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Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology and Practice: Draft 2 Validation

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Technicians Support Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has undertaken a project to update the existing Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology, now to be known as the Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology and Practice Qualification and seven existing Anaesthetic Technology Units of Competency to ensure that Anaesthesia Technician Allied Health Practitioners have access to current skills and knowledge.
SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Technicians Support Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has undertaken a project to update the existing Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology, now to be known as the Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology and Practice Qualification and seven existing Anaesthetic Technology Units of Competency to ensure that Anaesthesia Technician Allied Health Practitioners have access to current skills and knowledge, in order to meet the current and future needs of the Australian health care system.

Background

The 2019 Technicians Support Services Industry Skills Forecast (ISF) identified that anaesthetic technology was an area of concern that had a direct impact on stakeholders, and that there was a compelling need to update content relating to this discipline. The IRC therefore proposed updating the HLT57915 Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology Qualification and seven associated Units of Competency relating to anaesthetic technology job roles.

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

  • Changes in job roles’ scope of practice in terms of standards and protocols, new ideas and techniques, digital technologies and terminology used within the discipline of anaesthetics
  • Current industry practice and knowledge to equip existing and new workers to perform their job roles in an efficient and effective manner providing for safe patient management in the anaesthetics sub-sector
  • Procedures and techniques to ensure both safety and quality of patient care which is continuously evolving in the anaesthesia environment
  • Revised primary reference document that underpins the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists’ ANZCA PS08 Statement on the Assistant for the Anaesthetist.
  • To inform the update of the Diploma Qualification and seven existing Units of Competency, an Anaesthetic Technology Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) comprised of stakeholders and subject matter experts from across Australia was formed.

    The Anaesthetic Technology TAC worked on updating one existing Qualification and seven existing Units of Competency that were released for public consultation in September 2020.

    Formation of the TAC informed the identification and validation of the exact nature of the skills needs and knowledge requirements in the industry and the respective Training Package Product update requirements.

    As a result, the following developments have been proposed:

    • The Qualification Title has been updated to Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology and Practice

    • Industry has agreed that the current job role be titled Anaesthesia Technician Allied Health Practitioner in terms of defining the skills and knowledge to which this Qualification will cater.

    • The Qualification Description has been updated to include 360 hours of work placement as stated below:
    • 'To achieve this Qualification, the individual must have completed a total of at least 360 hours of work related to anaesthetic technology in a clinical workplace environment as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the Units of Competency. The total number of hours may be applied collectively across all Units of Competency that include the requirement for workplace hours’.

      • Entry Requirements have been updated to include the following: 
        Entry to this Qualification is open to individuals who have:
              - completed Australian Year 12 English (or equivalent); and
              - hold a current first aid and CPR certificate.

      • The Packaging Rules remain the same, with the requirement that 17 Units need to be completed, as follows:
             o 15 core Units
             o 2 elective Units.

      • The list of core Units has been updated to better reflect the current skills and knowledge required for Anaesthesia Technician Allied Health Practitioner job roles.

      • The list of elective Units has been updated to include Units of Competency that may be relevant in different settings.
      • The following seven Units of Competency have been updated to address the key skills and knowledge required by those who hold an Anaesthesia Technician Allied Health Practitioner job role:
             o HLTANA008 Prepare patients for anaesthesia
             o HLTANA009 Monitor patients during anaesthesia
             o HLTANA010 Assist with airway management
             o HLTANA011 Respond to anaesthesia-related emergencies
             o HLTANA012 Maintain quality and supply of anaesthetic equipment and consumables
             o HLTANA013 Assist with clinical procedures used in anaesthesia
             o HLTANA014 Monitor medications in the anaesthetic environment.

        To take forward Training Package Product update work, the Anaesthetic Technology TAC and the Technicians Support Services IRC have subsequently reviewed and confirmed the changes required for the development of Draft 2, based on feedback received during the first round of consultation.

        Project Governance

        The Technicians Support Services IRC is comprised of a number of key expert stakeholders within the industry, as follows:



        The Anaesthetic Technology TAC is comprised of a number of key subject matter expert stakeholders within the industry, as follows:

        Project Status – Draft 2 Validation

        Consultation on Draft 2 started on Wednesday, 21 April and closed at 5.00pm on Wednesday, 12 May 2021.

        The Draft 2 validation period sought feedback on one existing Qualification and seven existing Units of Competency:

        • HLT57921 Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology and Practice
        • HLTANA008 Prepare patients for anaesthesia
        • HLTANA009 Monitor patients during anaesthesia
        • HLTANA010 Assist with airway management
        • HLTANA011 Respond to anaesthesia related emergencies
        • HLTANA012 Maintain quality and supply of anaesthetic equipment and consumables
        • HLTANA013 Assist with clinical procedures used in anaesthesia
        • HLTANA014 Monitor medications in the anaesthetic environment.
        • Please click here to access Draft 2 documents, including a Validation Guide.

          Consultation Activities

          A series of webinars were held along with access to SkillsIQ’s Online Feedback Forum page.

          Webinars:
                               Date                        Time

          Webinar 1: Tuesday, 27 April   10.00am–11.00am - closed
          Webinar 2: Thursday, 29 April 11.30am–12.30pm - closed
          Webinar 3: Monday, 03 May    3.00pm–4.00pm - closed
          Webinar 4: Thursday, 06 May  2.00pm–3.00pm - closed

          Please click here to view the Draft 2 webinar slides.

          Project Timings

           

          Following the close of the validation period, feedback received will be collated and evaluated. This feedback will inform the development of the Final Draft of the Anaesthetic Technology Training Package Products.

          Further Information

          For further information, please contact Devika Mudaliar on (02) 9392 8100 or 0438 043 186, or via email at devika.mudaliar@skillsiq.com.au.