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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Training Package: Draft 1 Consultation Open

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 and meet current and future industry needs.

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker IRC, is undertaking a project to update the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Training Package Products.

Background

The Training Package Products allocated to this IRC were last endorsed on 01 July 2013. The IRC identified the need to review the Qualifications packaged in the HLT Health Training Package that cater to this sector and submitted a Case for Change to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to update the 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.
  • An engagement paper was circulated during November and December 2017, requesting feedback to the IRC on issues within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker sector.

    The IRC initially identified that the Qualifications had several skills gaps in several areas that needed to be addressed when updating the Training Package. These included gaps in the areas of the general health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; working with alcohol and other drugs; mental health; Telehealth and e-health; family and domestic violence; mandatory reporting for health workers; and targeted skills and knowledge around prevention, early detection and early intervention, as well as the restoration and maintenance of family members, including health coaching; health education and promotion; case management and advocacy; and additional 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 response 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, the IRC has met throughout 2020 to redraft the current Training Package Products 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 Consultation Open

    Consultation for Draft 1 commenced on Wednesday, 04 November 2020 and close at 5.00pm on Thursday, 24 December 2020.

    Draft 1 of the Training Package Products is available for comment on the SkillsIQ Online Feedback Forum. A Consultation Guide summarising the proposed changes is included and can be downloaded at the bottom of the page. To access 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 student, we want to hear your views on proposed changes to the Training Package that provide the skills and knowledge relating to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker sector.

    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.

    Consultation Activities

    SkillsIQ is also 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 the SkillsIQ Online Feedback Forum. To register for a webinar, please click on your preferred date below.

                         Date                                                    Time
    Webinar 1: Tuesday, 10 November 2020          2.00pm – 4.00pm AEDT - closed
    Webinar 2: Wednesday, 11 November 2020    11.00am – 1.00pm AEDT - closed
    Webinar 3: Tuesday, 01 December 2020           2.00pm – 4.00pm AEDT
    Webinar 4: Wednesday, 02 December 2020     11.00am – 1.00pm AEDT
    Webinar 5: Monday, 14 December 2020           2.00pm – 4.00pm AEDT

    Project Timings

    Following the close of the feedback period, feedback received will be collated and provided to the IRC to inform the development of Draft 2, which will be made publicly available for validation prior to submission for endorsement.

    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.