This course is for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons working in the health sector. Learn to support specific needs, administer medication, and encourage healthy lifestyles. Enhance your career and ensure community health is a priority.
This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Work in an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander healthcare context
Facilitate and advocate for the rights and needs of clients
Assess and support clients physical, social, and emotional wellbeing
Provide nutrition advice
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
500 hours of industry experience
Eligibility to apply for registration as a practitioner through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia
A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.
Provide an approval letter from your employer that supports your release from work to attend 8 face-to-face study blocks (1 week duration each) spaced over the 18-month duration of the program
You must identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person and have a Confirmation of Aboriginality as a requirement of national registration at the end of your studies
During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:
Working with Children Check (WWCC)
Criminal History Check
Vaccination and health screenings
Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
Passion for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander healthcare
Empathetic, patient and compassionate
Be adequately fit and mobile to deliver First Aid like performing CPR while kneeling on the floor
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner, Aboriginal health practitioner and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner.
This qualification addresses the specific legislative responsibilities of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners and is required for national registration with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia. You need to be a registered practitioner in order to apply for jobs in the industry. Successful completion of a Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care program approved by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia will mean you are eligible to apply for national registration as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner. Visit the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for more information on registration.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice does not have any post-graduate courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 21 units of competency, including 14 core and 7 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.
TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)
TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
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