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HLT50113

Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care

Further develop your primary health care service skills with this advanced course in the delivery of health care services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

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NEXT INTAKE On campus: Toowoomba Start date: 04 Oct 2022 Duration: up to 18 months
STUDY LOCATIONS Darling Downs and South West
WAYS TO STUDY On campus
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Concession
$920
Subsidised
$2,675
Full Fee
$9,635
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Course overview

Further develop your existing primary health care service skills with this advanced course in the delivery of health care services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. As a qualified senior health worker you will positively impact on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote areas. The health care sector is experiencing strong growth, with current research highlighting the merits of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.

Building on your existing skills and knowledge in primary health care, you will gain the specific skill set needed to work in a culturally-competent work place practicing holistic, whole-of-life care. As an advocate for the community you will also be qualified to assess and support clients' social and emotional wellbeing as well as engage in community health research.

With three different study streams to choose from including chronic disease, administration and human resources, or workplace training, this course allows you to specialise in an area you are passionate about. TAFE Queensland's passionate and experienced teachers will provide you with resources specific to individual learning styles, and the one-on-one support necessary to succeed in your studies.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work in a range of community health and health promotion roles within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

What can I do?

  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Community Engagement Officer
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker
  • Health Professional
  • Health Worker
  • Senior Torres Strait Islander Community Health Worker
  • Senior Aboriginal Health Worker
  • Senior Aboriginal Community Health Worker

Course outcome:

HLT50113 Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 10 elective units from the list below. You will also be required to undertake 240 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
  • HLTAHW007
    Undertake basic health assessments
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTAHW007
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to undertake a range of basic health assessments of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients, including infants, children and adults.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Undertake basic health assessments

  • 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
  • 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
  • HLTAHW023
    Plan, develop and evaluate health promotion and community development programs
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTAHW023
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the required skills and knowledge to organise, deliver and evaluate a health promotion program to address identified needs in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities. This unit includes designing, structuring and evaluating the effectiveness of health promotion activities for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Plan, develop and evaluate health promotion and community development programs

  • 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
  • HLTAHW043
    Facilitate access to tertiary health services
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTAHW043
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the required skills and knowledge to develop and maintain links with tertiary referral centres for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health. It includes developing and maintaining networks with health services, assisting clients requiring transport and accommodation, providing information, and participating in discharge planning.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Facilitate access to tertiary health services

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTAHW044
    Advocate on behalf of the community
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTAHW044
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the required skills and knowledge to promote the rights, needs and self-determination of the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community, in consultation with that community. It involves engagement with the community to identify needs and areas of concern and determine ways of resolution.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Advocate on behalf of the community

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTAHW047
    Support and promote social and emotional wellbeing of staff and clients
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTAHW047
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the required skills and knowledge to provide social and emotional support to clients and staff, and to promote the importance of maintaining social and emotional wellbeing in the workplace. It covers social and emotional support required by those involved in face-to-face delivery of primary health care services.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Support and promote social and emotional wellbeing of staff and clients

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTAHW048
    Apply a strategic approach to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTAHW048
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the required skills and knowledge to develop and implement strategies to address social determinants that underpin and contribute to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health issues in the context of delivering primary health care services.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Apply a strategic approach to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTAHW061
    Engage in community health research
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTAHW061
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the required skills and knowledge to undertake research projects, incorporating information that may be gathered by a researcher or by other workers in the community.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Engage in community health research

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTAHW062
    Supervise health care team
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTAHW062
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the required skills and knowledge to supervise a group of workers who function as a team to provide health services to the community.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Supervise health care team

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTAHW065
    Apply reflective practice in an Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander primary health care setting
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTAHW065
    Unit description :

    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge to apply reflective practice, critical thinking and analysis within the role of an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health practitioner or worker.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Apply reflective practice in an Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander primary health care setting

  • 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
  • HLTINF003
    Implement and monitor infection prevention and control policies and procedures
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTINF003
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide information about infection prevention and control procedures, integrate those procedures into work practices and monitor workplace performance.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Implement and monitor infection prevention and control policies and procedures

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTWHS004
    Manage work health and safety
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTWHS004
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish, maintain and evaluate work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area, according to WHS legislative requirements.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Manage work health and safety

Ways to study
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Toowoomba
04 Oct 2022
up to 18 months
Part time 6 x 5 day blocks
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $920
  • Subsidised: $2,675
  • Full fee: $9,635
Toowoomba
23 Jan 2023
up to 18 months
Part time 6 x 5 day blocks
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $920
  • Subsidised: $2,675
  • Full fee: $9,635
Toowoomba
17 Apr 2023
up to 18 months
Part time 6 x 5 day blocks
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $920
  • Subsidised: $2,675
  • Full fee: $9,635
Toowoomba
10 Jul 2023
up to 18 months
Part time 6 x 5 day blocks
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $920
  • Subsidised: $2,675
  • Full fee: $9,635
Toowoomba
03 Oct 2023
up to 18 months
Part time 6 x 5 day blocks
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $920
  • Subsidised: $2,675
  • Full fee: $9,635

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Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (HLT50113)

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Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care

COURSE CODE: HLT50113
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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VET Student Loan - $16,221 cap

This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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Important Information

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Selection criteria

It is strongly recommended that you are employed in the primary health care industry and/or have completed a Certificate III and/or IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care.

Resources required

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

You will be provided with a recommended reading list and/or required textbooks during orientation or at the start of each unit. The purchase of these resources may incur additional costs, or you may be able to borrow them from the TAFE Queensland library network.

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 240 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.

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. 

Apply through QTAC

You can apply to study this course through the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC). You will need to submit your application on the QTAC website. It will be assessed, and if you are successful you will receive an offer directly through QTAC. You will need to accept your offer from QTAC before enrolling with TAFE Queensland.

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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