Ambulance Training Package Products: Draft 1 Consultation Open

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Ambulance and Paramedic IRC, will be seeking feedback on Draft 1 HLT Training Package Products, including updates to 7 existing Qualifications and associated Units of Competency.
SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Ambulance and Paramedic IRC, will be seeking feedback on Draft 1 HLT Training Package Products, including updates to 7 existing Qualifications and associated Units of Competency.

Background

A Case for Change was submitted by SkillsIQ, at the direction of the Ambulance and Paramedic Industry Reference Committee (IRC), to the Australian Industry and Skills Council (AISC) in 2018, seeking to undertake an update of the nationally recognised Pre-hospital and Out-of-hospital Training Package Products included in the HLT Health Training Package. This Case for Change was subsequently approved by the AISC.

An update of the following seven Qualifications and associated Units of Competency in the HLT Health Training Package has therefore 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 main components of this project are as follows:

Workforce issues, including occupational violence, mental health & wellbeing, and resilience: Packaging rules for the Qualifications have been revised to include Units of Competency which address communicating with people with challenging behaviours and managing personal stressors in the work environment.

The Unit HLTAMB012 Communicate in complex situations to support health care has been updated to focus more on communication than care. The Unit is focused on working with people with challenging behaviours rather than specifically those with mental health issues and, furthermore, is no longer restricted to an emergency setting. The revised Unit is now appropriate and fitting for multiple Qualifications covered in this update.

Duplication: Units HLTAMB001 Follow procedures for routine safe removal of patient and HLTAMB002 Implement safe access and egress in an emergency have been combined as they have significant duplication and cover skills which are needed by all workers. This combined Unit is now titled HLTOUT001 Implement safe access and egress.

HLTAMB011 Manage a routine non-emergency scene and HLTAMB013 Contribute to managing the scene of an emergency have also been combined as, again, they have significant duplication and cover skills which are needed by all workers. This combined unit is now titled HLTOUT008 Manage a scene.

Relevance: HLTAMB010 Manage and coordinate resources for emergency operation has been reworked to tailor the content to be specifically appropriate to major incidents involving multiple casualties where workers may be on their own for a period of time. This update has now moved the content away from specifically office-based scenarios and incorporates management of the scene, as well as clinical components. This updated unit is now titled HLTOUT009 Manage the scene of a major incident.

Regulation and Registration: Since Registration for Paramedics was legislated, all Paramedics have been required to obtain a Higher Education bachelor’s degree qualification. The Units subject to the current update comprise the only non-degree national qualifications for other support workers in the pre-hospital and out-of-hospital sectors. The IRC has agreed that these qualifications continue to have relevance to first responders and support staff, particularly those in remote or offshore locations. The HLT51015 Diploma of Paramedical Science title and application have therefore been updated for consistency within the suite of Qualifications and will be provisionally titled the Diploma of Emergency Health Care, given the recent establishment of mandatory registration for Paramedics.

Project Governance 

This project is being overseen by the Ambulance and Paramedic IRC. The membership of this committee is as follows:



Project Status – Draft 1 Consultation

Draft 1 consultation will take place from Tuesday, 8 October 2019 and will close at 5:00pm on Friday, 8 November 2019. Interested stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback via the SkillsIQ Online Feedback Forum, or by engaging in one of the consultation workshops or webinars listed below.

The draft Training Package Products is available for comment on the SkillsIQ Online Feedback Forum here.

Consultation Activities

A series of face-to-face workshops will be held across all states and territories, along with webinars and access to the SkillsIQ Online Feedback Forum.

Workshops:

City                         Date                                     Time
Brisbane                Tuesday, 8 October            10:30am–11:30am - Replaced with a teleconference.
Canberra               Wednesday, 9 October      11:30am–1:30pm - closed
Melbourne            Thursday, 10 October        11:00am–1:00pm - closed
Hobart                    Friday, 11 October             9:30am–11:30am - cancelled due to low enrolments.
Perth                      Monday, 14 October          10:30am–12:30pm - closed
Darwin                   Tuesday, 15 October          3:30pm–5:30pm - closed
Adelaide                Wednesday, 16 October    3:00pm–5:00pm - closed
Sydney                   Friday, 18 October              10:00am–12:00pm - closed

Webinars:

Date                                         Time
Thursday, 17 October           12:00pm–1:00pm AEDT - closed
Thursday, 17 October           3:00pm–4:00pm AEDT - closed

The Consultation PowerPoint presentation can be accessed by clicking here.


Project Timings

Figure 1: Stages of Training Package Product development




Following the close of the consultation period, feedback received will be collated and evaluated. This feedback will inform the development of Draft 2, which will be made publicly available for validation prior to the submission for endorsement.

Further information

For more information or to discuss, please contact Alex Cook at alexandra.cook@skillsiq.com.au or by phone on (02) 9392 8100.