Provide healthy lifestyle information
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide general information about healthy lifestyle practices, specifically information on nutrition and physical activity.
Information is based on the main recommendations of the current Australian national dietary and physical activity guidelines which aim to promote optimal health and wellbeing for generally healthy people. The unit specifically does not include the provision of advice for infants and toddlers, people who need special advice for a medical condition, or the frail elderly.
Information is generally provided to individual clients in the course of general health service provision rather than as part of dedicated health education sessions.
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 and health education activities 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).
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health
Elements describe the essential outcomes
Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.
- Identify authoritative healthy lifestyle information.
- Identify sources of authoritative and evidence based information about healthy lifestyle practices.
- Identify the national dietary and physical activity guidelines that apply to healthy people at different stages of life.
- Review national guidelines and identify key recommendations and messages that inform the provision of healthy lifestyle information.
- Provide information to clients.
- Identify and use opportunities to provide information and resources about healthy lifestyle practices during day-to-day provision of health services.
- Communicate in culturally appropriate and safe ways with clients, using plain language.
- Provide information consistent with national guidelines to help clients make informed choices.
- Advise on recommended daily serves of the five food groups, provide information about discretionary foods and inform clients about limiting daily intake.
- Explain the benefits of healthy food, beverage and exercise choices and impact of poor choices on health and wellbeing.
- Identify and support clients with specific needs.
- Identify clients who require healthy lifestyle advice beyond own limitations and recognise risks of providing inappropriate advice.
- Refer clients with specific nutritional and other needs to health professionals and support services with required expertise according to organisational procedures.
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 key overarching recommendations of unfamiliar national guideline documentation.
Oral communication skills to:
- provide information to clients using plain language and terms easily understood
- ask open and closed probe questions and actively listen to determine client understanding of information.
Numeracy skills to:
- interpret numerical aspects of the national dietary guidelines including recommended and proportional food intakes in different food groups.
Learning skills to:
- use information provided in national guidelines to update and extend knowledge of healthy lifestyle practices.
UNIT MAPPING INFORMATION
No equivalent unit.
For details, refer to the full mapping table in the Draft 2 Validation Guide.
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