Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Practice - Draft 1

Project Summary

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 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.

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Consultation Activities: Draft 1

The Draft 1 consultation process will seek feedback on the two proposed Practice qualifications. Further details in relation to proposed changes and key issues for consideration at the Draft 1 consultation stage of this project are set out in the Consultation Guide, which should be read in conjunction with the Draft 1 Training Package Products. This Guide is available for download at the bottom of this page.

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 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.

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) - closed
Webinar 3: Wednesday, 1st June 2022  1:00pm – 2:00pm (AEST) - closed
Webinar 4: Tuesday, 7th June 2022        11:00am – 12:00pm (AEST) - closed

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).

Further Information

Please refer enquiries regarding this project to:
Melinda Brown
E melinda.brown@skillsiq.com.au
P 02 9392 8100

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Attachments

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Training Products - Draft 1 Consultation Guide
Draft 1 Webinar Slides

Recent Comments

Wendy Bryan-Clothier 10.06.2022

"The ability to transition / leverage qualifications & skills as part of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) has been a gap for AHWs AHPs for some time. Being able to build this concept into a future-proofed training program would be a real win for the workforce broadly. This review is an ideal opportunity to suggest changes to the Training Pathway for both Cert IV - Practice and Diploma - Practice that will result in wider recognition of the qualifications leading to credit units for clinical higher degree qualifications. The ideal state would be if the Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice is able to achieve equal credit units that an Enrolled Nurse (Diploma of Nursing) achieves when they make a credit application for a Bachelor of Nursing which is up to 9 units of credit or a 24 (37% of the course) in some universities. NSW Health's representative held a discussion with UNE head of nursing school last year (yet to speak with WSU and CSU nursing schools) and identified the main weakness in the units studied in the Certificate IV - Practice and Diploma - Practice was that there was not a significant amount of Anatomy and Physiology included to give credit for the clinical degree (nursing). We submit that the revision of the qualification pathway considers the comparison of the two diplomas (Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice and Nursing) units of competency in anatomy and physiology and/or other clinical units of competency that will both: 1. directly contribute to the effectiveness in of the Diploma qualified AHP in the primary care environment, and 2. will place them in a position of being able to achieve equal credit for a bachelors degree in nursing (or other clinical degrees) Additional comparative moments in the qualification pipeline can be considered in view of the VET Allied Health Assistant qualification pathway and university-level Allied Health Degree pathway, which if mapped correctly would greatly assist Aboriginal people that attain the Certificate IV - Practice and Diploma - Practice to transition to other qualification pathways in the clinical environment without loss of traction and maximising the opportunity to RPL their qualifications elements and transition to other clinical registered professions without restarting the learning journey because of an appropriately mapped and supported learning program."

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Practice - Draft 1

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Wendy Bryan-Clothier 10.06.2022

"The concept for retaining the Cert IV - Practice, then adding the Diploma - Practice as a specialisation pathway - We like this concept as it will build clinical specialisation capabilities. Should the pathway be endorsed, NSW Health will need to work to address the industrial elements that enable appropriate remuneration and grading to senior roles. There is the prospect of both qualifications being endorsed with this outcome • Cert IV holding the requirements for registration by the board and • Diploma recognising the higher level skills of an advanced practitioner But we ask for an extended implementation period/ teach out time of the existing Cert IV (which recognises the registration for practitioners) allowing state industrial awards to be reviewed and updated to reflect the recognition of these higher practitioner skills. The nominated timeframe which would be suitable for NSW to undertake this work requires discussion, during this current review process, to be agreed upon before final endorsement and so will need timely focus and attention. Concerns have been raised: The other longer term work will be to interrogate the units to see that the advanced practitioner skills that are relevant and needed in community are actually contained in the qualification and units as presented…… There is some feedback to say the Diploma does not adequately address these roles and skills but this review does not allow this feedback –as the consultation process appears to simply be to endorse the levels of the Cert IV - Practice and Diploma - Practice."

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Practice - Draft 1

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Naomi Zaro 09.06.2022

"1. I agree the highlighted team leadership units should be included as core units. 2. HLTAHCS016 should also be a core unit. 3. The HLTA units seem relevant to a Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner role. 4. The packaging rules seem confusing. I can either complete specialised units or partially complete specialised units, or I can remain a Generalist Health Practitioner and do skillsets that would enable me to still specialise and continue with professional development. 5. Just like the Cert IV practice qualification the Diploma seems like a 'dumping ground' for units as there are 69 units to select 10 electives from..... 6. There needs to be entry requirements for the Diploma as there is a LOT of underpinning knowledge gained in the Cert IV Practice qualification. 7. I believe the Diploma entry requirements should be restricted to only those that hold AHPRA registration and/or also have more than a minimum of 3-5 years clinical experience for the same reason as mentioned in point 6. By then Practitioners will have a grasp on the role. "

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Practice - Draft 1

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Naomi Zaro 09.06.2022

"1. The core units for the Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (Practice) seem appropriate to reflect current roles required for ENTRY LEVEL Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners although, IF faced with an EMERGENCY situation ENTRY LEVEL Practitioners will NOT have the FIRST AID skills to be able to assist and any assistance they could offer, even just taking notes for QUALIFIED clinicians (I use this term inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners, Enrolled or Registered Nurses and Allied Health professionals), would be out of their scope of practice. I believe HLTAID011 should be added to the core units. The logic provided on the power point does not change my opinion. RTO's are responsible to stay current with changes to the training package and units of competency, not have paternalism from IRC or AISC. Maybe HLTAID001 can replace HLTAWOR003 as a core unit because reflective practice and be aligned with element 4 in HLTWHS001 "reflect on own safe work practices" 2. HLTAHPR007 should stay as a core unit as not all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners doing these qualifications are utilised the same across Australia and promoting healthy lifestyles is often all clinically trained Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners are employed to do, as the role of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Health Worker or Practitioner is considered an ENTRY LEVEL position within Models of Care. 3. The packaging rules have 36 units in Groups A and B to choose from and then Group C has 21. That makes a total of 57 elective units to meet industry/community/stakeholder needs and only 5 units are selected from that..... I have heard the Cert IV be referred to as a "dumping ground for units" from "industry experts" but that is a bit over the top. Instead of 5 units, what about 5 skillsets made up of 3 units that can be delivered as a cluster? This would ensure community/industry stakeholders are getting quality trained and clinically relevant (to their jurisdications) ENTRY LEVEL Practitioners. What is it that services are requiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners to do as part of their job descriptions and how can RTO's ensure the qualifications meet those needs? 4. HLTAHCS003 looks as though it would have some underpinning knowledge relevant for HLTAHCS004 but I don't think it's necessary to include in Cert IV. I think HLTAHCS003 is better suited at a Cert III level. 5. The proposed Cert IV has 19 units, so it would seem only 2 have been removed from the 'current' Cert IV structure. The number of elective units removed or added seems irrelevant as there are still 57 units for RTOs and industry stakeholders to choose from."

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Practice - Draft 1

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Kylie Ash 08.06.2022

"Given the need to develop the health workforce to provide culturally-responsive care for older people we would recommend adding the UoCs Providing care to older clients (HLTAHCS012) and Providing care to people with dementia (CHCAGE005) as electives either within the Chronic conditions specialisation or as another specialisation option (eg, Elder care). This was a specific focus that arose from the Aged Care Royal Commission - see draft report https://agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au/system/files/2020-06/MAM.0001.0001.0160.pdf "

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Practice - Draft 1

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