Allied Health Assistance - Draft 1

HLT33021 Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance Draft 1.0

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Qualification description & entry requirements

QUALIFICATION CODE

HLT33021

QUALIFICATION TITLE

Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance

QUALIFICATION DESCRIPTION

This qualification reflects the role of allied health assistants who provide assistance to allied health professionals under predetermined guidelines. Depending on the setting, work may include following treatment plans for therapeutic interventions and/or conducting programs under the regular direct, indirect or remote supervision of an allied health professional.

 

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 120 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency.

 

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

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

 

28 Comments

Review must include deep scan of current and future need and demandunmetinclude

"As comments indicate, AHA roles are growing and curricula/packake must be informed by what is needed by community and employers for next 5 years at least. Risk of referencing enrolments data (important as that is - not least as a possible indicator of service delivery system gaps/mismatch) without looking at other factors is that AHA workforce will not be supported to grow or meet community demand, to which they could be a critical workforce (e.g. lack of RTOs/ course options in remote areas)."

Allan Groth 02.07.2021 03.18PM

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Certificate III AHA needs to remain

"I have been part of a lecturing team delivering this course for over 10 years in Perth. It is very popular in Western Australia and does lead to employment- most jobs are within aged care and disability community care; some within a hospital setting (often a minimum of Cert III is requested even by WA Health jobs). In 2019 we had 87 graduates most entering the workforce, though some did go on to Cert IV AHA or uni entry courses. in 2020 (even with COVID restrictions) we had 76 graduates. This year with the course listed at half price we currently have 54 students who have just completed their placement and due to gain their qualification. These numbers indicate this course is still relevant and helps deliver allied health assistants to industries (aged care and disability) desperate for workers. Not all students are capable of successfully completing a Cert IV level qualification- but I have seen the knowledge and skills they gain within the Cert III AHA course allows them to be effective to enter the workforce as an AHA and continue to develop."

Debbie Zulch 02.07.2021 11.41AM

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Current qualification description

"Certificate III qualification description needs to have the same definition of an AHA as the Cert IV. It doesn't currently mention delegation. If the student wishes to undertaking more than one discipline than this needs to be reflected. In terms of many work placement sites there is a needs shortage in the avaialbity of work placements by making it mandatory within the program to have more than one discipline we could see that industry needs shortage grow even further."

Tania Brown 02.07.2021 10.55AM

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Why have a Cert.III in AHA which is so similar to the C.IV in AHA

"The current proposed C.III in AHA is a carbon copy of the C.IV in AHA - 7 of the 9 core units are the same and the three electives can all be the same as those delivered in the C.IV. The whole idea of a C.III is to allow those students who do not have the current capabilities to do a C.IV to start at a lower level, gain skill, knowledge and above all confidence and then maybe continue on and enroll in a C.IV level qualification. With the current proposed C.III in AHA you expect students with a C.III capability to do C.IV level work."

Tilly Waite 01.07.2021 11.58AM

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Entry requirements

"The package currently describes no entry requirements, however it would benefit from pre-training interview to ensure suitability for an allied health career. This may include communication, literacy and numeracy assessments"

jessica huglin 15.06.2021 04.00PM

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under predetermined guidelines.

"The description currently reads 'under predetermined guidelines' This isn't clear about what predetermined guidelines are. This should be rectified to read similarly to the Cert IV introduction which speaks to delegation. i.e. 'under delegation from AHPs'"

jessica huglin 15.06.2021 03.35PM

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Work placement

"My comment is about work placement rather than the subjects themselves. I believe that insufficient guidance is given to managers about the types of experience students should be having on work placement. Many of the assessment criteria indicate that they should be demonstrated on work placement, but the managers don't know this. I would suggest the provision of a placement manual for managers which outlines the expectations for experience to be gained on placement"

Felicity McLean 15.06.2021 08.01AM

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Definition of AHA

"The qualification description for Cert III should be the same as Cert IV. It should read the same as cert IV and state delegations are received from an AHP"

Kylie Saccotelli 13.06.2021 05.52PM

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Definition of an AHA

"the definition of an AHA should read as follows in both the Cert III and Cert IV qualification descriptions: FEEDBACK POINT 4: ...the role of allied health assistants who provide therapy and supports to persons, in the health, aged care and disability setting, under the delegation and supervision of allied health professionals. They may identify circumstances and risks and report issues to the allied health professional. Supervision may be direct, indirect or remote and must occur within organisational requirements, according to the individual allied health assistant’s scope of practice and experience. They may be engaged to work in single discipline or multidisciplinary roles in a health, aged care or disability services setting and may also have responsibility for supervising other allied health assistance workers according to their scope of practice. "

Lucy WHELAN 09.06.2021 01.15PM

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Definition of an AHA

"Certificate III qualification description needs to have the same definition of an AHA as the Cert IV. It doesn't currently mention delegation."

Lucy WHELAN 09.06.2021 01.08PM

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Purpose of the Cert III

"Given that there are limited employment opportunities for those with a cert III (my employer has a minimum requirement of cert IV for grade 2 and 3 positions), is there a purpose to the cert III qualification? It should be made clear to prospective students that they may not be employable with the cert II alone."

Kristy Probert 08.06.2021 03.46PM

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5 Replies

"Agreed Kristy"

Lucy WHELAN 09.06.2021 01.09PM

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"Agreed"

Raffaele Quattrocchi 10.06.2021 07.16PM

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"Kristy- depends on the state you are in. In WA almost all jobs list a minimum of Cert III- rarely is Cert IV mentioned."

Debbie Zulch 23.06.2021 04.47PM

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"Totally agree, Kristy. "

Sharon McLean 29.06.2021 03.17PM

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"Absolutely it should be an entry requirement for Cert lV - useful for a pathway but not a qualification"

Claire Hewat 30.06.2021 12.18PM

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Qualification Description

"Certificate III qualification description needs to have the same definition of an AHA as the Cert IV. It doesn't currently mention delegation."

Kat Habel 06.06.2021 05.50PM

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3 Replies

"Agreed Kat"

Lucy WHELAN 09.06.2021 01.10PM

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"Agreed Kat"

Lucy WHELAN 09.06.2021 01.10PM

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"Agreed Kat"

Lucy WHELAN 09.06.2021 01.10PM

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Placement hours and Cert III as pathway/entry requirement to Cert IV only

"Placement hours should be reduced to 80 as this is an entry level qualification. On the other hand, placement hours for Cert IV should be increased to 160-180. Cert III should not enable someone to obtain a job as an AHA, however should be treated as a pathway/entry requirement for Cert IV."

Raffaele Quattrocchi 04.06.2021 02.25PM

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7 Replies

"Hi Raffaele, I would like to see 200 hours as the minimum for CertIV"

Lucy WHELAN 09.06.2021 01.10PM

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"Hi Raffaele, I would like to see 200 hours as the minimum for CertIV"

Lucy WHELAN 09.06.2021 01.10PM

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"The more the better. It would be nice to see 200 hours of placement as the minimum for this qualification."

Raffaele Quattrocchi 10.06.2021 07.19PM

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"Raffaele- I have been a TAFE lecturer in Perth WA for over 12 years delivering Cert III AHA;and then both III & IV AHA once available. I find all of the prac placements for our students. Industry welcomes the Cert III trained student for their placement- with many of them receiving work from their prac or shortly after. Some students choose to continue into Cert IV to gain more skills. In WA- a Cert III AHA qual does enable employment. Most job ads here ask for a minimum of a Cert III AHA and it is well respected."

Debbie Zulch 23.06.2021 04.53PM

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"Hi all, I work heavily in the AHA student space completing on-site assessments for students within a large hospital organisation, as well as being heavily involved with student supervision. My experience is, at least within our organisation, that Cert III students are grossly underprepared for the workforce after completion of their course - to the point that we no longer take them. Majority of industry, at least health-based, here in Victoria take Cert IV as a minimum. We have noticed in the past when Cert III students then go on to complete a Cert IV, their clinical abilities and soft skills on placement tend to exceed those just completing a Cert IV. Naturally, completing a second block of placement would lead to this improvement in a student's competence and employability upon completion. I can't comment on the practicalities of a 200 hour placement, but I do agree that the current 120 hours is not enough. Students barely get an opportunity to demonstrate the requirements in their logbooks, let alone the soft skills identified in the Victorian AHA Workforce Plan. I agree with a lot of what's been said about the Cert III either needing to be scrapped completely as it doesn't identify closely enough with what an AHA actually does and with the Cert IV - this would mean that there would be an increase in performance standards or entry requirements for the Cert IV - OR that the Cert III needs to be more closely aligned and be an pre-requisite (including the placement component) to entry into the Cert IV. "

Tony Sheng 25.06.2021 10.40AM

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"I work for a community organisation providing support to people with dementia. We recruit, almost exclusively, staff with Cert III in Allied Health Assistance and then focus on further training in dementia. From my experience when I worked as a TAFE lecturer delivering both Cert III and Cert IV AHA, the Cert IV is more applicable to hospital settings whereas Cert III meets the requirements for staff working in aged care organisations. There are many more opportunities in WA for Cert III qualified staff than Cert IV due to the high numbers of AHAs working in aged care facilities. "

Terrie Simpson 25.06.2021 10.59AM

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"I agree Raffaele"

Sharon McLean 29.06.2021 03.18PM

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Packaging rules

PACKAGING RULES

12 units must be completed:

 

  • 9 core units
  • 3 elective units, consisting of:
    • at least 2 units from the electives listed below
    • up to 1 unit from any endorsed Training Package or accredited course – the unit must be relevant to the work outcome

 

All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

6 Comments

Packing Rule

"Retaining HLTAAP001 recognise healthy body systems and HLTAAP002 confirm physical health status need to remain within the Cert III it provides the students with an understanding on how the body works, it will help when undertaking health disciplines within the Cert IV. It will also allow for students completing the Cert III or short qualifications ie Health Starter Pack to receive RPL. "

Tania Brown 02.07.2021 10.59AM

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Increase the core units and reduce the electives in the Certificate III AHA qualification.

"To provide consistency to industry and to prospective graduates, reduce electives in Cert III and increase core requirements to include : CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people Group Therapy Equipment and Environment"

Lucy WHELAN 09.06.2021 01.12PM

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2 Replies

"Agreed, Lucy."

Raffaele Quattrocchi 10.06.2021 07.24PM

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"I agree that it would be beneficial to include CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability and CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people as core units as these reflect the cohorts that graduates would be working with."

Terrie Simpson 25.06.2021 11.07AM

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: Increase the core units and reduce the electives in the Certificate III AHA qualification

"Endorse the inclusion of CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people HLTAHA027 Assist with an allied health program HLTAHA047 Engage with clinical supervision and delegation HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately in Certificate III AHA, however the other core units' priority are of question when Certificate III does not appear to address individuals of age or living with a disability. It would be preferential to see the following two electives made core: CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people It is not of relevance to the Certificate III qualified AHA role to include BSBSTR401 Promote innovation in a team environment BSBTEC201 Use business technology HLTOHC005 Use basic oral health screening tools BSBMED302 Prepare and process medical accounts HLTAHA045 Assist people management in medical imaging CHCCCS009 Facilitate responsible behaviour "

Kat Habel 06.06.2021 05.51PM

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1 Reply

"Agreed, Kat."

Raffaele Quattrocchi 10.06.2021 07.25PM

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Core units

CORE UNITS

CHCCCS010

Maintain a high standard of service

CHCCOM005

Communicate and work in health or community services

CHCDIV001

Work with diverse people

HLTAHA027

Assist with an allied health program

HLTAHA047

Engage with clinical supervision and delegation

HLTAHA049

Confirm health conditions

HLTINF001

Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures

HLTWHS001

Participate in workplace health and safety

BSBMED301       

Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately

 

17 Comments

Core Units

"Retaining HLTAAP001 recognise healthy body systems and HLTAAP002 confirm physical health status need to remain within the Cert III it provides the students with an understanding on how the body works, it will help when undertaking health disciplines within the Cert IV. And in addition inclusion of CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/Torres Strait Islander cultural safety ."

Tania Brown 02.07.2021 11.03AM

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HLTAHA049 Confirm health condition

"This unit is a combination of the HLTAAP001 & HLTAAP002 which is fine for the C.IV in AHA qualification (seeing that both these units were part of the core. However, to include this unit as part of the core of the C.III in AHA qualification, may be asking too much of the students, who, for a reason, are doing the C.III and not the C.IV in AHA. I once included the HLTAAP002 as an elective in the C.III in AHA which sent about 75% of the C.III students close to the cliff to jump off. I was asking too much of them, they got overwhelmed, needed lots of assistance and guidance, and needless to say we scrapped that idea the year after. It would be far more beneficial to leave the HLTAAP001 in the C.III in AHA qualification. Get the students to develop a good, basic understanding of A&P, and then continue on with further A&P development and how it fits within Allied Health in the C.IV in AHA through HLTAHA049. "

Tilly Waite 01.07.2021 12.05PM

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Additional core unit suggestions

"'CHCCCS002 Assist with movement' is an essential skill for every AHA and should be considered for a core unit."

Debbie Zulch 23.06.2021 05.28PM

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Cultural competence

"In order to promote the importance of culturally competent practice in Australia it would be prudent to include CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety in the core units for both AHA Certificate qualifications."

Lucy WHELAN 09.06.2021 01.21PM

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3 Replies

"More about this should also be included in the CHCDIV001 unit."

Raffaele Quattrocchi 10.06.2021 07.29PM

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"Agreed as to the importance of including cultural safety in core units, could this be as Raffaele points out included in the CHCDIV001 unit or the core units expanded to include the CHCDIV002 unit. "

jessica huglin 15.06.2021 04.03PM

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"Can be included well within the CHCDIV001 unit."

Debbie Zulch 23.06.2021 04.54PM

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Inclusion of endorsed core in core units

"The Victorian Department of Health endorses 4 core competencies for the AHA workforce: Group Therapy Individual therapy Equipment and Environment Communication of patient information. In the proposed draft of Certificate III AHA, neither group therapy or equipment and environment are addressed in the core units (as per Recommendation 4 in the Victorian AHA Workforce Plan). That all four core units are included in the core of Certificate III and Certificate IV AHA qualification."

Lucy WHELAN 09.06.2021 01.17PM

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"Agreed"

Raffaele Quattrocchi 10.06.2021 07.30PM

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"Lucy- they are listed clearly in the Knowledge Evidence for HLTAHA027- Assist with an allied health program. All four are under allied health core competencies- with PCC. "

Debbie Zulch 23.06.2021 05.35PM

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Core unit endorsement

"Strongly endorse the inclusion of HLTAHA047 Engage with clinical supervision and delegation in Cert III and Cert IV"

Lucy WHELAN 09.06.2021 01.16PM

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"Agreed"

Raffaele Quattrocchi 10.06.2021 07.30PM

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"I agree that we need to ensure that AHAs engage in regular supervision and work under the delegation of an AHP. It is included within the HLTAHA027 unit- and having a separate unit HLTAHA047 is just repetition of delivery and assessment. instead let's make sure these skills are listed within the elements of every AHA unit."

Debbie Zulch 23.06.2021 04.56PM

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Increase the core units and reduce the electives in the Certificate III AHA qualification.

" "To provide consistency to industry and to prospective graduates, reduce electives in Cert III and increase core requirements to include : CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people Group Therapy Equipment and Environment""

Lucy WHELAN 09.06.2021 01.13PM

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"Lucy- we always include CHCDIS007 as an elective plus an older person's unit- either CHCAGE001 or CHCAGE005. These are important skills for the Cert III AHA trained AHA who frequently works within the aged and disability sectors. I am surprised though that 'CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia' is not even on the elective list now. This is important skill for both community and hospital care."

Debbie Zulch 23.06.2021 05.01PM

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That all four core units are included in the core of Certificate III and Certificate IV AHA qualific

"3. The Victorian Department of Health endorses 4 core competencies for the AHA workforce: Group Therapy Individual therapy Equipment and Environment Communication of patient information. In the proposed draft of Certificate III AHA, neither group therapy or equipment and environment are addressed in the core units (as per Recommendation 4 in the Victorian AHA Workforce Plan). "

Kat Habel 06.06.2021 05.52PM

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"Kat- all of these are covered well within HLTAHA027- listed clearly under the Knowledge Evidence- 'allied health core competencies'"

Debbie Zulch 23.06.2021 05.31PM

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ELECTIVE UNITS

Elective units

CHCAGE001

Facilitate the empowerment of older people

CHCAOD001

Work in an alcohol and other drugs context

CHCCCS002

Assist with movement

CHCCCS006

Facilitate individual service planning and delivery

CHCCCS009

Facilitate responsible behaviour

CHCCCS020

Respond effectively to behaviours of concern

CHCDIS007

Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability

CHCDIV002

Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

CHCMHS001

Work with people with mental health issues

CHCSET001

Work with forced migrants

CHCSOH001

Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness

HLTAHA031

Assist in the rehabilitation programs

HLTAHA033

Conduct group sessions for individual outcomes

HLTAHA039

Assist in the development of meals and menus to meet dietary and cultural requirements

HLTAHA040

Assist with the monitoring and modification of meals and menus according to individualised plans

HLTAHA041

Support food services and dietetics in menu and meal order processing

HLTAHA045

Assist people management in medical imaging

HLTAHA046

Support the medical imaging professional

HLTAHA048

Provide allied health assistance in remote or isolated settings

HLTAID009

Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation

HLTAID010

Provide basic emergency life support

HLTAID011

Provide first aid

HLTFSE001

Follow basic food safety practices

HLTINF002

Process reusable medical devices and equipment

HLTOHC005

Use basic oral health screening tools

BSBMED302

Prepare and process medical accounts

 

BSBMED303

Maintain patient records

 

BSBSTR401

Promote innovation in a team environment

BSBTEC201

Use business technology

 

QUALIFICATION MAPPING INFORMATION

Supersedes and is not equivalent to HLT33015 Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance

LINKS

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11 Comments

Additional Unit for Consideration - elective

"CHCMHS011 – Assess and provide social, emotional and physical wellbeing any additional unit to be added within the Cert III "

Tania Brown 02.07.2021 12.42PM

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Dementia needs to be included as an elective

"Due to the increasing older population and subsequent increase in the number of people living with dementia, it is essential that CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia is included as an elective. In WA the majority of Cert III AHAs work in aged care where they will be supporting people with dementia. My organisation would not employ an AHA who does not have CHCAGE005. I agree with other respondents that BSBSTR401 Promote innovation in a team environment and BSBTEC201Use business technology are irrelevant."

Terrie Simpson 25.06.2021 11.17AM

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Aged Care electives essential

"Agree that 'CHCAGE001 Empowerment of older' people is listed in the elective choice. The Royal Commission into Aged Care final report- noted insufficient AH care in both residential and community aged care. Two of the report's recommendations address this- Recommendation 38- residential aged care to include allied health care; Recommendation 36- care at home to include allied health care. Within the limited/ tight funding to aged care- use of AHAs is a cost effective and efficient way to deliver AH services- under the delegation of an AHP. Cert III AHAs are ready to work within the residential aged care team and help run the therapy programs aimed at maintenance and improving quality of life. As noted in another comment below- do believe the omission of CHCAGE005 which gives our graduates dementia specific skills needs to be addressed- in response the Royal Commission findings. We need to send out students equipped with the skills to meet the needs of an ageing population."

Debbie Zulch 23.06.2021 05.18PM

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Elective choice

"I am surprised that CHCAGE005- Provide support to people living with dementia- is no longer listed. This is an important skill for AHAs both in the aged care sector as well as in hospital rehab (where often most patients are older). The Royal Commission into Aged Care has identified dementia specific training to be a area of concern- needing immediate address. Recommendations in the final report include staff having improved skills in effective communication and behaviour management of people with dementia- and avoiding the use of restrictive practices."

Debbie Zulch 23.06.2021 05.06PM

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Deletion of proposed elective units

"It is not of relevance to the Certificate III qualified AHA role to include BSBSTR401 Promote innovation in a team environment BSBTEC201 Use business technology HLTOHC005 Use basic oral health screening tools BSBMED302 Prepare and process medical accounts HLTAHA045 Assist people management in medical imaging CHCCCS009 Facilitate responsible behaviour​"

Lucy WHELAN 09.06.2021 01.16PM

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Increase the core units and reduce the electives in the Certificate III AHA qualification.

"Endorse the inclusion of CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people HLTAHA027 Assist with an allied health program HLTAHA047 Engage with clinical supervision and delegation HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately in Certificate III AHA, however the other core units' priority are of question when Certificate III does not appear to address individuals of age or living with a disability. It would be preferential to see the following two electives made core: CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people It is not of relevance to the Certificate III qualified AHA role to include BSBSTR401 Promote innovation in a team environment BSBTEC201 Use business technology HLTOHC005 Use basic oral health screening tools BSBMED302 Prepare and process medical accounts HLTAHA045 Assist people management in medical imaging CHCCCS009 Facilitate responsible behaviour "

Kat Habel 06.06.2021 05.52PM

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Deletion of qualification

"The Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance does not prepare learners to be safe or competent in the job role, and should be deleted. "

Mitchell Dunn 04.06.2021 02.12PM

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3 Replies

"I agree it does not prepare candidates for the AHA role Mitchell. I wonder if it should be renamed as am aware it is used as a pathway to other things especially in the VETis space."

Lucy WHELAN 09.06.2021 01.14PM

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"Certificate III AHA is an appropriate entry level qualification and requested in Western Australia by employers across the aged care; disability care and some hospitals. Our TAFE has been training and sending out students with this qualification for over a decade - with our students gaining successful careers. Rather than delete it- let's improve it and use it for its potential. We must not overlook the recent Royal Commission into Aged Care and the recommendations that have been set out. If the Government chooses to follow these recommendations- which is that AH care is essential in both at home and residential living- we need to have an AHA workforce ready to support the AHPs to deliver this. The aged care budget can not support only AHPs supplying this demand- we will need to have AHAs trained to deliver the therapy programs as delegated. Cert III AHA is an appropriate qualification for residential care."

Debbie Zulch 23.06.2021 04.41PM

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"I agree with Mitchell and Lucy here...and to some extent also Debbie. The Cert III in most cases does not appropriately prepare learners to be skills ready in a majority of settings, and therefore should either be renamed to something else - perhaps a Cert III in Health Services. You could still have a requirement for those completing a Cert IV to have prior completion of that Cert III. Alternatively, completely remove their alignment with each other, increase placement hour requirements for the Cert IV and increase the entry requirements. Completion of the Cert III in most instances in Victoria will NOT prepare a student for employment and therefore is misleading as to employability prospects. There are already a large number of Cert IV graduates who have enough difficulty finding work."

Tony Sheng 25.06.2021 10.57AM

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Elective selection

"Women’s Health Victoria would like to propose that the packaging of these Community Services qualifications include the ability to select a unit that develops the capacity of the graduate to apply a gender lens to their work. In 2018 the Victorian Government funded the development of a new accredited course - 22521VIC Course in Gender Equity. This course has 8 units of competency with the foundational unit being - VU22770 Develop a gender lens to support gender equity work. The Royal Commission into Family Violence (Vic) revealed that family violence is a gendered crime, as 75% of victims are women. (1) Gender inequality is at the core of violence against women and is a serious social issue in Australia. A number of new gender equity strategies and policies have been developed to address this issue. Workplace gender equity is crucial for today’s workplace. Gender equality boosts productivity, innovation, and performance in all industries. It improves workplace conditions and supports all employees to fully participate in the workforce and achieve their career aspirations. Workplace gender equality, which starts with individual actions, is also crucial for future-proofing the Australian workforce. (2) As highlighted by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) the aim of gender equality in the workplace is to achieve broadly equal opportunities and outcomes for women and men, not necessarily outcomes that are exactly the same for all. This applies not only to outcomes for internal staff but also for the clients and customers they serve. The Community Services Sector works with Australia’s most vulnerable people with a wide range of intersectional perspectives, we can see that the needs of those that are indigenous, migrant, aged, young and old dealing with addiction, justice systems and living with a disability are all addressed within different units of competency, however what we do not see is the impact of gender inequality being considered, or the teaching of how to apply a gender lens to one’s work practices. We see this as vital to ensure that within future careers the needs of all people – women, men and gender diverse people are being met in service provision, as well as within internal work policies and procedures. Women’s Health Victoria believes that to truly achieve the transformational change required to create a society free from the impact of gender inequality, that gender equity knowledge and skills are needed at the foundational stage, within training package qualifications for all careers, we see this as a current knowledge and skills gap in the qualifications packaging currently under review. To that end we propose that SkillsIQ consider the inclusion of - VU22770 Develop a gender lens to support gender equity work, as an elective option within the qualifications currently under review. Women’s Health Victoria as owner of - 22521VIC Course in Gender Equity, is happy to discuss this further with SkillsIQ during the review. (1) Safe and Strong: A Victorian Gender Equality Strategy, Victorian Government https://www.vic.gov.au/safe-and-strong-victorian-gender-equality#download-the-pdf Accessed 27/05/2021 (2) Workplace Gender Equality: the business case, Workplace Gender Equality Agency https://www.wgea.gov.au/publications/gender-equality-business-case Accessed 27/05/2021 "

Debra Parker 04.06.2021 09.25AM

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