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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Expressions of Interest sought for Community Sector and Development IRC – Social Housing Technical Advisory Committee

Project: Provide subject matter expertise to assist in the update of the CHC42215 Certificate IV in Social Housing

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Community Sector and Development Industry Reference Committee (IRC), is seeking nominations for a Social Housing Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The TAC will consist of members who represent the social housing and homelessness sector, training providers and associations.

The objective of this TAC will be to identify skills gaps in the social housing sector and to identify the importance of issues such as family violence, dealing with people from diverse backgrounds (including CALD and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) and supporting homeless people. This information will then be used to guide the update the CHC42215 Certificate IV in Social Housing qualification.

The TAC will identify the challenges and opportunities that the sector is currently experiencing which are impacting on workforce skill requirements, including:

  • Government initiatives to combat housing affordability and homelessness, and
  • Critical cultural competency skills required.

This project will ensure that the social housing sector is supported by a high quality trained and skilled workforce. The contribution of the TAC will ensure that the outcomes of this project enable access to training that will support the sector to improve efficiencies in operations, but also maximise the sector’s interaction with people from diverse backgrounds to ensure that they receive the most appropriate service possible. 

Expressions of Interest for this TAC close at 5.00pm on Monday 15 October 2018.

To submit your EOI for TAC membership, please click here to complete the online form. 

For more information regarding this project, please contact Devika Mudaliar on (02) 9392 8100 or devika.mudaliar@skillsiq.com.au

 

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