Individual Support, Ageing and Disability - Draft 2

CHC43021_Certificate IV in Ageing Support_Draft 2.0

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Qualification description & entry requirements

QUALIFICATION CODE

CHC43021

QUALIFICATION TITLE

Certificate IV in Ageing Support

QUALIFICATION DESCRIPTION

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who work under supervision and delegation to complete key tasks and functions in aged services following an individualised plan; either in residential, home or community-based environments. Workers will take responsibility for their own outputs within defined organisational guidelines and maintain quality service delivery, working as a part of a multi-disciplinary team.

 

Workers may be required to demonstrate leadership and have limited responsibility for the organisation and the quantity and quality of outputs of others within limited parameters.

 

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support

Or

CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

Or

Either CHC30212 Certificate III in Aged Care OR CHC30208 Certificate III in Aged Care PLUS the CHCSS001XX Aged Care Skill Set.

11 Comments

ACWIC Response

"From the Aged Care Workforce Industry Council: The Council believes that the Certificate IV’s Entry Requirements which have been updated in Draft 2 are appropriate. This will mean that students who have older Certificate III will be recognised. The Council notes that the draft Certificate IV entry requires people holding the 2008 and 2012 versions of the Certificate III to undertake the Aged Care Skills set. This could disadvantage learners given that the skills set is long. Generally, it may disincentivise learners to require them to ‘update’ a qualification they already hold. It might be fairer for a worker with any Certificate III with 3+ years of experience in aged care to be given entry into the Certificate IV with minimal requirement for pre-requisite study e.g. the infection control unit if not previously completed. The Certificate IV should provide workers with additional skills and knowledge than those that have been developed through completion of the Certificate III. The Council recommends that Skills IQ works closely with Dementia Australia and the Centre for Dementia Learning to develop the learning objects and content for this unit. The Council notes that there is double up from the Dementia and Palliative care units in the Certificate III and IV and would recommend that the III units provide an introduction to these concepts and IV units provide a more in-depth learning into these concepts. The Council supports quality training for all aged care workers but recognises that training affordability is a critical issue for this group. We urge states/territories to ensure that funding is prioritised to ensure that individual aged care workers can access both the Cert III and the Cert IV at little or no cost. Kind regards, "

Mark Berezdecky 28.07.2021 11.04AM

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Entry requirements

"The stipulation of the range of current & previous Cert III qualifications is a good move and IRT supports this for our workforce."

Tania Tsiamis 28.07.2021 09.28AM

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Is the leadership component accurate?

"I am not sure this workforce is expected to hold leadership roles?"

Lucy WHELAN 26.07.2021 08.34AM

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Supervision and delegation

"Again, this workforce do not work under delegation, more so allocation of tasks under supervision of a manager. The supervision and delegation makes it too like the AHA role which is distinctly different in working directly under the supervision and delegation of an AHP."

Lucy WHELAN 26.07.2021 08.34AM

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Pre-requisite

"Great to see the prerequisite stipulation here."

Lucy WHELAN 26.07.2021 08.32AM

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Entry requitements

"Agree to have the Cert III as a pre-requisite"

Karen Voce 25.07.2021 10.09PM

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Prerequisites

"Support the clear prerequisites for this qualification"

Karen Noble 23.07.2021 03.39PM

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Aged care skills set

"I love the addition of Aged care skill set "

Michelle Gleeson 20.07.2021 12.52PM

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Entry requirements

"It is good that students who have older Cert III qualifications will have these recognised. These students also have a wealth of experience working in aged care. However, it states if a student has CHC30212 and CHC30208 they also require the Aged care Skill Set as a pre requisite. This skill set comprised 6 units which is very long for a skill set. Two units dealing with dementia and palliative care are core units in the Cert IV Ageing Support so why do students need these units as pre requisites? "

Carla Unicomb 16.07.2021 12.31PM

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"I agree that the Cert III should be a pre-requisite. I don't think there is any point doubling up of the dementia and palliative care from the skill set, unless of course credit transfers are able to be given for these units."

Julie Guest 17.07.2021 12.24PM

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Entry requirements

"Agree that the Certificate III should be a pre-requisite."

Karyn Calcino 15.07.2021 05.46AM

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Packaging rules

PACKAGING RULES

10 units must be completed:

 

  • 6 core units
  • 4 elective units, consisting of:
    • at least 3 units from the electives listed below
    • up to 1 unit from the electives listed below, or any other current endorsed Training Package or accredited course.

 

The units selected must be relevant to the work outcome.

1 Comments

Cert IV in Ageing Support

"The new course only has 4 elective units. Can any core units be combined so students have more choice of elective units?"

Carla Unicomb 16.07.2021 12.32PM

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Core units

CORE UNITS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHCAGE009

Provide services for older people

CHCAGE010

Implement interventions with older people to reduce risk

CHCAGE011

Provide support to people living with dementia

CHCCCS006

Facilitate individual service planning and delivery

CHCPAL003

Deliver care services using a palliative approach

HLTWHS003

Maintain work health and safety

 

3 Comments

Identify risk and report?

"Is the need for this workforce to identify risk and escalate overt enough in this set of core units?"

Lucy WHELAN 26.07.2021 08.35AM

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Palliative Care and Dementia

"Palliative Care Australia (PCA) strongly supports the inclusion of CHCAGE011 Provide support to people living with dementia & CHCPAL003 Deliver care services using a palliative approach as core units for this qualification. The inclusion of CHCPAL003 will ensure aged care staff can care for people with a life limiting illness whose needs are relatively straightforward and know when to refer when needs are complex. Additionally, many people living with dementia struggle to access palliative care that appropriately responds to their needs and respects their wishes. The inclusion of CHCAGE011 will ensure that staff will be able to assess symptoms such as pain and distress, and appropriately respond and care for people with dementia. This also supports the recommendation of the Royal Commission (supported in the Government response) that staff undertake dementia and palliative care training."

Katie Snell 22.07.2021 04.13PM

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1 Reply

"I agree"

Steph Dickinson 28.07.2021 12.20PM

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ELECTIVE UNITS

 

CHCAGE008

Implement falls prevention strategies

CHCAGE012

Provide food services

CHCADV001

Facilitate the interests and rights of clients

CHCAOD001

Work in an alcohol and other drugs context

CHCCCS001

Address the needs of people with chronic disease

CHCCCS007

Develop and implement service programs

CHCCCS010

Maintain a high standard of service

CHCCCS017

Provide loss and grief support

CHCCCS019

Recognise and respond to crisis situations

CHCCCS033

Identify and report abuse

CHCCCS036

Support relationships with carer and family

CHCCCS039

Coordinate and monitor home based support

CHCCCS042

Prepare meals

CHCCCS043

Support positive mealtime experiences

CHCCOM002

Use communication to build relationships

CHCDIS014

Assist with communication using augmentative and alternative communication methods

CHCDIS015

Develop and use strategies for communication with augmentative and alternative communication systems

CHCDIS018

Facilitate community participation and social inclusion

CHCDIS019

Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach

CHCDIS020

Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs

CHCDIV002

Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

CHCDIV003

Manage and promote diversity

CHCINM001

Meet statutory and organisation information requirements

CHCLEG003

Manage legal and ethical compliance

CHCMGT002

Manage partnership agreements with services providers

CHCMGT006

Coordinate client directed services

CHCMHS001

Work with people with mental health issues

CHCPAL004

Plan for and provide care services using a palliative approach

CHCPAS001

Plan for the provision of pastoral and spiritual care

CHCPRP001

Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships

CHCPRP003

Reflect on and improve own professional practice

HLTAHA013

Provide support in dysphagia management

HLTAID011

Provide First Aid

HLTFSE001

Follow basic food safety practices

HLTHPS006

Assist clients with medication

HLTWHS004

Manage work health and safety

BSBLDR413

Lead effective workplace relationships

BSBMGT401

Show leadership in the workplace

BSBSTR402

Implement continuous improvement

 

QUALIFICATION MAPPING INFORMATION

No equivalent qualification.

LINKS

Companion Volume Implementation Guide

12 Comments

ACWIC Response

"From the Aged Care Workforce Industry Council: The Council supports the development of a mental health and comorbidities unit as the Certificate IV level. The Council recommends that Skills IQ works closely with a subject matter expert organisation, such as Beyond Blue and their Professional Education to Aged Care (PEAC) program to develop the content. Kind regards,"

Mark Berezdecky 28.07.2021 11.14AM

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Frailty

"Is management of frail clients and knowledge of frailty included in the training? This is a key factor that impacts physical and mental wellbeing in our older clients"

Kirsty Hearn 27.07.2021 04.56PM

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Falls

"Interested that Falls Risk is an elective and not a core learning in this patient age groups and in light of the high prevalence of falls."

Kirsty Hearn 27.07.2021 04.53PM

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Grief & Bereavement

"Palliative Care Australia (PCA) strongly supports the inclusion of CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support as an elective unit for this qualification. This will provide staff with the skills to support care recipients and families, refer them to appropriate services and manage their own self-care."

Katie Snell 22.07.2021 04.12PM

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MHV additional trauma elective

"MHV recommends including the elective: CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care (This is a core unit in Cert IV Mental Health and Cert IV Mental Health Peer Work.)"

Louise Alexander 22.07.2021 01.08PM

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all units of competency in aged care qualifications

"All the units of competence have a lot of repetitive information i.e duty of care, dignity of risk, human rights, privacy, work role boundaries. I know these apply to all units but students complain about the repetitiveness of the units."

Carla Unicomb 16.07.2021 12.38PM

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1 Reply

"Hi Carla, this content could be delivered and assessed holistically to avoid repetition. The units themselves need to stand alone as while they are packaged together in this qualification, if they are used in another, that may not be the case. Hence each unit must include the relevant knowledge evidence to allow it to be delivered as a stand alone if required. "

Melinda Brown 16.07.2021 04.37PM

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Cert IV in Ageing Support HLTHPS006

"Why has the unit HLTHPS007 Administer and monitor medications been replaced with HLTHPS006 Assist clients with medications? In an aged care setting staff are not assisting residents with their medications. Most residents have high care needs and need a lot more than assistance."

Carla Unicomb 16.07.2021 12.34PM

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"Hi Carla, this was in response to Draft 1 feedback and submissions in response to the Draft 1 discussion paper. In many jurisdictions personal care workers would not be allowed to administer medications and therefore the decision was to include the assist unit only as administer is out of scope for the job role. "

Melinda Brown 16.07.2021 04.39PM

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"Hi Melinda, I am a consultant pharmacist working in aged care. I developed the Not Just Pills training and resource package in 2010 to fill a gap that I identified in aged care in terms of administration of non-packed medications such as inhaler devices, liquid medications, transdermal patches etc. My overwhelming finding was that neither registered nurses or Certificate III or IV carers had been properly trained in how to administer these important dose formulations nor was there a set of competency assessments to facilitate ongoing assessment. Increasingly in aged care the RNs are being taken off the floor to complete documentation and care staff are required to administer ALL medications - not just those that are packed into dose administration aids. They do not ASSIST with medication administration - they are required to ADMINISTER a wide range of medication formulations (medicated eye drops, inhaler devices, liquid medicines, transdermal patches etc etc) to highly dependent residents. Already in Australia there are 240,000 hospital admissions annually that are attributable to medications. It would be an enormous mistake to think that aged care care staff do anything less than administer medications in this setting."

Penny Kraemer 19.07.2021 03.15PM

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"Staff are administering medications in many settings, not assisting. "

Christine Kilmartin 20.07.2021 07.29PM

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Limited units

"I agree that the current qualification requires changes in the structure of units however, the new qualification will limit a students ability to acquire the application of the qualification - "to complete key tasks and functions in aged services following an individualised plan; either in residential, home or community-based environments. Workers will take responsibility for their own outputs within defined organisational guidelines and maintain quality service delivery, working as a part of a multi-disciplinary team.""

Karyn Calcino 15.07.2021 06.06AM

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