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Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Health Worker

Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander health workers provide clinical and primary health care for individuals, families and community groups. They deal with patients, clients and visitors to hospitals and health clinics, and assist with arranging, coordinating and providing health care in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community health clinics. Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander health workers may choose to specialise in particular health areas such as optical, hearing, women's health or infant care.

Duties & Tasks
Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander health workers may perform the following tasks:
  • treat diseases or injuries
  • maintain health records and statistics
  • act as a communicator and/or interpreter on behalf of clients and other health workers
  • take part in case management and follow-up, independently or with other healthcare providers
  • provide health education to individual clients and health staff
  • provide cultural education to people outside the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community
  • provide life skills education to the community they serve
  • provide counselling and referrals for problem cases
  • contribute to the planning, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all health programmes in the community
  • carry out administrative duties, including budgeting and correspondence.
  • Working conditions
    Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander health workers may work in remote communities or in metropolitan areas. They may be required to work shifts or travel long distances to visit remote communities.
    Personal requirements
    - good communication and negotiation skills
  • good organisational skills
  • cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • able to work independently and as part of a team.
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