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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker IRC

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker qualifications are included in the HLT Health Training Package.  The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker qualifications were last reviewed in 2013 and the current qualifications were endorsed in July 2013.  

Industry Overview

In 2011 there were 1,256 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers.  It is expected that the sector will need an increase to 2,800 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers by 2018 to meet sector needs.

Businesses within this sector include:

  • health clinics, services and hospitals
  • Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs)
  • rural and remote health services.

Occupations

There are four types of Aboriginal Health Worker categories, according to job roles. These are:

  • Aboriginal community health worker - this role provides access, liaison, health promotion and preventative health services to the Aboriginal community.
  • Aboriginal hospital liaison officer - this non-clinical role provides advocacy, support and liaison within an acute care health setting, for example hospitals and multipurpose services.
  • Principal Aboriginal health worker - this role provides relevant graduate tertiary level clinical/professional services to the Aboriginal community.
  • Aboriginal health practitioner (protected title) - this health professional role commenced on 1 July 2012, and is registered with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner Board of Australia. The role provides direct clinical services to the Aboriginal community and requires a Certificate IV Aboriginal Primary Health Care (Practice) qualification.

Within these categories there are many specific job roles, demonstrating the diversity of the sector:

  • community worker
  • drug and alcohol worker
  • education officer
  • environmental health worker
  • eye care coordinator
  • family health worker
  • health worker (generalist)
  • healthy living worker
  • hospital liaison officer
  • maternal and perinatal health worker
  • mental health worker
  • nutrition health worker
  • otitis media health worker
  • outreach worker
  • pharmacy health worker
  • primary health care practice manager
  • sexual health worker
  • vascular health worker.

Qualifications

The VET qualifications that cater to this sector include:

HLT20113 Certificate II in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care
HLT30113 Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care
HLT40113 Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care
HLT40213 Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice*
HLT50113 Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care
HLT50213 Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice
HLT60113 Advanced Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care

* Qualification required for registration with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner.

Links to view and download the content for each of these qualifications may be found in our Training Packages section.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker IRC Industry Skills Forecast

On 30th September 2016, IRCs submitted their initial four-year workplans to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for consideration. These workplans were developed incorporating information sourced in a variety of ways, including meetings and consultations with stakeholders, desktop research, an industry workforce survey open to all stakeholders, across all industries for a five-week period and consultation with IRC members and their stakeholder networks.

In April 2017, these workplans were refreshed, retitled as Industry Skills Forecasts and again submitted to the AISC. An IRC’s Industry Skills Forecast provides an overview of the sector and the current challenges and opportunities it faces, along with an analysis of current and projected employment and workforce skills needs. It proposes a schedule for the ongoing review of relevant training package products to inform the AISC’s development of the four-year rolling National Schedule.

It is noted that this Industry Skills Forecast has been developed and signed off by this IRC, but the final decision with regard to the scheduling of training product development rests with the AISC, once it has reviewed the submitted Industry Skills Forecasts of all 60 plus IRCs across the various sectors of Australian Industry. The confirmed National Schedule is published on the AISC website once approved.

CLICK HERE to download the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker IRC Industry Skills Forecast.