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 injuriesmaintain health records and statisticsact as a communicator and/or interpreter on behalf of clients and other health workerstake part in case management and follow-up, independently or with other healthcare providersprovide health education to individual clients and health staffprovide cultural education to people outside the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communityprovide life skills education to the community they serveprovide counselling and referrals for problem casescontribute to the planning, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all health programmes in the communitycarry out administrative duties, including budgeting and correspondence.
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.
- good communication and negotiation skills good organisational skills cultural awareness and sensitivity able to work independently and as part of a team.