Individual Support, Ageing and Disability - Draft 2

Project Summary

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Direct Client Care and Support Industry Reference Committee (IRC), in collaboration with the Aged Services IRC and Disability Support IRC, is undertaking a project to update the existing Certificate III in Individual Support, Certificate IV in Ageing Support and Certificate IV in Disability Qualifications and associated Units of Competency to ensure that workers in these sectors have access to relevant skills and knowledge, in order to meet the current and future needs of the Australian health care system.
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Project Background

The Certificate III in Individual Support, first introduced in 2015, brought together previous Certificate III qualifications in the areas of Aged Care, Disability Support and Home & Community Care. It reflects the role of workers who may work in a residential or community care setting with clients who require personalised support due to ageing, disability or other reasons. Along with the Certificate IV in Ageing Support and the Certificate IV in Disability, the Certificate III in Individual Support forms a fundamental part of the training for workers in these important areas.

The Direct Client Care and Support Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is currently working in collaboration with the Disability Support IRC and the Aged Services IRC to update the Qualifications and relevant Units of Competency within the Certificate III in Individual Support, the Certificate IV in Disability and the Certificate IV in Ageing Support.

Draft 2 of the updated Training Package Products is now available for public validation and feedback.

Draft 2 Qualifications and Units of Competency have been developed based on the feedback received on the Training Package Products during Draft 1 consultation as well as a list of Key Questions that were asked during Draft 1 consultation.

An Individual Support Working Group was formed, comprising three IRC members from each of the three IRCs to review the feedback to form recommendations for the IRCs to approve for Draft 2. SkillsIQ also convened subject matter expert discussion groups in the areas of dementia care, autism, assistive technologies, palliative care and nutrition and mealtime experience. The feedback and recommendations from those discussion groups were also considered by the working group and consolidated into the feedback paper and overall recommendations to the IRCs.

Draft 2 has been placed on the SkillsIQ Online Feedback Forum for feedback. This feedback will provide the IRCs with input on which to finalise the Training Package Products for submission to the AISC.

The Training Package Products and validation guide are available for comment until 5.00pm AEST Wednesday, 28 July 2021. Due to the strict submission timeframes on which this project is operating, no extension to this deadline will be possible.

A series of webinars have also been scheduled to provide an overview of the key changes and how to provide your feedback. Please note that all of the webinars will cover the same material, so there is no need to register for all of the webinars. They are simply scheduled at different times to facilitate people’s attendance.

Draft 2 Webinars
Date                         Time

Friday, 16 July         12.00pm – 1.30pm (AEST) - closed
Tuesday, 20 July     12.00pm – 1.30pm (AEST) - closed
Thursday, 22 July   2.00pm – 3.30pm (AEST) - closed

Please click here to view the webinar slides.

More information

For more information on this project, please contact Melinda Brown on 02 9392 8100 or email or melinda.brown@skillsiq.com.au

Attachments

Draft 2 Validation Guide - July 2021

Recent Comments

Rosalie Duke-Stanley 28.07.2021

"based on the current typical working hours that a worker undertakes - 4000 hours is in many cases unachievable. While a worker could achieve that, it would be over time where skills may end up being out of date by the time that they achieved the total hours. 4,000 hours experience (equivalent to 2 years full-time work) in a registered disability service."

Individual Support, Ageing and Disability - Draft 2

CHC43121_Certificate IV in Disability Support_Draft 2.0

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Rosalie Duke-Stanley 28.07.2021

"based on the change to work activities and moving towards client and also staff safety, the following unit should be added as an elective choice - HLTWHS005 Conduct manual tasks safely OR as a CORE "

Individual Support, Ageing and Disability - Draft 2

CHC33021_Certificate III in Individual Support_Draft 2.0

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Rosalie Duke-Stanley 28.07.2021

"Agreed. not clear why linked to these units. "

Individual Support, Ageing and Disability - Draft 2

CHC33021_Certificate III in Individual Support_Draft 2.0

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Vanessa Schuldt 28.07.2021

"I agree that the 'Mealtime Support Units' should be the same (or at least align) with the Allied Health Assisting units to ensure the training, skills and knowledge base for PCWs is consistent with that of AHAs. We need to ensure everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet (i.e. knowledge and skill base) when it comes to the food and nutrition care of older Australians and people with disability. Evidence-based, consistent training is what the industry needs to strive for here."

Individual Support, Ageing and Disability - Draft 2

CHCSS001XX - Mealtime support skill set

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Vanessa Schuldt 28.07.2021

"An obvious omission from here is 'protected mealtimes'. Protected meal times are designed to reduce any unnecessary mealtime disruption and ensure that clients are able to enjoy meals. This needs to be covered here."

Individual Support, Ageing and Disability - Draft 2

CHCCCS043 Support positive mealtime experiences_Draft 2.0

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