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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker

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An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker provides clinical and primary health care for individuals, families and community groups.

Providing clinical
and primary
health care.


Role Description:

  • 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 and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers may choose to specialise in particular health areas such as optical, hearing, women’s and men’s health or infant care.

Where you might work:

  • You can work in a variety of settings including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community health organisations, Aboriginal Medical Services, Aboriginal Health Services and a range of hospital and health services.

Personal attributes:

  • It is important that you identify as either Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander to go into this career because you will need to be able to show (and give evidence) that you identify, are, and are accepted in the community where you live or did live, as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

    Enjoy working with people, wanting to make a difference in your community, a good listener, having emotional intelligence.

Salary:

  • Between $48,432 and $55 737 per year depending on the organisation you work for and your level of experience.
    (Reference: Department of Training and Workforce Development)

  • Middle of the range salary: $55,000
    (Reference: National Centre for Vocational Education Research)

Employment rates:

  • 1,000 job openings over 5 years (that’s about 200 a year!)
    (Reference: ABS Labour Force Survey, 2018)

Industry growth:

  • The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers grew strongly between 2013 to 2017 and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years: 1,600 in 2018 to 1,600 by 2023.
    (Reference: ABS Labour Force Survey, 2018)


Career Pathway - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker

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My job involves conducting health checks, undertaking patient health screening, assessment and testing, and conducting opportunistic screening as required.