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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EOI’s open for Anaesthetic, Cast Technology, Clinical Coding & Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support – Technical Advisory Committees

Open Now – Anaesthetic Technology Technical Advisory Committee – Expressions of Interest

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Technicians Support Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC), is seeking Expressions of Interest for membership of an Anaesthetic Technology Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). 

The objective of the TAC will be to provide technical expert knowledge to address identified workforce skills gaps in the Training Package Products available to Anaesthetic Technicians through the update of the following Qualification and associated Units of Competency:

• HLT57915 Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology.

For more details on this project, or to register your interest in joining this TAC, please click here.

Open Now – Cast Technology Technical Advisory Committee – Expressions of Interest

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Technicians Support Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC), is seeking Expressions of Interest for membership of a Cast Technology Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). 

The objective of the TAC will be to provide technical expert knowledge to develop new Units of Competency and a Qualification in Cast Technology to address key issues relating to:

• The development of a nationally recognised Qualification for Cast Technicians, and
• The provision of skilled Cast Technicians with the appropriate knowledge and skills to cater to patients visiting hospitals and outpatient services.

For more details on this project, or to register your interest in joining this TAC, please click here.

Open Now – Clinical Coding Technical Advisory Committee – Expressions of Interest

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Technicians Support Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC), is seeking Expressions of Interest for membership of a Clinical Coding Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). 

Following on from the work of the previous Clinical Coding TAC, who led the development of the Case for Change for this project, the objective of this TAC will be to provide technical expert knowledge to develop detailed Units of Competency to be included in a new Qualification in Clinical Coding that will ensure:

• Clinical coders have access to appropriate skills and knowledge, in order to meet the current and future needs of the Australian health care system, and that
• The proposed new Qualification will provide technical, analytical, decision-making and health knowledge skills upon which to facilitate articulation, including progression to further study and to gain qualifications in Health Information Management.

For more details on this project, or to register your interest in joining this TAC, please click here.

Open Now – Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support Technical Advisory Committee – Expressions of Interest

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Technicians Support Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC), is seeking Expressions of Interest for membership of a Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). 

Following on from the work of the previous Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support TAC, who led the development of the Case for Change for this project, the objective of this TAC will be to provide technical expert knowledge to develop detailed Units of Competency that will be made available to Hospital Pharmacy Assistants and Technicians through the following Qualifications (also to be updated during this project):

• HLT37119 Certificate III in Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support
• HLT47119 Certificate IV in Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support.

For more details on this project, or to register your interest in joining this TAC, please click here.

Reminder – Draft 2019 Industry Skills Forecasts – Open for Consultation

This is a reminder that national consultation on the following draft 2019 Industry Skills Forecasts is due to close this week:

Public consultation is open until 5:00pm on Wednesday, 29 May 2019 for:

  • Ambulance and Paramedic
    • First Aid
    • Wholesale and Retail.

Public consultation is open until 5:00pm on Friday, 31 May 2019 for: 

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker
    • Children’s Education and Care
    • Direct Client Care and Support
    • Local Government
    • Sport and Recreation.

Guided by the 19 Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) we support, SkillsIQ has prepared these draft documents.

Please click here to access the draft documents and to register your feedback

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2019 Industry Skills Forecasts released for consultation

Guided by the 18 Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) we support, SkillsIQ is in the process of developing draft 2019 Industry Skills Forecasts. Each of these drafts is being made available for public consultation and comment on a staggered basis over the coming months. 

National consultation is currently open for the following draft 2019 Industry Skills Forecasts: 

  • Enrolled Nursing (closing date: Friday, 22 February 2019) 
    • Technicians Support Services (closing date: Friday, 22 February 2019)
    • Public Sector (closing date: Friday, 22 February 2019).

Please click here to access the draft documents and to register your feedback. 

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Foundation Skills Training Package update

PwC have released for comment draft products from the FSK Foundation Skills Training Package.

Further Information regarding the project, draft qualifications and units of competency can be accessed via the PwC website.

Please note that feedback will be accepted until COB Monday 7 January 2019.

If you would like to provide feedback, simply email the documents with your comments or tracked changes to info@skillsforaustralia.com .

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WA Nursing & Midwifery Excellence Awards

 ​The WA Nursing & Midwifery Excellence Awards are the highlight of the nursing and midwifery calendar. It is a wonderful occasion that brings together nurses, midwives, health care professionals and government officials from all over Western Australia.

Winners of the 2019 WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards will be announced on Saturday 11th May 2019 at the Gala Ball.

Nominations open on Monday 10 September and close at midnight on Monday 10 December 2018   

Nominations

2019 General Awards Categories, Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards – NOMINATE HERE

2019 Excellence in Person Centred Care – Team Award, Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards – NOMINATE HERE

2019 Consumer Appreciation , Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards – NOMINATE HERE

2019 Lifetime Achievement Honour Roll, Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards – NOMINATE HERE

To access the Director of Nursing Endorsement form, click here

To access the Nominee Statement form, click here

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