or upgrade your knowledge with a higher qualification?

If you answered yes, then this could be the course for you!  The Phillips Institute CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health will equip you with the knowledge and skills for a professional career in this satisfying and vitally important role.


What does a Lifestyle Coordinator do?

The Lifestyle Coordinator is responsible for providing effective coordination and facilitation of the aged care residential lifestyle program to meet resident’s individual needs.  They will design and implement high quality activities programs to facilitate group activities and one-to-one strategies for resident enjoyment in line with a person-centred approach.

The Lifestyle Coordinator will oversee the process to plan, implement, facilitate and evaluate programs and activities which stimulate healthy living, enhance communication skills and personal fulfilment for clients within a residential aged care setting. This includes the supervision of Activities Officers, as well as working closely with the residents, carers and other health professionals in the delivery and evaluation of person centred activities programs.

Additionally, the Lifestyle Coordinator is typically responsible for establishing and maintaining the community networks that are integral to the success of the lifestyle program.  They may chair and participate in meetings with residents and relatives, work closely with facility managers to develop and maintain care system policies and procedures, and provide orientation, induction and supervision of volunteers.

Lifestyle and Activities programs that encourage independence and enhance quality of life are an important component of residential aged care.  Activities and Lifestyle staff have a significant role in community and residential services, and are an integral part of the overall health care team.


The full duration of this program is 12 months; some individuals may be able to complete this course in a shorter time frame where relevant prior skills, knowledge and experience are demonstrated.  Where a student’s ability to access a placement opportunity is delayed due to lockdown or other restrictions outside the student’s or our control, we will extend the student’s course end date, subject to government guidelines.

Course structure

You can join this course at any time with our facilitator-led online or distance learning system, combined with placement or work-based learning – no need to wait for the next intake.  Course materials are delivered online, with online assessment and work-based tasks.

We can assist you to locate one Melbourne-based placement of 240 hours, which is required for this qualification.  If you are already working in a relevant role, you may alternatively provide evidence of your experience of 240 hours working in an activities or lifestyle role.

Graduates may apply for membership of Diversional Therapy Australia.


CHCCOM003Develop workplace communication strategies
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
CHCLAH005Incorporate lifespan development and sociological concepts into leisure and health programming
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCLAH003*Participate in the planning, implementation and monitoring of individual leisure and health programs
CHCLAH004*Participate in planning leisure and health programs for clients with complex needs
CHCLAH006Coordinate planning, implementation and monitoring of leisure and health programs**
CHCLAH008Provide leisure education**
CHCLAH009Apply concepts of human psychology to facilitate involvement in leisure programs
HLTAAP002Confirm physical health status
HLTWHS003Maintain work health and safety
CHCPOL003Research and apply evidence to practice
CHCLAH002*Contribute to leisure and health programming
CHCLAH001Work effectively in the leisure and health industries
BSBMGT502Manage people performance
CHCDIS009Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach*
CHCDIS007Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability*
CHCCCS023Support independence and wellbeing*
CHCAGE005Provide support to people living with dementia*
CHCDIS008Facilitate community participation and social inclusion*
CHCAGE001Facilitate the empowerment of older people*
CHCAGE003Coordinate services for older people*

*listed electives may be subject to change

Entry Requirements

To be successful in this course, you must be a confident communicator with strong spoken and written English language skills.  Applicants will be required to undergo a Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills assessment prior to beginning this course.  It is recommended that applicants have already gained a CHC43415 Certificate IV in Leisure and Health or equivalent, together with relevant work experience – graduates of the Certificate IV may be eligible for credit in some subjects.

What students say

“After completing my course I started my own company.  The course was a pivotal step in this process. Thank you”.
Jade, 2016

“I am now working within my local Council’s planned activity groups, as a casual relieving program leader.  I have never felt happier in a job before, every day I learn more and am so very grateful for the opportunities that have come as a result of you sharing your wealth of knowledge with me.  I feel as though I’ve been given a fresh start in life, and am determined to make the most of it”.
Jacinda, 2013

Recognition of Prior Learning*

If you are already designing and delivering an Activities Program, and wish to formalise your qualifications, or

If you hold the CHC43415 Certificate IV in Leisure and Health, or have other related experience and/or qualifications …you could complete this course in reduced time.

* More information about our RPL policy is in the Student Handbook – please consult for more information about recognition processes and credit transfer.