Certificate III in Ageing Support Draft 1

Project Summary

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Aged Services Industry Reference Committee is undertaking development of a new qualification – the Certificate III in Ageing Support. 

This work is being undertaken in response to recommendations from the Aged Care Workforce Taskforce report “A Matter of Care – Australia’s Aged Care Workforce Strategy” and is aimed at ensuring workers are equipped with the skills required to work effectively in the aged care sector and provide quality care to their clients. 

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This project will take place in two distinct phases. The first, commencing in March 2019, will look to re-package current units of competency from the Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) into a stand-alone Certificate III in Ageing Support, designed to better meet the immediate and critical skills required of the aged care workforce. As part of this process, it is proposed that several Units of Competency, which were previously electives in the Certificate III in Individual Support, will become core units in this new qualification, to better reflect the current skill needs of the aged care workforce. This process has been directed to ensuring greater alignment with contemporary aged care needs and national consistency in content of training that is required by industry as a matter of urgency.

The second phase, to commence later this year, will encompass a full review and update of the Units of Competency relevant to aged care to ensure they are fit for purpose and meet industry’s ongoing needs. This will also require consideration of providing streamlined access to appropriate career development opportunities for industry and employees.

Consultation Activities and Timelines

Please note, the content of the related Ageing Support Units of Competency is not currently being revised, only the packaging of the qualification. Updates to Units of Competency will be undertaken in Phase Two of the project.

SkillsIQ will be undertaking a number of key activities to engage community stakeholders and VET professionals as follows:

Webinars
Monday 8 April 11am-12.00pm AEST - closed
Thursday 11 April 4.00pm-5.00pm AEST - closed

Workshops

City Date
 Sydney  Monday 15 April 2.30pm-4.00pm - closed
 Melbourne  Thursday 2 May 12.30pm-2.00pm
 Perth  Monday 13 May 2.30pm-4.00pm
 Darwin  Tuesday 14 May 3.30pm-5.00pm
 Adelaide  Wednesday 15 May 2.00pm-3.30pm
 Brisbane  Thursday 16 May 10.00am-11.30am
 Hobart  Friday 17 May 10.00am-11.30am
 Alice Springs  Monday 20 May 9.30am-11.00am
 Canberra  Tuesday 21 May 3.30pm-5.00pm

Following the close of the consultation period, feedback received will be collated and evaluated. This feedback will inform the development of a Validation Draft, prior to submission to the AISC for consideration in August.

Further Information

For more information please contact Melinda Brown on 02 9392 8100 or enquiries@skillsiq.com.au 

Attachments

Ageing Support Consultation Guide March 2019

Recent Comments

Kathryn HeggartyHeggarty 24.04.2019

"Hi, Reading comments, it is very apparent this is out of touch with what is happening at the front line. I have just registered to comment and there wasn’t even a tab to say (I’m a worker in the field) I’m an assistant nurse with this course. Seriously have a pilot survey and get feedback from assistant nurses. Especially those experienced and well versed in the industry. This feedback is vital otherwise you are simply doing the same thing but different names, course name, unit name etc. What is the name for - doing the same thing but expecting a different result? The workforce for personal care work is Changing - more non-English workers and also those compelled to work as they don’t like what they are seeing in the industry so they get trained to care and try and make a difference. The experienced workers are not valued their input and opinion is not considered and its disappointing that it’s not considered here when reviewing course planning. Cultural awareness and cultural competence needs to be explained and understood at all levels plus implemented in business’s. Aging in place needs to be understood and hence how an assistant nurse can assist to overcome issues when this is in a facility. The issue of oh& safety of workers needs to be re-enforced and implemented and including assertive skills to ensure managers take note of issues. If people want a standard of English, I believe this needs to be implemented with registration of Ain’s The most concerning though in my view is the suggestion of medication assistant in this course. What are the boundaries of that unit? Are you aware the qnmu have a document about delegation of Ain tasks from an RN and also the I ssue that ONLY EN and RN should give meds as they don’t have the medication understanding. Talk to the people and get out of your office so you can make a difference."

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Jackie Hadida 23.04.2019

"Would like to see the following as Core Units: Infection Control, Recognizing and Reporting Elder Abuse and Palliative Care"

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Jackie Hadida 23.04.2019

"It is concerning that there are no entry requirements. It should be envisaged that there should be a standard English speaking and reading requirement as exists in other health professions."

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Jackie Hadida 23.04.2019

"120 hours is a bare minimum. It would be better if they had at least 8 weeks."

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Michael Stanley 18.04.2019

"Keep in mind that a this first stage no changes to individual units is being considered as this is part of stage 2. TO my understanding this stage is only looking at the qualification the packaging rules for the qualification"

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