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Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice

  • National Course Code: HLT40213
  • TAFE NSW code: HLT40213-01V03-21WWG-045

Location – Wagga Wagga


Part Time



Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

7 Hours per week


18 Months

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

Course Details

The nationally recognised Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care allows you to pursue your passion for helping community, and turn it into a culturally rewarding career. Become a dynamic professional practitioner who ensures community health is a priority.


Through a mix of theoretical and practical coursework, 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
  • Administer medication
  • Provide nutrition advice


Develop the attributes to help get ahead:

  • Caring and empathetic
  • Passionate about Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health
  • Connection to culture and community


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate IV level
  • Eligibility to apply for registration as 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

Career opportunities:
Register as a practitioner and begin an exciting healthcare career using a protected title:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner
  • Aboriginal health practitioner
  • Torres Strait Islander health practitioner


Take your career further with a:

  • Diploma of Nursing

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


To be eligible for this course, you must:

  • Identify as an Aboriginal person, and have a Confirmation of Aboriginality letter OR
  • Have the approval of the local Aboriginal community if you are a non-Aboriginal person, as evidenced by a letter of approval from the local Aboriginal community where you plan to study
  • You will also need to participate in a phone interview with one of our teaching staff to make sure this is the appropriate course level for you

Note: In NSW, a Confirmation of Aboriginality letter can be issued by any NSW-incorporated Aboriginal organisation or Local Aboriginal Land Council. Refer to the Department of Aboriginal Affairs for further details.

TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol as a trainee you must:

  • Be employed in the health industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


During your study, you will need to meet specific requirements that are necessary for you to complete your course work and be successful.

You will need to meet the following success requirements to be able to undertake work placement within industry. Your teacher will let you know when you need to provide evidence of:

  • Working with Children Check (WWCC)
  • Criminal History Check
  • Vaccination and health screenings
  • Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires


Work placement provides you with opportunities to respond to situations and circumstances that cannot be replicated in a learning or simulated environment. Work placement strengthens your training and supports continued learning and assessment in the workplace.

During your course you will undertake a mandatory 500 hours of work placement with a suitable industry employer. This is an employment based qualification designed specifically for those working in the health industry, as a new or existing employee. If you have completed the Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care, you may be accredited up to 250 hours of workplace recognition.


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) website for more information on registration.


To be prepared for this course, we recommend you have:

  • Passion for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander healthcare
  • Empathetic, patient and compassionate
  • Be adequately fit and mobile to deliver First Aid, for performing CPR while kneeling on the floor

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.


This is a part-time day blended course. You will need to attend approximately 7 hours of class, over 1 day a week, for 18 months.

You may also be required to complete approximately 16 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including work placement, research, assignment completion and private study.


This course offering is designed for people who are seeking a career as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practitioner.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday from 9.00am to 4.30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
HLTAHW022 Address social determinants of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health
HLTAHW020 Administer medications
HLTAHW017 Assess and support client's social and emotional wellbeing
HLTAHW016 Assess client's physical wellbeing
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTAHW019 Deliver primary health care programs for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities
HLTAHW006 Facilitate and advocate for the rights and needs of clients and community members
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
HLTAHW018 Plan, implement and monitor health care in a primary health care context
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
HLTAHW021 Provide nutrition guidance for specific health care
HLTAHW037 Support the safe use of medications
HLTAHW005 Work in an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care context
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
Elective Units
Number Title
CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCAOD005 Provide alcohol and other drugs withdrawal services
HLTAHW034 Provide healthy lifestyle programs and advice
HLTAHW035 Provide information and support around cancer
HLTAHW051 Respond to loss, grief and trauma
HLTAHW014 Work with Elders in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities
HLTPAT002 Perform venous blood collections
HLTAHW028 Provide information and strategies in chronic condition care

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Wagga Wagga
Macleay & Coleman Streets, Wagga Wagga
Phone 131 601

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