Course Summary

Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (Practice) (HLT40213)

(Domestic Students)

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.

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, advice and assistance with medication. These workers can be expected to flexibly assume a variety of job roles and undertake a broad range of tasks.

Completion of this qualification will lead to registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA).

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Information : These programs are available through distance education which means no on-campus attendance is required. You will be provided with printed workbooks and resources to work through at your own pace with support from Sunshine Coast TAFE staff when required.

Career Prospects : Occupational titles for these workers may include, for example:

  • Aboriginal health worker
  • Torres Strait Islander health worker
  • Senior Aboriginal health worker
  • Senior Torres Strait Islander health worker
Entry Requirement :
This program has been designed for existing workers in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care sector. As part of your studies you will need to complete 160 hours of vocational placement in a suitable health care practice setting.

If you have already completed a Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care you will be eligible for a credit transfer for part of this program. 
Assessment Information : Assessment occurs throughout the course through both practical and theoretical exercises. Assessment is competency based and you must complete all projects and assignments, written and/or practical, as set out within the unit study guides and workbooks. Written, verbal and practical assessments make up the majority of assessments, but general attitude and your application to your studies are also taken into account.


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Full Fee : $TBA

The fee charged for programs where there is no Government Subsidy or the participant is not eligible under the Certificate 3 Guarantee and are regarded as Fee for Service. For approved Diploma and Advanced Diploma programs payment of fees may use the VET FEE HELP payment option.
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Enrolment Information

Before You Enrol :

Contact Sunshine Coast TAFE

You must contact Sunshine Coast TAFE to determine your eligibility for this program before you are able to enrol. An interview with teaching staff may be required in person or over the phone. Please contact Sunshine Coast TAFE for more information about this process and to book an appointment.

(07) 5457 1000
Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm


If you have not previously completed a Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care you will need to complete the following units:
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
HLTFA311A Apply first aid
HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes
HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures
BSBCUS301A Deliver and monitor a service to customers

You will need to complete the following 10 core units:
BSBWOR204A Use business technology
CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
HLTAHW303B Advocate for the rights and needs of community members
HLTAHW401B Assess client's physical well being
HLTAHW402B Assess and support client's social and emotional well-being
HLTAHW403B Plan and implement health care in a primary health care context
HLTAHW404B Monitor health care
HLTAHW405B Deliver primary health care programs for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities
HLTAHW406B Work with medicines
HLTAHW407B Provide nutrition guidance for specific health care

As well as 3 of the following 12 elective units:
TAEASS301B Contribute to assessment
TAEASS401B Plan assessment activities and processes
TAEASS402B Assess competence
CHCCD412B Work within a community development framework
CHCPROM401B Share health information
CHCCS422A Respond holistically to client issues and refer appropriately
CHCCS401C Facilitate responsible behaviour
CHCCS403B Provide brief intervention
CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationships
CHCCS521A Assess and respond to individuals at risk of suicide
HLTCSD306D Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
BSBCMM301A Process customer complaints

Additional Information

Austudy Austudy provides financial help if you are aged 25 years or more and studying or undertaking an Australian study full-time, you will need contact Centre link Customer Service on 132490.
Student Support Services We offer a range of support services for students who require extra help or for potential students who are looking for support in making course decisions. Visit our website to discover the full range of student support services.
Skills Recognition Skills recognition benefits students by recognising skills and knowledge gained from previous studies, informal training or experiences gained at work and in everyday life. Skills Recognition may include one or more of the following processes:
  • Internal Credit (for competencies already achieved in TAFE)
  • External Credit (for achievement of equivalent competencies outside TAFE). If you have received a pass result in the same unit from another organisation and it is part of the program you are enrolling in, you will get unit credits at no charge.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning assessment; formally recognising that you have acquired relevant skills and knowledge as a result of work experience, life experience or previous informal training education (be initiated by written application). For more information please contact our Skills Recognition Officer on 5457 1000 or email -
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Information Current : 6/03/2014
Core competencies are mandatory. Elective competencies are offered at the institute's discretion. This course may include some competencies in excess of qualification requirements, programs are designed to meet industry needs. All program information and approximate course costs are to be used as a guide only and are subject to change at any time without prior notification.

To be eligible to access Government funded training you must have a Queensland residential address. Advertised fee structures apply to QLD residents only. If a resident resides outside of QLD Commercial/Fee for Service Fees will apply. Please check at time of enrolment for current details.
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