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Unit application and prerequisites

UNIT CODE

CHCCCS041

UNIT TITLE

Recognise healthy body systems

APPLICATION

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to work with basic information about healthy body systems and the impacts of ageing and disability.

 

This unit applies to workers across a range of community services contexts.

 

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian standards and industry codes of practice.

 

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

PREREQUISITE UNIT

Nil

COMPETENCY FIELD

Nil

UNIT SECTOR

Nil

7 Comments

New unit

"The Queensland Nurses and Midwives' Union (QNMU) supports this new unit. The necessity for this unit is highlighted by the issues identified during the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. It has been acknowledged that there has been a lack of sound knowledge of anatomy and physiology of workers in these sectors. "

Deborah Twigg 28.07.2021 08.16AM

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"Health professionals and other relevant experts should be involved in the review, development and delivery of this content. For instance, an Accredited Practising Dietitian should deliver content related to nutrition and body systems"

Sayne Dalton 27.07.2021 01.10PM

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"In principle, this unit looks good, but suggest that it is thoroughly reviewed by health professionals with the appropriate specialised knowledge and work experience in the sectors to ensure that the content of the units have greater clarity on the expectations of level and type of information for this unit. "

Vanessa Schuldt 27.07.2021 01.08PM

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Unit content

"The unit remains at too high a level. Making it a CHC unit instead of a HLT unit is a good move, but it still does not reflect what Support Workers need to know; e.g. Support Workers do not need to know the "structure" of the major body systems. The KE is too involved and is still written as though it's a HLT unit in KE 1 & 2. The other (additional) KEs are more in line with Support Worker's roles"

Karen Voce 25.07.2021 11.50PM

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knowledge evidence.

"This has quite a lot of added knowledge evidence which I think is very relevant for this qualification. The procedures for working with allied health is great, incorporates a collaborative approach. some further indicators of body systems impacts of aging and disability are good. Will definitely need some more nominal hours to get through this comprehensive list."

Mandy Edlington 16.07.2021 02.02PM

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Unit Code

"The unit code should stay as a 'HLT' unit as the content of the unit is health related and not community services focused. Changing this code will affect other health related qualifications. "

Karyn Calcino 15.07.2021 05.45AM

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1 Reply

"Hi Karen, this is a new unit developed specifically for this package to align to the job role of a personal care worker. The original HLT unit remains, but wouldn't be used in this qualification."

Melinda Brown 15.07.2021 09.32AM

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Elements and performance criteria

ELEMENTS

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA

Elements describe the essential outcomes

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

  1. Work with information about the human body.
    1. Use and interpret health terminology that describes the structure, function and location of major body systems.
    2. Use and interpret information that relates to the interrelationships between major components of body systems and other structures.
  1. Recognise and promote ways to support healthy functioning of the body.
    1. Review factors that contribute to maintenance of a healthy body.
    2. Evaluate how the relationships between different body systems affect and support healthy functioning.
    3. Use and share information about healthy functioning of the body when carrying out work tasks.

2 Comments

Malnutrition screening - performance criteria

"Malnutrition is an issue/risk commonly seen in aged care and disability support. It is therefore important that PCWs are equipped with the knowledge, skills and tools to assess malnutrition risk (using a validated malnutrition screening tool, e.g. MST or MNA) and know what to do once malnutrition risk has been identified (e.g. in this case the action is to refer to a Dietitian, who will conduct a detailed nutrition assessment and dietary intervention). So I propose including malnutrition screening and follow up as part of the performance evidence outlined below."

Vanessa Schuldt 27.07.2021 12.49PM

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"Agree with the above comments. Identification of people at risk of malnutrition (over and under nutrition) and knowledge of how and when to refer to an Accredited Practising Dietitian for further assessment, is an essential skills for support workers. "

Sayne Dalton 27.07.2021 01.08PM

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Foundation skills

FOUNDATION SKILLS

Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the Performance Criteria of this unit of competency.

UNIT MAPPING INFORMATION

No equivalent unit.

LINKS

Companion Volume Implementation Guide

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Performance evidence

TITLE

Assessment Requirements for CHCCCS041 Recognise heathy body systems

PERFORMANCE EVIDENCE

Evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit in the context of the job role, and:

  • use information about the human body and its healthy functioning to carry out tasks in three different situations involving people who are ageing or living with disability.

1 Comments

Malnutrition screening - performance evidence

"As per the comment made above in 'Performance Criteria', propose including malnutrition screening (using a validated malnutrition screening tool, e.g. MST or MNA), and follow up in the performance evidence. "

Vanessa Schuldt 27.07.2021 01.13PM

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Knowledge evidence

KNOWLEDGE EVIDENCE

Demonstrated knowledge required to complete the tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit:

  • basic structure, functions and interactions of body systems and associated components:
    • cells, tissues and organs
    • cardiovascular system
    • respiratory system
    • musculoskeletal system
    • endocrine system
    • digestive system
    • urinary system
    • reproductive system
    • integumentary system
    • lymphatic system
    • nervous system, including sensory systems, eye and ear
    • special senses including smell, taste, vision, equilibrium and hearing
    • immune system
  • processes, conditions and resources required by the body to support healthy functioning:
    • body regulation:
      • maintenance of body temperature
      • fluid and electrolyte balance including pH
      • elimination of wastes from the body
      • maintenance of blood pressure
    • protection from infection
    • physical activity including active and passive
    • impacts of ageing and disability
  • health status and physical condition:
    • indicators of changes
    • impacts of ageing and disability
    • impact on wellbeing
    • how and when to report and to whom
    • scope of job role in recognising and reporting changes in physical, psychological and mental health condition
  • indicators of body system issues, impacts of ageing and disability and procedures for how and when to report issues relating to:
    • continence
    • malnutrition
    • dehydration
    • weight regulation
    • oral health
    • appetite regulation
    • dysphagia
    • bowel health issues
    • bone health issues
    • food intolerance
    • skin integrity issues including wounds and pressure injuries
    • dementia
    • cognitive changes
    • mental health
  • strategies to promote and maintain health and wellbeing:
    • nutrition
    • hydration
    • skin integrity
    • movement
    • social interaction
  • procedures for working with allied health team to implement individualised plans
  • relationship between nutrition and hygiene
  • impact of poor oral hygiene on nutrition
  • exercise and movement:
    • impact of restrictions on daily life
    • impacts of ageing and disability
  • common conditions, including:
    • physical disability
    • cognitive disability
    • intellectual disability
    • psychosocial disability
    • sensory disability
  • how to recognise change in the person from their normal to not normal:
    • physical change
    • mood change
  • pain and discomfort:
    • responses from people in pain
    • communication methods
    • pain scales
    • impacts of ageing and disability
  • basic medical terminology and abbreviations relevant to body systems.

8 Comments

Evidence-based nutrition knowledge

"In terms of 'strategies to promote and maintain health and wellbeing', it is vital that students understand the fundamentals of nutrition and hydration. This means understanding evidence-based nutrition principles like the 'Australian Guide to Healthy', the 'Australian Dietary Guidelines' and how nutrition needs change/alter as we age. This is not explicit or detailed here, but it should be, otherwise the risk is that RTOs refer to nutrition principles that are not evidence based. Having a nutrition knowledge base that is backed by evidence is important when PCWs are involved in grocery shopping and food preparation for clients. "

Vanessa Schuldt 27.07.2021 12.40PM

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"Agree that it is essential that PCWs understand basic evidence-based nutrition principles, as outlined in the 'Australian Guide to Healthy', the 'Australian Dietary Guidelines'. These guidelines are accessible with readily available content suitable for teaching within this program."

Sayne Dalton 27.07.2021 01.15PM

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Malnutrition screening

"Malnutrition is an issue/risk commonly seen in aged care and disability support. It is therefore important that students are equipped with the knowledge, skills and tools to assess malnutrition risk (using a validated malnutrition screening tool, e.g. MST or MNA) and know what to do once malnutrition risk has been identified (e.g. in this case the action is to refer to a dietitian for a detailed nutrition assessment and dietary intervention)."

Vanessa Schuldt 27.07.2021 12.10PM

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overall a great unit upgrade, with a couple of minor queries

"Oberall I think thers some great additions in this unit, such as the role of a PCA in recognising indicators of issues and reporting them (great examples there of what PCAs need to recognise and report), strategies to promote and maintain health (at a PCAs level of knowledge I hope), knowledge of common conditions (again at PCA level). But in some areas I think it is straying too far into the knowledge of an enrolled nurse. Eg do PCAs really need to know 'fluid and electrolyte balance including pH, maintenance of blood pressure". Also pain scales and communication methods is very industry and organisation specific, I feel like i've seen dozens of 'pain scales'. And 'how to recognise change in the person from their normal and not normal' seems to be the focus of the overall unit, thats what all the knowledge evidence etc is building up to, so having it as a specific knowledge criteria point seems a bit overkill- wouldn't this already be demonstrated in all the other knowledge?"

A. K. 19.07.2021 03.59PM

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Knowledge Evidence

"I feel the extra knowledge required for this unit is a great addition. Support workers need to know what the body needs to maintain good health, so they know why they need to report changes in a client, especially in Home and Community when they may be the onlyperson a client sees."

Carol Dunlevey 16.07.2021 05.43PM

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Knowledge evidence

"This unit still has all the higher level knowledge requirements of the same unit which is mandatory in enrolled nursing. Whilst basic understanding of body systems is required, does a support worker really need to know this level of detail about body regulation, fluid and electrolyte balance, temperature control etc The additions about maintaining health and wellbeing are great."

Sharon Richards 16.07.2021 01.23PM

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1 Reply

"HI Sharon Agree with some areas of the knowledge requirements being pitched higher than Cert III level maybe they could replace with observations of what they may see if someone has an electrolyte imbalance. The PCA's in our region will only be observing and reporting changes."

Vicki Zammit 23.07.2021 02.14PM

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Positive outcomes

"I like the additional requirements in the Healthy Bodies knowledge. I feel this will be beneficial to students and facilities, a good update"

Jeffrey Haddrell 15.07.2021 10.41AM

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Assessment conditions

ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS

Skills must be demonstrated in the workplace or a simulated environment that reflects workplace conditions.

 

Assessment must ensure access to:

  • facilities, equipment and resources that reflect real working conditions and model industry operating conditions and contingencies
  • client health information for clients who are ageing or have a disability.

 

Assessors must satisfy the Standards for Registered Training Organisations’ requirements for assessors.

LINKS

Companion Volume Implementation Guide

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