Ambulance Draft 2

Project Summary

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Ambulance and Paramedic IRC, will be seeking feedback on Draft 2 HLT Training Package Products, including updates to seven existing qualifications and associated Units of Competency.
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An update of the following seven current qualifications and associated Units of Competency in the HLT Health Training Package has been approved, as follows:

  • 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 increase the focus more on communication. 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 2 consultation will take place from Monday, 10 February 2020 and will close at 5:00 pm on Friday, 28 February 2020. Interested stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback via the SkillsIQ Online Feedback Forum, or by engaging in one of the webinars listed below.

    Following the close of the consultation period, feedback received will be collated and evaluated. This feedback will inform the development of the final draft to be submitted for endorsement.

    To remain up to date with project developments, please subscribe to SkillsIQ’s mailing list at https://www.skillsiq.com.au/Subscribetoournewsletter.aspx.

    Webinars will be held to update stakeholders as to changes made between Draft 1 and Draft 2. Access to the SkillsIQ Online Feedback Forum will also be open for further comments or feedback. Please click on the links below to register for a webinar.

    Webinars

    SkillsIQ will host a series of webinars to seek stakeholder input. To register your interest in attending a webinar, please click on one of the links below.

    Webinar 1: Wednesday, 12 February at 3:30pm AESDT - cancelled due to low registrations
    Webinar 2: Friday, 14 February at 2:00pm AESDT - closed
    Webinar 3: Friday, 21 February at 10:00am AESDT - closed
    Webinar 4: Tuesday, 25 February at 2:00pm AESDT - closed

    Further Information

    For further information, please contact Gary Dunshea on (02) 9392 8100 or via email at gary.dunshea@skillsiq.com.au

Attachments

Ambulance and Paramedic Draft 2 Validation Guide

Recent Comments

Julie Johnson 18.02.2020

"I agree with Janine. Advanced Medic would be a preferable term for industry other than non-emergency transport. There needs to be clearly articulated employment and further education pathways that enable employers to target and identify suitably skilled and qualified practitioners and provide a vocational pathway to AQF L7 relevant qualifications. "

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Janine Nicholas 14.02.2020

"I would recommend that the suggested occupational title for a Level 4 - Certificate IV remain as Medic (industrial medic) and the Level 5 - Diploma level provider includes Advanced Medic. It needs to be more defined from a level IV - so not include just the word 'medic'. Ambulance/care attendant does not accurately represent the Diploma provider working in the private sector and fits more within the NEPT sector. As Ian has stated above, the Diploma level provider may have an increased scope of practice and the AQF levels also define the Diploma qualification type is to qualify individuals who apply integrated technical and theoretical concepts in a broad range of contexts to undertake ADVANCED skilled or paraPROFESSIONAL work and as a pathway for further learning - i.e. AQF Level 7 – Bachelor Degree."

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Janine Nicholas 14.02.2020

"The Paramedics Australasia (PA) - Paramedicine Role Descriptions was released without consultation with PA members or the VET industry and should not be used in defining suggested occupational titles. Role descriptors also need to align with the Australian Qualifications Framework which states that a Level 4 - Certificate IV Application of knowledge and skills > Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, judgement and limited responsibility in known or changing contexts and within established parameters. Using the word Basic is misleading and can be detrimental to the level 4 provider."

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Ian Digweed 11.02.2020

"Cert IV identifies 'Industrial Medic' as an occupational title. Suggest this to now be a Diploma level occupational title. Increased Scope of Practice in Remote Industry (large mining companies) can include 12 Lead ECG Acquisition, IV / IO cannulation, Giving schedule 8 medications and advanced airways e.g. Igel. This is advanced medical care and is identified as so in Diploma level Rev 2"

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Ian Digweed 11.02.2020

"One occupational title 'Industrial Medic' , may need reconsideration. Paramedicicine has elevated occupational title education levels and skills. Now Industrial Medics can work on very isolated locations and increased Scope of Practice needs to reflect this. Recommend revising occupational title(s) to Basic Industrial Medic / Basic Life Support Medic https://paramedics.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/PRD_211212_WEBONLY.pdf . In line with industry recognised titles - Paramedics Australasia"

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