Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care - HLT30113


Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00591E

This qualification reflects the role of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people working at the entry level of primary health care for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients. Certificate III may be regarded by many jurisdictions as the minimum level for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health work. In some jurisdictions, however, individuals may start at Certificate II level and, when ready, progress to Certificate III. The qualification structure for Certificate III supports both these options. This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


  • 17 units: 12 core
  • 5 elective


  • Provide support and care relating to loss and grief
  • Provide services to people with disabilities with complex needs
  • Recognise and respond to individuals at risk
  • Provide information and support around cancer
  • Use business technology
  • Deliver prescription medicines to customers outside the pharmacy
  • Work with Elders in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Assist with basic health screening, promotion and education services
  • Promote community awareness of domestic and family violence
  • Participate in workplace health and safety
  • Procure, store and maintain pharmaceutical products
  • Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • Transport clients
  • Identify clients with language, literacy and numeracy needs and respond effectively
  • Work effectively in the population health sector
  • Maintain community health profile
  • Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
  • Apply understanding of mental health issues and recovery processes
  • Provide domestic and family violence support in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Contribute to working with the community to identify health needs
  • Provide support to people living with dementia
  • Promote team effectiveness
  • Support clients and groups to learn practical aspects of oral health care
  • Respond to emergencies
  • Use business equipment and resources
  • Undertake basic health assessments
  • Establish and monitor a case plan
  • Provide information and support to women with breast cancer
  • Undertake visits to remote communities
  • Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
  • Undertake case management
  • Provide information and strategies in health care
  • Assist with dispensing of prescriptions and medication orders
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Process and maintain workplace information
  • Inform and encourage clients and groups to understand and achieve good oral health
  • Provide nutrition guidance for specific health care
  • Work with people with mental health issues
  • Provide information on smoking and smoking cessation
  • Contribute to evaluating a population health project
  • Provide information about social and emotional support
  • Work under instructions to support the safe use of medication
  • Respond to loss, grief and trauma
  • Provide competent suicide intervention in a telephone counselling context
  • Support the rights and safety of children and young people
  • Assist in planning and implementation of basic health care
  • Undertake pharmacy technician duties
  • Work in alcohol, other drugs & mental health care w/ Aboriginal &/or Torres Strait Islander Comm.
  • Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
  • Facilitate and advocate for the rights and needs of clients and community members
  • Provide work skill instruction
  • Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
  • Recognise and respond to signs and symptoms that may indicate oral health issues
  • Facilitate responsible behaviour
  • Work effectively in the alcohol and other drugs sector
  • Provide needle and syringe services
  • Implement health promotion and community intervention
  • Apply and manage use of basic oral health products
  • Contribute to population health project planning
  • Use basic oral health screening tools
  • Manage simple projects
  • Participate in policy development
  • Provide information/strategies to enhance capacities of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander families
  • Prepare for alcohol and other drugs work
  • Provide information and strategies in chronic condition care
  • Provide healthy lifestyle programs and advice
  • Organise and complete daily work activities
  • Plan, develop and evaluate health promotion and community development programs
  • Provide interventions to clients who are nicotine dependent
  • Maintain pharmaceutical imprest stock
  • Assess readiness for and effect behaviour change
  • Provide or assist with oral hygiene
  • Comply with infection control policies and procedures
  • Provide information and strategies in sexual health for women
  • Provide information and support on environmental health issues
  • Identify land care issues as they relate to health
  • Identify community health issues, needs and strategies
  • Conduct work within a compliance framework
  • Work within specific communities
  • Accept prescriptions and return dispensed medicines to customers
  • Assist with prevention and minimisation of substance misuse
  • Work in an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care context
  • Coordinate business resources
  • Provide information and strategies in sexual health for men
  • Share health information
  • Operate a personal computer
  • Work effectively in mental health
  • Provide telephone counselling in crisis situations
  • Provide first aid
  • Develop work priorities
  • Communicate in the workplace
  • Provide brief intervention
  • Monitor and maintain dog health in the community
  • Work with clients who are intoxicated
  • Establish and maintain communication and relationships to support the recovery process
  • Provide information and strategies in maternal and infant health

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Cootamundra Campus No
  • Part-time : 36 weeks
Dubbo College, Myall Street Campus No
  • Full-time : 52 weeks
OTEN (Open Training Education Network) No

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