Consultation Open – Clinical Coding

Clinical Coding: Draft 1 Consultation – Open 

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Technicians Support Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has undertaken a project to develop a new entry-level Clinical Coding qualification and eight new Clinical Coding Units of Competency and to update three existing Clinical Coding Units of Competency to ensure that entry-level clinical coders have access to appropriate skills and knowledge, in order to meet the current and future needs of the Australian health care system.

A widespread multi-channel consultation involving a broad range of stakeholders is now being conducted to address concerns raised in previous consultations and discussions around the Clinical Coding qualification, Clinical Coding Units and their content.

Consultation on Draft 1 commenced on Monday, 4 November and will close at 5.00pm on Monday, 2 December 2019.

Please click here to access Draft 1 documents, including a Consultation Guide.

SkillsIQ will be undertaking a number of workshops and webinars to engage industry stakeholders. To register for a webinar and/or workshop, please click here.

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

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Consultation Open – Social Housing, Dental Assisting and First Aid

Social Housing: Draft 1 Consultation – Open 

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Community Sector and Development Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has undertaken a project to update the packaging rules of the Social Housing qualifications and update twelve Social Housing Units of Competency. This project is intended to reflect the initiatives the government has placed on social housing through proposed investment in the sector to upgrade the skills and knowledge required by public housing specialist staff.

A widespread multi-channel consultation involving a broad range of stakeholders is now being conducted to address concerns raised in previous consultations and discussions around the Social Housing qualifications, Social Housing Units and their content.

Consultation of Draft 1 commenced on Friday, 1 November and will close at 5.00pm on Monday, 2 December 2019.

Please click here to access Draft 1 documents, including a Consultation Guide.

SkillsIQ will be undertaking a number of workshops and webinars to engage industry stakeholders. To register for a webinar and/or workshop, please click here.

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

Dental Assisting: Draft 1 Consultation – Open 

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Dental Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has undertaken a project to update the packaging rules of the two Dental Assisting qualifications and to update fourteen Dental Assisting Units of Competency and six Oral Health Care Units of Competency to align to the changing duties of existing and future job roles of all dental support staff, including dental assistants. 

A widespread multi-channel consultation involving a broad range of stakeholders is now being conducted to address concerns raised in previous consultations and discussions around the Dental Assisting qualifications and the Dental Assisting and Oral Health Care Units and their content.

Consultation of Draft 1 commenced on Friday, 1 November and will close at 5.00pm on Monday, 2 December 2019.

Please click here to access Draft 1 documents, including a Consultation Guide.

SkillsIQ will be undertaking a number of workshops and webinars to engage industry stakeholders. To register for a webinar and/or workshop, please click here.

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

First Aid: Draft 2 Validation – Open 

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the First Aid IRC, has been tasked with updating the eight Units of Competency that cover the skills and knowledge to be able to provide a First Aid response and sustain life in the event of an emergency. 

The First Aid IRC has proposed changes which will involve:

  • Updating current Units of Competency to reflect industry best practice and current regulation
  • Updating current Units of Competency to ensure their scope and breadth are reflective of industry expectations
  • Consideration of the skills requirements in specific areas, such as asthma and anaphylaxis
  • Consideration of the need for additional criteria to address First Aid in relation to mental health.  

In support of these objectives, eight updated Units of Competency were drafted and released for public consultation in August–September 2019.

Feedback reviewed during the Draft 1 consultation period has informed the development of Draft 2. Validation of Draft 2 allows stakeholders to review changes made to Draft 1 components and confirm that the resultant Training Package  Products will meet their needs. It provides an opportunity for final input prior to submission for endorsement.

National validation of Draft 2 will be open from Friday, 01 November and will close at 5:00pm on Friday, 22 November 2019. During this period input will be sought on the following:

  • Eight Units of Competency
  • One Skill Set.

Please click here to access Draft 1 documents, including a Consultation Guide.

SkillsIQ will be undertaking a number of webinars to engage industry stakeholders. To register for a webinar, please click here.

For more information, or to discuss, please contact Gary Dunshea at gary.dunshea@skillsiq.com.au, or by telephone at (02) 9392 8100.

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WA Training Awards 2019

WA Vocational Student of the Year 2019

Chloe Baigent

Certificate IV in Youth Work

Trained at South Regional TAFE

With 10 years of experience in Horticulture, Chloe dreamed of a career where she could support and empower young people and chose to pursue youth work. Chloe’s passion and ability saw her be named the 2019 South Regional TAFE Student of the Year. She continues to be an ambassador, creating a program to help youth write resumes to support them to become more financially independent.

WA International Student of the Year 2019

Dushica Poposki

Diploma of Nursing

Trained at North Metropolitan TAFE

Employed as a nurse in Macedonia, a chance experience as an outpatient while visiting Perth inspired Dushica to relocate and train in WA. Starting in aged care, she continually challenged herself and trained to work with patients with acquired brain injury. A job promotion gave her the final push to train as an enrolled nurse where she enjoys providing the best nursing care to the community.

 

WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2019

Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services

Since 1983, KAMS has been committed to providing high quality VET training in the Kimberley region. Established to offer a local study option for Aboriginal Health Work without having to relocate to Perth, courses offer flexibility and practical, supervised experience for Aboriginal Health Care Workers providing services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Pre-hospital and Out-of-hospital Training Package Products: Draft 1 Consultation – Coming Soon

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Ambulance and Paramedic Industry Reference Committee, is undertaking an update of the HLT Training Package Products related to job roles within the Pre-hospital and Out-of-hospital sector.

An update of the following seven Qualifications and associated Units of Competency in the HLT Health Training Package has been approved:

  • HLT21015 Certificate II in Medical Service First Response 
  • HLT31015 Certificate III in Ambulance Communications (Call-taking)
  • HLT31115 Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport
  • HLT31215 Certificate III in Basic Health Care
  • HLT41015 Certificate IV in Ambulance Communications (Dispatch)
  • HLT41115 Certificate IV in Health Care
  • HLT51015 Diploma of Paramedical Science.

The feedback period for all draft material associated with this project commences on Tuesday, 8 October and runs until 5:00pm AEDT on Friday, 8 November 2019.

Draft 1 material will be available for comment on the SkillsIQ Feedback Forum as of Tuesday, 8 October. A consultation guide summarising the proposed changes will also be available via download from the Feedback Forum.

Throughout the consultation period SkillsIQ will also be undertaking a number of activities to engage with industry stakeholders and VET professionals and to gather feedback. These will include a series of national consultation forums and webinars. To attend a consultation forum, please register your details by clicking on the appropriate venue and date as listed on the project page here. Please register each attendee separately.

We look forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming consultation forums.

For more information, please contact Alex Cook, Skills Engagement Executive, at alexandra.cook@skillsiq.com.au, or by telephone at (02) 9392 8100. 

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Expressions of Interest – Technical Advisory Committees – Allied Health & Health Support Services, Complementary Health

Allied Health and Health Support Services TAC – Open Now

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Direct Client Care & Support Industry Reference Committee (IRC), is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from people with industry knowledge and experience in the Allied Health and Health Support Services sectors to participate in a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). 

The TAC will provide subject matter expertise to the IRC to take forward Training Package Product development projects to update four qualifications and associated Units of Competency and skill sets as approved by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee. The qualifications that form this project are:

  • HLT33015 Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance
  • HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance
  • HLT23215 Certificate II in Health Support Services
  • HLT33215 Certificate III in Health Support Services.

For more information and to lodge your EOI, please click here.

Complementary Health TAC – Open Now

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Complementary Health Industry Reference Committee (IRC), is seeking nominations for the Massage Therapy Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The TAC will consist of members who have subject matter expertise in Massage Therapy.

The objectives of the TAC will be to contribute to the update and development of the following qualifications within the HLT Health Training Package, ensuring that appropriate content relating to Massage Therapy is included. They are:

  • Update HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy
  • Update HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage
  • NEW Advanced Diploma of Remedial Massage.

For more information and to lodge your EOI, please click here.

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Certificate II in Indigenous Environmental Health: Draft 1 Consultation

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Community Sector and Development Industry Reference Committee (IRC), is undertaking a project to update the packaging rules of the Certificate II in Indigenous Environmental Health qualification and to update the content of nine Units of Competency included within the qualification to meet the current and future environmental health needs of Indigenous communities.

Background

This update will ensure that the qualification aligns to job roles in regional and remote Indigenous communities. Further, it will reduce barriers for people in these communities in regard to skills development and allow for the upskilling of current and future workers.

The following key areas have been considered during the Training Package update process:

  • The environmental health requirements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • The broader health needs within remote communities across a range of real and practical issues in respect to practices associated with rubbish, sewerage, pest control, dog health and germ theory
  • The early detection of issues that can lead to significant health and hygiene risks
  • The appropriate referral processes for such issues
  • Processes to reduce incidences of community sickness.

Consultation involving a broad range of stakeholders has been conducted to identify and validate the exact nature of the skills needs in the industry and the respective Training Package Product update requirements.

As a result, stakeholders have proposed the following changes:

  • Packaging rules for the qualification have been revised to include Units of Competency relevant to the role of Indigenous Environmental Health Worker
  • The Unit CHCDIV002 Promote Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander cultural safety has been moved to the elective section from the core section of the qualification
  • HLTPOP003 Monitor and maintain water supply has been updated to focus on household issues relating to water supply rather than community issues
  • HLTPOP008 Develop and implement disease prevention and control measures has been updated to match the requirements of a Certificate II level job role
  • HLTPOP009 Provide information and support on environmental health issues has been moved to the elective section from the core section
  • A new Skill Set targeted at plumbers, who have been identified as a primary target group able to contribute to Indigenous Environmental Health, has been developed with the inclusion of the following Units of Competency:

  • HLTPOP001 Provide basic repairs and maintenance to health hardware and fixtures
  • HLTPOP002 Monitor and maintain sewerage systems
  • HLTPOP003 Monitor and maintain water supply.

To take forward Training Package Product development work, the Community Sector and Development IRC will subsequently review and confirm the changes required for the development of Draft 2, based on feedback received from the first round of consultation.

Project Governance

The Community Sector and Development IRC is comprised of a number of key expert stakeholders within the industry, as follows:

Project Status – Draft 1 Consultation

Consultation on Draft 1 will start on 13 August and will close at 5.00pm on 9 September 2019.

The Draft 1 consultation period will seek feedback on one qualification, one skill set and nine Units of Competency:

  • HLT26119 Certificate II in Indigenous Environmental Health
  • Indigenous Environmental Health Support Work Skill Set
  • HLTPOP001 Provide basic repairs and maintenance to health hardware and fixtures
  • HLTPOP002 Monitor and maintain sewerage systems
  • HLTPOP004 Monitor and maintain rubbish collection and disposal systems
  • HLTPOP005 Work in a population health context
  • HLTPOP009 Provide information and support on environmental health issues
  • HLTPOP010 Monitor and maintain dog health in the community
  • HLTPOP017 Identify pest control strategies
  • HLTPOP025 Monitor and maintain water supply
  • HLTPOP026 Develop and implement disease prevention and control measures.

Please Click Here to access Draft 1 documents, including a Consultation Guide.

Consultation Activities

A series of webinars will be available, and access provided to the SkillsIQ Online Feedback Forum page. Please click on the links below to register for a webinar.

Webinars:
 
Date                                    Time

Monday, 26 August          2:15pm – 3:15pm
Monday, 2 September     4:00pm – 5:00pm

Project Timings

Figure 1: Stages of Training Package Product development.

Further Information

For further information, please contact Devika Mudaliar on (02) 9392 8100 or email devika.mudaliar@skillsiq.com.au.

 
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First Aid: Draft 1 Consultation Open

SkillsIQ, at the direction of the First Aid Industry Reference Committee, has embarked upon a project to review skills needs for people who provide First Aid. This will inform potential changes in current First Aid Units to ensure skills training is in line with workforce needs and expectations.

Background

The HLTAID First Aid Competency Standards were developed to provide a set of robust, industry-supported standards for people providing First Aid to others.

In these instances, the Statement of Attainment provides evidence to the employer and the community that the worker has the skills and knowledge to be able to provide a First Aid response and sustain life in the event of an emergency.

A widespread multi-channel consultation involving a broad range of stakeholders was conducted to identify and validate the exact nature of the skills needs in the industry and the respective Training Package Product update requirements.

As a result, industry has identified four key drivers for change in the First Aid Training Package Products, as follows:

  • Changes in industry best practice
  • Diversity in the scope and breadth of First Aid
  • An increase in clarity and uniformity in the content of the Units of Competency wherever possible
  • Increased recognition of the role of mental health support in the provision of First Aid.

Consequently, the First Aid IRC has proposed changes which will involve:

  • A review of the current Units of Competency to reflect industry best practice and current regulation
  • A review of the current Units of Competency to ensure their scope and breadth are reflective of industry expectations
  • Consideration of the skills requirements in specific areas, such as asthma and anaphylaxis.
  • Consideration of the need for additional criteria to address First Aid in relation to mental health.

To take forward Training Package Product development work, the First Aid Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will subsequently review and confirm the changes required for the development of Draft 2, based on feedback received from the first round of consultation.

The First Aid IRC is comprised of a number of key expert stakeholders within the industry, as follows:

Project Status

Consultation of Draft 1 will start on Wednesday, 07 August and will close at 5.00pm on Friday, 20 September 2019.

The Draft 1 consultation period will seek feedback on eight Units of Competency:

  • HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • HLTAID010 Provide basic emergency life support
  • HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
  • HLTAID012 Provide an emergency First Aid response in an education and care setting
  • HLTAID013 Provide First Aid in remote situations
  • HLTAID014 Provide advanced First Aid
  • HLTAID015 Provide advanced resuscitation.

Please Click Here to access Draft 1 documents, including a Consultation Guide.

Project Timings 

Figure 1: Stages of Training Package Product development.

Consultation Activities: Round 1

Webinars:

Workshops:

 
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GET SKILLS program

In consultation with employers across the top end of the Northern Territory, the Industry Skills Advisory Council NT has developed the GET SKILLS program as part of the GET SET SKILLS employment training model for practice to prepare participants get ready for work.

GET SKILLS provides guidance to team leaders, mentors and/or community leaders on how to work with interested community members to undertake a series of activities to prepare students for the workplace.

It has been designed to develop employability skills such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, as well as workplace health and safety.

There is a free app to download for mobile devices. Simply search ISACNT Get Set via the App Store or Google Play.

Resources and information can be found on the ISACNT webpage: https://www.isacnt.org.au/community-services/national-disability-insurance-scheme

 

 

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Community Sector and Development – Case for Change

SkillsIQ have released the Community Sector and Development Case for Change and are seeking feedback on the following: 

  • update 9 Qualifications;
  • 6 Skill Sets; and
  • 71 Units of Competency

The Case for Change also proposes developing a new qualification, Certificate III in Community Safety Patrol, along with 15 new units of competency. 

The Training Package update will also address relevant recommendations of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence, the Northern Territory’s Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children and the Australian Government’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, along with other relevant inquiries and reports.

To download a copy of the draft Case for Change and to provide your feedback, please visit the SkillsIQ website by clicking here

Feedback is required by close of business on Thursday, 27 June 2019.  If you require more information, please contact Catherine Kelly at catherine.kelly@skillsiq.com.au or by telephone on (02) 9392 8100.

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