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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Training Package: Clarification regarding the Proposed Diploma of Practice

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Industry Reference Committee (IRC) has responsibility for six qualifications packaged within 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.

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker IRC, is seeking feedback on the proposed Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice.

Background

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners are able to respond to local health needs and perform different tasks in different contexts, depending on the services needed by the communities they serve. This is reflected in the wide variety of skills that exists within Health Worker and Health Practitioner roles which can be generalist, specialist, or even location-specific.

The key driver for Training Package Product change is stakeholder concern that existing Units of Competency or qualifications no longer align well with current and emerging roles for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners. Additionally, their roles are continuing to expand in order to service emerging or persisting health and wellbeing issues. The following community needs and skills gaps have been identified:

  • Advocacy
  • Assistance with nutrition and other healthy lifestyle practices
  • Assistance to people affected by alcohol and other drugs, and by domestic violence
  • Sexual health
  • Mental health, particularly skills for trauma-informed care
  • Palliative care
  • Prevention, early detection and management of chronic disease, particularly diabetes
  • Rural and remote emergency services
  • Language, literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Based on the skills gaps that have been identified, SkillsIQ and the IRC have together redrafted the current Training Package Products to meet Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker and Health 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 – Clarification regarding the Proposed Diploma of Practice  

      SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has undertaken a project to update the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Training Package qualifications and Units of Competency, to align to the changing requirements of existing and future job roles for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers.

      Two national consultations on this Training Package have already taken place but there remains one further decision to be taken by the IRC with regard to the proposed Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice.

      In Draft 2, stakeholders were asked to comment on whether a new proposed Diploma-level qualification should supersede the existing Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice given that the Certificate IV’s existing content is considered to be equivalent to that of a Diploma-level qualification.

      A number of stakeholders, however, raised a variety of concerns around this proposal and the IRC has therefore requested a period of further industry consultation in order to resolve the issue.

      Please note that the purpose of this additional consultation period is restricted solely to gaining stakeholder feedback on whether the existing Certificate IV qualification should be elevated by one AQF level from 4 to 5 by granting it Diploma-level status.

      We ask that you review the information in the consultation document, which includes a copy of the draft Diploma qualification, and provide your feedback by 5.00pm AEST on Friday, 13 August 2021. Due to strict submission timeframes for this project, this deadline is unable to be extended.

      Feedback received during this third consultation period will be collated and provided to the IRC to inform the Final Draft of the Training Package Products to be submitted for endorsement by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) at its October 2021 meeting.

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

      Project Timings

      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.