Implement basic health care plans
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide treatments and health care to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients. It requires the ability to review health assessments and contribute to the development of health care plans as part of a multidisciplinary health care team.
It covers skills to implement, monitor and review plans for the care of clients with health conditions that are typically uncomplicated and require short term management. Implementation involves making referrals, administering clinical treatments and coordinating ongoing care.
This unit is specific to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people working as health workers or health practitioners. They work as part of a multidisciplinary primary health care team to provide primary health care services to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients.
No regulatory requirement for certification, occupational or business licensing is linked to this unit at the time of publication. For information about practitioner registration and accredited courses of study, contact the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia (ATSIHPBA).
Health Care and Support
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health
Elements describe the essential outcomes
Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.
- Contribute to the planning of treatment and care for clients.
- Review client history and health assessments to ascertain specific requirements of health care plan.
- Identify proposed treatment, care and support options within limits of own ability and responsibility.
- Participate in multidisciplinary team discussions, and contribute to a health care plan that recognises and responds to the client’s needs.
- Explain health care plan to client.
- Use culturally appropriate and safe communication to discuss care plan with client and/or significant others and explain how it relates to health assessment results.
- Provide information about each aspect of proposed care plan and reasons for inclusion.
- Encourage questions about care plan to support understanding, cooperation, and agreement.
- Consult with primary health care team about client-suggested plan changes and adjust as appropriate.
- Update client records to include the plan, according to organisational policies and procedures.
- Implement referrals and basic treatments.
- Select and use medical equipment suited to purpose of treatment and according to manufacturer’s specifications.
- Implement required infection control precautions according to treatment requirements.
- Administer clinical treatments according to scope of practice and standard treatment protocols used by the organisation.
- Explain and guide client through self-care aspects of treatment.
- Facilitate referrals to health professionals and support services according to client needs and preferences.
- Update client records to include details of referrals, treatments and self-care information provided.
- Monitor client health and review effectiveness of health care.
- Monitor client health through ongoing scheduled assessments incorporated in care plan.
- Gain feedback from client and/or significant others about their level of comfort and adherence to health care practices.
- Determine degree of improvement of client’s condition, and compare with expectations of treatments and care plan.
- Review treatments and care plan and provide continuity of care, as required, in consultation with client and multidisciplinary team.
Foundation skills essential to performance in this unit, but not explicit in the performance criteria are listed here, along with a brief context statement.
Reading skills to:
- interpret detailed and sometimes unfamiliar health assessments involving health terminology and abbreviations
- interpret sometimes complex and unfamiliar standard treatment protocols involving medical terminology and abbreviations.
Writing skills to:
- use fundamental sentence structure, health terminology and abbreviations to complete forms and reports that require factual information.
Oral communication skills to:
- provide unambiguous information to clients using plain language and terms easily understood
- ask open and closed probe questions and actively listen to elicit information from clients and to determine client understanding of information provided.
Numeracy skills to:
- interpret sometimes complex medical numerical data and abbreviations in standard treatment protocols and client records
- complete a range of calculations for treatments and plan evaluations involving volume, percentages and ratios.
UNIT MAPPING INFORMATION
No equivalent unit.
For details, refer to the full mapping table in the Draft 2 Validation Guide.
Companion Volume Implementation Guide