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  • HLT40113

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

At a glance

At a glance

Take the next step in your career with this intermediate-level course in primary health care and learn how to make a difference in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities.

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

HLT40113 Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care

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Course overview

Course overview

Take the next step in your career with this intermediate-level course in primary health care, and learn how to make a difference in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities. With a qualification in primary health care you will be equipped to positively impact on the lives of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people living in remote areas, through health promotion. The health care sector is experiencing strong growth, with current research highlighting the merits of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.

This course will see you gain the skills to work with patients, clients, and visitors to hospitals and health clinics, and assist in arranging, coordinating and providing health care in community health clinics. Our core units will teach you to provide first aid, perform health assessments, and provide nutritional guidance for specific health care outcomes. With elective units in intervention and support for alcohol and drug impact, and care strategies for chronic health conditions, there is sure to be an area of community health that you are passionate about. TAFE Queensland's 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 expand your employment opportunities, qualifying you as a community care worker in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health.

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
HLTAHW007
Undertake basic health assessments
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
HLTAHW021
Provide nutrition guidance for specific health care
HLTAHW022
Address social determinants of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health
HLTAHW023
Plan, develop and evaluate health promotion and community development programs
HLTAHW037
Support the safe use of medications
HLTAID003
Provide first aid
HLTIN301C
Comply with infection control policies and procedures
HLTWHS001
Participate in workplace health and safety
VPC240
Vocational placement

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
BSBADM409
Coordinate business resources
BSBMGT502
Manage people performance
BSBWOR404
Develop work priorities
BSBWOR502
Lead and manage team effectiveness
CHCAOD001
Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCAOD402B
Work effectively in the alcohol and other drugs sector
CHCCCS009
Facilitate responsible behaviour
CHCCCS014
Provide brief interventions
CHCCM402E
Establish and monitor a case plan
CHCCS400C
Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
CHCDIV001
Work with diverse people
CHCEDU008
Share health information
CHCICS408B
Provide support to people with chronic disease
CHCMH401A
Work effectively in mental health settings
CHCPOL001
Contribute to the review and development of policies
CHCPRP003
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTAHW013
Respond to emergencies
HLTAHW014
Work with Elders in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities
HLTAHW028
Provide information and strategies in chronic condition care
HLTAHW032
Supervise individual workers
HLTAHW035
Provide information and support around cancer
HLTHIR403C
Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
HLTINF001
Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
TAEASS301B
Contribute to assessment
TAEASS401B
Plan assessment activities and processes
TAEASS402B
Assess competence
TAEDEL301A
Provide work skill instruction
TAEDEL401A
Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning
TAEDEL402A
Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace

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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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Selection criteria

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

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); and
  • Apply for a Blue Card (working with children check)

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.

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.

You may also be required to purchase uniform items, and a nursing kit. These details will be provided after enrolment or during orientation.

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