Allied Health Assistance - Draft 1

Project Summary

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Direct Client Care and Support Industry Reference Committee (IRC), is undertaking a comprehensive update of the Allied Health Assistance Qualifications and associated Units of Competency within the HLT Training Package.
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SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Direct Client Care and Support Industry Reference Committee, has embarked upon a project to review the skills requirements of the Allied Health Assistance sector. This will inform potential changes in the current Allied Health Assistance Qualifications and associated Units of Competency to ensure skills training is in line with workforce needs and expectations.

This project will update the Allied Health Assistance Training Package Products under the remit of the Direct Client Care and Support IRC in response to the Key Drivers for Change findings within the 2019 Direct Client Care and Support Industry Skills Forecast.

The Health Training Package must be reflective of the contemporary requirements of industry. Specifically, in this circumstance, the skills required by Allied Health Assistants need to be aligned to exact work roles within health care settings in order to contribute to reducing or eliminating workforce shortages, particularly in regional and rural areas.

SkillsIQ will be undertaking a number of key activities to engage community stakeholders and VET professionals.

Consultation Activities and Timelines

National consultation on Draft 1 will start on Tuesday, 1st of June and will close at 5.00pm on Friday, 2nd of July 2021. During this period, input will be sought on the following Training Package Products relating to Allied Health Assistance:

  • Three Qualifications
  • Seven Skill Sets
  • Twenty Three HLTAHA Units of Competency and their associated Assessment Requirements
  • Four HLTHSS Units of Competency and their associated Assessment Requirements.
  • During the consultation period SkillsIQ will be meeting with industry stakeholders, employers and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). If you have expertise in this area and would like to meet with SkillsIQ, please contact Gary Dunshea at gary.dunshea@skillsiq.com.au, or via phone at (02) 9392 8100 or 0499 908 843.

    Following the close of the consultation period, feedback received will be collated and evaluated. This feedback will inform the development of Draft 2, which will be made publicly available for validation prior to the submission for endorsement.

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    Consultation Activities: Round 1

    A series of webinars will be held along with access to SkillsIQ’s Online Feedback Forum.

    Webinars: 
    Date                                                  Time
    Webinar 1: Monday, 7 June           11:00am - 12:00pm (AEST) - closed
    Webinar 2: Tuesday, 8 June           2:00pm - 3:00pm (AEST) - closed
    Webinar 3: Tuesday, 15 June         2:00pm - 3:00pm (AEST) - closed
    Webinar 4: Friday, 25 June             2:00pm - 3:00pm (AEST) - closed

    Further Information

    For more information, or to discuss, please contact Gary Dunshea at gary.dunshea@skillsiq.com.au or via telephone at 0499 908 843.

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Allied Health Assistance - Draft 1 Consultation Guide

Recent Comments

Bingyan Pang 02.07.2021

"The placement for this unit is NOT difficult. There are plenty of practices where podiatrists are willing to provide supervision. We just need to ask. "

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Bingyan Pang 02.07.2021

"The PT units are useful and I am not opposed to these units. But we cannot say this collection of units are suitable for all PT OT and Pod assistants. The elective unit Assist with basic foot hygiene does not provide adequate training for an assistant to work in podiatry. Any assistants can be employed in podiatry, mind you AHPRA only recommends taking training in either cert iii or cert iv, it's not mandatory. BUT, pod assistants without the adequate training from the podiatry skill set have minimal value specifically to podiatry. It's great that you have experience working with AHAs, but please also keep in mind that each health services function differently, we cannot make these changes based on opinions from one state. "

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Jenni Devine 02.07.2021

"Hi Bingyan, yes it is the case that podiatry has less access to FTE to fund assistants (in the public system). And yes, if we want podiatrists to work with assistants then training of AHPs to do this needs to be incorporated at tertiary level, this is common for all AH professions with research showing this. And I am not advocating for the removal of podiatry AHA training at all. A podiatry assistant can be employed with the elective unit Assist with basic foot hygiene as part of their Cert IV. And the flexibility of the Cert IV is such that AHPs who employ or work with AHAs can develop the capability of the AHA to work to the role as required. The PT units in movement would be invaluable to any AHA working in podiatry, I know this from experience having worked with AHAs in a public podiatry (general and high risk) service for over 10 years. "

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Jenni Devine 02.07.2021

"Just to clarify for all, the proposed Movement and Mobility speciality consists of PT, POD and OT units. HLTAHA028 Deliver and monitor PT programs and HLTAHA037 Deliver and monitor an aquatic physiotherapy program are physio specific, with elements transferable to any role. HLTAHA032 Assist with the development and maintenance of an individual’s functional status and HLTAHA038 Support the fitting of assistive equipment are Occupational Therapy specific units, with elements transferable to any role of an AHA. And the podiatry unit HLTAHA030 Assist with basic foot hygiene is the podiatry unit most relevant to Movement and Mobility, as without adequate 'foot hygiene' (aka basic foot care), safe mobility and movement can be at risk. The Movement and Mobility specialisation is not aimed at physiotherapy assistants only but rather aimed at encompassing the varied skills an AHA may require to have in a role that promotes and assists in safe mobility and movement. The main issue with the cluster of units is lack of availability of roles for assistants in foot care and hydrotherapy, making student placements difficult to obtain. "

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Bingyan Pang 02.07.2021

"Hi Jenni. The low uptake in the use of podiatry assistants is not about the training itself, it's about funding where podiatry is always the last to get a piece of the cake, and the fear of a group of podiatrists losing their jobs to podiatry assistants (which can never happen anyway). The misconception and lack of ability to work with podiatry assistants are matters tertiary need to resolve in podiatry training. There are services in the country where there are clear JDF's for podiatry assistants, please look up different states and see what each states are doing. We should not remove training for the whole country basing on one state. "

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