Career Pathways

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health could be a good choice for you if you like variety because it covers all aspects of health care. You could find yourself working with individuals, families and communities, and sometimes alongside health professionals like doctors, nurses and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers might work in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community health organisations, Aboriginal Medical Services, Aboriginal Health Services and a range of hospital and health services. In some areas you’ll be able to get a job with a Certificate III qualification, but in others employers may prefer you to have a Certificate IV qualification.

It is important that you identify as either Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander to go into these courses and careers 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.

Below is an example of a pathway that gives you some options you might want to look at if you either want to explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health work by getting a taste, or get started in a job in health. Everyone has their own journey. Where you start and where you end is up to you!


Pathway key:

  • Study
  • Job Outcomes
  • Personal Story
  • Further Options

Thinking about starting your journey in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and not sure if you'll like it?

AQF2

Certificate II in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care

Potential Certificate III qualification for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker roles

AQF3

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

With this qualification you could work as an:

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Potential Certificate IV qualification for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker roles

AQF4

Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care

With this qualification you could work as an:


Further options

You can complete a Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care to become a Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker.


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