Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology and Practice - Draft 1

Project Summary

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Technicians Support Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has undertaken a project to update the existing Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology Qualification and seven existing Anaesthetic Technology Units of Competency to ensure that Anaesthetic Allied Health Practitioners have access to current skills and knowledge, in order to meet the current and future needs of the Australian health care system.
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The update of the existing nationally recognised anaesthetic technology Qualification and seven existing Units of Competency packaged within the HLT Health Training Package has been commissioned by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) under the direction of the Technicians Support Services IRC.

The Technicians Support Services Industry Skills Forecast (ISF) identified that anaesthetic technology was an area of concern that had a direct impact on stakeholders and that there was a compelling need for an update. The IRC proposed updating the HLT57915 Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology Qualification and seven associated Units of Competency relating to anaesthetic technology job roles.

This Qualification was released in 2015 and, since then, there have been extensive changes in the scope of practice in terms of standards and protocols; new ideas and techniques; digital technologies; and terminology used within the discipline of anaesthetics. The Qualification therefore needs to reflect current industry practice and knowledge to equip existing and new workers to perform their job roles in an efficient and effective manner, providing for safe patient management in the anaesthetics sub-sector.

The anaesthesia environment is continuously evolving in terms of procedures and techniques to ensure safety and the quality of patient care. One of the primary reference documents that has underpinned the need for this update is ANZCA PS08 – Statement on the Assistant for the Anaesthetist, which was significantly revised shortly after the 2015 version of the HLT57915 Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology was released.

    For more information and background on this project, please download the Consultation Guide, available at the bottom of this page.

    The Draft 1 consultation period will seek feedback on one Qualification and seven Units of Competency:

    • HLT57920 Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology and Practice
    • HLTANA008 Prepare patients for anaesthesia
    • HLTANA009 Monitor patients during anaesthesia
    • HLTANA010 Assist with airway management
    • HLTANA011 Respond to anaesthesia-related emergencies
    • HLTANA012 Maintain quality and supply of anaesthetic equipment and consumables
    • HLTANA013 Assist with clinical procedures used in anaesthesia
    • HLTANA014 Monitor medications in the anaesthetic environment.
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      Consultation Activities and Timelines

      National consultation on Draft 1 will take place from Wednesday 16th September and will close at 5.00pm on Friday, 16th October 2020. During this period input will be sought on the updated draft Qualification and seven existing Units of Competency and their associated Assessment Requirements. A Consultation Guide, which should be read in conjunction with the Draft 1 Training Package Products, is available for download at the bottom of this page.

      During this time SkillsIQ will be meeting with industry stakeholders, employers and subject matter experts (SMEs). If you have expertise in these areas and would like to meet via zoom with SkillsIQ, please contact Devika Mudaliar via devika.mudaliar@skillsiq.com.au or via phone at 0438 043 186.

      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 page. Please click on the links below to register for a webinar.

      Webinars:
      Date                                                                            Time

      Webinar 1: Wednesday, 23rd September 2020   11.00am–12:00pm
      Webinar 2: Wednesday, 30th September 2020   11.00am–12:00pm
      Webinar 3: Wednesday, 7th October 2020          11.00am–12:00pm


      For further information, please contact Devika Mudaliar on 0438 043 186 or via email at devika.mudaliar@skillsiq.com.au

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Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology and Practice - Draft 1 Consultation Guide

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Julie Fereday 19.09.2020

"Can you please clarify what this statement means -I am assuming it is that it is a stand alone 50 hours and that this can not be used with another units 50 hours however if someone is a trainee how this reads it could be interpreted that they would not be able to do the assessment in the capacity of a trainee "

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Julie Fereday 19.09.2020

"Note that unit analyse health information is included although not confirm physical health status which provides the student structure and function details for body systems. If not included would be useful to list as an elective as these two units are most commonly taught with confirm first then analyse as this allows students to build on the level of knowledge related to the normal functioning of body systems. Could consider replacing medical terminology unit with this one which would provide the student with a more solid foundation in A &P. "

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Julie Fereday 19.09.2020

"Do you want to specify level of achievement/grade. Is it ATAR level or general. This is very vague and open to misinterpretation. "

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