Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care practice
Course Code HLT50213
The role of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers (ATSIHWs) is crucial to improving health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. They play a vital role in the primary health care workforce, providing clinical and primary care for individuals, families and community groups.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers across Australia work in a variety of environments. While a large majority are employed in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) or the Government health sector, many also work within mainstream services such as general practices and other non-government organisations.
Projected five year employment growth to November 2023 is 14%. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health worker roles exist in metropolitan, regional and remote areas. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Agency (AHPRA). They may perform clinical roles within community controlled and mainstream health organisations. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner is a protected title under section 113 of the National Law.
The Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice is delivered through a blended delivery method.
Students are provided with learner resources and assessment handbooks for each unit of competency. The assessment handbooks provide students with instructions on submitting assessments. Please note: all students are required to attend 4 weeks of mandatory block training held in Brisbane.
Health Industry Training recognises that an important part of undertaking a qualification in health or community services is the practical component of the course. Work placement provides students with an avenue to apply practical skills in a ‘real life’ environment where you are able to practice the skills and knowledge you have learnt during the course.
It is compulsory for students to undertake clinical placement for the Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care practice.
Securing Clinical Placement
As a student it is important for you to discuss work placement opportunities with local organisations. Practical placement must be sourced prior to commencing the units of competency within the qualification that have a practical component.
Once you have sourced a relevant host employer, Health Industry Training will contact them on your behalf to discuss practical placement requirements.
Health Industry Training provides insurance to all students undertaking work placement as part of their qualification.
As a student you must ensure you have completed the necessary ‘Prior to practical work placement’ activities listed below before practical work placement can commence.
- National Criminal History Clearance
- Immunisations and screening
Health Industry Training uses a range of assessment methods to ensure sufficient evidence can be gathered to demonstrate students can perform the tasks against the specified criteria. Assessment methods can include:
- Short answer questions
- Projects/ Reports
- Case studies
- Workplace portfolios
- Work placement logbook
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
RPL considers previous formal study and work experiences and then assesses this against the elements of competency to determine competency. Students seeking recognition can apply for RPL on enrolment or throughout the duration of their study.
If you have completed a unit of competency within your intended qualification with another Registered Training Organisation (RTO), you may be able to apply for a credit transfer or exemption. A copy of the original transcript must be provided when applying for a credit transfer.
To enrol in the Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strat Islander Primary Health Care Practice it is anticipated that you will have completed year 10 or equivalent.
In addition, students are required to provide Health Industry Training with their Unique Student Identifier number.
Minimum Age Requirements
The minimum age for this course is 16 years old. If you are under 18 years of age your enrolment form must be signed by a parent or guardian.
Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Requirements
Students must have an adequate level of Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills (LLN) to be able enrol into this course. Students will be provided with an LLN test to complete prior to enrolment.
Health Industry Training’s Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care practice is ABSTUDY approved. To get ABSTUDY, you must be all of the following:
- Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian descent
- identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian
- an Australian citizen and normally live in Australia; and
- be studying an approved course or doing an Australian Apprenticeship
To apply for ABSTUDY students must contact the ABSTUDY line 1800 132 317. Once approved for ABSTUDY, students can apply for Away from Base funding.
Away from Base Funding
Away from Base assistance is available to assist eligible ABSTUDY students participate in the necessary academic components of an approved course where that course requires students to travel away from their home or study location for a short period of time.
Away from Base assistance is intended to cover:
- the student’s travel costs to attend the activity, and
- the reasonable costs of accommodation and meals while away from the normal place of residence
Funding for Queensland Residents
Health Industry Training is proud to be a pre-qualified supplier for the Queensland Government, under the Higher Level Skills program. To be eligible for the Higher Level Skills funding, participants must not hold or be undertaking a Certificate IV or higher qualification. Participants must identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
It is a requirement under the Queensland Government funding that all students contribute to the cost of training and assessment services. The fee may be paid on behalf of the student by a third party including an employer but cannot be paid or waived by Health Industry Training. The contribution fee is different for students classed as concession and students classed as non-concession.
Concessional student status applies when:
- the student holds a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card issued under Commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependant of a person who holds a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card and is named on the card;
- the student provides Health Industry Training with an official form under Commonwealth law confirming that the student, their partner or the person of whom the student is a dependant is entitled to concessions under a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card;
- the student is Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander;
- the student is a school student and is enrolled in a VETiS program (may include young people in detention);
- the student has a disability; or
- the student is an adult prisoner.
Non-concessional student status applies if:
- none of the above relates to the student status at the time of enrolment; or
- the contribution fees are paid by a third-party including employer, job network provider.
To assist students who are not eligible for funding, Health Industry Training offers financial assistance by allowing students to take advantage of our affordable payment plan options (weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments) (see enrolment form for additional information)
Throughout your course with Health Industry Training, you will be provided with a range of support services depending on your individual needs.
You will be provided with a team of dedicated trainers who are there to support and guide you through. You may contact a trainer via phone and e-mail for assistance. Your main support trainer will also contact you on a regular basis to ensure you are on track to finish your qualification within your timeframe. Our professional trainers are there to ensure you have a successful learning journey.
In addition to your trainer, the administration team can provide you with support including your enrolment, changes to contact details or study plan, progress report and any issues you may encounter throughout your course.
Health Industry Training appreciates that distance/online learning can be an isolated experience for some students. To assist with isolation, all students have the option to be part of a Facebook peer support group. Peer support groups can be a positive experience where you can study with like-minded people, ask questions relating to your course and build friendships.
The Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice has been packaged to include:
31 units are required to be awarded the qualification including:
- 21 core units
- 10 elective units
The course combines theoretical and practical clinical work placement experience. The theoretical component of the course provides the student with the relevant knowledge required to work in the primary health care sector.
The practical clinical placement experience provides students with the clinical knowledge and skills for students to work in a clinical setting on completion of the qualification.
To view the course outline, including the recommended order in which to complete your units, click on the ‘Download Course Outline’ button on the left hand side of this page.
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Certificate 3 Guarantee
Health Industry Training is proud to be a pre- qualified supplier for the Queensland Government, under the Certificate 3 Guarantee. The Certificate 3 Guarantee supports eligible individuals to complete their first post-school certificate III level qualification and increase their skills to move into employment, re-enter the workforce or advance their career. To be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee, participants must not hold or be undertaking a Certificate III or higher qualification. Qualifications undertaken at school do not affect eligibility.
Qualifications offered by Health Industry Training under the Certificate 3 Guarantee funding
|HLT30113 Certificate III in A&TSI Primary Health Care||$340.00||$850.00|
|HLT33015 Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance||$220.00||$660.00|
|CHC32015 Certificate III in Community Service||$360.00||$720.00|
|HLT37315 Certificate III in Health Administration||$260.00||$780.00|
|HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Service Assistance||$300.00||$900.00|
|CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support||$130.00||$260.00|
|HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection||$280.00||$840.00|
Concessional participants are defined as follows:
- the participant holds a Health Care concession card or Pensioner concession card issued under Commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependent of a person who holds a Health Care concession card or Pensioner concession card, and is named on the card; or
- the participant can provide an official form under Commonwealth law confirming that the participant, his or her partner or the person of whom the participant is a dependent, is entitled to concessions under a Health Care or Pensioner concession card; or
- the participant is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.
Higher Level Skills Funding
Health Industry Training is proud to be a pre- qualified supplier for the Queensland Government, under the Higher Level Skills Funding. To be eligible for the Higher Level Skills Funding, participants must not hold or be undertaking a Certificate IV or higher qualification. Qualifications undertaken at school do not effect eligibility.
Qualifications offered by Health Industry Training under the Higher Level Skills funding:
|Qualification||Concession Price||Non-Concession Price|
|HLT47715 Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting||$345.00||$690.00|
|HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance||$160.00||$320.00|
|CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work||$360.00||$900.00|
|CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support||$90.00||$180.00|
|CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability||$90.00||$180.00|
|CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Service||$450.00||$1,050.00|
|HLT40113 Certificate IV in A&TSI Primary Health Care||$315.00||$630.00|
|HLT47315 Certificate IV Health Administration||$280.00||$700.00|
|HLT50113 Diploma of A&TSI Primary Health Care||$300.00||$1,500.00|
|HLT50213 Diploma of A&TSI Primary Health Care Practice||$310.00||$1,550.00|
|CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health||$150.00||$825.00|
|CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services||$800.00||$1,600.00|
|HLT57715 Diploma of Practice Management||$1,500.00||$2,250.00|
Funding for South Australia
Health Industry Training is proud to be a preferred supplier for the South Australia government’s WorkReady initiative. You may be eligible for government subsidised training if you live or work in South Australia and you are:
- an Australian or New Zealand citizen
- a permanent Australian resident, or
- an eligible visa holder
and you are:
- 16 years or over and not enrolled at school, or
- 16 years or over, enrolled in school and undertaking training through the Training Guarantee for SACE Students (TGSS), or
- undertaking training through a training contract as an apprentice or trainee in an identified course
Courses available under the South Australia government’s WorkReady Initiative by Health Industry Training
|Qualification||South Australia Student Contribution Fee*|
|CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support||$ 300|
|CHC32015 Certificate III in Community Services||$ 300|
|HLT37315 Certificate III in Health Administration||$ 500|
|HLT33015 Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance||$ 500|
|HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance||$ 500|
|HLT30113 Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care||$ 500|
|HLT47115 Certificate IV in Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support||$ 500|
|CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support||$ 500|
|CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability||$ 500|
|HLT47315 Certificate IV in Health Administration||$ 500|
|HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance||$ 500|
|HLT40113 Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care||$ 500|
|CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work||$ 500|
|BSB42015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management||$ 800|
|BSB50215 Diploma of Business||$ 1,500|
|BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management||$ 1,500|
|BSB51415 Diploma of Project Management||$ 1,500|
|HLT57715 Diploma of Practice Management||$ 1,500|
|CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services||$ 500|
|CHC50413 Diploma of Youth Work||$ 500|
* The fees listed above are for non-concession students. Students with a concession card will be charged a lower fee for units of competency commenced before the expiry date of the concession card.
Maximum 24 months
Individual needs approach to learning
Mandatory block training
Senior Aboriginal health worker
Senior Torres Strait Islander health worker
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