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Allied Health Assistance Training Package Product Development: Draft 1 Consultation Open

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Direct Client Care and Support Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has embarked upon a project to review the skills needs of the Allied Health Assistance sector. This will inform potential changes to the current Health Assistance Qualifications and Units to ensure skills training is in line with workforce needs and expectations.
SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Direct Client Care and Support Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has embarked upon a project to review the skills needs of the Allied Health Assistance sector. This will inform potential changes to the current Health Assistance Qualifications and Units to ensure skills training is in line with workforce needs and expectations.

Background

The Direct Client Care and Support IRC had identified Health Assistance and Health Support Services qualifications as requiring updates in 2018–19 to fill gaps in knowledge and skills for workers within the Direct Client Care and Support sub-sectors. Using and implementing technology; recognising and responding appropriately to abuse; and providing person-centred customer service are skills that workers within the sector need now and will need in the future.

Developing stronger cultural awareness and competency to interact with and support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer/Questioning (LGBTIQ) communities, is also important for workers within this sector.

This project will update the Allied Health Assistance Training Package Products under the remit of the Direct Client Care and Support IRC in response to the Key Drivers for Change findings in the
2019 Industry Skills Forecast.

This review relates to the Qualifications and Units of Competency under the remit of the Direct Client Care and Support IRC which are contained in the HLT Training Package.

As a result, the following developments have been proposed:

Qualifications

  • HLT23221 Certificate II in Health Support Services
  • HLT33021 Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance
  • HLT43021 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance.
  • Skill Sets

    • HLTSS00070 Allied Health Assistance – Community Rehabilitation Skill Set
    • HLTSS00071 Allied Health Assistance - Nutrition and Dietetics Skill Set
    • HLTSS00072 Allied Health Assistance - Occupational Therapy Skill Set
    • HLTSS00073 Allied Health Assistance - Physiotherapy Skill Set
    • HLTSS00074 Allied Health Assistance - Social Work Skill Set
    • HLTSS00075 Allied Health Assistance – Speech Pathology Skill Set
    • HLTSS00076 Food safety supervision skill set - for community services and health industries.
    • HLTAHA Units

      • HLTAHA027 Assist with an allied health program
      • HLTAHA028 Deliver and monitor physiotherapy programs
      • HLTAHA029 Support persons independence and community participation
      • HLTAHA030 Assist with basic foot hygiene
      • HLTAHA031 Assist in the rehabilitation programs
      • HLTAHA032 Assist with the development and maintenance of persons functional status
      • HLTAHA033 Conduct group sessions for individual outcomes
      • HLTAHA034 Support the development of speech and communication skills
      • HLTAHA035 Provide support in dysphagia management
      • HLTAHA036 Assist and support the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems
      • HLTAHA037 Deliver and monitor an aquatic physiotherapy program
      • HLTAHA038 Support the fitting of assistive equipment
      • HLTAHA039 Assist in the development of meals and menus to meet dietary and cultural requirements
      • HLTAHA040 Assist with the monitoring and modification of meals and menus according to individualised plans
      • HLTAHA041 Support food services and dietetics in menu and meal order processing
      • HLTAHA042 Assist with screening and management of nutritional risk
      • HLTAHA043 Support the provision of basic nutrition advice and education
      • HLTAHA044 Work within a community rehabilitation environment
      • HLTAHA045 Assist people management in medical imaging
      • HLTAHA046 Support the medical imaging professional
      • HLTAHA047 Engage with clinical supervision and delegation
      • HLTAHA048 Provide allied health assistance in remote or isolated setting
      • HLTAHA049 Confirm health conditions.
      • HLTHSS

        • HLTHSS009 Perform general cleaning tasks in a clinical setting
        • HLTHSS010 Handle and move equipment, goods and mail
        • HLTHSS011 Undertake routine stock maintenance
        • HLTHSS012 Handle medical gases safely.

        Project Governance

        This project is being overseen by the Direct Client Care and Support IRC. The membership of this Committee is as follows:



        Members of the Direct Client Care and Support IRC have consulted with technical specialists in their respective sub-sectors to inform the development of this update. The Committee is made up of stakeholders and subject matter experts from across Australia who provide:

        • guidance at the national level to ensure Training Package Products are flexible and responsive to changing needs and practices
        • specialist advice and strategic direction in relation to stakeholder feedback and issues relevant to their sector
        • views and feedback on behalf of the sector/organisation they represent
        • support and facilitation of communication and consultation with others, including other members of their organisations, association members and other networks.

        • Project Status – Draft 1 Consultation Open

          National consultation on Draft 1 will start on Tuesday, 1st of June and will close at 5.00pm on Friday, 2nd of July 2021. During this period, input will be sought on the following Training Package Products relating to Allied Health Assistance:

          • Three Qualifications
          • Seven Skill Sets
          • Twenty Three HLTAHA Units of Competency and their associated Assessment Requirements
          • Four HLTHSS Units of Competency and their associated Assessment Requirements.
          • Please click here to access Draft 1 documents, including a Consultation Guide.

            Consultation Activities: Round 1

            A series of webinars will be held along with access to SkillsIQ’s Online Feedback Forum. Please click on the links below to register for a webinar.

            Webinars: 
            Date                                                  Time
            Webinar 1: Monday, 7 June           11:00am - 12:00pm (AEST) - closed
            Webinar 2: Tuesday, 8 June           2:00pm - 3:00pm (AEST) - closed
            Webinar 3: Tuesday, 15 June         2:00pm - 3:00pm (AEST) - closed
            Webinar 4: Friday, 25 June             2:00pm - 3:00pm (AEST)

            Please click here to view the Draft 1 webinar slides.

            Project Timings

            Further Information

            For more information, or to discuss, please contact Gary Dunshea at gary.dunshea@skillsiq.com.au or by phone on (02) 9392 8100 or 0499 908 843.