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:
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.
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:
20 Core, 10 electives determined after pre training review
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: