Provide quality, culturally appropriate healthcare as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Person. Close the gap in health outcomes among Australians and launch your career as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health practitioner.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Provide complete physical health assessments and support social and emotional wellbeing as part of an interdisciplinary health care team
Work legally and ethically to support the rights and needs of clients
Promote reflective practices and lifestyle changes in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care
Implement complex healthcare plans
Build relationships and address social and cultural factors affecting client and community health
Participate in safe work practices, support the safe use of medication, administer medication and apply infection prevention and control
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
A nationally accredited qualification at a Certificate IV level
Eligibility to apply and register as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health practitioner
A pathway to work in a range of health care settings including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community organisations, and the public or private health sector
Specialist skills in applying primary health care principles to address inequities in healthcare and health outcomes for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
Must be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, must identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, and be accepted within your community as evidenced by:
A Confirmation of Aboriginality letter or alternative form of evidence of Aboriginality
Current employment in local health districts and/or Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHOS) as evidenced by a letter from your employer
Before your first day of class you must complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test and achieve a score of 14 across the five bands of literacy and 3 across one band of numeracy. This helps us to determine that your skills match the demands of the course, to direct you to an alternative study option or to provide you with the appropriate support for your success. Your teacher will let you know when this must be completed.
During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:
Completion of 500 hours work placement in your workplace. This is to meet the requirements for national registration with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Practice Board of Australia (ATSIPB) using the professional title, Aboriginal health practitioner.
A valid Australian Working with Children Check (WWCC)
An Australian National Police Record Check (NPC)
Vaccination, occupational assessment and other screen requirements as stipulated in the NSW Ministry of Health
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
A caring and compassionate nature
Strong communication and interpersonal skills
Access to a computer and the internet to participate in virtual delivery
A desire to give back to your community
Adequate physical fitness level to perform 2 minutes of uninterrupted CPR on an adult and infant manikin, perform CPR at floor level on an adult manikin and respond to an emergency where there may be a risk to life. If you are unable to achieve this, you will be provided additional support or directed to more suitable courses.
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 health practitioner or, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner or and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner upon registration with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia (ATSIHPBA).
In the interests of protecting public safety and in compliance with the National Law, TAFE NSW will register you with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia Board (AHPRA) for the duration of your study or clinical training or until you are no longer enrolled. This will be at no cost to you. More information can be found in the AHPRA website for Student Registration. Upon completion of this course, you will need to register with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia (ATSIHPBA) to be recognised as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health practitioner. The ATSIHPBA works with AHPRA to regulate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners. To be eligible to apply for registration as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health practitioner, you must be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, and be accepted in the community in which you live or did live. You must be able to provide evidence when applying for registration and fulfil other eligibility criteria. Visit the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia to find out more.
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.
The Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice does not have any related 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 19 units of competency, including 14 core and 5 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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