Skill Set – Asthma & Anaphylaxis Combined

STUDENT INFORMATION

This Skill Set – Asthma & Anaphylaxis Combined teaches the skills and knowledge required to develop an asthma risk assessment and emergency management plan to handle asthma episodes in the workplace. It provides background knowledge of the triggers, symptoms and effects of asthmas well as emergency management. It applies to workers in a wide range of settings where emergencies involving asthma episodes may occur such as: Childcare; Aged and community care; Sport; Tourism; Hospitality

This course also teaches the skills and knowledge required to provide first aid to a person experiencing anaphylaxis until the arrival of medical assistance. It covers the recognition, risk management, prevention and risk minimisation strategies related to anaphylaxis.  It provides the outcomes required to develop and implement a risk management plan to reduce the risk of severe reactions in individuals diagnosed at risk of anaphylaxis which can be applied in either the workplace, or in the community.

Award issued

22282VIC Course in the Management of Asthma Risks and Emergencies in the Workplace

22300VIC Course in first aid management of anaphylaxis

It is recommended this unit be renewed every 24 months in line with industry standards. Locate the most current training package at training.gov.au

Our obligation to you

We are required to provide clear evidence to enable you to decide if this course is suitable for you.

Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909 is responsible for the quality of the training and assessment and will be issuing the statement of attainment for this unit even if the training is provided by an authorised third party.

Choosing a training or education provider

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has developed a fact sheet to allow you to be fully informed about your decision to enroll in a course of study. We recommend reading this information prior to enrolling.  It is available by clicking here.

Are there physical requirements for the Skill Set – Asthma & Anaphylaxis Combined?

It is important to note that there are physical standards which relate to the level of performance required when undertaking accredited training. There can be no exceptions to these Australian Government requirements that are clearly written into the Training Package.

Therefore, students who are unable to satisfy the physical requirements of the course cannot be deemed competent or issued with a statement of attainment, even if the qualification is a necessary part of their employment conditions.

Resources that will be available for the Skill Set – Asthma & Anaphylaxis Combined

  • Real or simulated workplace environment appropriate for training
  • Samples of Asthma Action Plans
  • Samples of workplace Asthma Emergency Management Plans
  • Placebo asthma medication reliever inhaler devices
  • Single-use spacer
  • PPE such as gloves
  • Autoinjector device – TRAINER units only
  • Communication equipment
  • ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis (General)
  • Mock casualty
  • Mock bystander/co-worker to assist
  • Sample individual anaphylaxis management plans, risk assessment forms and incident reports

What does competency-based training actually mean? 

A competency-based training environment is centered on demonstrated competence against industry-defined standards of performance. Competency-based training is the concept that individuals learn at different rates as well as through different modes and different environments and that the skills and knowledge that a student has acquired previously are able to be formally recognised.

Amount of training and the AQF volume of learning

The AQF Volume of Learning describes how long a student, who does not hold any competencies identified in the qualification, would normally take to develop all of the required skills and knowledge at that qualification level. The amount of training comprises the formal learning activities that are provided to a student to enable them to meet the requirements of each training product and gain the skills and knowledge specified in the relevant training product.

DETERMINING AMOUNT OF TRAINING

COURSE DELIVERY OPTIONS

Types of Students 

We are required to determine the amount of training we provide to each student, with regard to the existing skills, knowledge and experience of each student.

Skill levels will vary in relation to the current experience/current training level of each student:

1. Students new to First Aid training

2. Students with previous training and/or experience similar to this course

Initial training (students new to First Aid training)

Initial training is intended for students who have no prior training or experience. For example job seekers, school leavers, those wanting a change in career etc.

Students attending a course for the first time can complete the course by undertaking pre-course study – referred to as unsupervised learning, and then attending a trainer led face to face course (mixed mode).

Where the student is a new entrant or inexperienced worker, we ensure that we give them the opportunity to fully absorb the required knowledge and to develop skills over time in the different contexts they would experience in the workplace.

This may require a longer time-frame than for those students with significant training/industry experience.

Refresher training  (Students with previous training and/or experience)

The shorter refresher course may be appropriate for workers or students experienced in the industry or with previous training.  This might be those who have been in the industry for some time (e.g. well practiced skills), those who have previously completed this course or similar, and those returning for workplace or industry requirements and to refresh their skills etc.

Meaning the student for a refresher course has previously attained experience in the required skills/knowledge.

It’s important to identify those students who are confident and are returning for recertification. It’s about recognising their pre-existing knowledge and skills. Therefore, upon enrolment, a refresher student can supply evidence of previous certification and therefore will be given the option of completing optional unsupervised pre-course study to refresh their knowledge and the complete a face to face training session with a trainer. They have the option to complete the pre-course workbook to refresh theory or just to attend the face-to-face component of the course.

Recertification/refresher training is a competency confirmation event that includes training, the purpose of which is to compensate for or prevent deterioration in a previously achieved standard of performance.

COURSE TYPE

DELIVERY MODE

INITIAL COURSE

Students New to First Aid Training

    Mixed Mode

  1. Pre-course study Online or Workbook
  2. Face-to-Face training

REFRESHER COURSE

Students with experience or current First Aid certificate 

Express Mode

  1. Optional Pre-course Study
  2. Face-to-Face training

Exceptions for duration of the course

Course durations are reflective of group sizes of between 4 and 15 students. If there are less students in a group, you may find course duration reduced by a maximum of 10%. If a class size exceeds 15 students, it may therefore also be necessary to increase course duration depending on the number of students.

Recognition or any prior learning or previous courses 

Upon enrolment to the Skill Set – Asthma & Anaphylaxis Combined, you are given the opportunity to upload your previous certificate and based on that evidence, the course can be modified based on your previous knowledge. There is a currency requirement to be able to demonstrate skills such as administration of an adrenaline autoinjector.

We need to identify any support you require to complete this course 

Upon enrolment, we will give you an opportunity to provide information on your language, literacy and numeracy skills to complete this course. There is also the opportunity to provide details and communicate any special needs or support requirements you may have.  Assistance can be sought from our student support officer at Allens Training Pty Ltd by phoning 1300 559 064.

We provide equitable access to all required educational and support services, so that no student is disadvantaged to be able to enroll into this course regardless of their mode of study or location. Students can organise to meet with their trainer on a one-to-one basis for additional support, plus email and phone contact.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

Completing any vocational education course in Australia, it is a requirement for you to obtain and supply a USI. This is obtainable from usi.gov.au if a USI is not supplied and verified with usi.gov.au a certificate cannot be issued to you.

If you are under 18 years of age

It is a requirement that parental/guardian consent is obtained for students under the age of 18 to be able to participate in a course.  The form for this can be found here.

Foundation skills required for 22282VIC Asthma & 22300VIC Anaphylaxis

Foundation skills are the underpinning communication skills required for participation in the workplace, the community and in adult education and training.

Learning – to learn to manage asthma risks and emergencies and plan for, identify and respond to anaphylaxis

Reading – in order to read and understand labels, forms and plans

Writing – in order to record details of record details of asthma risks and anaphylaxis emergencies

Oral communication – to employ reporting, communication and information-gathering techniques

Other foundation skills essential to performance for this course.

Reasonable adjustment explained

Reasonable adjustment refers to flexibility in assessment approaches to account for individual learning needs, while still adhering to the assessment requirements of the relevant training package or VET accredited course. Whilst reasonable adjustments can be made in terms of the way in which evidence of performance is gathered, the evidence criteria for making competent/not yet competent decisions should not be altered in any way.

If a student meets essential entry requirements, the RTO must endeavour to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ necessary for them to complete their course work or demonstrate competency. This may include adjusting the physical environment, student learning materials or the manner that a theory test is completed. In most situations, a student with a disability will be able to tell the RTO what he or she needs to be able to study. If necessary, the RTO should also seek advice from disability areas within government departments or organisations that represent or provide services to people with a disability.

Adjustments may include:

  • Modifying educational premises. For example, making ramps, modifying toilets and ensuring that classes are in rooms accessible to the person with a disability.
  • Modifying or providing equipment. For example, lowering lab benches, enlarging computer screens, providing specific computer software or an audio loop system.
  • Changing assessment procedures. For example, allowing for alternative examination methods such as oral exams, or allowing additional time for someone else to write an exam for a person with a disability.
  • Changing course delivery. For example, providing study notes or research materials in different formats or providing a sign language interpreter for a person who is hearing impaired.

Please note that in some Training Packages, first aid and CPR training for example, there are mandatory skills that cannot be modified as a reasonable adjustment. For example, in CPR the student is required to complete 2 minutes of CPR on an adult manikin on the floor. There is no room for reasonable adjustment as it is stated as what is required in the Training Package.

Skill Set – Asthma & Anaphylaxis Combined ASSESSMENT – THEORY

Question paper detailing the knowledge from the course such as:

For Asthma:

  • Composition and essential components of an Asthma Management Plan
  • Relevant workplace policies/procedures for the management of an asthma emergency
  • Guidelines of Asthma peak bodies
  • Risk management and minimisation strategies contextualised to the specific workplace environment
  • Environmental hazard identification and minimisation
  • Requirements in some workplaces for Police Checks and/or Working with Children Checks
  • State/Territory regulatory requirements for asthma management relevant to workplace contexts
  • Signs and symptoms of asthma – mild/moderate, severe and life-threatening
  • Potential consequences of an asthma episode
  • Common allergic and non-allergic asthma triggers
  • First aid principles and procedures for the emergency management of asthma; including individual Asthma Action Plans
  • Common asthma medication and equipment
  • Sources of medical assistance, such as: designated first aiders/first aid officers, general practitioners, ambulance
  • Workplace’s debriefing policies/procedures
  • State/territory regulations, first aid codes of practice and workplace requirements for refresher training to maintain currency of competence

And for Anaphylaxis:

  • The signs and symptoms associated with both mild to moderate allergic reactions and severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) and how to distinguish between them
  • The triggers/allergens which cause allergic reactions
  • First aid principles and procedures, including bringing medication to the casualty rather than moving them (unless it is necessary to remove them from an immediate danger, such as a beehive)
  • ARC Basic Life Support Flowchart information
  • If there is uncertainty, administer adrenaline as a priority before any other medications (e.g. Asthma reliever medication), as per ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis
  • Anaphylaxis emergency response procedures for the workplace
  • Requirements for replacement of the adrenaline autoinjector
  • Documentation requirements
  • Refresher training requirements for those undertaking this course
  • The identities of the people at risk, including children
  • The triggers/allergens to avoid for mild to moderate reactions and anaphylaxis in individuals
  • Understanding of the ASCIA guidelines for treatment of anaphylaxis
  • Understanding of the relevant organisational policies and procedures
  • Understanding of the relevant industry legislation and policies
  • Mild to moderate allergic reactions and anaphylaxis and the potential consequences of the conditions
  • Prevention strategies and risk identification and minimisation for people at risk
  • The need to have the individual’s ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis reviewed by a medical practitioner when the adrenaline autoinjector is replaced
  • The need to review individual anaphylaxis management plan at the start of each school year for school aged children, and otherwise annually, as per organisational procedures
  • Sources of relevant information and guidelines

ASSESSMENT – PRACTICAL Skill Set – Asthma & Anaphylaxis Combined

Physical demonstrations (skills) 

The simulated assessment environments for Skill Set – Asthma & Anaphylaxis Combined reflect the real-life working environment where these skills and knowledge would be performed, with all the relevant equipment and resources of that working environment.  Skills must be demonstrated by the student working individually in an environment that provides realistic in-depth, industry-validated scenarios and simulations to assess students’ skills and knowledge. It’s important that students have knowledge of the content of this course. The assessable practical skills are listed below.

You will be assessed on performing asthma and anaphylaxis scenario and task demonstrations to:

  • Recognise and treat asthma using a blue/grey reliever with and without a spacer
  • Report an asthma incident to relevant authorities and parent/carer
  • Conduct a risk assessment and make recommendations for controls to help manage asthma and anaphylaxis in the workplace
  • Provide first aid treatment for anaphylaxis
  • Follow ASCIA Action Plans and the workplace procedures
  • Position a casualty and administer adrenaline using an auto injector
  • Seek help and contact emergency services
  • Handover the casualty to emergency services
  • Fulfill reporting requirements – parent/carer, workplace forms etc.

Student written agreement

If you are completing this course, please download the student agreement to ensure that you are aware of your rights and obligations.  You can access the student written agreement by clicking here.

Course requirements          

There are no prerequisite, entry, work-placement, licensing or certification requirements for 22282VIC Asthma & 22300VIC Anaphylaxis.

We engage with industry experts

As part of ongoing improvement activities and industry consultations, Allens Training Pty Ltd consult with industry experts to ensure best practice occurs in resources and realistic assessment tools.

Training considerations from the trainer and assessor

The RTO’s training and assessment strategies and practices, including the amount of training they provide, are consistent with the requirements of training packages courses and enable each student to meet the requirements for each unit of competency or module in which they are enrolled.

RTO responsibilities           

The RTO is required to:

A) Have qualified trainers and assessors to deliver the training and assessment.

B) Educational and support services to meet the needs of the student cohort/s undertaking the training and assessment.

C) Learning resources to enable students to meet the requirements for each unit of competency.

D) Facilities, whether physical or virtual, and equipment to accommodate and support the number of students undertaking the training and assessment.

Monitoring and improvement

Continuous improvement will occur through ongoing industry consultation, feedback from students, and feedback from clients. Feedback for this training program is collected through:

Employer questionnaire managed by the Allens Training Pty Ltd head office.

Every student is given the opportunity for post course survey and these survey results are available for both the trainer and RTO to view.

Skill Set – Asthma & Anaphylaxis Combined