Certificate III and IV in Hospital Health Services Pharmacy Support Draft 1

Project Summary

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Technicians Support Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC), is undertaking a project to update the packaging rules of the two Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support qualifications – Certificate III in Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support and Certificate IV in Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support; update nine existing Hospital Pharmacy Units of Competency; and develop eleven new Units of Competency to align to the existing and future job roles of all pharmacy assistants, pharmacy technicians and senior pharmacy technicians.

Please note: The list of Units in the Certificate IV in Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support Draft 1 includes HLTCCD003 Use medical terminology in health care as a core Unit. This Unit is currently listed in error under the Group C: Other Electives section. This inaccuracy will be rectified upon completion of the Draft 1 Public Consultation period.
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The aim of the proposed updates is to ensure that the Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support sector is supported by a highly skilled workforce. Hospital pharmacy assistants and technicians require access to appropriate skills and knowledge in order to meet the current and future needs of the Australian health care system.

To inform the update of the packaging rules of the two Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support qualifications; the update of nine existing Hospital Pharmacy Units of Competency; and the development of eleven new Hospital Pharmacy Units of Competency to cover specialist areas, a Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) comprised of stakeholders and subject matter experts from across Australia has been formed. Formation of the TAC has 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 development work, the Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support TAC and the Technicians Support Services IRC will subsequently review and confirm the changes required for the development of Draft 2, based on feedback received from the first round of consultation.

Consultation Activities and Timelines

National consultation on Draft 1 will take place from Monday, 24 February and run until 5.00pm on Friday, 17 April 2020. During this period input will be sought on the two updated draft qualifications, nine updated existing Units of Competency, eleven new 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 enquiries@skillsiq.com.au 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: Round 1

A series of face-to-face workshops will be held across all states and territories, along with webinars and access to the SkillsIQ Online Feedback Forum page. Please click on the links below to register for a workshop or webinar.

Workshops:

City               Date                                          Time

Melbourne   Thursday, 5 March 2020        9.00am–11:30am - closed
Perth             Tuesday, 10 March 2020        9.00am–11:30am - closed
Adelaide       Wednesday, 11 March 2020  9.30am–12:00pm - cancelled due to low enrolments 
Canberra      Thursday, 12 March 2020      9.30am–12:00pm - cancelled due to low enrolments 
Brisbane       Friday, 13 March 2020            9.00am–11:30am - cancelled due to low enrolments 
Darwin          Thursday, 19 March 2020      9.00am–11:30am - WEBINAR - closed
Sydney          Friday, 20 March 2020            9.30am–12:00pm - WEBINAR - closed
Hobart          Tuesday, 31 March 2020        9.00am–11:30am - cancelled due to low enrolments

Webinars:
Date                                                           Time

Webinar 1: Tuesday, 3 March 2020      10.00am–11:30am - closed
Webinar 2: Tuesday, 24 March 2020    2.00pm–3:30pm - closed

Further Information

For further information, please contact Devika Mudaliar on (02) 9392 8100 or via email at devika.mudaliar@skillsiq.com.au.

Attachments

Certificate III and IV in Hospital Health Services Pharmacy Support Draft 1 Consultation Guide

Recent Comments

lorah hickman 17.04.2020

"Hey both, I hope I've not caused confusion. I was trying to shed some light on the discussions that were held. In Australia I don't think we can say Cert III is Assistant and Cert IV is Technician, although that is what some of us were thinking would be best. Some states can't even use the word Technician in relation to this work group. We did discuss maths, science and English being a pre requisite and I'm pretty sure I was told it is a no go. We wanted to have the action and uses of medications as knowledge only units similar to the underpinning knowledge in the UK but we were told we can't do that either. So we tried to create performance evidence to match the knowledge criteria and tried to align this with the SHPA standards of practice, enterprise agreements and UK Technician expectations which is how we came up with counseling, research, delivering CE etc. All of these conversations are so important though, the more in put the better. (replying from my phone, apologies for any typos or autocorrect errors) "

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Kate Petrie 17.04.2020

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Kate Petrie 17.04.2020

"I do agree with much of your comments. My biggest issue is that within the VET sector, Cert IVs should be comparable in the level of skills attained. Much of the content of this Cert IV, in my opinion, is beyond the scope of a Cert IV (and is also beyond an NVQ/SVQ3 trained UK tech). My understanding is that you cannot have school based subject requirements for Cert IVs."

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Kate Petrie 17.04.2020

"I agree"

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HLTPHA029 Conduct a continuing education session for peers on chemical principles, as they apply to pharmacy activity

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Kate Petrie 17.04.2020

"Research not AQF level 4"

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HLTPHA028 Apply knowledge of medicines used to treat eye, ear, nose and dermatological disorders to dispense medication to patients

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