Health Training Package

Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (CS&HISC)

WHAT THE CLIENT WANTED

The Community Services & Health Industry Skill Council (CS&HISC) is one of 13 national Industry Skills Councils and has responsibility for the Health Training Package. With new National Standards for Training Packages being developed by the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) and the introduction of national registration for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners, CS&HISC saw the opportunity to review existing qualifications and competencies relating to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers as part of the Health Training Package. This supported CS&HISC’s approach to continuing improvement, quality and currency of the qualifications and competencies.  These qualifications and competencies would then be submitted for endorsement by the NSSC in May 2013.

WHAT WE DID

With support from Health Workforce Australia CS&HISC approached Precision to review the existing 8 qualifications and 78 units of competency for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers. With guidance from an Industry Reference Group (IRG) representing peak national bodies involved in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and technical advice from Subject Matter Experts across the country, Precision worked closely with the CS&HISC to:

  • consult nationally with RTOs, industry and community to understand the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers
  • redraft existing qualifications and competencies to meet the proposed National Standards for Training Packages model and principles, including the creation of assessment requirements for each competency
  • develop new competencies to meet industry needs
  • provide opportunity to gain national feedback on drafts of competencies, assessment requirements and qualifications.

THE RESULT

After national consultations and meetings with the IRG and SMEG, 78 units of competency and assessment requirements, 7 qualifications and various skill sets were developed to meet the National Standards for Training Packages.

These products were delivered to CS&HISC in March 2013. These will be subject to quality assurance and review by State Training Authorities before being submitted to the NSSC in May. Also delivered were an Implementation Guide to assist with understanding the new products and a Case for Endorsement to support the Training Package’s submission to the NSSC.

Precision are now in the process of developing Companion Volumes in Learning Strategies, Assessment Strategies and Knowledge to support RTOs, industry and community to utilise these new qualifications and competencies to their fullest potential, and ultimately support the ongoing quality training and assessment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers. These will be available with the first release of the Health Training Package.