Aboriginal Health Workers are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people who have been trained to help their own people in health related areas. We are employed at Aboriginal Medical Services, community clinics, hospitals and in other health related organizations.
To be eligible to undertake the Aboriginal Health Work training program, you should be:
- Of Aboriginal or Torres Strait descent/origin
- 18 years of age or older
- Eligible for Abstudy
- Full support by your community & family
- Year 10 literacy and numeracy or equivalent.
- A sense of responsibility on your community.
The course available in Aboriginal Health Work offer you the unique opportunity to gets hands on training in the following areas:
- Clinical application
- Population health
- Emergency training
- Introduction to counselling
- Medicines and how they work
- Occupational health and safety
- Senior First Aid
- Office Administration
- Effective Communication skills
Courses available at the Aboriginal Health Worker Training Program are:
- Certificate III in Aboriginal &/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Car eHLT33207
- Certificate IV in Aboriginal &/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (practice). HLT43907
- Certificate IV in Aboriginal &/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (community care) HLT44007
- Diploma of Aboriginal &/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (practice) HLT52107
- Diploma of Aboriginal &/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (community care) HLT52207
- Advanced Diploma of Aboriginal &/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (practice) HLT6107
These courses are nationally accredited and require full-time attendance. Once you have completed the Certificate III, you will be a qualified Aboriginal Health Worker.
People are required to attend face to face block release theory that could take them away from their home. This will be for two to three weeks at a time. Whilst you are not attending block release, you will undertake some self directed learning.
In order to gain experience in the work place, students will be required to participate in Practical Placement as part of each course. These are held in a Health Clinic setting and occur after each study block.
Courses are usually held in Broome. The chosen clinics for your Practical Placements are located throughout the Kimberley region - thus training staff cannot always determine where you may be located for these training periods.