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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.
We are disappointed to announce that all Network meetings have been postponed. In these uncertain times we are not able to confirm a future date but we will post new dates as soon as we can safely reschedule.
SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Community Sector and Development Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has undertaken a project to develop a new qualification, Certificate III in Community Safety Patrol.
This qualification will align with Community Safety Patrol job roles such as a Day Patrol Officer, Night Patrol Officer and Youth Patrol Officer. These officers assist vulnerable people, refer them to other services for ongoing assistance, ensure children and youth are safe, and work in partnership with local police to adhere to the requirements of the criminal justice system. They promote and raise awareness of safety in the community.
The development of this qualification is being ‘fast-tracked’ in order to provide urgent skills and knowledge acquisition in line with the needs of remote communities, in the light of the impacts of COVID-19.
National consultation for Draft 1 will be open from Monday, 15 June 2020 to Friday, 10 July 2020 (4 weeks).
SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Technicians Support Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has undertaken a project to develop a new entry-level qualification, the Diploma of Clinical Coding; one new skill set; seven new Clinical Coding Units of Competency; and an update of three existing Clinical Coding Units of Competency to ensure that entry-level clinical coders have access to appropriate skills and knowledge, in order to meet the current and future needs of the Australian health care system.
A widespread multi-channel consultation involving a broad range of stakeholders is now being conducted to address concerns raised in Draft 1 public consultation and in discussions around the Clinical Coding qualification, the Clinical Coding Auditor Skill Set and the Clinical Coding Units and their content.
Validation of Draft 2 will commence on Friday, 12th June and will close at 5.00pm on Monday, 6th July 2020.
Please click here to access Draft 2 documents, including a Validation Guide.
SkillsIQ will be undertaking webinars to engage industry stakeholders. To register for a webinar, please click here.
NSW CSH ITAB acknowledges the NSW Department of Industry contribution and values the ongoing partnership with Training Services NSW.