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Diploma of Clinical Coding: Training Package Update Approved

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Technicians Support Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC), and the Clinical Coding Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) completed a project to develop a new entry-level Clinical Coding qualification, the Diploma of Clinical Coding; a new skill set; seven new Clinical Coding Units of Competency; and updated three existing Clinical Coding Units of Competency to ensure that entry-level clinical coders have access to appropriate 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), and the Clinical Coding Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) completed a project to develop a new entry-level Clinical Coding qualification, the Diploma of Clinical Coding; a new skill set; seven new Clinical Coding Units of Competency; and updated three existing Clinical Coding Units of Competency to ensure that entry-level clinical coders have access to appropriate skills and knowledge, in order to meet the current and future needs of the Australian health care system.


Background

The aim of the proposed development and update was to ensure that the clinical coding workforce is equipped with the holistic skills and knowledge required to perform an entry-level clinical coder job role in a health setting in any jurisdiction. The approved new qualification will create a consistent standard of practice for clinical coders.

The following key areas had been considered during the Training Package development and update process:

  • Introduction to the role of clinical coding in the health system, including funding models
  • Medical terminology and medical science for clinical coding
  • Clinical anatomy and physiology
  • Understanding and applying principles of privacy and ethics in health care
  • Understanding, interpreting and navigating health records in the context of the patient journey
  • Abstracting information for clinical coding
  • Understanding and participating in clinical coding audits.
  • We thank everyone who provided feedback via the feedback forum, email and attended webinars and workshops to inform this project to date.

      Project Governance

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



      The Clinical Coding TAC comprised of a number of key subject matter expert stakeholders within the industry, as follows:

      Project Status 

      The AISC considered the proposed training package development and update at its meeting on the 23rd February 2021.

      The following TP Products have been loaded to training.gov.au and are awaiting endorsement by the State and Territory Skills Ministers. It will be released on training.gov.au once endorsed.

      One Qualification:

    • HLT50321 Diploma of Clinical Coding
    • One Skill Set:

    • HLTSS00071 Clinical Coding Auditor Skill Set
    • Ten Units of Competency:

    • HLTCCD001 Apply an understanding of the health care system to clinical coding practice
    • HLTCCD002 Interpret and navigate health care records
    • HLTCCD003 Use medical terminology in health care
    • HLTCCD004 Interpret clinical documentation using knowledge of anatomy and physiology
    • HLTCCD005 Abstract information for clinical coding
    • HLTCCD006 Undertake basic clinical coding
    • HLTCCD007 Undertake moderately complex clinical coding
    • HLTCCD008 Undertake highly complex clinical coding
    • HLTCCD009 Undertake a clinical coding audit
    • HLTCCD010 Analyse and report on clinical coding auditing.

    Project Timings

    Further Information

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