SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Community Sector and Development Industry Reference Committee (IRC), is undertaking a project to update the packaging rules of the Certificate II in Indigenous Environmental Health qualification and to update the content of nine Units of Competency included within the qualification to meet the current and future environmental health needs of Indigenous communities.
This update will ensure that the qualification aligns to job roles in regional and remote Indigenous communities. Further, it will reduce barriers for people in these communities in regard to skills development and allow for the upskilling of current and future workers.
The following key areas have been considered during the Training Package update process:
- The environmental health requirements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
- The broader health needs within remote communities across a range of real and practical issues in respect to practices associated with rubbish, sewerage, pest control, dog health and germ theory
- The early detection of issues that can lead to significant health and hygiene risks
- The appropriate referral processes for such issues
- Processes to reduce incidences of community sickness.
- Consultation involving a broad range of stakeholders has been conducted to identify and validate the exact nature of the skills needs in the industry and the respective Training Package Product update requirements Consequently, stakeholders have proposed the following changes:
- Packaging rules for the qualification have been revised to include units of competency relevant to the Indigenous Environmental Health Worker
- The Unit CHCDIV002 Promote Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander cultural safety has been moved to the elective section from the core section of the qualification
- HLTPOP003 Monitor and maintain water supply has been updated to focus on household issues relating to water supply rather than community issues
- HLTPOP008 Develop and implement disease prevention and control measures has been updated to match the requirements of a Certificate II level job role
- HLTPOP009 Provide information and support on environmental health issues has been moved to the elective section from the core section.
A new Skill Set targeted at plumbers, who have been identified as a primary target group able to contribute to Indigenous Environmental Health, has been developed with the inclusion of the following Units of Competency:
- HLTPOP001 Provide basic repairs and maintenance to health hardware and fixtures
- HLTPOP002 Monitor and maintain sewerage systems
- HLTPOP003 Monitor and maintain water supply.
Consultation Activities and Timelines
National consultation on Draft 1 will occur from 13 August 2019 and will close at 5.00pm on 9 September 2019. During this period input will be sought on proposed new draft qualification, one new skill set, two new Units of Competency, seven existing Units of Competency and their associated Assessment Requirements. 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 with SkillsIQ, please contact us via email@example.com or via phone at (02) 9392 8100.
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: Draft 1