Ambulance Draft 1

Project Summary

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Ambulance and Paramedic IRC, will be seeking feedback on Draft 1 HLT Training Package Products, including updates to 7 existing Qualifications and associated Units of Competency.
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An update of the following seven Qualifications and associated Units of Competency in the HLT Health Training Package has therefore been approved:

  • HLT21015 Certificate II in Medical Service First Response
  • HLT31015 Certificate III in Ambulance Communications (Call-taking)
  • HLT31115 Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport
  • HLT31215 Certificate III in Basic Health Care
  • HLT41015 Certificate IV in Ambulance Communications (Dispatch)
  • HLT41115 Certificate IV in Health Care
  • HLT51015 Diploma of Paramedical Science.

The main components of this project are as follows:

Workforce issues, including occupational violence, mental health & wellbeing, and resilience: Packaging rules for the Qualifications have been revised to include Units of Competency which address communicating with people with challenging behaviours and managing personal stressors in the work environment.

The Unit HLTAMB012 Communicate in complex situations to support health care has been updated to focus more on communication than care. The Unit is focused on working with people with challenging behaviours rather than specifically those with mental health issues and, furthermore, is no longer restricted to an emergency setting. The revised Unit is now appropriate and fitting for multiple Qualifications covered in this update.

Duplication: Units HLTAMB001 Follow procedures for routine safe removal of patient and HLTAMB002 Implement safe access and egress in an emergency have been combined as they have significant duplication and cover skills which are needed by all workers. This combined Unit is now titled HLTOUT001 Implement safe access and egress.

HLTAMB011 Manage a routine non-emergency scene and HLTAMB013 Contribute to managing the scene of an emergency have also been combined as, again, they have significant duplication and cover skills which are needed by all workers. This combined unit is now titled HLTOUT008 Manage a scene.

Relevance: HLTAMB010 Manage and coordinate resources for emergency operation has been reworked to tailor the content to be specifically appropriate to major incidents involving multiple casualties where workers may be on their own for a period of time. This update has now moved the content away from specifically office-based scenarios and incorporates management of the scene, as well as clinical components. This updated unit is now titled HLTOUT009 Manage the scene of a major incident.

Regulation and Registration: Since Registration for Paramedics was legislated, all Paramedics have been required to obtain a Higher Education bachelor’s degree qualification. The Units subject to the current update comprise the only non-degree national qualifications for other support workers in the pre-hospital and out-of-hospital sectors. The IRC has agreed that these qualifications continue to have relevance to first responders and support staff, particularly those in remote or offshore locations. The HLT51015 Diploma of Paramedical Science title and application have therefore been updated for consistency within the suite of Qualifications and will be provisionally titled the Diploma of Emergency Health Care, given the recent establishment of mandatory registration for Paramedics.

Consultation Activities and Timelines

Draft 1 consultation will take place from Tuesday, 8 October 2019 and will close at 5:00pm on Friday, 8 November 2019. Interested stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback, or by engaging in one of the consultation workshops or webinars listed below.

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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A series of face-to-face workshops will be held across all states and territories, along with webinars.

Workshops:

City                     Date                                        Time
Brisbane             Tuesday, 8 October             10:30am–11:30am - Replaced with a teleconference.
Canberra            Wednesday, 9 October        11:30am–1:30pm - closed
Melbourne         Thursday, 10 October          11:00am–1:00pm - closed
Hobart                Friday, 11 October                9:30am–11:30am - cancelled due to low enrolments.
Perth                   Monday, 14 October            10:30am–12:30pm - closed
Darwin                Tuesday, 15 October            3:30pm–5:30pm - closed
Adelaide             Wednesday, 16 October      3:00pm–5:00pm - closed
Sydney                Friday, 18 October               10:00am–12:00pm - closed

Webinars:

Date                                           Time
Thursday, 17 October             12:00pm–1:00pm AEDT - closed
Thursday, 17 October             3:00pm–4:00pm AEDT - closed


The Consultation PowerPoint presentation can be accessed by clicking here

Further Information

For further information, please contact Alex Cook on (02) 9392 8100 or via email at alexandra.cook@skillsiq.com.au.

Attachments

Ambulance Draft 1 Consultation Guide

Recent Comments

Audrey Trenerry 11.11.2019

"Particularly agree re points 5.2, 5.3 and 6.3 - not relevant to actual on scene management and don't believe they fit at Cert IV."

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Teresa Jurgensen 08.11.2019

"recommend to directly relate this to the effect on communication so perhaps this should be ‘under the influence of alcohol or other pharmacological substances. Being dependent on substance doesn’t necessarily result in complex communication needs – being under the influence of the substance can. "

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Teresa Jurgensen 08.11.2019

"remove the word firm – this could have negative connotations. Caring, confident and reassuring manner is sufficient as ‘firm’ is not required in all situations. "

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Teresa Jurgensen 08.11.2019

"1.3 unsure what this would look like at a certificate IV level. 2.5 and 2.7 This is not relevant to ‘assessment’ of the environment, these are more relevant to element 4. 2.8 There is no measure of how this is to be assessed. What is the assessor looking for to ensure that the learner has in fact prepared or possible escalation? 4.3 the term ‘appropriately’ is subjective. This should read ‘manage combative patients or others to ensure security of the scene in accordance with organisational policy and procedures 4.4 add ..in accordance with organisational policy and procedures. 5.2 and 5.3 What does this look like at a certificate IV level? This seems inappropriate for this level and would be very difficult to assess in authentic workplace. 6.3 Also curious as to what this looks like at a Cert IV level. This is more relevant to operational supervisors and managers of the relevant organisations and not something that is done by officers on scene. "

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Teresa Jurgensen 08.11.2019

"Need to define emergency and non-emergency patients. Managing multiple competing priorities is not in the elements/performance criteria. There needs to be performance criteria around the decision making and managing multiple completing priorities if this is to be assessed. "

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