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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Training Package: Draft 2 Validation

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

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker IRC, is seeking feedback on Draft 2 of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Training Package Products. This is to ensure the Products are fit for purpose and meet current and future industry needs.


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. This is reflected in the wide variation that exists in 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 and Qualifications do not 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
  • Assisting 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 redrafted the current 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 – Draft 2 Validation 

      Consultation on Draft 2 commenced on Monday, 19 April 2021 and closed at 5.00pm on Friday, 07 May 2021.

      The diagram below shows the stages of Training Package Product development. The boxes highlighted in green indicate where there is scope for consultation and input from industry stakeholders. Changes to the process for the updating of Training Package Products now permit Cases for Change to be made within the scope of each sector’s annual Industry Skills Forecast.

      Consultation Activities

      A series of webinars were scheduled to provide an overview of the key changes to the Qualifications and Units of Competency, together with instructions on how to provide your feedback.  

      Draft 1 Webinars:
                          Date                                       Time

      Webinar 1: Tuesday, 27 April 2021       2.00pm – 3.00pm AEST - closed
      Webinar 2: Friday, 30 April 2021           3.00pm – 4.00pm AEST - closed
      Webinar 3: Wednesday, 05 May 2021  2.00pm – 3.00pm AEST - closed

      Please click here to view the Draft 2 webinar slides.

      Feedback received during the consultation period will be collated and provided to the IRC to inform the project’s next steps.

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

      Project Timings

      Please click here to access Draft 2 documents, including a Validation Guide.

      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.