The role of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers (ATSIHWs) is crucial to improving health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. They play a vital role in the primary health care workforce, providing clinical and primary care for individuals, families and community groups.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers across Australia work in a variety of environments. While a large majority are employed in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) or the Government health sector, many also work within mainstream services such as general practices and other non-government organisations.
Projected five year employment growth to November 2023 is 14%. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health worker roles exist in metropolitan, regional and remote areas. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Agency (AHPRA). They may perform clinical roles within community controlled and mainstream health organisations. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner is a protected title under section 113 of the National Law.
The Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice is delivered through a blended delivery method.
Students are provided with learner resources and assessment handbooks for each unit of competency. The assessment handbooks provide students with instructions on submitting assessments. Please note: All students are required to attend 2 weeks of mandatory block training held in Brisbane.
Health Industry Training recognises that an important part of undertaking a qualification in health or community services is the practical component of the course. Work placement provides students with an avenue to apply practical skills in a ‘real life’ environment, where you are able to practice the skills and knowledge you have learnt during the course.
It is compulsory for the students to undertake clinical placement for the Diploma of Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander primary health care practice.
Duration: Approximately 400 to 500 hours, based on skills to be demonstrated in the workplace.
Securing Clinical Placement
As a student, it is important for you to discuss work placement opportunities with local organisations. Once you have sourced a relevant host employer, Health Industry Training will contact them on your behalf to discuss work placement requirements.
Health Industry Training provides insurance to all students undertaking work placement as part of their qualification.
As a student you must ensure you have completed the necessary ‘Prior to practical work placement’ activities listed below before practical work placement can commence.
- National Criminal History Clearance
- Immunisations and screening
Health Industry Training uses a range of assessment methods to ensure sufficient evidence can be gathered to demonstrate students can perform the tasks against the specified criteria. Assessment methods can include:
- Short answer questions
- Projects/ Reports
- Case studies
- Workplace portfolios
- Work placement logbook
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
RPL considers previous formal study and work experiences and then assesses this against the elements of competency to determine competency. Students seeking recognition can apply for RPL on enrolment or throughout the duration of their study.
If you have completed a unit of competency within your intended qualification with another Registered Training Organisation (RTO), you may be able to apply for a credit transfer or exemption. A copy of the original transcript must be provided when applying for a credit transfer.
To enrol in the Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strat Islander Primary Health Care Practice it is anticipated that you will have completed year 10 or equivalent.
In addition, students are required to provide Health Industry Training with their Unique Student Identifier number.
Minimum Age Requirements
The minimum age for this course is 16 years old. If you are under 18 years of age your enrolment form must be signed by a parent or guardian.
Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Requirements
Students must have an adequate level of Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills (LLN). Entry into the course requires English proficiency to Year 10 level or equivalent. Students are able to test their LLN skills by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and completing an LLN test.
Health Industry Training’s Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice is ABSTUDY approved.
To apply for ABSTUDY, students must contact the ABSTUDY line on 1800 132 317. Once approved for ABSTUDY, students can apply for Away from Base funding.
You can check the eligibility requirements for ABSTUDY by referring to the Course Outline located on the left hand side of this page.
Away from Base Funding
Away from base assistance is available to assist eligible ABSTUDY students to participate in the necessary academic components of an approved course where that course requires students to travel away from their home or study location for a short period of time.
Funding for Queensland Residents
Higher Level Skills: Health Industry Training is proud to be a pre-qualified supplier for the Queensland Government, under the Higher Level Skills program. To be eligible for the Higher Level Skills funding, participants must not hold or be undertaking a Certificate IV or higher qualification.
It is a requirement under the Queensland Government funding that all students contribute to the cost of training and assessment services. The fee may be paid on behalf of the student by a third party, including an employer, but cannot be paid or waived by Health Industry Training. The contribution fee is different for students classed as concession and students classed as non-concession.
The contribution fee for concessional students is $310 per qualification.
For non-concessional students or payments made by a third party, the cost is $1,550 per qualification.
To assist students who are not eligible for funding, Health Industry Training offers financial assistance to by allowing students to either:
- pay the cost of the course in full and receive a 10% discount on the full cost of the course; or
- take advantage of our affordable payment plan options to pay in weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments (see enrolment form for additional information).
Throughout your course with Health Industry Training, you will be provided with a range of support services depending on your individual needs.
One-on-one Trainer Support
You will be provided with a trainer with extensive experience and expertise in the course content and the industry sector. Our professional trainers are there to ensure you have a successful learning journey where you can contact them via phone or email.
In addition to your trainer, the administration team can provide you with support regarding your enrolment and study plan, changes to contact details, progress report and any issues you may encounter throughout your course.
Health Industry Training appreciates that distance/online learning can be an isolated experience for some students. To assist with isolation, all students have the option to be part of a Facebook peer support group. Peer support groups can be a positive experience where you can study with like-minded people, ask questions relating to your course and build friendships.
31 units are required for award of this qualification including:
- 21 core units
- 10 elective units
The course combines theoretical and practical clinical work placement experience. The theoretical component of the course provides students with the relevant knowledge required to work in the primary health care sector.
The practical placement experience provides students with the clinical knowledge and skills to work in a practical setting on completion of the qualification.
To view the course outline, including the recommended order in which to complete your units, click on the ‘Download Course Outline’ button on the left hand side of this page.