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  • HLT40213

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

At a glance

At a glance

Advance your career in Indigenous health with this mid-level course that will qualify you to apply for registration as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health practitioner.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Aboriginal Health Care Practitioner
  • Senior Aboriginal Community Care Worker
  • Torres Strait Islander Health Care Practitioner
COURSE OUTCOME

HLT40213 Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care practice

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Course overview

Course overview

Take your career in health to the next level with this intermediate-level qualification. This course will give you the core skills needed to address health issues faced by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities. The health care sector is experiencing strong growth, with current research highlighting the merits of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services. You will get the specific skill set needed to work in a culturally-competent work place, practicing holistic, whole-of-life care.

This course will give you the foundation knowledge needed to contribute to the review and development of policies, assess and support clients' social and emotional wellbeing, support the safe use of medications, and undertake basic health assessments. Our highly-experienced and passionate teaching team will give you the one-on-one guidance to succeed in your studies.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to seek registration with the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Practice Board of Australia. Upon successful registration you may find work as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health or community care practitioner within a diverse range of healthcare settings.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 7 elective units from the list below.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
CHCLEG001
Work legally and ethically
HLTAHW005
Work in an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care context
HLTAHW006
Facilitate and advocate for the rights and needs of clients and community members
HLTAHW016
Assess client's physical wellbeing
HLTAHW017
Assess and support client's social and emotional wellbeing
HLTAHW018
Plan, implement and monitor health care in a primary health care context
HLTAHW019
Deliver primary health care programs for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities
HLTAHW020
Administer medications
HLTAHW021
Provide nutrition guidance for specific health care
HLTAHW022
Address social determinants of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health
HLTAHW037
Support the safe use of medications
HLTAID003
Provide first aid
HLTINF001
Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTWHS001
Participate in workplace health and safety

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
BSBCUE404
Collect, analyse and record information
HLTAHW014
Work with Elders in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities
HLTAHW024
Work in alcohol, other drugs & mental health care w/ Aboriginal &/or Torres Strait Islander Comm.
HLTAHW028
Provide information and strategies in chronic condition care
HLTAHW035
Provide information and support around cancer
HLTAHW039
Monitor early childhood growth and development
HLTOHC001
Recognise and respond to oral health issues

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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This is the total cost of the course you need to pay when you enrol if you are not eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Vocational placement

If you are not currently employed in industry, during your course TAFE Queensland will arrange a vocational placement for you in an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care facility, so you can start practicing your new skills in a real-world environment. You’ll be required to work shifts determined by your placement provider, and these can include early mornings or late nights, any day of the week, including public holidays.

Completing placement is compulsory, and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts. You are required to complete 500 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification.

Before commencing clinical placement you will need to complete a:

  • Criminal History Check (yellow card);
  • apply for a Blue Card (working with children check); and
  • complete a First Aid Certificate (including CPR), which can be obtained through TAFE Queensland.

You may also be required to complete a vaccination record or full immunisation. Recommended vaccinations include:

  • hepatitis A;
  • measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) (persons born during or since 1966 who have only received one dose of the MMR vaccine should have a second dose)
  • chickenpox (if not previously infected)
  • pertussis (whooping cough -an adult booster dose)
  • influenza (annual vaccination)

If your police check identifies that you have a criminal history or you are unable to obtain a Blue Card, you may be disqualified from being eligible to undertake placement and assessment, which would affect your course outcomes. If you think this might impact you, please speak to the relevant Vocational Placement Coordinator for further information.

Need to know

To be eligible for the Higher Level Skills subsidised price, you must:

  • Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • be aged 15 years or over, and no longer at school
  • permanently reside in Queensland
  • be an Australian citizen, permanent resident (includes humanitarian entrant), temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or a New Zealand citizen
  • not hold or be currently enrolled in a Certificate IV or higher-level qualification (does not include qualifications completed at school or foundation skills training).

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

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How to apply

How to apply

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers


Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland