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HLTAID012 Provide first aid in an education and care setting Draft 1 Aug 19

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Unit application and prerequisites

UNIT CODE

HLTAID012

UNIT TITLE

Provide first aid in an education and care setting

APPLICATION

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to infants, children and adults in line with first aid guidelines determined by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) and other Australian national peak clinical bodies.

 

This unit applies to a range of workers within an education and care setting who are required to respond to a first aid emergency, including asthma and anaphylactic emergencies. This includes early childhood workers and educators who work with school age children in outside school hours care and vacation programs.

 

This unit of competency may contribute towards approved first aid, asthma and anaphylaxis training under the Education and Care Services National Law, and the Education and Care Services National Regulations (2011).

 

Specific licensing/regulatory requirements relating to this competency, including requirements for refresher training should be obtained from the relevant national/state/territory Work Health and Safety Regulatory Authorities.

PREREQUISITE UNIT

Nil

UNIT SECTOR

First Aid

15 Comments

First Aid in ECE

"I agree this unit should focus on emergency skills mainly. I find I spend most of my time asking students to do incident reports and learn legislation. Ridiculous they need to learn how to recognise there is a problem and take simple steps to rectify. You do all realise that staff who work in ECE Sector do know Legislation and Procedures etc. Lets focus on first aid not red tape. We don't ask workers doing a PFA to fill out incident reports do we? No and on a one day course we have limited time to train good skills and management. "

Debbie Thomas 06.09.2019 02.07PM

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Debbie Thomas 06.09.2019 12.22PM

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Focus of first aid and preventable deaths

"First aid training must focus on ensuring competency for causes of preventable death including BLS, airway management, management of the unconscious person, recognition and management of anaphylaxis and control of major haemorrhage (including touniquets). These are the fundamentals of providing first aid."

A/Prof Jason Bendall 03.09.2019 08.55AM

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"Agree we are trying to fit too much into a course these days. First Aid should focus on the immediate support given to the sick or injured, we are moving away from this and complicating the unit. We are not making paramedic’s we are making people that care, be able to control life threatening situations until professional help arrives and in today’s world it is faster than what it was 10-15 years ago."

Peter Allan 06.09.2019 01.14PM

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HLTAID012

"I agree with all the comments mentioned by Peter Allan, and the others. I know what a course codes changes does to RTO's. Weeks and Weeks of work changing Websites, manuals, Assessments etc. We are ordered to do it and we must to keep our business running well. When the HLTAID004 first came out, the confusion amongst schools, children Services staff was a nightmare. At the first publication of this unit, it stated it was for Children Services staff. I found a lot of School staff were doing this course but they still had to obtain the qualifications for Anaphylaxis. It will take for ever for the Department of Education and the Ministerial to amend these. which adds to futher confusion of a very large Industry sector. I read earlier that you stated that it must be changed, but it would be easier for all involved to just change the version. The VRQA amend their versions as updates occur as their 22298VIc Asthma and 22300VIC Anaphylaxis have been amended a few times in their 5 year accreditation. But the course code remained the same. Changes to the HLTAID packages have also had their versions amended in the past. I can't see why this has to change now. I trust the ARC guidelines will also add in Gastroenteritis First Aid Management. When a child is vomiting ad has Diarrhoea, it could be Gastroenteritis, Food poisoning, Appendicitis, Drug effect (Was advised by a centre the parents left the drugs in the child's bag) Bee sting Anaphylaxis, allergic to food, etc etc. Sick children should not be at school Childcare or kinder. It will be interesting to see how this is explained in the new version. I do believe that the Anaphylaxis course should be added to the new Education and Care setting. This will make it consistent with what Teachers have to learn too. We can't overload the average First Aid educator with too many signs and symptoms otherwise they will not feel confident in providing first aid in the real world. When I first starting teaching 20+ years ago, it was a 4 day course with stressful assessments. the learners passed the subject, but all felt not confident in apply their learnt skills. I would hate for this to happen again. We are not medically trained people and we are always taught, if in doubt, call an ambulance. I have had my say."

Frances Bremner 14.08.2019 11.30PM

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"I run the asthma and Anaphylaxis short courses, normal first aid, child care and advanced courses. My question is “why are you changing the standards between each course for these two illnesses” why should a dad doing 003 be given less training on an EpiPen as a 004 childcare worker. I train these illnesses to the same level as the highest requirement, so everyone is at the top standard, my only real differences is the assessment paperwork, but my theory and practicals all cover the same things so everyone is trained to the highest standard within the first aid training package. If you are training these different ways in each of your courses you are doing a disservice to your clients. Remember these are the minimum requirements for your courses, if you only want to deliver the minimum standards you will lose clients, give your clients the best possible training you can deliver each time."

Peter Allan 21.08.2019 09.48PM

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"Agree. Train ALL to 004."

Robert J Marmont 25.08.2019 12.55PM

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"Train Anaphylaxis to the ASCIA and ARC standard. "

Peter Allan 06.09.2019 01.16PM

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Overall

"A majority of this unit should be a direct copy of HLTAID009/010 and 011 as these units are imbedded. Then with the 012 requirements added. Not rewritten completely as then mapping back to the imbedded units will become difficult as this unit also grants the holder a first aid certificate for adults and not just children. So copy the elements and PC from 011 and add an extra Element in between Element 2 and 3 titled "Apply additional education and care requirements" which is where you will include the additional requirements. This will make mapping easy for everyone. Also for Performance and Knowledge Evidence leave the same as HLTAID011 but add childcare requirements after this so that they can be mapped easily as well. "

Peter Allan 13.08.2019 11.19AM

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Name Change

"Nice to see the name change to describe this unit better"

Peter Allan 09.08.2019 03.48PM

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"Agree Peter"

Debbie Thomas 06.09.2019 05.27PM

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Unit Code

"The changes in this unit are insignificant to current unit so does not warrant unit code change, as it is just rephrasing current unit. See additional comments in HLTAID009 feedback"

Peter Allan 09.08.2019 03.08PM

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Addition of injury prevention

"Given that in context of the unit is for children's services, risk assessment/minimisation needs to be considered as this is a knowledge gap of the industry. This especially applies to anaphylaxis but could be broader. "

Michael Stanley 09.08.2019 08.51AM

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"I would disagree, keep this a “first aid” course, which is the initial treatment of the sick or injured, with this unit contextualised to the childcare setting and additional report requirements for these conditions when they occur in the workplace. The actual content should not be much different to a normal course except for several life threatening child related conditions. HLTAID003 and HLTAID001 is imbedded in this unit so you need to meet the standards to these units. If you want to do injury prevention do HLTAID008 or the occupational first aid skill set."

Peter Allan 06.09.2019 01.22PM

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"Michael sorry I too have to disagree. Here in QLD not all ECE Students require the VIC Courses only some. Many students identify as ESL or LLN and quite frankly its beyond them. Most of the student are at a Cert III level barely. I would rather teach them the signs and symptoms and how to give Ventolin and or an Autoinjector correctly. They do understand risk management they are not stupid. Besides they have educators above them that teach them that. "

Debbie Thomas 06.09.2019 05.32PM

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Elements and performance criteria

ELEMENTS

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA

Elements describe the essential outcomes

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

  1. Respond to an emergency situation.
    1. Recognise an emergency situation.
    2. Ensure safety for self, victim and bystanders.
    3. Assess the victim and recognise the need for first aid response.
    4. Assess the situation and seek assistance from emergency response services.
  1. Perform appropriate first aid procedures.
    1. Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in accordance with the ARC Guidelines.
    2. Provide first aid in accordance with established first aid principles.
    3. Ensure victim feels safe, secure and supported.
    4. Obtain consent from victim and/or caregiver where possible.
    5. Use available resources and equipment to make the victim as comfortable as possible.
    6. Operate first aid equipment according to manufacturer’s instructions.
    7. Monitor the victim’s condition and respond in accordance with first aid principles.
  1. Communicate details of the incident.
    1. Accurately convey incident details to emergency response services.
    2. Report details of incident in line with workplace procedures.
    3. Complete relevant workplace documentation, including incident report form.
    4. Report details of incidents involving babies and children to parents and/or caregivers.
    5. Follow workplace procedures to report serious incidents to the regulatory authority.
    6. Maintain privacy and confidentiality of records and information in line with statutory and/or organisational policies.
  1. Evaluate the incident and own performance.
    1. Recognise the possible psychological impacts on self and other rescuers and seek help when required.
    2. Review the first aid response provided.

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Communicate Details of The Incident

"I have worked in a Community kindergarten for 20 years. One thing staff know how to do is incident reports. Now I know we have to include them in the course, however I believe we should only request 1 to be written as evidence not 3. Each ECE Service has different reporting paperwork and requirements, I simply ask them what their protocol is and they tell me. I them can ascertain they know exactly what to do. Spending extra time on this section is a waste of time. We can always add an extra if reassessment is required."

Debbie Thomas 06.09.2019 12.36PM

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"I even think 2 is too many. Yes it needs 1 as this course is also for people that are looking to be employed in the childcare industry, but agree once you have done one you can do another. Also every incident report form is different in every organisation, like first aid report forms. The incident report form in this unit is for ACEQA reporting not a medical hand over, if you want this it should be called a treatment report. Even ambulance services and hospitals have different treatment forms. "

Peter Allan 06.09.2019 01.28PM

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COMMUNICATE DETAILS OF THE INCIDENT

"So, how do we teach follow specific procedures on courses with multiple workplaces being represented by employees? Are we now taking over the PCBU's responsibilities? This is an impossible requirement to meet."

Dr John Fahey 14.08.2019 01.32PM

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"As my comment above, ask the students what their specific requirements are, they will tell you. Good training technique there. We can only train generic."

Debbie Thomas 06.09.2019 12.42PM

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OPERATE EQUIPMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH MANUFACTURER'S DIRECTIONS

"So, does this mean we need the manufacturer's directions for a pad before we use it to stop bleeding? Is this the same for AEDs? Epipens? We are lay training people to respond in emergency situations they have never encountered before and we are going to bamboozle them with find the manufacturer's directions or do we now have to run through the manufacturer's directions for every brand of pad out there?"

Dr John Fahey 14.08.2019 01.29PM

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"Agree. Are we not teaching First Aid, not training Paramedics. A pad is a pad or a gauze square, no matter the manufacturer."

Robert J Marmont 25.08.2019 01.00PM

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ENSURE VICTIM FEELS SAFE, SECURE AND SUPPORTED

"This performance criteria is unobtainable and unmeasurable b y anyone other than the victim. Stick to simple, measurable requirements such as 'reassure the victim'. We can measure behaviour taken to reassure but we cannot measure how a victim feels."

Dr John Fahey 14.08.2019 01.25PM

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"Agree. Keep to wording of reassure. "

Kathy Hawke 22.08.2019 08.07PM

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"Agree. In some cases reassurance can do more for the patient than some treatment."

Robert J Marmont 25.08.2019 01.02PM

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"I Totally agree with John, with this sector calming and reassuring children is what these students do best. Surely this can only be measured by the child's demeanor. "

Debbie Thomas 06.09.2019 12.40PM

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Element 2

"Title should be consistent with other First Aid units ie "Apply appropriate first aid procedures." As this unit includes the HLTAID009/010 and 011 with the addition of the childcare requirements"

Peter Allan 13.08.2019 11.10AM

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PC2.4 needs rewording

"This should be something like "Obtains consent and Emergency Plans from casualty and/or caregivers and/or registered medical practitioner where possible" Due to the context of the unit being children consent is normally given by a parent weeks/months before the application of this unit which is why emergency response plans should be included for conditions such as asthma/anaphylaxis/diabetes etc. Implied consent is used for a majority of casualties in this unit when the primary caregivers are absent."

Peter Allan 09.08.2019 03.16PM

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"Agree, as a supervisor in childcare and vacation care units, the emphasis needs to be on the emergency plans and the procedures put i place with the parents for the care of the child. Participants are the care givers in place of the parents and have this responsibility when it comes to known conditions and regardless if they are a supervisor or a newcomer, this is a duty of care to be aware of and monitoring."

Kathy Hawke 22.08.2019 08.11PM

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1.2

"Removing the risk identification from this unit and focusing only on safety and not health conditions is a step backwards as this unit in particular requires good Risk Identification and Assessment techniques."

Peter Allan 09.08.2019 03.11PM

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"Agreed. When training this unit, much of the emphasis is on risk identification (prevention in the first place by raising awareness and then risk factors during a situation) - that is why it contributes towards the asthma and anaphylaxis requirements of childcare and education. "

Kathy Hawke 22.08.2019 08.14PM

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Incorrect Terminology

"The use of the term victim is incorrect and should be replaced with casualty"

Peter Allan 09.08.2019 03.09PM

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"Totally agree stay with casualty, not victim, no need to change."

Debbie Thomas 06.09.2019 12.49PM

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Foundation skills

FOUNDATION SKILLS

Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.

UNIT MAPPING INFORMATION

No equivalent unit.

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Companion Volume Implementation Guide

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Equivalent

"Same as other units there are no changes that are different to HLTAID004 so they are equivalent units."

Peter Allan 09.08.2019 03.27PM

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Performance evidence

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Assessment Requirements for HLTAID012 Provide first aid in an education and care setting

PERFORMANCE EVIDENCE

Evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit in the context of the job role.

 

There must be evidence that the candidate has completed the following tasks in line with state/territory regulations, first aid codes of practice, first aid guidelines determined by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) and other Australian national peak clinical bodies and workplace procedures:

  • followed DRSABCD in line with ARC guidelines, including:
    • managed the unconscious, breathing victim including appropriate positioning to reduce the risk of airway compromise
    • performed at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) (5 cycles of both compressions and ventilations) on a child resuscitation manikin placed on the floor
    • performed at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer CPR (5 cycles both compressions and ventilations) on an infant resuscitation manikin placed on a firm surface
    • responded appropriately in the event of regurgitation or vomiting
    • demonstrated a rotation of operators with minimal interruptions to compressions
    • followed the prompts of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to deliver at least one shock
    • show respectful behaviour towards the victim
  • applied first aid procedures for the following:
    • Anaphylaxis
    • Asthma
    • Bleeding
    • Choking
    • Envenomation, using pressure immobilisation
    • Fractures, dislocations, sprains and strains, using appropriate immobilisation techniques
    • Medical shock
    • Minor wound cleaning and dressing
    • Nose bleed
  • responded to at least four simulated first aid scenarios contextualised to the candidate’s workplace/community setting, including:
    • one simulated scenario dealing with an unconscious, breathing child victim
    • one simulated scenario dealing with an unconscious, non-breathing child victim including the use of an AED.
    • one simulated scenario dealing with a medical condition of a child including the use of standard infection control procedures.
    • one simulated scenario dealing with trauma condition of a child including the use of standard infection control procedures
  • provided an accurate written report of an incident.

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responded to at least four simulated first aid scenarios contextualised to the candidate’s workplace

"Please tell me why 4 scenarios? It is currently 3 This would be easy in a two day course, however a one day 7.5hrs is murder. It cant be done and then add in the incident reports. NO at least take out 2. The big issue here is you want incident reports as well. These people are writing too much and not practicing skills. More skills practice is what is needed."

Debbie Thomas 06.09.2019 01.07PM

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"I think the scenarios should be: 1. Significant haemorrhage from a limb. Starting with initial direct pressure moving to requirement for tourniquet. Also brings in the discussion of haemostatic dressings. 2. Management of Anaphylaxis with the use of EpiPen and Ventolin MDI with Spacer. As per ASCIA pathway. Demonstrates appropriate and safe use of both EpiPen and Ventolin MDI. 3. Envenomation requiring the application of pressure immobilisation technique. Demonstrates appropriate bandaging and immobilisation techniques. 4. Management of a choking baby/toddler progressing into infant/toddler CPR. Demonstrates the ability to treat a choking patient and infant CPR. 5. Management of an adult/child having a seizure who post seizure remains unconscious. Then progresses into non-Breathing patient requiring CPR and AED. Demonstrates the ability to clear an area of danger to protect patient, correctly position an unconscious patient, monitor breathing, Adult/Child CPR and safe use of an AED. The differences in a Child and Adult Resuscitation Manikins is minimal and there is no significant advantage having to do an extra CPR demonstration. It would be better to ensure the participants understand the basics of CPR and do them well on any manikin. These 5 scenarios are much better then the current 3 CPR and 4 Others that are being recommended. "

Peter Allan 06.09.2019 01.49PM

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"Peter currently most of these are done as skills which can easily be done with a scenario. How do you propose we fit all this in a one day course, knowing that incident reports are to be written as well?"

Debbie Thomas 06.09.2019 02.17PM

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"I only suggest 1 incident report to be done, not 3. The amount of scenarios proposed is too many as well, I can fit the main required skills in 5 rolling scenarios. Which is the 1 less CPR scenario and 1 less trauma scenario then what they are suggesting. I normally run the 2 CPR and Asthma/Anaphylaxis before lunch and the 2 bandaging after lunch, then add the theory exam and incident report. I agree we have limited time and to manage this we need to holistically assess skills together. We don’t need to do a Sprained ankle, then fractured arm, then snake bite as the bandaging skill are all the same if you can do PIT you can do a fracture and a compression bandage for a joint. Seriously the only reason haemorrhage control bandage is there is for making the actions before tourniquet application more realistic. I am all for joining skill together"

Peter Allan 06.09.2019 02.29PM

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"It feels like the write and reviewers have no idea about how First Aid is delivered properly in real life. "

Peter Allan 06.09.2019 02.30PM

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"Are you suggesting me Peter? Sorry not sure. I am a trained nurse and midwife. I am all for keeping it simple, these are lay people carers of children not medical professionals. I just want them to attempt safely keep a casualty stable, until medical help arrives. Not worry about their writing skills. "

Debbie Thomas 06.09.2019 03.14PM

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"No definitely not referring to you. This rewrite of all HLTAID qualifications has a feel like it was done by a year 9 student trying to pass of their work as their own by using Microsoft words synonym function and adding a few things here or there. "

Peter Allan 06.09.2019 03.44PM

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Increase assessment for Risk assessment and risk mitigation.

"This unit competes/ is equivalent to the VRQA registered Anaphylaxis course. One of the key and significant differences is this unit has not focus on harm reduction. this should be added to this unit as it is a significant gap in knowledge and skill"

Michael Stanley 02.09.2019 06.17PM

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NO Adult CPR??

"I believe that Adult CPR should remain part of this unit. A child care environment is a workplace like all places. Adults have a higher chance of requiring CPR than a child and therefore the workplace would have a duty of care to respond if the incident related to a staff member, parent, contractor etc."

Michael Stanley 02.09.2019 06.15PM

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"I agree with Michael, unless the CPR competency takes out adults they should be left in. Its easy enough to do 2 mins CPR on each manikin so long as you don't have to scenario each one. This takes far too long. Contextualise to the ECE Provider eg Kindy use a child for the scenario. No extra reporting too much."

Debbie Thomas 06.09.2019 12.54PM

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"I agree with Michael and Debbie re: Adults. The Application of this unit states: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to infants, children and adults. There are MANY adults in all child care settings so we should definitely include CPR for them."

Janette Derrick 19.09.2019 04.59PM

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First Aid scenarios

"I understand that it is convenient to be able to teach this course combined with other HLTAID suite courses, however this is a SPECIALISED area. Children are not small adults. Childcare educators are being inadequately prepared for scenarios with children, and all too often students are not receiving the paediatric specific training they need in this unit. The four first aid scenarios only make reference to children (1-8 years). 16% of Australian children in formal childcare are under the age of 12 months (Australian Institute of Family Studies). There needs to be at least one scenario involving infants, and one involving an adult (for reasons as outlined by other commentators), and at least 2 involving children. "

Sarah Hunstead 20.08.2019 04.09PM

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"Agree with a paediatric specific scenario, I already do this in my courses as infant specific choking. The big problem though with this unit is that 001/003 are embedded so we also need to match the requirements for those units. This is where context of your scenarios come in. Ie the big focus of the recent TAE upgrades. My reading is let’s change the context to be more infant child focused but we also need to maintain the adult portions too so our childcare workers can treat everyone within their workplace. "

Peter Allan 21.08.2019 09.42PM

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"I agree, lets face it we can contextualise any of our first aid courses this way, that's easy. "

Debbie Thomas 06.09.2019 12.57PM

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CPR Adult/Child

"HLTAID011 allows the for the CPR and AED component to be done on either adult or child manikin. I never understood why the need to do both as it is a mirrored assessment and that the differences anatomically can be assessed and explained in knowledge evidence without having to add a redundant assessment. Change the Child CPR to Adult/Child so it mirrors the 011 requirements. If this does not occur the 011 may not be considered imbedded in this unit as the performance criteria in 011 will be different. This unit needs to mirror 011 with additional requirements and not just manipulated to be child only. Most of these requirements can be addressed significantly in the Knowledge Evidence area of the unit."

Peter Allan 13.08.2019 11.27AM

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"Agree"

Debbie Thomas 06.09.2019 12.58PM

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Written Report

"An incident report is definitely required in this unit, however keep in mind that most childcare facilities now use a online reporting system so writing a report is now being replaced with technology "

Peter Allan 09.08.2019 03.30PM

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"I would like to see only 1 written report done during this course as these ECE Educators do them all the time, to do three is frankly embarrassing , like trying to tell them to suck eggs. Definitely I vote 1. They are always done well, and if reassessment needs to be done then set another. They just take up too much time. "

Debbie Thomas 06.09.2019 01.02PM

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"Where are people getting 3/4 incident reports from? The PE says in last point - provided an accurate written report of AN incident only."

Robyn Mews 07.09.2019 05.30PM

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"Robyn you are correct it does say an incident report. Thank you obviously my oversight. Yes I agree with one. : D"

Debbie Thomas 08.09.2019 05.27PM

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All my comments from HLTAID011

"For this section all my comments apply here as well from HLTAID011"

Peter Allan 09.08.2019 03.26PM

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"Minor wound cleaning and Nose bleed should be moved to knowledge evidence and not performance evidence. The amount of conditions in performance evidence does not correspond with the number of minimum scenarios. "

Peter Allan 09.08.2019 03.25PM

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"Oh Yes please so totally agree with Peters comment. "

Debbie Thomas 06.09.2019 01.03PM

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CPR on adult no longer in the performance evidence

"Why not cover adults as well, as in HLTAID004? Every childcare service is also a workplace … for adults. Leaving adults out will mean that, in order to meet WHS requirements for first aider on site, additional training & assessment will be necessary. "

Barry Greer 09.08.2019 02.20PM

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"Agree, this unit should be a copy of HLTAID011 contextualized to a childcare environment and the additional requirements of performing first aid in this situation. By removing the adult components will mean that a person may have to sit a HLTAID011 and a HLTAID012 course to be a first aider in their child care centre, so they can work on adults and children. "

Peter Allan 09.08.2019 03.21PM

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"I fully support the comments of Barry Greer. This unit HLTAID004 or HLTAID012 is directed towards childcare centres and many schools prefer the extra knowledge for all their staff. This Unit should include ADULT CPR and AED skills as they are different to child and infant techniques. As there are Adults working in all child care centres and schools."

Alex van Welderen 20.08.2019 11.03AM

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Knowledge evidence

KNOWLEDGE EVIDENCE

Demonstrated knowledge required to complete the tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit:

  • guidelines and procedures including:
    • ARC Guidelines relevant to the provision of first aid to infants, children and adults
    • First aid guidelines from Australian national peak clinical bodies.
    • Identifying potential incident hazards and minimise risks when providing first aid
    • infection control procedures, including use of standard precautions and resuscitation barrier devices
    • requirements for currency of skill and knowledge
    • first aid codes of practice
    • workplace procedures relevant to the provision of first aid
  • legal, workplace and community considerations, including:
    • first aid requirements for services under the Education and Care Services National Law
    • State/Territory regulations covering first aid in an Education and Care setting
    • duty of care requirements
    • own skills and limitations
    • consent, including situations in which parental/caregiver consent is required
    • privacy and confidentiality requirements
    • awareness of potential need for need for stress management techniques and available support for rescuers and children
  • considerations when providing CPR, including:
    • Upper airway and effect of positional change
    • appropriate duration and cessation of CPR
    • appropriate use of an AED, including specific considerations when using an AED on children
    • Safety and maintenance procedures for an AED
    • chain of survival
    • how to access emergency response services
  • techniques for providing CPR to adults, children and infants including:
    • How to recognise that a victim is unresponsive and not breathing normally
    • Rate, ratio and depth of compressions/ventilations
    • Correct hand positioning for compressions
    • Basic anatomy, physiology and the differences between adults, children and infants relating to CPR
  • signs, symptoms and management of the following conditions/injuries:
    • Acute pain
    • Allergic reaction
    • Anaphylaxis
    • Asthma
    • Bleeding
    • Breathing difficulties – croup, bronchiolitis
    • Burns
    • Choking
    • Diabetes
    • Dehydration
    • Drowning
    • Envenomation (all current treatments)
    • Eye injuries
    • Febrile convulsions
    • Fever
    • Fractures, dislocations, sprains and strains
    • Gastroenteritis
    • Head, neck and spinal injuries
    • Hypothermia
    • Hyperthermia
    • Medical shock
    • Nose bleed
    • Poisoning
    • Seizures
    • Vomiting and diarrhoea
    • Wounds
  • identification and management of a sick infant or child including:
    • general signs and symptoms of acute illness in children and infants
    • referral and advice services including recognition of signs/symptoms requiring immediate ambulance response
    • emergency actions plans for known medical conditions including Asthma and Anaphylaxis
    • age appropriate communication and distraction techniques
    • first aider response to basic physiological differences in children.

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signs, symptoms and management of the following conditions/injurie

"Thankfully learning pulse and Resp values for all casualties has disappeared from this course. Observ. ing looking at the patient is most important. Most prople cant find their own pulse. If they are breathing they will have colour and a heart beat. Thank you : ) Take out Gastro,- this has to be diagnosed. Change medical shock to just shock, Croup and bronchitis, require a diagnosis - Difficulty breathing is easy to recognise. "

Debbie Thomas 06.09.2019 01.53PM

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Wording and mapping

"Agree with other comments that this unit needs to map easily with the other first aid units and not be separate but include the child-specific information in addition. "

Kathy Hawke 22.08.2019 08.26PM

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identification/management....acute illness

"Know the signs and symptoms to look out for but 'identify' requires a diagnosis which first aiders do not do. Also, what does "age appropriate distraction techniques' mean? Vague."

Kathy Hawke 22.08.2019 08.22PM

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Conditions/injuries

"****Acute pain is very difficult to assess in children and infants. This may be beyond the limit of this unit. Acute pain needs to be addressed by investigation of medical professionals. If it is left in the unit, it should be limited to "recognition of acute pain". There is also risk attached to this broad term - does management mean calling for help or administering pain relieving measures??? ****"Breathing difficulties - croup bronchiolitis" should be "Recognition of breathing difficulties" First Aiders should NOT be differentiating or diagnosing specific respiratory conditions. A child with an inhaled foreign body can have exactly the same symptoms as croup -a first aider would not be able to differentiate this - leave the diagnosis up to the medical professionals. ******Remove gastroenteritis. Once again, this is diagnosis. Diarrhoea and vomiting can be non specific symptoms of a plethora of illnesses in children. *****As a paediatric nurse, my biggest concern with this unit is the fact that children often present with general, non specific signs. Recognition of the sick child is paramount. "Signs symptoms and management of the following conditions/injuries" leaves it open for RTO's to avoid making these conditions specific for children. It would be preferable to read "Signs symptoms and management of the following conditions/injuries in infants and children""

Sarah Hunstead 20.08.2019 04.35PM

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"Thanks Sarah, I totally agree with you. Also why febile convulsions and Seizures? Honestly we really treat them the same, the difference is probably the xcause. Febrile convulsions only. Yes take out Gastro."

Debbie Thomas 06.09.2019 01.17PM

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Conditions and Injuries

"The swapping of terminologies here is very confusing as acute pain is a symptom of a condition, fever is a sign of a condition they don't need to be talked about separately to the associated condition. Why has stroke been removed? Children can have a stroke exactly the same as an adult. This list should be identical to HLTAID011 with the addition of childhood illnesses and conditions. If it doesn't then people will be required to hold both UOC to work as a first aider in a childcare centre. Envenomation(all current treatments?) why not just put envenomation? you have not put eye injuries (all current treatments). Did we just pick from a list of conditions to create this list? Gastroenteritis? As a first aider you are not diagnosing so this should be diarrhoea/nausea/vomiting if you want to include this. We are now crossing a line that could be risky and putting people into a situation where they are diagnosing a child instead of applying first aid. Medical shock again should be just shock. Missing ear injuries and what about objects stuck in holes?"

Peter Allan 09.08.2019 03.42PM

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"Again agree with you Peter."

Debbie Thomas 06.09.2019 01.19PM

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Assessment conditions

ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS

Skills must be demonstrated working individually in an environment that provides realistic in-depth, industry-validated scenarios and simulations to assess candidates’ skills and knowledge.

 

Due to the nature of this type of training, it is acceptable for the performance evidence to be collected in a simulated environment.

 

Compression and ventilation skills must be demonstrated on resuscitation manikins in line with ARC guidelines for the purpose of assessment of CPR procedures.

 

Assessment must ensure access to:

  • Emergency action plans
  • Child resuscitation manikin in line with ARC guidelines for the purpose of assessment of CPR procedures
  • Infant resuscitation manikin in line with ARC guidelines for the purpose of assessment of CPR procedures
  • Adrenaline auto-injector training devices
  • AED training device
  • Placebo bronchodilator and a spacer device
  • Different types of wound dressings and bandages
  • Blankets and items to make the victim comfortable
  • Disposable gloves and other PPE as required
  • workplace injury, trauma and/or illness record, or other appropriate workplace incident report form.

 

Simulated assessment environments must simulate the real-life working environment where these skills and knowledge would be performed, with all the relevant equipment and resources of that working environment.

 

Assessors must satisfy the Standards for Registered Training Organisations’ requirements for assessors.

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Companion Volume Implementation Guide

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Assessment conditions -trainers requirements

"I would like to see clarification about specific requirements for trainers ie a higher qualification in HLTAID or nursing, paramedics etc"

Helen Mason 06.09.2019 03.48PM

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"agree"

STUART JAMESON 05.09.2019 12.08PM

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Assessor Qualifications?

"By not including listed units here ie HLTAID012, is then not consistent with the previous units HLTAID009/010/011"

Peter Allan 09.08.2019 03.46PM

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"Agree"

Michael Stanley 03.09.2019 05.04PM

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