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HLT40213

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

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

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NEXT INTAKE On campus: Cairns Start date: 20 Mar 2023 Duration: 18 months
STUDY LOCATIONS Far North Queensland
WAYS TO STUDY On campus
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Concession
$1,095
Subsidised
$1,095
Full Fee
$8,910
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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 Torres Strait Islander communities.

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, the number of people working as Indigenous health workers grew very strongly over the past five years. Stable future growth is predicted in this industry with employers looking for candidates who are caring, compassionate and have good social skills. 

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 Torres Strait Islander Practice Board of Australia. Upon successful registration you may find work as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health or community care practitioner within a diverse range of healthcare settings.

What can I do?

  • 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

Learning support options

We have numerous support services if you need an extra hand. The Learning Skills Centre, located in most campus libraries, is a drop-in service staffed by experienced teachers who can help with basic and complex skills. Studiosity is an online after hours tutoring service focusing on writing, research and referencing, as well as subject-specific questions.​

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 7 elective units from the list below. You will also be required to undertake 500 hours of vocational placement in an approved setting. 

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCLEG001
    Work legally and ethically
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCLEG001
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and work within the legal and ethical frameworks that apply to an individual job role.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Work legally and ethically

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTAHW005
    Work in an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care context
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTAHW005
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to deliver primary health care services within the context of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health. It provides an understanding of historical, political and other significant factors impacting on the current health of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Work in an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care context

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTAHW006
    Facilitate and advocate for the rights and needs of clients and community members
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTAHW006
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the required knowledge and skills for primary health care workers to assist Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and communities to understand their rights and communicate their needs within a self-determination framework. This includes the use of interpreter and translation services to liaise with service providers to enable clients to access a range of health services. This unit does not assume the individual worker has interpretation and/or translation qualifications to provide these services themselves.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Facilitate and advocate for the rights and needs of clients and community members

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTAHW016
    Assess client's physical wellbeing
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTAHW016
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to initiate, undertake and interpret findings from a range of clinical assessments, tests and procedures to determine the physical wellbeing of a client.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Assess client's physical wellbeing

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTAHW017
    Assess and support client's social and emotional wellbeing
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTAHW017
    Unit description :

    This unit deals with the required skills and knowledge to assess clients in relation to their social and emotional wellbeing, and provide appropriate support and referral as a member of a multidisciplinary team working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Assess and support client's social and emotional wellbeing

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTAHW018
    Plan, implement and monitor health care in a primary health care context
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTAHW018
    Unit description :

    This unit deals with the required skills and knowledge to plan, implement and monitor a range of health care services as a member of a multidisciplinary team working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Plan, implement and monitor health care in a primary health care context

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTAHW019
    Deliver primary health care programs for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTAHW019
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the required skills and knowledge to deliver health care programs to address identified needs in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Deliver primary health care programs for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTAHW020
    Administer medications
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTAHW020
    Unit description :

    This unit covers the required skills and knowledge to administer medication to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients. It involves determining the medication requirements of an individual client, calculating dosage and performing the clinical skills necessary to administer the required medication. It also involves supporting a client to self administer medication.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Administer medications

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTAHW021
    Provide nutrition guidance for specific health care
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTAHW021
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the required skills and knowledge to promote healthy nutrition to address the requirements of a range of client groups and to improve community nutrition.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Provide nutrition guidance for specific health care

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTAHW022
    Address social determinants of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTAHW022
    Unit description :

    This unit deals with the required skills and knowledge to promote and apply strategies to address social determinants that underpin and contribute to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues, in the context of delivering primary health care services.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Address social determinants of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTAHW037
    Support the safe use of medications
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTAHW037
    Unit description :

    This describes the skills and knowledge required to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and communities to safely use medication through the provision of accurate information about medicines. This unit includes investigating individual client needs for information, and researching and delivering knowledge to clients to support the Quality Use of Medicines. It also involves delivering information as part of health promotion activities with communities or identified groups.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Support the safe use of medications

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTAID011
    Provide First Aid
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTAID011
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to a casualty in line with first aid guidelines determined by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) and other Australian national peak clinical bodies. The unit applies to all persons who may be required to provide a first aid response in a range of situations, including community and workplace settings.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Provide First Aid

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTINF001
    Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTINF001
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to follow organisational infection prevention and control procedures, including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTWHS001
    Participate in workplace health and safety
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTWHS001
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required for workers to participate in safe work practices to ensure their own health and safety, and that of others. The unit applies to all workers who require knowledge of workplace health and safety (WHS) to carry out their own work, either under direct supervision or with some individual responsibility.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Participate in workplace health and safety

Ways to study
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Cairns
20 Mar 2023
18 months
Full Time 6 residential blocks x 2 weeks
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $1,095
  • Subsidised: $1,095
  • Full fee: $8,910

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Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice (HLT40213)

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

COURSE CODE: HLT40213
Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

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. 

Payment plan

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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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Important Information

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Placement

IMPORTANT NOTICE: 
While TAFE Queensland will make every effort to minimise disruption to study, the current COVID-19 pandemic situation and subsequent restriction of access to some health care facilities during this time, may cause delays with vocational placement and completion of this course.

Students are advised that they will need to evidence maintenance of full COVID-19 vaccination to attend the mandatory vocational placement assessment components of this course.
The vaccines received must be approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration for use in Australia or endorsed by the WHO-COVAX if vaccinated overseas. Please see the following link for the accepted vaccines.

If you are not currently employed in industry, during your course TAFE Queensland will arrange a vocational placement for you in an Aboriginal and 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.

Please note: TAFE Queensland wishes to warn you, as a Blue Card applicant, that it is an offence for a disqualified person to sign a Blue Card application.  For further information regarding 'disqualified' persons, please contact Blue Card Services.

You are to apply for your NDIS Worker Screening Check once enrolled as you will be considered a volunteer and TAFE Queensland will need to verify your application as a student.

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

  • Full COVID-19 Vaccination – evidence of vaccinations of a type approved by Therapeutic Goods Administration, Australia, or endorsed by the World Health Organisation
  • 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.

 

Medicines and Poisons (Medicines) Regulation 2021 commencing in September 2021
Due to the Medicines and Poisons (Medicines) Regulation 2021 commencing in September 2021, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners are now authorised to administer medicines in Queensland as per the Medicines and Poisons Act 2019 Extended Practice Authority ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners’ and completed Practice Plan. Students will be required to administer medicines under the direct supervision of a RN or a Registered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner with an endorsed Practice Plan while on work placement as per TAFE assessment requirements.

Need to know

For all students who are undertaking courses that include Vocational Placements in a high risk workplace, Queensland Health has directed that students must declare your COVID-19 Vaccination status and evidence to either TAFE Queensland or the placement provider. 

This may require you providing us or the placement provider information on:

  • Your vaccinate status
  • Last date of vaccination
  • Evidence of vaccine status

Where this information will be collected as part of your application and / or enrolment process.  Any data collected will be managed under the TAFE Queensland Privacy Policy.

This requirement is in place for all students in affected courses, including TAFE at School students.

Those students who have a medical contraindication may be unable to complete the vocational placement component of their course. This means you may not be able to meet all of the requirements of your course and may not be able to graduate or receive your qualification.

If you have any questions or concerns with this requirement, please contact our COVID hotline on 07 3307 4789.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: 
While TAFE Queensland will make every effort to minimise disruption to study, the current COVID-19 pandemic situation and subsequent restriction of access to some health care facilities during this time, may cause delays with vocational placement and completion of this course.

Future students are advised that access to public and private health facilities or organisations in your State for vocational placement assessment may require evidence of commencement or full vaccination for COVID-19.

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

  • Identify as Aboriginal and 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.

Pathways

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 may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about University Pathways

  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

Course 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 enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

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. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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