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Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology and Practice: Draft 1 Consultation

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 Qualification and seven existing Anaesthetic Technology Units of Competency to ensure that Anaesthetic 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.
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 Qualification and seven existing Anaesthetic Technology Units of Competency to ensure that Anaesthetic 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 update of the existing nationally recognised anaesthetic technology Qualification and seven existing Units of Competency packaged within the HLT Health Training Package has been commissioned by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) under the direction of the Technicians Support Services IRC.

The 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 for an update. The IRC proposed updating the HLT57915 Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology Qualification and seven associated Units of Competency relating to anaesthetic technology job roles.

This Qualification was released in 2015 and, since then, there have been extensive changes in the scope of practice in terms of standards and protocols; new ideas and techniques; digital technologies; and terminology used within the discipline of anaesthetics. The Qualification therefore needs to reflect 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.

The anaesthesia environment is continuously evolving in terms of procedures and techniques to ensure safety and the quality of patient care. One of the primary reference documents that has underpinned the need for this update is ANZCA PS08 – Statement on the Assistant for the Anaesthetist, which was significantly revised shortly after the 2015 version of the HLT57915 Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology was released.

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. 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.
  • The job role has been updated to Anaesthetic Allied Health Practitioner in terms of defining the skills and knowledge to which this qualification would cater.
  • The Qualification description has been updated to include 600 hours of work placement as stated below:
          o To achieve this Qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 600 hours of work placement as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the Units of Competency.
  • Entry requirements have been updated to include the following:
         o Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who have:
            - completed Australian Year 12 English and science-related subjects (or the 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:
          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 Anaesthetic 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 Anaesthetic Allied Health Practitioner job role:


  • To take forward Training Package Product update work, the Anaesthetic Technology TAC and the Technicians Support Services 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 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 1 Consultation - Closed

    Consultation on Draft 1 started on Wednesday, 16th September and closed at 5.00pm on Friday, 16th October 2020.

    The Draft 1 consultation period will seek feedback on one Qualification and seven Units of Competency:

    • HLT57920 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 1 documents, including a Consultation Guide.

      Consultation Activities

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

      Webinars:
      Date                                                                             Time

      Webinar 1: Wednesday, 23rd September 2020    11.00am–12:00pm - closed
      Webinar 2: Wednesday, 30th September 2020    11.00am–12:00pm - closed
      Webinar 3: Wednesday, 7th October 2020           11.00am–12:00pm - closed

      Please click here to view the Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology and Practice: Draft 1 webinar presentation.

      Project Timings



      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 further information, please contact Devika Mudaliar on 0438 043 186 or via email at devika.mudaliar@skillsiq.com.au