Health Workforce Australia's (HWA) Growing Our Future report recommended helping the existing workforce to meet the minimum qualification requirements for registration as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner via recognition of prior learning and/or further education.
Only a proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers hold the eligible qualification for registration, and this varies significantly between jurisdictions.
This project is being funded by Health Workforce Australia (HWA) and The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
HWA’s Skills Recognition and Upskilling Project is funding four training providers to conduct a skills assessment and deliver requisite training to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers looking to obtain qualifications to enable registration as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners.
To ensure geographical coverage throughout Australia, each of the funded training providers has been allocated a location scope to conduct their delivery of the project. Contact details for the project’s funded training providers are provided below under the geographical locations where the training will be provided:
Southern Western Australia
Training Provider: Marr Mooditj Training
Telephone: (08) 9351 9344
Northern Western Australia and Northern Queensland
Training Provider: James Cook University (in partnership with Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council, Tropical North Queensland TAFE, Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Health Services, Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council, and Apunipima Cape York Health Council)
Telephone: (07) 4781 4755
South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Southern Queensland
Training Provider: Aboriginal Health College NSW (in partnership with the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia, Central Australian Remote Health Development Service, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, Nganampa Health Council, Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council)
Telephone: (02) 9019 0730
Northern Territory and New South Wales
Training Provider: John Pearson Consulting (in partnership with TAFE NSW Western Institute and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education)
Telephone: (07) 5334 9900
The Skills Recognition and Upskilling Project will expand and build the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner through delivering pathways to enable more people to join this workforce.
From 1 July 2012, a proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers became registered as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia have specified Certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (Practice) as the eligible qualification for registration.
The available evidence indicates that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers are not eligible for registration as they do not hold this qualification. For the remaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers to meet the registration requirement, each individual will need to undergo a skills assessment process and undertake further training as necessary to meet the required qualification standard to enable registration.
Program Manager, Workforce Innovation and Reform
Tel: (08) 8409 4564