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Short courses

VTP319 Introduction to Health Services

This program is aimed at people working in various care and support roles in the health and community services industry who wish to improve their communication skills and upskill on infection control. It can also be used for those who want to re-enter into the workforce or look to move to a more acute focused role.

This is an online course that has a workplace component. Assessment consists of both theory and practical components and are to be completed by specified due dates. All practical assessments are completed as part of the required work placement.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this short course include:
- residential support worker
- health services assistant
- allied health assistant

Entry requirements

You must:

  • be 18 years or older; and
  • not be attending secondary school; and
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate language, literacy, and numeracy skills and knowledge to undertake this course. This is demonstrated if you have completed a qualification deemed equivalent to an Australian Year 11 or higher, Australian Certificate III or higher, or by completing a Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) assessment.

*If you do not meet the entry requirements and would like to discuss your options, contact Student Central.

Essential requirements

Students are required to undertake 60 hours of work placement in a suitable health or community services workplace. The work placement will be arranged by CDU.

Prior to undertaking work placement, students will be required to provide evidence of the following:
Vaccinations (Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella - (Chicken Pox), Influenza (Flu) - less than 12 months old, Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis - (Whooping Cough), TB Assessment)
Documentation (National Police Check, Ochre Card (working with children check))

Students are required to wear the Charles Darwin University uniform whilst on placement:
- Navy or black slacks or knee length shorts/culottes;
- Navy/dark blue CDU polo T-shirt;
- Name badge in holder with clip; and
- Closed shoes, (NOT white, NOT runners)
- Hair contained - off the face and neck
- No jewellery apart from an unadorned-non-engraved wedding ring

CDU Polo T-shirts are available from the CDU Bookshop for $35.00. The cost of uniforms is borne by the student.


To be eligible for an NT Government funded place you must be:

  • a Northern Territory resident; and
  • an Australian citizen, permanent Australian resident or a New Zealand citizen who has resided in Australia for a minimum of six months


To be eligible for an NT Government funded place you must be:

  • a resident of the Northern Territory; and
  • a temporary visa holder who:
    • does not have work or study restrictions
    • has a valid visa for the duration of the training, allowing for the total volume of learning required to achieve the qualification, including supervised and unsupervised training and study
    • is not the primary provisional visa holder of a skilled, business innovation and investment, student, work or holiday visa identified on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Upcoming intakes

There are currently no course offerings in 2021 for this course.

Course structure

To achieve the vocational training program VTP319 - Introduction to Health Services a total of four (4) units of competency must be completed as listed below.

Students will be issued with a Statement of Attainment upon successful completion.

The total Nominal Hours for this training program is 115.

Code Module/Unit of Competency Hours
Units of Competency
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services 30
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures 25
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety 20
  Total nominal hours for the training program 115



This is a non-award course and a Statement of Attainment will be issued for nationally recognised units of competency successfully completed.

Additional information

You can access student services, find support and explore your community through the Current Students web.

Contact details Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).