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Hospital Pharmacy Support – Case for Change

The Technicians Support Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is responsible for ensuring that nationally recognised qualifications deliver the skills and knowledge required to equip the sectors under its remit with a highly skilled workforce.

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Technicians Support Services IRC and the Hospital Pharmacy Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), has prepared a Case for Change to update two Hospital Pharmacy qualifications in order to address a number of key issues relating to qualification outcomes, including industry concern regarding the level and strength of skills and knowledge contained within individual Units of Competency and their associated assessment requirements.

In 2016, the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) conducted a comprehensive workforce study into hospital pharmacy technicians and assistants. SHPA’s White Paper, titled Exploring the role of hospital pharmacy technicians and assistants to enhance the delivery of patient-centred care, showed that there is concern regarding the lack of a career structure for hospital pharmacy technicians/assistants in Australia.

Industry has consistently highlighted that the current training package products are not meeting their needs. Access to a skilled workforce and qualifications that support the delivery of the skills and knowledge as defined by industry is critical.

The proposed update of the following qualifications will seek to incorporate the required changes to ensure that industry has access to skilled pharmacy technicians and assistants to meet the current and future needs of the Australian health care system.

• HLT37115 Certificate III in Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support
• HLT47115 Certificate IV in Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support.

Feedback was sought in relation to this Case for Change during August and it is in its final stages of preparation for submission to the AISC.

Further information

For more information or to discuss, please contact Devika Mudaliar at devika.mudaliar@skillsiq.com.au or by telephone on 02 9392 8100.

Inclusion of People with Disability Cross Sector Project

The Inclusion of People with Disability in VET project is the first time government and industry have come together to explore how the development of training packages could increase the participation of people with disability in VET and the workplace. This cross sector project aims to equip vocational educators, employers and customer service providers with the skills and knowledge they need to better include people with disability in education, employment and service contexts. It is expected that this project will result in a reduction in duplication across the national VET system by developing common training components on disability-related matters that can be used across multiple industries.

More information is available at the following link: 

Inclusion of People with Disability in VET

 

Indigenous Environmental Health – Case for Change

Under the direction of the Community Sector and Development Industry Reference Committee (IRC), SkillsIQ is seeking feedback on the draft Case for Change for proposed updates to the HLT26115 Certificate II in Indigenous Environmental Health.

The Case for Change proposes the update of this Qualification and seven existing Units of Competency and the development of a new Unit of Competency to address the gaps related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities engaging in their own communities.

To download a copy of the draft Case for Change and to provide your feedback, click here

Feedback is open until close of business on Friday, 28 September 2018.

For more information please contact Devika Mudaliar at devika.mudaliar@skillsiq.com.au, or by phone at (02) 9392 8100.

Clinical Coding – Case for Change

The Technicians Support Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is responsible for ensuring that nationally recognised qualifications deliver the skills and knowledge required to equip the sectors under its remit with a highly skilled workforce.

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Technicians Support Services IRC, has prepared a Case for Change to update three Units of Competency and one Skill Set, and to develop a new Qualification and seven new Units of Competency in Clinical Coding to address key issues relating to:

  • Qualification outcomes, including industry concern regarding the level and strength of skills and knowledge contained within individual Units of Competency and their associated Assessment Requirements;
  • The availability of appropriate training to meet the Knowledge Requirements for Clinical Coders; and
  • Pathways for Clinical Coders in Australia.

To provide your support for this Case for Change, or to offer feedback or additional information, please click on this link. Please note the online form will be open until 5.00pm on Friday, 17 August 2018.

Further information

For more information, or to discuss, please contact Devika Mudaliar at devika.mudaliar@skillsiq.com.au or by telephone at (02) 9392 8100.

Call for nominations for Ingestives Technical Advisory Committee

Skills IQ is seeking nominations for the Ingestives Technical Advisory Committee.

The objective of this TAC will be to identify skills gaps and job roles relating to ingestives modalities not covered by existing Vocational Education and Training qualifications, and determine whether these skills gaps or job roles require a new qualification/s to be developed to meet industry’s needs. Examples of job roles include an advisor in a health food store or a clinic receptionist.

The intent is to explore need to develop new qualification/s, and not to replace the four deleted Advanced Diploma qualifications in Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Western Herbal Medicine and Nutritional Medicine.

Expressions of Interest for this TAC close at 5.00pm on Wednesday 18th July 2018. For more information regarding this project, please contact Liz Petrovic from Skills IQ on (02) 9392 8100 or liz.petrovic@skillsiq.com.au

 

Draft Case for Change – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker qualifications consultation

The Draft Case for Change for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker qualifications is currently out for consultation.

You can find the draft here: https://www.skillsiq.com.au/CurrentProjectsandCaseStudies/AboriginalandTorresStraitIslanderHealthWorkerTPDevelopment

There is also a link to a feedback survey where you can confirm your support for this work to proceed and provide any feedback on the draft.

SkillsIQ and the Community Sector and Development IRC would really like to hear your thoughts   on this – and feel free to circulate in your networks, the more feedback they get the better.

For further information please contact Alex Cook at alexandra.cook@skillsiq.com.au  

Introducing WAAMS

Introducing WAAMS

On 14 May 2018 the Department of Training and Workforce Development Apprenticeship Office released a new training contract record management system, Western Australian Apprenticeship Management System (WAAMS). WAAMS has an online client portal allowing Australian Apprenticeship Support Network providers, registered training organisations, employers, apprentices/trainees and their parent/guardian (if applicable) to access and manage their training contracts online.

 Once registered, users can access the WAAMS client portal 24/7 online and can submit training contract changes via the portal, replacing the current requirement of submitting paper forms by email to the Apprenticeship Office. Where possible, change requests submitted via the portal can be instantly approved.

 In the WAAMS portal, users can also update their personal or organisational details and download copies of their training contract extract.

 For more information about the WAAMS client portal and how to become a registered user, refer to the Frequently asked questions fact sheet on the Apprenticeship Office website, dtwd.wa.gov.au/waams. There are also a series of instructional videos available on the Apprenticeship Office website on how to navigate and perform specific actions within the WAAMS portal.

 If you have any questions about WAAMS, please contact the Apprenticeship Office on 13 19 54.

Open Now: Technical Advisory Committees – Expressions of Interest

SkillsIQ is currently inviting Expressions of Interest for three Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) relating to projects being overseen by the Technicians Support Services Industry Reference Committee. The projects are:

  • Clinical Coding
  • Cast Technology
  • Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support.

For more details on these projects, or to register your interest in joining any of these TACs, please click here.