Release 3.1 of HLT Health Training Package

For the attention of all registered training organisations with HLT Health Training Package on scope.
Release 3.1 of the HLT Health Training Package will soon be released. The only stakeholders affected are those with an interest in HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing and HLTENN005 Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs. An error in the initial release of this unit of competency caused venepuncture to be omitted. This has now been rectified. The amendments are found in the Assessment Requirements and are outlined below in red:

Performance Evidence
The candidate must show evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the job role. There must be evidence that the candidate has:

  • undertaken nursing work in accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia professional standards of practice, codes and guidelines
  • analysed, planned and evaluated the  health care of 3 people using health information and clinical presentation to determine possible nursing interventions, in consultation with a registered nurse in the workplace
  • performed interventions in the workplace or in a simulated environment, specific to care of a person with complex needs including:
    • monitoring of neurological observations to recognise a deteriorating person
    • recording of 12 lead electrocardiogram (ECG)
    • removal of indwelling catheter
    • performing blood specimen collection (venepuncture)
  • emptied and changed 1 urinary drainage bag in the workplace.

Knowledge Evidence
The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the work role. This includes knowledge of:

  • common disorders and conditions, and the correct terminology for:
    • musculoskeletal disorders and conditions
    • skin disorders and conditions
    • cardiovascular disorders and conditions
    • respiratory system disorders and conditions
    • gastrointestinal disorders and conditions
    • ear disorders and conditions
    • eye disorders and conditions
    • nervous system disorder
    • endocrine disorders and conditions
    • urinary system disorders and conditions
    • reproductive system disorders and conditions
  • diagnostic tests for diagnosis of common conditions and disorders of body systems including:
    • incentive spirometry and peak flow
    • recording a 12 lead electrocardiogram (ECG)
    • monitoring oxygen saturation levels
  • collecting specimens, including blood
  • how to perform the following nursing interventions:
    • assisting a person to don anti-embolic stockings
    • caring for drainage tube systems associated with tubes and drains inserted into the body
    • emptying and changing ostomy bag
    • emptying and changing a urinary drainage bag
    • providing care of suprapubic catheter
    • inserting and removing indwelling catheters (IDC) including insertion for male and female genitourinary anatomy
    • applying isolation nursing practices
    • inserting and removing nasogastric tubes (NG)
    • feeding through nasogastric tubes (NG) and percutaneous feeding tube
    • performing blood specimen collection (venepuncture)
  • mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution as associated with nursing intervention principles for recognising a deteriorating person
  • referral options and resources available in community and health care settings
  • critical thinking, including its characteristics and the differences between critical thinking, creative thinking and problem-solving
  • resources for the Core Standards for nurses who support people with a disability (NSW Family and Community Services)
    • Working with People with Chronic and Complex Health Care Needs
  • nursing interventions associated with reproductive and urinary system disorders and conditions including conditions which require a bladder washout.

This is expected to be available on from Friday 17th June.

No other changes have been made to other components of the HLT Health Training Package.

If you have any queries regarding this or any other aspect of the HLT Health Training Package, please email

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