Indigenous Health Workers assist with the coordination and provision of health care delivery to Indigenous communities.

An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is generally needed. Registration or licensing may also be required.

Tasks

  • maintaining health records and statistics
  • acting as an advocate in the community they serve, and as a communicator and interpreter on behalf of clients and other health workers
  • providing clinical functions, such as case management and follow-up, independently or in consultation with other health care providers
  • providing health education to individual clients and staff in health facilities
  • providing cultural education to persons outside the cultural community and life skills education to the community they serve
  • providing counselling and referring clients to other health care providers where necessary

Job Titles

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker
  • Kaiawhina (Hauora) (Maori Health Assistant)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker

    Liaises with patients, clients, visitors to hospitals and other medical facilities and staff at 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. Registration or licensing may be required.

  • Kaiawhina (Hauora) (Maori Health Assistant)

    Assists with health care delivery to patients and clients in accordance with Tikanga Maori (Maori culture and custom).

Fast Facts

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 1,600 workers Employment Size
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 74.0% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 34.1 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 86.0% female Gender Share

The number of Indigenous Health Workers grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 1,600 in 2017 to 1,800 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 1,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Indigenous Health Workers work in many regions of Australia. Many work in New South Wales and the Northern Territory.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (74%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 34.1 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (24.6%).
  • Gender: 86% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20071900
20081500
20091600
2010700
20111300
2012500
20131200
2014700
20151400
2016800
20171600
20221800

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance95.5
Other Services3.0
Public Administration and Safety1.4
Other Industries0.1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateIndigenous Health WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW55.431.6
VIC0.026.2
QLD15.219.7
SA10.56.7
WA0.010.8
TAS4.62.0
NT14.31.1
ACT0.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketIndigenous Health WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-2424.6-9.99.9
25-345.7-23.623.6
35-4430.7-21.721.7
45-5436.1-20.820.8
55-591.7-8.88.8
60-641.2-6.06.0
65 and Over0.0-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is generally needed Registration or licensing may also be required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Health Industry and Community Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Indigenous Health Care Workers who are caring, compassionate and empathetic and have good social skills.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Therapy and Counseling

    100% Important

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  2. Psychology

    99% Important

    Human behaviour and performance; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioural and affective disorders.

  3. English Language

    90% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Customer and Personal Service

    89% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. Sociology and Anthropology

    80% Important

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Getting Information

    95% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Assisting and Caring for Others

    94% Important

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support to people such as co-workers, customers, or patients.

  3. Building Good Relationships

    91% Important

    Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

  4. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    91% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  5. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    90% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 21-1022.00 - Healthcare Social Workers.

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