National course code: HLT40213

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

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Overview About this course

Nurture your community by pursuing your passion for helping people and turn it into a rewarding career. Become a professional practitioner who ensures community health is a priority. Learn to support specific needs, administer medication, and encourage healthy lifestyles.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Work in an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander healthcare context

  • Facilitate and advocate for the rights and needs of clients

  • Assess and support clients physical, social, and emotional wellbeing

  • Administer medication

  • Provide nutrition advice

Course Outcomes

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

  • Real-world experience with 500 hours of mandatory work placement in industry

  • Eligibility to apply for registration as a practitioner through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia

  • Build a strong pathway to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

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.

  • You'll need to gain workplace approval to attend study blocks, and be able to access a clinical setting outside of your normal workplace

  • You must participate in a phone interview with one of our teaching staff to make sure this is the appropriate course level for you

  • You’ll need to identify as an Aboriginal person and provide a Confirmation of Aboriginality letter or alternative form of evidence of Aboriginality (see note) OR

  • You’ll need to have a letter of approval from the local Aboriginal community organisation where you intend to study if you are a non-Aboriginal person

  • Note: In NSW, a Confirmation of Aboriginality letter can be issued by any NSW-incorporated Aboriginal organisation or Local Aboriginal Land Council. Refer to the Department of Aboriginal Affairs for further details

Entry recommendations

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

  • Passion for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander healthcare

  • Empathetic, patient and compassionate

  • Be adequately fit and mobile to deliver First Aid, for example, performing CPR while kneeling on the floor

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 practitioner, Aboriginal health practitioner, Torres Strait Islander health practitioner and register as a practitioner and begin an exciting healthcare career using a protected job title.

Licensing

This qualification addresses the specific legislative responsibilities of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners and is required for national registration with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia. You need to be a registered practitioner in order to apply for jobs in the industry. Successful completion of a Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care program approved by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia will mean you are eligible to apply for national registration as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner. Visit the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website for more information on registration.

Study pathways

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The Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice does not have any post-graduate courses.

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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 IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 21 Units of competency, including 14 core and 7 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.

  • Administer medications HLTAHW020-UNGRADED

  • Plan, implement and monitor health care in a primary health care context HLTAHW018-UNGRADED

  • Assess client's physical wellbeing HLTAHW016-UNGRADED

  • Deliver primary health care programs for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities HLTAHW019-UNGRADED

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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

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