1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
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3493-11 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker

Liaises with patients, clients and visitors to hospitals and health clinics and works as a team member to arrange, coordinate and provide health care delivery in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community health clinics.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is an AQF Diploma or higher qualification or at least 3 years relevant experience. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • maintains health records and statistics
  • acts as an advocate in the community they serve
  • acts as a communicator and interpreter on behalf of clients and other health personnel
  • provides clinical functions, including case management and follow-up, independently or in consultation with other health care providers
  • provides health education to individual clients and health staff
  • provides cultural education to persons outside the cultural community and life skills education to the community they serve
  • provides counselling and referral for crisis problem cases
  • provides input to the planning, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all health programs in the community
  • may perform a management role, providing staff counselling, facilitation, orientation, induction and development
  • may carry out administrative duties including budgeting and correspondence
  • may liaise with government and non-government agencies

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