Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker - Draft 1

Project Summary

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 duties of existing and future job roles for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers.
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Qualifications within this Training Package include those which provide skills for people working in the general health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as for those who work in the areas of alcohol and other drugs; mental health, health education and promotion; and advocacy, particularly in rural and remote communities.

The Qualifications allocated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners range from a Certificate II through to Advanced Diploma.

Draft 1 consultation is now open for the following updated qualifications:

  • Certificate II in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care
  • Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care
  • Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care
  • Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice
  • Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Management
  • Advanced Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Management.
  • For more information and background on this project, please visit the project page on this website or download the Consultation Guide at the bottom of this page.

    Consultation Activities and Timelines

    National consultation on Draft 1 will take place from Wednesday, 04 November 2020 and will close at 5.00pm on Thursday, 24 December 2020. A Consultation Guide, which should be read in conjunction with the Draft 1 Training Package Products, is available for download at the bottom of this page.

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

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    Consultation Activities: Draft 1

    A series of webinars will be held along with access to SkillsIQ’s Online Feedback Forum page. Please click on the links below to register for a webinar.

                         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

    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.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker - Draft 1 Consultation Guide

Recent Comments

Naomi Zaro 16.11.2020

"I agree with John about CHCLEG001. It is an important component of what we do and should be a core unit, especially in the Cert II qualification, as people need to be made aware of their legal and ethical responsibilities right from the start of their training..... an off-hand comment can be seen as a breach of confidentiality..... just saying..... Also, the elective units SIRCDIS001 and 002 are based on the roles of Pharmacy assistants. The 'requirement' for these units states; This unit incorporates the requirement for pharmacy assistants to comply with federal, state and territory law and Pharmacy Board of Australia Guidelines for supplying scheduled Pharmacy Medicines (S2) and Pharmacist Only Medicines (S3). At the time of publication, they are not, however, required to hold an occupational licence or to be certified as competent in this unit to supply scheduled medicines. How does this qualification support the legal requirements in each states and territory? Both units also refer to 'transaction and payment'. How does that get assessed when the nearest Pharmacy is a few hours away or when its an S100 Pharmacy/Dispensary and the medications are provided under the PBS?"

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker - Draft 1

HLT2XX21 Certificate II in Primary Health Care _Draft 1

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Naomi Zaro 16.11.2020

"This unit name is misleading. In a clinical sense the title of this unit breaches confidentiality, maybe something like 'Provide basic health service information to clients' as that seems more applicable to the requirements of the unit."

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HLTAHCS001 Provide basic health information to clients_Draft 1

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James Harris 12.11.2020

"This unit appears to be an amalgamation of the old pathology electives (HLTPAT001, 002 and 004) combined with the previous HLTAHW016 unit of competency. There needs to be mandatory work placement hours associated with this unit as previously the Pathology electives required a significant number of tests to be collected. Assessment conditions also indicate that evidence of performance must be gathered during on the job assessments under live conditions yet there is nothing in the document to specify an amount. References could be made to units such as CHCCCS023 where under the performance evidence it states “performed the activities outlined in the performance criteria of this unit during a period of at least 120 hours of direct support work in at least one aged care, home and community, disability or community service organisation.” There is also significant duplication between this unit and the previous unit HLTAHCS003 which covers the same physical examination tests. Duplication of the tests should be removed between the two units to prevent confusion and double up of the same content. This unit should be building on the previous unit where more advanced skills are taught such as spirometry (Building on from peak flow), Neurovascular observations, Breath sounds, ECGs, Otoscopy and other ear tests such as audiometry, tympanometry (previous unit should just focus on visual assessment of the ears and theory), pathology skills etc. By having more advanced skills you are allowing the students to learn more of the theory and more basic assessment procedures at the Certificate IV level with the HLTAHCS003 (Temp, Pulse, Resp, BP, Glucose) and then scaffolding that into more advanced skills and advanced theory. ECG’s, HbA1c tests, Point of care tests, etc. "

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HLTAHCS004 Complete comprehensive physical health assessments_Draft 1

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John Jessop 12.11.2020

"There is more information in the Guide about the Cert IV electives. I am assuming you are going to group these electives into at least 2 groups and insist people do so many from Group A etc. I would be happy with this. The other way is to have more core units. From an RTO’s point of view the more units the worse it is – as you have to be able to deliver all the possible units – so up goes your costs. There may need to be more delineation between some units. So for example: • HLTAHCS003 – how is this different to HLTAMAT004 – are not children covered in 003. Why is the 003 a core at Cert IV but 004 is not even an elective. If 004 is specialised then we need some way to know this • HLTASEW001 – 003 – these units amuse to some extent. How can you do 003 if you are not also doing the work described in 002 (assessing need) and are you not doing the work of 001 when you are doing 003. So in the scheme of things would not 002 – assessing – need to also be a core rather than an elective – if you cannot assess how can you work. I would also like to see these three units become one unit. Similar older units had the same issue – dragging out the tasks to make it two units – these three could easily be compacted. • Similarly HLTAHPR005 – would this not cover 004 – in fact it will have to. Whilst diabetes is important it is not that important in Tassie – with heart disease maybe more prevalent. At the end of the day the unit is about promotion – so I am not sure how different is the promotion of each specific chronic disease that it needs 2 units. I would have thought at least one unit in each key area (so I am calling promotion a key area) should be a core unit and that 005 would be it. Until more detailed mapping and the provision of the elective unit clusters for the cert IV then it is difficult to say much more. We need to see more developed qualification structures. "

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HLT4XX21 Certificate IV in Primary Health Care_Draft 1

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John Jessop 12.11.2020

"Cert III Based on your mapping table – which appears incomplete – there is bugger all role difference between the cert III and IV. My advice is the cert III needs to produce different outcomes to the cert IV – rather than the same outcomes but at a lower level – e.g. the choices offered for health assessing, medications, etc. By having similar units the person is almost having to do the same stuff twice if they do a Cert III and then a Cert IV – but with little to no RPL as they are different units. Worse (from an RTO perspective) is when too many units are the same from II to IV (as in nested qualifications) and the RTO User Choice fees are eroded due to Credit Transfer. More research is needed to determine the real place of the Cert III. How is it being used and are the people employed with it of much use as AHWs or are they being used in other ancillary fields like aged care or youth work? So maybe the cert III should lead to a skilled worker outcome that produces a more diverse workforce. An AHW with an aged care capacity is likely to be more useful to an Aboriginal Community than a traditionally trained CHC Aged Care worker. So the ancillary areas might include: • Aged care workers • Disability Support Workers • Youth workers • Child support workers • Mentors • Child care workers All our aged care workers are cert III but not AHW. We would prefer them doing a Cert III AHW – Aged Care Worker qual that the CHC equivalent. So the cert III might end up with a core of AHW units and a wide range of elective pathways covering these ancillary roles to allow specialisation and diversity of outcomes. This makes a lot more sense. It also opens up employment possibilities for AHW who complete a cert III and the chance to deliver the cert III as a pre-employment program. HLTAMED001 could be an elective in the Cert II but HLTAMED002 should be in the cert III as a core. It is a core in Cert III Interpersonal Care and in our State any Cert III and above worker in a disability job must have this unit. "

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HLT3XX21 Certificate III in Primary Health Care_Draft 1

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