SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Technicians Support Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has undertaken a project to update the Packaging Rules of the two Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support Qualifications; to update nine existing Hospital Pharmacy Units of Competency; and to develop fourteen new Units of Competency to align to the existing and future job roles of all pharmacy assistants, pharmacy technicians and senior pharmacy technicians.
The aim of the proposed development and update 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.
The following key areas have been considered during the Training Package development and update process:
The current structure and packaging of the Qualifications now includes core Units, electives and elective specialisations.
Both Qualifications have been updated simultaneously to ensure consistency in the update process and to further ensure that final outcomes are suitable and fit for purpose.
The updated Training Package includes the option of streamed electives related to the specialised pharmacy areas of Compounding, Clinical Support, Leadership and Drug Knowledge.
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 fourteen new Hospital Pharmacy Units of Competency, 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 have subsequently reviewed and confirmed the changes required for the development of Draft 2, based on feedback received from the first round of public consultation.
Consultation Activities and Timelines
National consultation on Draft 1 took place from 24 February 2020 to 17 April 2020. During this period input was sought on the two updated Qualifications, nine existing Units of Competency and eleven new 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 publicly available for validation on the SkillsIQ website prior to the submission for endorsement. Draft 2 Training Package Products now include two updated Qualifications, nine updated existing Units of Competency and fourteen new Units of Competency and their associated Assessment Requirements.
National validation on Draft 2 will be open from Wednesday, 23 December 2020 and will close at 5:00pm on Monday, 01 February 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 0438 043 186.
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Webinars will be held on the following dates:
Webinar 1: Wednesday, 13 January 2021 11:00am–12:30pm - closed
Webinar 2: Tuesday, 19 January 2021 11:00am–12:30pm - closed
Webinar 3: Thursday, 21 January 2021 1:00pm–2:30pm
Webinar 4: Thursday, 28 January 2021 1:00pm–2:30pm
For further information, please contact Devika Mudaliar on 0438 043 186 or via email at email@example.com.