Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care – HLT50113

This qualification reflects the role of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people working to provide a range of primary health care services to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients.

The Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care defines the knowledge and skills for workers involved in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care and who work autonomously under the broad guidance of others.

The Diploma qualification covers workers who have a basis of skills and knowledge in primary health care, which they may apply in program delivery, management, and policy or education functions.

Career opportunities and pathways

Completion of this qualification will assume a variety of job roles and undertake advanced tasks, including supervisory in the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary and community health care sector as:

  • Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs)
  • Senior Torres Strait Islander Community Health Worker
  • Senior Aboriginal Health Worker
  • Senior Aboriginal Community Health Worker
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker
  • Health Professional
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Health Worker
  • Community Engagement Officer

This qualification can lead to other higher-level Aboriginal Health Worker (AHW) qualifications such as:

  • Advanced Diploma in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care

Entry requirements

Applications for this course are open only to people who identify as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander decent and are working in a Aboriginal Primary Health Care setting.

Prior to enrolment, all applicants are required to attend an interview. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at time of course commencement. Admission requirements are completion of a Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment.

All students need to be able to obtain a Police Check and a volunteer Working with Children Check.

Duration and training delivery

The Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care duration is 24 months. The training delivery is in monthly blocks, consisting of three consecutive days and alternate weeks, online delivery.

As part of the course, you will need to complete 250 hours of work placement in supervised practice in an Aboriginal health care setting. This will allow you to practice and use the skills you will learn in the classroom. Placement may be within your current job role, a job rotation within the workplace, or at another health service.

Units of study

Total number of units = 30

20 Core units:

  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
  • HLTAHW005 Work in an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care context
  • HLTAHW007 Undertake basic health assessments
  • HLTAHW017 Assess and support client’s social and emotional well being
  • HLTAHW018 Plan, implement and monitor health care in a primary health care context
  • HLTAHW019 Deliver primary health care programs for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities
  • HLTAHW021 Provide nutrition guidance for specific health care
  • HLTAHW022 Address social determinants of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health
  • HLTAHW023 Plan, develop and evaluate health promotion and community development programs
  • HLTAHW037 Support safe use of medications
  • HLTAHW043 Facilitate access to tertiary health care
  • HLTAHW044 Advocate on behalf of the community
  • HLTAHW047 Support and promote social and emotional well-being of staff and clients
  • HLTAHW048 Apply a strategic approach to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health
  • HLTAHW061 Engage in community health research
  • HLTAHW062 Supervise health care team
  • HLTAHW065 Apply reflective practice in an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care setting
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • HLTINF003 Implement and monitor infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • HLTWHS004 Manage workplace health and safety.

10 elective units:

  • At least 5 units must come from the elective list for HLT50113
  • Up to 5 may be selected from any endorsed training packages or accredited courses relevant to the work outcome
  • No more than 3 units in total may come from the Business Services training package

All electives have been chosen to contribute to a valid, industry supported vocational outcome.

Nationally Recognised Training

RTO 20739

Aboriginal Health

Business and Leadership

Social and Emotional Wellbeing

Enquiries

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