SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Technicians Support Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has undertaken a project to update the existing
Qualification and seven existing Anaesthetic Technology Units of Competency to ensure that Anaesthesia Technician 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.
The 2019 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 to Training Package Products relating to the discipline. The IRC therefore proposed updating the HLT57915 Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology Qualification and seven associated Units of Competency relating to anaesthetic technology job roles.
The updated Qualification will provide access to new ideas, techniques, digital technologies and terminology used within the discipline of anaesthetics. New and existing workers will be equipped with both the requisite knowledge and best-practice skills in order to provide safe and quality patient care in the anaesthesia environment.
To inform the update of the Diploma Qualification and seven existing Units of Competency, an Anaesthetic Technology Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) comprised of stakeholders and subject matter experts from across Australia was formed.
The Anaesthetic Technology TAC worked on updating one existing Qualification and seven existing Units of Competency that were released for public consultation in September 2020.
Formation of the TAC informed the identification and validation of the exact nature of the skills needs and knowledge requirements in the industry and the respective Training Package Product update requirements.
To take forward Training Package Product update work, the Anaesthetic Technology TAC and the Technicians Support Services IRC have subsequently reviewed and confirmed the changes required for the development of Draft 2, based on feedback received during the first round of consultation.
The Draft 2 consultation period will seek feedback on one existing Qualification and seven existing Units of Competency:
- HLT57921 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.
Consultation Activities and Timelines
National consultation on Draft 1 took place from 16 September to 16 October 2020. During this period input was sought on the updated draft Qualification and seven existing Units of Competency and their associated Assessment Requirements.
Following the close of the consultation period, feedback received was collated and evaluated. This feedback has informed the development of Draft 2, which is now publicly available for validation prior to the submission for endorsement. A Validation Guide, which should be read in conjunction with the Draft 2 Training Package Products, is available for download at the bottom of this page.
National validation on Draft 2 will be open from Wednesday, 21 April 2021 and close at 5.00pm on Wednesday, 12 May 2021.
During this time SkillsIQ will be liaising with industry stakeholders, employers and subject matter experts. If you have expertise in these areas and would like to meet electronically with SkillsIQ, please contact Devika Mudaliar via email@example.com or via phone at (02) 9392 8100 or 0438 043 186.
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A series of webinars were held together with access to the SkillsIQ Online Feedback Forum page.
Webinar 1: Tuesday, 27 April 10.00am–11.00am - closed
Webinar 2: Thursday, 29 April 11.30am–12.30pm - closed
Webinar 3: Monday, 03 May 3.00pm–4.00pm - closed
Webinar 4: Thursday, 06 May 2.00pm–3.00pm - closed
For further information, please contact Devika Mudaliar on (02) 9392 8100 or 0438 043 186, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.