National course code: HLT30113

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

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Overview About this course

If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person who wants to begin a career in primary health care for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander clients, this Certificate III course is the perfect opportunity for you to launch your career and help others.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Simplify and advocate for the rights and needs of clients and community members

  • Assist in the planning and delivery of basic health care

  • Provide information about social and/or emotional support

  • Identify community health issues, needs and strategies

  • Assist with basic health screening, promotion and education services

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Complete social and emotional wellbeing assessments

  • Provide referral options

  • Work with your community

  • A strong pathway to further study

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol.

  • This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.

  • Identify as an Aboriginal person, and have a Confirmation of Aboriginality letter or

  • Have the approval of the local Aboriginal community if you are a non-Aboriginal person, as evidenced by a letter of approval from the local Aboriginal community where you plan to study

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • An interest in the health sector

  • Empathy, patience and the ability to empower others

  • Good organisational skills and are able to multi-task and respond well to rapid change

  • A desire to empower fellow Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker

Indigenous Health Workers assist with the coordination and provision of health care delivery to Indigenous communities.

  • Full-time share


  • Employment size

    400 workers

  • Average age

    43 years

  • Weekly pay


  • Average full-time

    40 hours

  • Skill level rating


  • Gender share

    76% female

  • Future growth

    Strong Growth

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 0 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

The Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Subjects in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 17 Units of competency, including 12 core and 5 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Work in an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care context HLTAHW005

  • Facilitate and advocate for the rights and needs of clients and community members HLTAHW006

  • Identify community health issues, needs and strategies HLTAHW010

  • Provide information about social and emotional support HLTAHW009

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TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

Delivery Options Find a Location to Enrol

On-campus, online and blended study environments; at TAFE NSW your learning works with your lifestyle. Heart your favourites, compare courses and discover what works for you.