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The Department of Education is consulting with Smart and Skilled Providers and other key stakeholders on how to improve post-training outcomes for disadvantaged cohorts of students who participate in Government funded training. A discussion paper has been prepared to guide the consultations. Read the discussion paper here
A short survey (based on issues and questions raised in the discussion paper) has been prepared to capture your written feedback. The survey can be accessed at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P8YKTLC
The survey will close on Friday 16 October 2020.
SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Technicians Support Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has undertaken a project to update the existing Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology Qualification and seven existing Anaesthetic Technology Units of Competency to ensure that Anaesthetic 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.
Consultation on Draft 1 commenced on Wednesday, 16 September and will close at 5.00pm on Friday, 16 October 2020.
Please click here to access Draft 1 documents, including a Consultation Guide.
SkillsIQ will be undertaking a number of webinars to engage industry stakeholders. To register for a webinar, please click here.
We understand that there are challenges to running and operating COVID-safe businesses.
The NSW and Commonwealth Governments have committed a combined $25.5 million to fund fee-free nationally accredited infection prevention and control training. The training will provide workers with the skills they need to better identify and respond to COVID-19 risks in the workplace. It will support implementation of your business’s COVID-19 Safety Plan.
Training is available across NSW and is delivered by approved Smart and Skilled training providers. Click here to find a provider in your region. Visit the Training Services NSW website for more information on infection prevention and control training.
The NSW Training Awards is celebrating its 65th year and to mark this occasion they are launching the first ever People’s Choice Awards. This year they are giving you the power to recognise best and brightest in Vocational Education and Training by casting your vote for Apprentice of the year, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student of the year, Trainee of the year, and School based apprentice/trainee of the year.
For further information on your favourite finalist and how to vote, please click here
SkillsIQ has announced public consultation for:
- Children’s Education and Care (incorporating Early Childhood Education and Care, School Age Education and Care, and Education Support)
Draft Qualifications, Skill Sets and Units of Competency relating to these projects are available on the SkillsIQ Online Feedback Forum for consultation from Wednesday, 12 August 2020 until 11 September 2020.
Please click on the link below to access the drafts and associated information, including details of the scheduled webinars, the consultation period and the validation guides.
Children’s Education and Care (incorporating Early Childhood Education and Care, School Age Education and Care, and Education Support) – Draft 3 Validation
Young people providing unpaid care and support to a family member can apply for bursaries of $3,000 each to help continue their education or training.
The Young Carer Bursary Program offers 1,000 bursaries of $3,000 each year.
There are more than 235,500 unpaid young carers aged 25 years and under in Australia.
The bursaries are available for high school, college, TAFE, school-based apprenticeships, home schooling and undergraduate degrees.
Applications for the Young Carer Bursary Program are open until 8 September.
iNotice is a free professional development program to assist heightened awareness of a variety of signs and client symptoms that may be observable by community care workers.
We have seen an increase in the use of the iNotice resources in recent months to support service delivery and training in community care settings. We invite you to learn more about the iNotice app and resources by visiting the Product and Services page of this website.
The Department of Health has developed a 30-minute online education course for care workers about protecting themselves and care recipients from infection with coronavirus.
Register to participate in the training here.
Up-to-date information about coronavirus (COVID-19) is available on the department’s website.
ADDITIONAL ADVICE 17 APRIL 2020
The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) COVID-19 Emergency Response Sub-Committee has provided a statement in relation to delivery of First Aid training. Please click here to download a copy of the statement.
Advice from the First Aid Industry Reference Committee of SkillsIQ:
Many RTOs have raised concerns about the ongoing delivery of First Aid training during COVID-19. RTOs must comply with State and Federal Health Authority directions. RTOs should perform a risk assessment, when deciding whether or not to continue to provide First Aid training, taking into account the following:
- State, Territory and Federal Health Authorities advice (www.health.gov.au)
- The Australian Resuscitation Council’s recommendations and guidelines (www.resus.org.au)
- SafeWork Australia’s advice (www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au)
- ASQA’s advice (www.asqa.gov.au).
Specific concerns have also been raised about the transmission of the virus while performing ventilations on mannikins. The potential for transmission of the virus is significantly reduced if proper infection control procedures are followed, which involves excluding anyone who shows symptoms of the virus. The Assessment Requirements are clearly stated, and the performance of compressions and breaths must be demonstrated on a mannikin in order to make a determination of competency. It cannot be a demonstration of compressions only.
A reasonable adjustment may apply where a student states they will not put their mouth on the mannikin during breaths (even with a barrier device in place), in which case the student is required to demonstrate all aspects of giving breaths (i.e. head tilt and blowing to the side of the mannikin) while not actually blowing into the mouth of the mannikin. This reasonable adjustment is to only apply at this time of the COVID-19 pandemic and only if the student requests exemption (i.e. on an exception basis only).
Further information may be found as follows:
- The First Aid Companion Volume on page 11 clearly states that reasonable adjustment can be made to the assessment procedures, and RTO’s should ensure that ‘the integrity of the Unit of Competency and/or qualification is upheld’.
- In the case of ventilations used while performing CPR, the ARC guidelines found at ANZCOR Guideline 5 – Breathing are specific in the need to provide ventilations as well as the control of transmissible diseases during CPR.
- RTOs should comply with the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2019) and support the use of resuscitation barriers and other PPEs as required.
In response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, Dementia Australia has released four Help Sheets outlining tips for people living with dementia, carers, families and friends of people living with dementia, residential care providers and home care providers.
The Help Sheets are available now and include:
- Tips for people living with dementia – outlines the coronavirus COVID-19 symptoms, hygiene tips, the importance of having a good support network, ideas to remain active and engaged while in self-isolation, and where to go for help.
- Tips for carers, families and friends of people living with dementia – outlines the coronavirus COVID-19 symptoms, hygiene tips, helpful tips for primary carers, as well as for family, friends or neighbours, ideas for remaining active and engaged while in self-isolation, and where to go for help.
- Tips for residential care providers – outlines the impacts coronavirus COVID-19 may have on residents, tips on alternative activities and how to support continued engagement with families and carers.
- Tips for home care providers – outlines the impacts coronavirus COVID-19 may have on a person living with dementia, tips to reduce heightened anxiety and where to go for help.
NSW CSH ITAB acknowledges the NSW Department of Industry contribution and values the ongoing partnership with Training Services NSW.