First Aid: Training Package Product Update

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SkillsIQ, under the direction of the First Aid Industry Reference Committee, has embarked upon a project to update current First Aid Units to ensure skills training is in line with workforce needs and expectations.

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the First Aid Industry Reference Committee, has embarked upon a project to update current First Aid Units to ensure skills training is in line with workforce needs and expectations.

Background

The HLTAID First Aid Competency Standards were developed to provide a set of robust, industry-supported standards for people providing First Aid to others.

In these instances, the Statement of Attainment provides evidence to the employer and the community that the worker has the skills and knowledge to be able to provide a First Aid response and sustain life in the event of an emergency.

A widespread multi-channel consultation involving a broad range of stakeholders was conducted to identify and validate the exact nature of the skills needs in the industry and the respective Training Package Product update requirements.

As a result, industry has identified four key drivers for change in the First Aid Training Package Products, as follows:

  • Changes in industry best practice
  • Diversity in the scope and breadth of First Aid
  • An increase in clarity and uniformity in the content of the Units of Competency wherever possible
  • Increased recognition of the role of mental health support in the provision of First Aid.
  • The First Aid Units of Competency were updated in line with these drivers for change and Draft 1 released for public consultation from 7 August 2019 to 20 September 2019. Face-to-face workshops and webinars were conducted to gather feedback from industry stakeholders. The draft Units were also available on the SkillsIQ online feedback forum for comment.

    To take forward Training Package Product development work, the First Aid Industry Reference Committee (IRC) has reviewed feedback received from Draft 1 and confirmed the changes required for the development of Draft 2.

    Consequently, the First Aid IRC has proposed changes which will involve:

    • Updating current Units of Competency to reflect industry best practice and current regulation
    • Updating the current Units of Competency to ensure their scope and breadth are reflective of industry expectations
    • Consideration of the skills requirements in specific areas, such as asthma and anaphylaxis.
    • Consideration of the need for additional criteria to address First Aid in relation to mental health.

    • The First Aid IRC is comprised of a number of key expert stakeholders within the industry, as follows:



      Project Status

      Consultation of Draft 2 will begin on Friday, 01 November and will finish at COB on Friday, 22 November 2019.

      Draft 2 consultation will seek feedback on:

      Eight Units of Competency:

      • HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
      • HLTAID010 Provide basic emergency life support
      • HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
      • HLTAID012 Provide an emergency First Aid response in an education and care setting
      • HLTAID013 Provide First Aid in a remote or isolated site
      • HLTAID014 Provide advanced First Aid
      • HLTAID015 Provide advanced resuscitation and oxygen therapy
      • HLTAID016 Manage First Aid services and resources.

      • One Skill Set:

        • Occupational First Aid Skill Set

        Please Click Here to access Draft 2 documents, including a Validation Guide.

        Project Timings 

        Figure 1: Stages of Training Package Product development.

        Consultation Activities: Round 2

        Webinars will be held on the following dates in November. 

        To register for any of the following webinars, please click on the associated link: 

        Date                                                 Time 
        Wednesday, 6 November          2:00pm – 3:00pm AEDT - closed
        Friday, 8 November                    3:30pm – 4:30pm AEDT - closed
        Monday, 11 November              10:00am – 11:00am AEDT - closed

        Please click here to view the First Aid Draft 2 webinar presentation. 


        Further information

        For more information please contact Gary Dunshea on (02) 9392 8100 or gary.dunshea@skillsiq.com.au.