Last week 16 health care practitioners travelled from all over the
NSW North Coast to TAFE NSW Port Macquarie to celebrate the
near-completion of their Certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Health Care Practice.
Once they fulfil the remaining 300 workplace clinical hours of the
18-month course they will be the first-ever student cohort in the NSW
North Coast to graduate with the nationally-recognised qualification.
The students – all of whom already work as Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander (ATSI) health practitioners and identify as Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander – completed their sixth and final block of
the course’s theory component last week. The big milestone was
celebrated with a dinner at The Mercure restaurant.
TAFE NSW Manager Service Delivery Aboriginal Health, Daniel Morrison,
said everyone was delighted to finish the face-to-face training
blocks, each of which they travelled to TAFE NSW Port Macquarie to undertake.
“I am really proud of my students for achieving such a momentous
milestone. I know they will be valuable community members with the
skills and knowledge they’ve gained over the past 12 months,” he said
“The TAFE NSW Certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Health Care Practice empowers practitioners to offer streamlined care
to patients, upskilling them to provide professional practice work in
a clinical setting. The overarching goal is to improve health outcomes
for our communities and families.
“Our cohort received participation certificates at the Port Macquarie
celebration dinner and are looking forward to a course completion
certificate once they hand in their workplace books in the coming weeks.
“It’s been a real pleasure to watch these practitioners develop over
time and I wish them all the best.”
TAFE NSW partners with the Aboriginal Medical Service and several
Local Area Health Districts to support and service qualifications that
upskill the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care workforce.
This first cohort of Certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Health Care Practice students on the NSW North Coast travel
from hometowns as far south as the Central Coast and Lismore in the
north. They have already completed 500+ clinical hours in their
workplaces to fulfil the hands-on, practical training the
For more detail on TAFE NSW courses, face-to-face or online, visit www.tafensw.com.au or call 131 601.
Media contact: Kristy Sheppard, TAFE NSW Media &
Communications Business Partner, 4923 7784 or 0407 450 860.