Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health (Community Care)

This qualification covers workers who provide a range of primary health care services to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients, including specific health care programs.

These workers can be expected to flexibly assume a variety of job roles and undertake a broad range of tasks. This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

Occupational titles for these workers may include, for example:

Aboriginal health worker community health

Torres Strait Islander health worker community health

Senior Aboriginal health worker

Senior Torres Strait Islander health worker

Community health worker (Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health)

Stolen generations worker

Aboriginal hospital liaison officer

Aboriginal health education officer

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health work is an emerging area of work and occupational titles for those working in this area vary according to jurisdictional and workplace requirements.

Recognition

All workers are to be given the opportunity to have their competencies recognised prior to undertaking any training. Assessment should focus on demonstration of the critical aspects of evidence and underpinning knowledge and skills identified in the units of competency.


Subjects

PACKAGING RULES

14 units of competency are required for award of this qualification, including:

9 core units

5 elective units A wide range of elective units is available, including:

Group A electives which are recommended as a basis for proceeding to focus at diploma level on social and emotional well being, alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and/or mental health work

Other relevant electives listed below

Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Health and/or Community Services Training Packages

Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, up to 2 units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in other relevant Training Packages

Core unitsCertificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health (Community Care)

add topic BSBWOR204A Use business technology

add topic CHCAOD402B Work effectively in the alcohol and other drugs sector

add topic CHCCM402D Establish and monitor a case plan

add topic CHCCS400B Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework

add topic CHCMH301B Work effectively in mental health

or

add topic CHCMH411A Work with people with mental health issues

add topic HLTAHW303B Advocate for the rights and needs of community members

add topic HLTAHW402B Assess and support client's social and emotional well being

add topic HLTAHW408B Address social determinants of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health

add topic HLTAHW409B Deliver health promotion programs for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities

Relevant electives

The following units of competency may be relevant electives for both qualifications:

Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (Practice)

Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health (Community Care)

Additional electives may be selected in line with the packaging rules for each certificate.

Electives selected must:

not be core units of competency specified for this qualification

be different from units of competency that have contributed to a lower level qualification

build on pre-requisites where specified

Please note

Certain electives may be specified as mandatory for specific work

Employers may specify that they prefer (or require) staff to have certain elective units of competency for specific work roles

Group A electives - recommended basis for SEWB, AOD or mental health focus

The following group of units of competency is recommended as a basis for proceeding to focus at Diploma level on social and emotional well being, alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and/or mental health work

add topic CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationships

add topic CHCCS521A Assess and respond to individuals at risk of suicide

add topic CHCDFV301A Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence

add topic HLTAHW410B Work in AOD and mental health with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities

add topic HLTCSD306C Respond effectively to difficult or challenging behaviour

Other relevant electives

The sample electives below are grouped for ease of access. Electives may be selected from any group and employers may specify that their employees should be competent in particular groupings of electives.

Other social and emotional well being electives

add topic CHCTC403A Provide telephone counselling in crisis situations

add topic CHCTC404A Provide competent suicide intervention in a telephone counselling context

add topic CHCYTH301E Work effectively with young people

add topic CHCYTH402B Work effectively with young people in the youth work context

add topic CHCYTH403B Support young people to create opportunities in their lives

add topic CHCYTH404D Support young people in crisis

Mental health, alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and associated electives

add topic CHCAOD406D Work with clients who are intoxicated

add topic CHCAOD407D Provide needle and syringe services

add topic CHCAOD408A Assess needs of clients with alcohol and/or other drugs issues

add topic CHCAOD409D Provide alcohol and/or other drug withdrawal services

add topic CHCAOD510A Work effectively with clients with complex alcohol and/or other drugs issues

add topic CHCMH408B Provide interventions to meet the needs of consumers with mental health and AOD issues

add topic CHCMH504D Provide a range of services to people with mental health issues

add topic HLTAHW309B Assist with substance misuse care

add topic HLTAHW421B Provide information about mental health

add topic HLTCSD306C Respond effectively to difficult or challenging behaviour

add topic HLTPOP403C Provide information on smoking and smoking cessation

add topic HLTPOP404C Provide interventions to clients who are nicotine dependent

Family violence electives

add topic CHCCHILD401A Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

add topic CHCCHILD404A Support the rights and safety of children and young people

add topic CHCDFV403C Provide crisis intervention and support to those experiencing domestic and family violence

add topic CHCDFV404C Promote community awareness of domestic and family violence

add topic CHCDFV406C Provide domestic and family violence support in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

add topic CHCDFV408C Provide support to children affected by domestic and family violence

Service delivery and case management electives

add topic CHCCHILD401A Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

add topic CHCCHILD404A Support the rights and safety of children and young people

add topic CHCCM402D Establish and monitor a case plan

add topic CHCCS401B Facilitate responsible behaviour

add topic CHCCS403B Provide brief intervention

add topic CHCCS419B Provide support services to clients

add topic CHCCS422A Respond holistically to client issues and refer appropriately

add topic CHCCS503A Develop, implement and review services and programs to meet client needs

add topic CHCLLN403A Identify clients with language, literacy and numeracy needs and respond effectively

add topic HLTAHW427B Supervise individual workers

Health promotion electives

add topic CHCPROM401B Share health information

add topic CHCPROM502B Implement health promotion and community intervention

add topic HLTAHW411B Plan, develop and evaluate health promotion for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities

Specific content electives for education/promotion campaign delivery

add topic HLTAHW407B Provide nutrition guidance for specific health care

add topic HLTAHW412B Provide information and strategies to promote nutrition for good health

add topic HLTAHW413B Provide information and strategies in sexual health for men

add topic HLTAHW414B Provide information and strategies in sexual health for women

add topic HLTAHW415B Provide information and strategies in chronic disease care

add topic HLTAHW416B Provide information and strategies in maternal and child health

add topic HLTAHW417B Provide information and strategies in eye health

add topic HLTAHW418B Provide information and strategies in hearing and ear health

add topic HLTAHW419B Provide information and strategies in preventing communicable disease

add topic HLTAHW420B Provide information and strategies in substance misuse

add topic HLTAHW421B Provide information about mental health

add topic HLTAHW422B Provide information and strategies to strengthen families

add topic HLTAHW423B Provide information and strategies in oral health

add topic HLTAHW424B Provide information and strategies in palliative care

add topic HLTAHW425B Provide information and strategies in disability care

add topic HLTAHW429B Provide healthy lifestyle programs and advice

Advocacy/liaison/community support/development electives

add topic CHCCD412B Work within a community development framework

add topic CHCCD413D Work within specific communities

add topic CHCCD514A Implement community development strategies

add topic CHCCD618B Facilitate the development of community capacity to manage place

add topic CHCPOL301B Participate in policy development

add topic CHCPOL402B Contribute to policy development

add topic HLTAHW310B Respond to emergencies

add topic HLTAHW408B Address social determinants of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health

add topic HLTAHW501B Facilitate access to tertiary health services

add topic HLTPOP307C Provide information and support on environmental health issues

add topic HLTPOP322C Implement a disaster plan

'Practice' electives

add topic HLTAHW401B Assess client's physical well being

add topic HLTAHW403B Plan and implement health care in a primary health care context

add topic HLTAHW406B Work with medicines

add topic HLTFA402C Apply advanced first aid (Note pre-requ: add topic HLTFA301C )

add topic HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures

add topic HLTOHC408A Apply fluoride varnish (Note pre-requ: add topic HLTIN301C )

add topic HLTOHS401A Maintain workplace OHS processes

add topic HLTPAT306C Perform blood collection

add topic HLTPAT308C Identify and respond to clinical risks associated with pathology specimen collection

add topic SIRPDIS003A Assist in dispensary operations

Specific electives for research

add topic CHCPOL403B Undertake research activities

add topic HLTAHW307B Identify community health issues, needs and strategies

add topic HLTAHW428B Maintain community health profile

Specific electives for nutrition

add topic HLTAHW407B Provide nutrition guidance for specific health care

add topic HLTAHW411B Plan, develop and evaluate health promotion for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities

add topic HLTAHW412B Provide information and strategies to promote nutrition for good health

add topic HLTAHW416B Provide information and strategies in maternal and child health

add topic HLTAHW429B Provide healthy lifestyle programs and advice

add topic TAEDEL401A Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning

Education/training electives

add topic CHCCS427A Facilitate adult learning and development

add topic TAEASS301A Contribute to assessment

add topic TAEASS401A Plan assessment activities and processes

add topic TAEASS402A Assess competence

add topic TAEDEL301A Provide work skill instruction

add topic TAEDEL401A Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning

add topic TAEDEL402A Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace

Other oral health electives

add topic CHCOHC303A Use basic oral health screening tools

add topic CHCOHC401A Inform and encourage clients and groups to understand and achieve good oral health

add topic CHCOHC402A Support clients and groups to learn practical aspects of oral health care

add topic CHCOHC404A Recognise and respond to signs and symptoms that may indicate oral health issues

add topic CHCOHC406A Provide or assist with oral hygiene (Note pre-requ: add topic HLTIN301C or add topic CHCOHS312B )

add topic CHCOHC407A Apply and manage use of basic oral health products


Pathways...

    Not Applicable


Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

This qualification is proposed for workers with some breadth and depth of skills and knowledge in assessment and treatment of a wide range of presenting health problems for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and communities.

Workers seeking enrolment in or credit for this qualification must be able to demonstrate competence in the following units of competency from HLT33207 Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care:

HLTAHW301B Work in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health care context

HLTAHW302B Facilitate communication between clients and service providers

HLTAHW304B Undertake basic health assessments

HLTAHW305B Plan and implement basic health care

HLTAHW306B Provide information about social and emotional support

HLTFA301C Apply first aid

HLTOHS300B Contribute to OHS processes

Work application

Certificate IV may be regarded by jurisdictions as the level at which an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health worker may function independently.

To be assessed as competent in this qualification, individual workers are required to undertake supervised work placements in a primary health care setting, supplemented where required by simulated practical application of skills and knowledge. Individuals must demonstrate consistency of performance over time to achieve competency outcomes.

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice

All workers undertaking work in health need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Health Training Package.


Licensing Information

Not Applicable


Employability Skills

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries