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HLT40213 Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice

Why should I choose this course?

Working in primary health care is rewarding and challenging.  If you are passionate about high-quality health care that addresses issues of social justice and supports wellbeing, this qualification will give you the underpinning knowledge and clinical skills to contribute effectively to primary health care teams.

What are my career opportunities?

This qualification reflects the diverse roles within the Aboriginal Health Worker profession.  For example, our students and graduates can work in

Aboriginal community controlled organisations, mainstream health institutions or a range of other workplaces in roles involving:

  • generalist clinical work
  • social emotional wellbeing
  • maternal and child health
  • sexual health
  • drug and alcohol support
  • hospital liaison.

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites for admission to this course. Applications for this course are open only to people who identify as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent and are working in a Aboriginal Primary Health Care setting.

*Please note that courses will only run with sufficient numbers.

The duration and training delivery

You will learn through a combination of  face-to-face workshops, private study, flexible self-paced learning and on-the-job training. The course will be delivered over a period of 2 years.

Pre-reading and guided study are required for some of the blocks. Clinical skills may be practiced and partially assessed within a simulated workplace environment.

Students spend a minimum of 800 hours in supervised clinical practice in an Aboriginal primary health care setting. This allows students to practice and use the skills learnt in the course, and to be assessed in a workplace environment. Clinical practice may be within your current job role, a job rotation within the workplace, or clinical placement at another health service. Students are required to undergo a police check, a Working With Children Check and meet immunisation requirements before starting clinical placements.

Units of Competency

14 core, 7 elective 4 prescribed and 3 determined after pre training review

Core units

  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
  • HLTAHW005 Work in an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care context
  • HLTAHW006 Facilitate and advocate for the rights and needs of clients and community members
  • HLTAHW016 Assess client’s physical wellbeing
  • HLTAHW017 Assess and support client’s social and emotional wellbeing
  • 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
  • HLTAHW020 Administer medications  
  • HLTAHW021 Provide nutrition guidance for specific health care
  • HLTAHW022 Address social determinants of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health
  • HLTAHW037 Support the safe use of medications
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • HLTINF001 Comply with infection control preventions and control policies and procedures
  • HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety

Please note: in Victoria some restrictions apply to the assessment of Administer medications

Prescribed Electives

  • HLTAHW028 Provide information and strategies in chronic condition care
  • HLTPOP015 Provide information on smoking and smoking cessation
  • HLTAHW051 Respond to grief, loss and trauma
  • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
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