How to become a 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.

Personal requirements of a Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Health Worker

  • Strong communication and negotiation skills
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team

Education & Training for a Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Health Worker

To become an Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander health worker you usually have to complete a VET qualification in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care or Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care practice. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become an Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander health worker through a traineeship in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care or Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice. Entry requirements vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.




Additional Information
Applicants must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. In order to use the title Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner, Aboriginal health practitioner or Torres Strait Islander health practitioner, you need to register with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia. Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander health workers who are not required by their employer to use one of these titles do not need to register with the board. Visit their website for more details.
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