Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice - Draft 2

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, are consulting on an update of two 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.

    Please note that the purpose of this validation period is restricted solely to gaining stakeholder feedback on 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.

    Draft 1 consultation was conducted from the 16th of May to the 10th of June. Draft 2 validation of the Units of Competency and associated Assessment Requirements is open for public validation on the SkillsIQ Feedback Forum from Monday, 04 July 2022 to Friday, 15 July 2022. Due to strict submission timeframes for this project, this deadline is unable to be extended.

    Throughout the validation period SkillsIQ will also be undertaking a number of activities to engage industry stakeholders and VET professionals in order to gather feedback. These will include a series of national information webinars. To attend a webinar, please select the most convenient time and date and register your details by clicking on the link below. Please register each attendee separately.

    Each information session will provide the same presentation, we have just scheduled them at different times to allow you to choose the one that is convenient for you.

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The Draft 2 validation 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 2 validation stage of this project are set out in the Validation Guide, which should be read in conjunction with the Draft 2 Training Package Products. This Guide is available for download at the bottom of this page.

Draft 2 of the two qualifications will be open for public validation from Monday, 04 July 2022 and will close at 5.00pm AEST on Friday, 15 July 2022. Due to strict submission timeframes for this project, this deadline is unable to be extended.

Validation Activities: Draft 2

Throughout the Draft 2 validation period, SkillsIQ will be undertaking a number of activities to engage with stakeholders in order to gather feedback. These will include a series of national validation webinars. To attend a webinar, each of which will contain the same presentation material, please select your preferred time and date and register your details by clicking on any of the links below. Please register each attendee separately.

Webinars:
                    Date                                         Time

Webinar 1: Wednesday, 06 July 2022   10:30am -11:30am (AEST) - closed
Webinar 2: Thursday, 07 July 2022       4:00pm - 5:00pm (AEST) - closed

Following the close of the validation 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 final submission to the Australian Industry & Skills Committee (AISC).

Further Information

Please refer enquiries regarding this project to:

Melinda Brown
E enquiries@skillsiq.com.au
P 02 9392 8100

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Attachments

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Training Products - Draft 2 Validation Guide
Draft 2 Webinar Slides

Recent Comments

Ashleigh Pawsey 15.07.2022

"The QNMU would like to thank SkillsIQ for the incorporation of previously provided feedback and will submit a general comment regarding the provided second drafts of the curriculum. Whilst some units incorporate first aid, as well as managing emergency and crisis situations into the curriculum; it is important to note that there does not appear to be much content geared towards working in the acute sector. This aligns with the traditional history of these positions being used primarily to support delivery of primary health care in communities. This is obviously reflected in the title of the course. Given that the Queensland Government has announced its intention to expand the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker workforce and increase their presence and responsibilities within the tertiary and acute sector; the QNMU believes that the curriculum should incorporate more acute and tertiary healthcare perspectives to meet this planned expansion. There does need to be more content focused on working within the multidisciplinary team in a tertiary health environment, escalation of healthcare concerns in an acute environment and recognising and managing a deteriorating patient. Understanding the regulatory and professional requirements of other health practitioners such as supervision, delegation and scope of practice would be useful. Considering that the Queensland Government is proposing that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers provide education regarding vaccines, immunology, and pandemic virology, the QNMU believes there needs to be modules which address these issues. Given the recent history of proliferation of medical misinformation, in relation to the COVID pandemic as one example, particularly within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, this should also be in addition to a module relating to health research, education and advice and should embed critical thinking regarding medical information deeply within all aspects of the course. As always, the QNMU recommends that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker qualifications be modified, wherever possible, to align with the Diploma of Nursing and Advanced Diploma of Nursing qualifications (HLT54121 and HLT64121) to facilitate recognition of prior learning for health workers. The QNMU encourages this alignment to improve access to career progression pathways into nursing for example."

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice - Draft 2

Certificate IV in Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice_Draft 2

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Sarah Clifton 11.07.2022

"It is excellent to see that CHCPAL002 Plan for and provide care services using a palliative approach has been included as an elective. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are currently underserved when it comes to palliative care services.  Palliative care must be culturally safe, appropriate and responsive, incorporating the social, emotional, and cultural well-being of the person, as well as their family and the community. This elective is vitally important as an option in this diploma. "

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice - Draft 2

Diploma of Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice_Draft 2

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Kim Moffitt 08.07.2022

"Hi there John, My name is Kim Moffitt and i have been in health for 30yrs, I am fully qualified to give imms with out a doctors order, My Imms training was with ACN, which was a very hard course to do, some of my colleagues who are RN's did not pass this course. The Imms course is a very good one and important one if the AHW is wanting to practice in clinic. "

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice - Draft 2

Certificate IV in Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice_Draft 2

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John Jessop 05.07.2022

"The packing rules are confusing. The bold statement about "not mandatory" is not necessary. Having specialisations that lead to a specialised Dip seem totally unnecessary and is ridiculously hard to maintain. Any other Training Package that has tried this has reverted back to one call per level. It also falsely implies that you a are an expert in this specialisation after in some cases just a few units - is this desirable. A EN or RN qual does not do this why are we. If anything we need AHW who are generalists."

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice - Draft 2

Diploma of Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice_Draft 2

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John Jessop 05.07.2022

"I think you are being far to restrictive. If you can enroll in a Dip of Nursing with no pre-requisites then why do you need them here. It smell of protectionism and a closed shop attitude we got ride of in the 80's. If you insist on pre-reqs then broaden them to include Cert IV AHW care - as many similar units are covered and if a person has this they will easily get the Dip. They can hold a cert IV AHW practice without being registered as a practitioner and I think all reference to registration should be removed. It has nothing to do with holding a relevant qual. You should also allow in people who have completed part of a medical tertiary qual and can prove basic proficiency and the capacity to gain the Dip. What is proposed is not right."

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice - Draft 2

Diploma of Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice_Draft 2

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