Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health (Community Care)

The Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health (Community Care) defines the knowledge and skills for workers involved in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care and who work autonomously under the broad guidance of others.

The Diploma qualification covers workers who have a basis of skills and knowledge in primary health care practice, which they may apply in program delivery, management, policy or education functions.

Occupational titles for these workers may include, for example:

Senior Aboriginal health worker

Senior Torres Strait Islander health worker

Primary health care worker (Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health)

Stolen generations worker

Coordinator (Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health)

Program manager (Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health)

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

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

7 core units

8 elective units A wide range of elective units of competency is available, including:

Group A electives which are recommended for work with a focus on social and emotional well being

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 3 units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in other relevant Training Packages

Core unitsDiploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (Community Care)

add topic BSBWOR401A Establish effective workplace relationships

add topic BSBWOR502B Ensure team effectiveness

add topic CHCCOM504A Develop, implement and promote effective workplace communication

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

add topic HLTAHW502B Advocate on behalf of the community

add topic HLTAHW505B Support and promote social and emotional well being of staff and clients

add topic HLTAHW506B Apply a strategic approach to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health

Relevant electives

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

Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (Practice)

Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health (Community Care)

Additional electives may be selected in line with the Packaging Rules for each qualification. 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 elective units of competency 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 for social and emotional well being (SEWB) work

The following units are recommended for work in social and emotional well being. Employers may specify these electives as required for work at the Diploma level with a focus on social and emotional well being.

add topic CHCCSL501A Work within a structured counselling framework

add topic CHCCSL503A Facilitate the counselling relationship

add topic CHCCSL507A Support clients in decision-making processes

add topic CHCCSL509A Reflect and improve upon counselling skills

add topic HLTAHW507B Work effectively in social and emotional well being

add topic HLTAHW509B Respond to loss, grief and trauma (Note pre-requ: add topic HLTAHW507B )

Please note These units of competency build on electives identified at Certificate IV level to proceed with a focus on social and emotional well being.

Other relevant electives

Sample electives are listed below and 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 CHCCS521A Assess and respond to individuals at risk of suicide

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

add topic CHCYTH407D Respond to critical situations

add topic CHCYTH501A Develop and implement procedures to enable young people to address their needs

add topic CHCYTH505D Support youth programs

add topic CHCYTH506A Provide services for young people appropriate to their needs and circumstances

add topic CHCYTH511B Work effectively with young people and their families

add topic CHCYTH608C Manage service response to young people in crisis

add topic HLTAHW508B Develop a healing framework for social and emotional well being work

add topic HLTCSD306D Respond effectively to behaviours of concern

Mental health, AOD and associated electives

add topic CHCAOD406D Work with clients who are intoxicated

add topic CHCAOD407D Provide needle and syringe services

add topic CHCAOD408B 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 CHCAOD511B Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and/or other drug 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 HLTAHW421B Provide information about mental health

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 CHCDFV402C Manage own professional development in responding to domestic and family violence

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

add topic CHCDFV505C Counsel clients affected by domestic and family violence

add topic CHCDFV510C Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes

Service delivery and case management electives

add topic CHCAC319A Provide support to people living with dementia

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 CHCCM503C Develop, facilitate and monitor all aspects of case management

add topic CHCCM504C Promote high quality case management

add topic CHCCS401C 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 CHCCS604A Manage the delivery of quality services to clients

add topic CHCCW402C Implement a case work strategy

add topic CHCCW503A Work intensively with clients

add topic CHCGROUP302D Support group activities

add topic CHCGROUP403D Plan and conduct group activities

add topic CHCICS303A Support individual health and emotional well being

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

add topic CHCORG428A Reflect on and improve own professional practice

add topic HLTAHW510B Function effectively as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander worker in a mainstream health institution

add topic HLTAHW511B Deliver primary health care to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients in confinement

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 BSBATSIW515C Secure funding

add topic CHCAD603B Provide systems advocacy services

add topic CHCCD401E Support community participation

add topic CHCCD413D Work within specific communities

add topic CHCCD505D Develop community resources

add topic CHCCD508C Support community action

add topic CHCCD514A Implement community development strategies

add topic CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationships

add topic HLTAHW501B Facilitate access to tertiary health services

add topic HLTAHW512B Address impact of food supply on community health

'Practice' electives

add topic HLTAHW513B Support renal dialysis clients in the community setting (Note pre-requs: add topic HLTAHW401B , add topic HLTAHW403B )

add topic HLTAHW514B Provide care to clients undertaking renal dialysis in the community setting (Note pre-requs: add topic HLTAHW401B , add topic HLTAHW403B )

add topic HLTAHW515B Provide sexual and reproductive health care (Note pre-requs: add topic HLTAHW401B , add topic HLTAHW402B , add topic HLTAHW403B , add topic HLTAHW404B )

add topic HLTAHW516B Provide antenatal health care (Note pre-requs: add topic HLTAHW401B , add topic HLTAHW403B )

add topic HLTAHW517B Prepare for and manage childbirth (Note pre-requs: add topic HLTAHW401B , add topic HLTAHW403B )

add topic HLTAHW518B Provide postnatal and infant health care (Note pre-requs: add topic HLTAHW401B , add topic HLTAHW403B )

add topic HLTAHW519B Plan for medical emergencies

add topic HLTOHC408B Apply fluoride varnish (Note pre-requ: add topic HLTIN301C )

Specific electives for research

add topic CHCINF403D Coordinate information systems

add topic CHCPOL403B Undertake research activities

add topic HLTAHW307B Identify community health issues, needs and strategies

add topic HLTAHW428B Maintain community health profile

add topic HLTAHW520B Coordinate community health research

add topic AHCCCF402A Report on project

Specific electives for nutrition

add topic CHCCD412B Work within a community development framework

add topic CHCPROM401B Share health information

add topic CHCPROM502B Implement health promotion and community intervention

add topic HLTAHW512B Address impact of food supply on community health

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 HLTAHW423B Provide information and strategies in oral health

Management electives (personnel)

add topic BSBHRM401A Review human resources functions

add topic BSBHRM402A Recruit, select and induct staff

add topic BSBMGT502B Manage people performance

add topic BSBWOR402A Promote team effectiveness

add topic HLTAHW427B Supervise individual workers

add topic HLTAHW521B Supervise health care team

Management electives (business)

add topic BSBADM409A Coordinate business resources

add topic BSBADM502B Manage meetings

add topic BSBSUS501A Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

add topic HLTAHW522B Implement office systems

add topic HLTAHW523B Manage budgets

add topic HLTIN403C Implement and monitor infection control policy and procedures (Note pre-requ: add topic HLTIN301C )

add topic HLTWHS401A Maintain workplace WHS processes

add topic HLTWHS501A Manage workplace WHS processes

add topic SRXGOV004B Work effectively with the Board of an organisation

Education/training electives

add topic CHCCS427A Facilitate adult learning and development

add topic TAEASS301B Contribute to assessment

add topic TAEASS401B Plan assessment activities and processes

add topic TAEASS402B 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 CHCWHS312A )

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


Pathways...

    Not Applicable


Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

To gain entry into HLT52207 Diiploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (Community Care) a candidate must be recognised as competent, through a recognised training program or recognition process, against the following core units from HLT43907 Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Car (Community Care) (or equivalent):

BSBWOR204A Use business technology

CHCAOD402B Work effectively in the alcohol and other drugs sector

CHCCM402D Establish and monitor a case plan

CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework

CHCMH301B Work effectively in mental health

or

CHCMH411A Work with people with mental health issues

HLTAHW303B Advocate for the rights and needs of community members

HLTAHW402B Assess and support client’s social and emotional well being

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

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

Work application

To be assessed as competent in this qualification, individuals are required to demonstrate practical application of skills and knowledge in a primary health care setting. 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