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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Training Package Development

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Industry Reference Committee (IRC) has responsibility for seven qualifications, packaged in the HLT Health Training Package. The IRC has identified the need to review the qualifications that cater to this sector to ensure they continue to be fit for purpose within the sector.

The training package products allocated to this IRC were last endorsed on 1 July 2013. The IRC identified the need to review the qualifications that cater to this sector and submitted a Case for Change to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to update the training package products to meet current and future industry needs.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Industry Reference Committee (IRC) has responsibility for 7 qualifications packaged in the HLT Health Training Package. These 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 Health
  • HLT50213 Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice
  • HLT60113 Advanced Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health.

  • Case for Change

    SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker IRC, submitted a Case for Change detailing changes required to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker training package products, to ensure they are reflective of contemporary industry skills needs.

    An engagement paper was circulated during November and December 2017 that asked for feedback on issues within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker sector. The findings of the project’s research and consultation have informed the development of a Draft Case for Change.

    The IRC initially identified that the current qualifications have skills gaps in the following areas that need to be addressed when updating the training package products: the general health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; working with alcohol and other drugs; mental health; tele-health and e-health; family and domestic violence; mandatory reporting for health workers; targeted skills and knowledge around prevention, early detection and early intervention as well as restoration and maintenance of family members including health coaching, health education and promotion, case management and advocacy, and extra clinical skills and knowledge to deal with a lack of resources in isolated communities in rural and remote areas.

    Further skills gaps that were identified in responses to the Engagement Paper included: complex health care; sexual health; child, maternal, youth, and family health; oral health; rural and remote emergency services; chronic disease management, and nutrition.

    Based on this consultation, there were a number of gaps identified in the Case for Change and in some areas new Units of Competency will be recommended to address these gaps. SkillsIQ and the IRC are currently using the information from the Case for Change to redraft the current training package to meet Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker and Practitioner needs.

    Project Governance

    The project is being directed by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker IRC. The membership of this IRC is as follows:

    Project Status –Draft 1

    The following diagram shows the stages of Training Package Product development. The boxes highlighted in green are where there is scope for consultation and input from industry stakeholders. It is noted that since the Case for Change for this project was submitted, the Industry Skills Forecast has replaced the Case for Change.

    Consultation Activities

    National consultation for Draft 1 is currently scheduled for October 2020. Draft 1 Training Package Products (qualifications, units of competency and skill sets) will be available for comment on the SkillsIQ’s Feedback Forum. To visit the feedback forum, please click here.

    The SkillsIQ Feedback Forum provides all stakeholders with the opportunity to provide detailed input on any aspect of proposed training package components (qualifications, units of competency and skill sets) during designated consultation periods. Whether you are an employer, peak body or industry association, government body or regulator, employee association, training provider, or a student, we want to hear your views on proposed changes to the training packages that provide the skills and knowledge relating to your industry.

    You will be able to view the comments that other stakeholders have left and in turn post your own comment or reply to another comment already posted.

    SkillsIQ will also be undertaking several activities to engage industry stakeholders and VET professionals to provide feedback. Due to COVID-19 restrictions public consultation for Draft 1 will take place via webinars, emails and using the Online Feedback Forum.

    Feedback received during the consultation period will be collated and provided to the IRC to consider for the next steps of this project.

    Please refer to this page, which will be updated as the project progresses, for more information on each stage of the project.

    Further information

    For more information or to discuss, please contact Emma Gleeson at emma.gleeson@skillsiq.com.au or by telephone at 0419 000 867.