This qualification reflects the role of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people working to provide a range of clinical primary health care services to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and communities, including specific health care programs, advice and assistance with, and administration of, medication. These workers can be expected to flexibly assume a variety of job roles and undertake a broad range of tasks either individually or as a member of a multidisciplinary team.

This qualification addresses the specific legislative responsibilities of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners and is required for national registration with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia.

HLT40213 – Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice (Release 5) complies with all requirements as per the qualification rules on

No minimum education standard is set as a prerequisite to entry to this course.


  • a general command of spoken and written English, the ability to write a simple report and basic maths is required for units of competency within this qualification.
  • this course requires the satisfactory completion of oral and written tasks.
  • students are required to participate in an LLN assessment as part of the enrolment process.
  • student need to be 18 years or above to be eligible for AHPRA student registration.

The following employment pathways are available to students who complete this qualification:

Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice graduates will also be provided with advice on employment opportunities at the Certificate IV level and other health-related employment opportunities. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Aboriginal Health Practitioners
  • Child and Maternal Health Worker
  • Chronic Disease Worker
  • Regional Eye Health Worker
  • Regional Ear Health Worker
    Please see student guide for further information

Core units

CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
HLTAHW005 Work in an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care context
HLTAHW006 Facilitate and advocate for the rights and needs of clients and community members
HLTAHW016 Assess client’s physical wellbeing
HLTAHW017 Assess and support client’s social and emotional wellbeing
HLTAHW018 Plan, implement and monitor health care in a primary health care context
HLTAHW019 Deliver primary health care programs for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities
HLTAHW020 Administer medications
HLTAHW021 Provide nutrition guidance for specific health care
HLTAHW022 Address social determinants of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health
HLTAHW037 Support the safe use of medications
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
HLTAID003 Provide first aid

Elective units

CHCCCS014 Provide brief interventions
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations
HLTPAT001 Identify and respond to clinical risks in pathology collection
HLTPAT002 Perform venous blood collection
HLTPAT004 Collect pathology specimens other than blood
CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence

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