Work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and communities

This unit is an accredited training resource consistent with the Nationally Recognised Training requirements for Vocational Education and Training (VET) and is ideal for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) in Australia. It consists of Learning Resource Material (instructional theory), an Assessment Workbook, and information about assessment mapping to the Performance Criteria, Knowledge Evidence, and Performance Evidence requirements of this accredited unit.

Our HLTAHW001 training product is available for purchase as a hardcopy (printed) book in both Learner Guide and Trainer/Assessor Guide variants. This unit is available for enrolment and online training/assessment via Catapult LMS (Learning Management System). NOTE: If you are a training provider, please do your own validation, in accordance with your Training and Assessment Strategy (TAS).

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Unit information about the HLTAHW001 training material in this resource

HLTAHW001 information from training.gov.au.


This unit describes the knowledge and skills required by a worker new to primary health care to work effectively with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander clients and their communities.

It enables the individual worker to understand the cultural and historical context surrounding issues facing Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and communities in order to support the delivery of primary health care.

This unit applies to all staff providing support to the delivery of primary health care. All work tasks are to be performed under supervision.

Unit mapping information

This unit supersedes HLTAHW201B Work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Foundation skills

This section describes those language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills that are essential to performance.

Reading—in order to interpret key information from policy and regulatory documentation

Oral communication—in order to communicate in a culturally acceptable manner with community members

Learning—in order to locate, access and retrieve information on the impact of social, political, economic and environmental factors on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and in particular their health

Other foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit.

Unit sector or competency field

None specified

Prerequisite, co-requisite or interdependent assessment of units

None specified

Assessment conditions

Skills must be demonstrated working:

  • in a health service or centre

  • under supervision, as part of a primary health care team

  • with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and communities.

In addition, simulations and scenarios must be used where the full range of contexts and situations cannot be provided in the workplace or may occur only rarely. These are situations relating to emergency or unplanned procedures where assessment in these circumstances would be unsafe or impractical.

Simulated assessment environments must simulate a real-life working environment where these skills and knowledge would be performed, with all the relevant equipment and resources of that working environment.

Assessors must satisfy the NVR/AQTF mandatory competency requirements for assessors.

Assessment must be undertaken by a workplace assessor who has expertise in this unit of competency and who is:

  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Worker


  • accompanied by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person who is a recognised member of the community with experience in primary health care.

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