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

What can this course offer you?

The Diploma of Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care will give you the underpinning knowledge and skills required to contribute effectively to primary health care teams.

This qualification also 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 course covers 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.

As well as equipping you with specialist skills and knowledge, this qualification is designed to support the development of the characteristics of a health professional, including:

  • a commitment to lifelong learning
  • accountability
  • a standard of behaviour that warrants the trust and respect of the community and your fellow workers
  • increased self-awareness and the ability to develop professionally through self-reflection
  • skills to conduct and act on community research.

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. 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.

The course is delivered over a period of 2 years. The delivery period may vary according to prior qualifications held by prospective students.

It is recommended that Diploma level students undertake a work-placement of 750 hours across the core units of the qualification for clinical practice. This is generally not a problem for currently employed Aboriginal health workers. Clinical practice may include:

  • A direct non-clinical relationship with clients
  • Management
  • Administration
  • Education
  • Research
  • Advisory, regulatory or policy development roles, and
  • Any other roles that impact on safe, effective delivery of services in the profession and or use of professional skills.

Units of Competency

20 Core, 10 electives determined after pre training review

Core

  • 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 the safe use of medications
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • 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
  • HLTINF003 Implement and monitor infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • HLTWHS004 Manage workplace health and safety

Electives

Ten electives are required. VACCHO is offering a range of elective choices with four covering compliance and management competencies then students may select six (6) in either of the following specialist streams:

  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Clinical
  • Counselling
  • Maternal and Infant Care
  • Family Support
  • Workplace Training
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