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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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WAYS TO STUDY Online
NEXT INTAKE Start date: 15 Apr 2024 Duration: up to 18 months View all intakes
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Concession
$1,050
Subsidised
$2,965
Full Fee
$10,620
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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
  • Your course is primarily online and you may interact with your teachers and other students using Zoom. You will also need to come in to campus to complete some practical learning and assessment. Learn more

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STUDY MODE START DATE DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Online with on campus practical training (Toowoomba)
15 Apr 2024
up to 18 months
Part time 6 x 5 day blocks
  • Concession: $1,050
  • Subsidised: $2,965
  • Full fee: $10,620
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Online with on campus practical training (Toowoomba)

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    80%
  • On Campus Time
    20%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

15 Apr 2024

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

up to 18 months

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

Part time 6 x 5 day blocks

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • Concession: $1,050
  • Subsidised: $2,965
  • Full fee: $10,620
Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Teacher-led, Scheduled

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

No

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

Online, On-Campus and vocational placement

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Face-to-face, Zoom

    The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

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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 - $18,097 cap

The VET Student Loans program assists eligible students enrolled in approved courses to pay their tuition fees.  The Australian Government charges full fee-paying (non-subsidised) students a 20 per cent loan fee in addition to their tuition fees.  A VET Student Loan is a debt that must be repaid.

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

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 and Adobe Acrobat Reader. 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

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.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
This course now requires you to obtain a NDIS Worker Screening Check to be eligible to attend the vocational placement assessment component of your studies.

Prior to Placement, you will need to receive and provide evidence of the following checks:

  • You must complete your online NDIS Worker Screening Clearance application at this link - NDIS Worker Screening Unit (WSU), and nominate TAFE Queensland as your employer. There is no cost to students. TAFE Queensland will verify each student.
  • Students must also complete the NDIS Worker Orientation Online Modules (4 modules/approximately 90 minutes in total). Upon completion, students will need to provide their Certificate of Completion to both TAFE Queensland and their placement provider.
  • If you work with children on Placement, you will also need a Blue Card Working with Children Check. This is called Blue Card in Queensland or you will need the equivalent if you are completing your Placement outside of Queensland.
  • Please note: you can apply for both the NDIS Worker Screening Clearance and Blue Card by completing a combined application via the NDIS Worker Screening portal NDIS Worker Screening Unit (WSU).

If your check identifies that you have a criminal history, 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 Placement Coordinator for further information.

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.

Vaccination requirements 
COVID-19 vaccination requirements across a range of high-risk settings have eased. There are no Public Health Directions in affect requiring you to be vaccinated in high risk settings. However, decisions on mandatory vaccinations will be made by the owner or operator of these settings. Some facilities may also mandate the number of vaccinations required. These requirements will be provided to the student, prior to arrangements being made for the completion of vocational placement.

You will also be required to complete a vaccination record or full immunisation. TAFE Queensland vaccination and immunisation guidelines reflect the specific requirements from health placement providers across Australia to ensure students are prepared and eligible to attend all placement allocations. It is important to be fully aware that the following Vaccination and Serology requirements are subject to change.

You will not be able to commence your Vocational Placement unless you have provided the required evidence as specified below:

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR): Evidence of 2 vaccinations one month apart or positive serology for all 3 diseases
  • Hepatitis B: Commence a Hepatitis B course which is 3 injections (0, 1 and 6 months) with positive serology supplied 4-6 weeks following 3rd vaccination or supply evidence of an Age-appropriate Hep B course
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox): Evidence of 2 vaccinations one month apart or positive serology
  • dTpa (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis) vaccination: Evidence of vaccinations for all 3 diseases within the last 10 years
  • Tuberculosis: Mantoux Test or evidence of a plain chest x-ray
  • Influenza Vaccination: Annual vaccination
  • COVID-19 (strongly recommended)
  • Any other test / vaccination as directed by Australian health authorities.

Please note: you will be responsible for any costs associated with meeting these requirements.

First Aid
Students will also need to provide evidence that they hold a first aid competency that is current at the time of placement. This can be in the form of:

  • HLTAID011 Provide First Aid statement of attainment, that was obtained in the last 1 year.
    OR
  • HLTAID011 Provide First Aid statement of attainment, that was obtained more than 1 year but less than 3 years ago
    AND a HLTAID009 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation statement of attainment that was obtained in the last 1 year. 

Important information

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.

To be eligible for the Higher Level Skills 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).

Transition statement

Replacement qualification
This qualification has been replaced by HLT50221 - Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Management, as of 14 December 2022. A transition period applies to enable current students to complete their study. The transition period finishes on 31 December 2024.

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
  • 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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