6 - 9 Months

This skill set provides a set of skills for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers to specialise in the provision of primary health care, and strategies and information to support sexual health for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and communities.

This qualification is proposed for workers working within or beginning work within an Aboriginal Sexual Health context and ready for study at Certificate IV level. Students will be expected to exhibit some breadth, depth of skills and knowledge in the range of sexual health issues and associated health problems impacting upon Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and their communities.

Application of this skill set is only appropriate under the supervision of a relevant health practioner.

Target Group

Enrolment within this course will focus on recruiting students from the following in order:

  1. New and existing Aboriginal Sexual Health Workers working in a context which fits with a Certificate IV level qualification in a community care context. Please refer to the accompanying overview and pre-requisite requirements section for further clarification
  2. Students needing to gain a Certificate IV qualification  for further study or Recognition
  3. Aboriginal Workers seeking a career transition with a readily transferable qualification pathway and relevant work experience at Certificate III level or higher
  4. Other suitably eligible prospective students

Entry Requirements

Workers seeking enrolment in or credit for this qualification must be able to demonstrate competence in the following competency units from Certificate III:

  • HLTAHW301A Work in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health care context
  • HLTFA301B Apply first aid
  • HLTOHS300A Contribute to OHS processes
  • HLTAHW302A Facilitate communication between clients and service providers
  • HLTAHW304A Undertake basic health assessments
  • HLTAHW305A Plan and implement basic health care
  • HLTAHW306A Provide information about social and emotional support

Workers may be working within an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health care context such as an Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) or within an area health or hospital context. If a student is not currently in a related sexual health workforce role then they will need to satisfactorily complete a 240 vocational hour supervised field placement with a service providing sexual health services.

Job Roles

Sexual Health Worker

Delivery Structure

Blended learning, face to face blocks and e-learning (online)

Nominal Course Hours

450 Hours

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Study Pathway

These units may provide credit towards Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care qualifications higher than the Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care