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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 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 Certificate IV of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice and the proposed Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice.

Background

On 12 November 2021, the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) approved the following qualifications along with 55 Units of Competency:

  • HLT20121Certificate II in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care
  • HLT30121 Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care
  • HLT40121 Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care
  • HLT50221 Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Management
  • HLT60121 Advanced Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Management.
  • The above qualifications and units of competency have been approved by the AISC and endorsed by the State and Territory Skills Ministers. However, they are not yet able to be published on training.gov.au, until such time that the Individual Support Training Package Products have been endorsed and are published. For more information on this issue please click here.

    The AISC has asked the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Industry Reference Committee (IRC) to reconsider the Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice using the updated and approved Units of Competency. Therefore, SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker IRC, is consulting on two proposed Practice qualifications: the Certificate IV of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice and the Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice.

        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 Open for Consultation  

        Please note that this consultation is limited to stakeholder feedback only on the proposed Certificate IV of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice and Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice.

        Draft 1 of the two qualifications is open for public consultation on the SkillsIQ Feedback Forum here from Monday, 16 May 2022 to Friday 10 June 2022. Due to strict submission timeframes for this project, this deadline cannot be extended.

        Throughout the consultation period SkillsIQ will be undertaking a series of national webinars which will provide an overview of the proposed qualifications and provide details of how and where you can give feedback during the consultation period. To attend a webinar, please select the most convenient time and date and register your details by clicking on the link below. Each webinar will involve the same presentation, they are simply held at different times to allow people a choice of date and time. Please register each attendee separately.

        Webinars:
                            Date                                          Time
        Webinar 1: Thursday, 19th May 2022   10:30am -11:30am (AEST) - closed
        Webinar 2: Tuesday, 24th May 2022     2:00pm – 3:00pm (AEST)
        Webinar 3: Wednesday, 1st June 2022  1:00pm – 2:00pm (AEST)
        Webinar 4: Tuesday, 7th June 2022       11:00am – 12:00pm (AEST).

        Some individual IRC member organisations will be conducting consultation sessions during the consultation period. For details of these, please enquire with the organisation directly.

        Following the close of the consultation period, feedback received will be collated and provided to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker IRC. The IRC will review and confirm the changes required for the development of Draft 2, based on stakeholder feedback received during the first round of consultation. Draft 2 will be made publicly available for validation prior to the submission for endorsement to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC).

        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 Melinda Brown at melinda.brown@skillsiq.com.au or by telephone at (02) 9392 8100.