Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker

The aim and objective of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Health workers is to deliver care and health outcomes to individuals or communities. Health care workers will interact with a wide range of people of all ages and will assist, provide and deliver health outcomes to benefit the Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander communities, which includes providing counselling and support.

Duties and tasks

  • Assist health professionals, doctors and organisations in providing health care strategies
  • Establish safety and wellness plans for individuals
  • Monitor and maintain health documents
  • Provide care and understanding to clients and support, training and educational services to the community
  • Support and counsel members of the community with mental health issues
  • Work side by side with patients, families, hospitals and health clinics

Skills required

  • Active Listening
  • Compassion and Empathy
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Responsiveness

Working conditions

Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Health Workers will often be required to work in remote communities. Health workers may be required to work shift work, night work or during the weekends and depending on the location of their clients may often be required to travel long distances.

Professional associations / Industry information

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA)

The National Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Workers Association

 Related jobs and job titles

  • Child Care Worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Special Care Worker
  • Welfare Worker
  • Alcohol and Drug Worker
  • Counsell or Educational Worker