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ASQA Notices

ASQA has recently released two important notices for all registered training organisations (RTOs) delivering or planning to deliver HLTAID003 Provide First Aid or other first aid–related units. These relate to:

  1. Heat stroke advice provided by RTOs and
  2. Requirements for learners demonstrating CPR on manikins.

All FAIA Members have received a summary of ASQA’s news release by way of a FAIA Industry Update Newsletter.

UPDATE – CRICOS: Review of the National Code

This news item is an update on information previously provided on 31/03/2017.

The review of the National Code of Practice for providers of training to overseas students happened in 2017. In the draft code that was circulated at the time of the consultation there was a push to include all training and the expression ‘full-time’ had been removed. FAIA’s submission drew attention to this and other submissions also added an implied 20 hours per week for full time study. In the final code it is clear that the ESOS Act and the code applies to full time study with a minimum of 20 scheduled course contact hours per week. (clause 11.2.1)

Therefore, International students should be able to complete First Aid training if total duration is under 20 hours by non CRICOS providers. Note that there may be still some people at the governing level who have not understood this.

The revised National Code of Practice, together with the associated explanatory statement, can be downloaded below:

Revised National Code of Practice

Explanatory Statement

20th Anniversary Gala Dinner

We are keenly anticipating celebrating this significant milestone with our members and colleagues on February 8, 2019!

This night will highlight the journey that FAIA has undertaken over the past 20 years, beginning in 1999 when ‘Australian Institute of First Aid and Emergency Care Providers’ was formed.

Click HERE to download a booking form.

Have You Played a Part?

Many of our members have played an active and valuable role in FAIA’s history and accomplishments. As part of the night’s presentations, we would love to share any anecdotes/photos/records you may have which relate to FAIA’s activities over the past 20 years. Please email these to secretary@faia.org.au.

Get to Know our Voting Members – Video Presentations

FAIA is all about working together with our members so we can represent them as a peak body. All our voting members have been invited to provide a short video overview about their organisation for presentation during the evening  – a great opportunity to find out more about others in your industry!

Alarm at Training Recommendations in New Model Code of Practice

Safe Work Australia has recently published a new model Code of Practice: First Aid in the Workplace. Members of the FAIA executive were very surprised by the information provided, and consider the impacts to be quite serious and potentially damaging to first aid training.

FAIA has written to Safe Work Australia in a joint communication with other members of the First Aid Council, outlining the first aid industry’s concerns with the new Code. We are awaiting a response from Safe Work Australia. FAIA will advise its members of the outcome as soon as this is known.

Become a FAIA member to find out the shortcomings of the Code which were detailed in our correspondence to Safe Work Australia, and to be kept up to date with the latest on this issue.

In Case You Missed It – News from ASCIA

Members may have seen earlier reports that Mylan Australia would be supplying a generic version of EpiPen® without the EpiPen® brand name and also that Link Healthcare would be supplying Emerade® adrenaline autoinjectors in Australia. This was in response to an EpiPen® shortage in Australia.

Mylan has just announced that there is no longer a need for these products as EpiPen® stock levels have recovered. The Therapeutic Goods Administration will not be proceeding with authorisation of Emerade® for sale in Australia. It appears that manufacturers of adrenaline (epinephrine) autoinjectors regard the Australian market as too small to accommodate multiple brands.

New 2018 versions of ASCIA Action Plans are now available HERE.

FAIA’s Role in the Review of The NVETR Act 2011

FAIA continues to represent our members’ interests via active consultation with government.

In 2017, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, commissioned a review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 (NVETR Act) and its associated legislative framework. In August 2017, AECP (prior to adoption of our new business name FAIA) provided a detailed submission to this review.

The completed report by Professor Valerie Braithwaite (Australian National University) – ‘All eyes on quality: Review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 report’ – was published in January this year. It makes five references to the AECP submission, including a direct quotation given on page 63. The AECP passages cited in the Braithwaite report relate to:

1.  The need for data collected to be ‘fit for purpose’ (unlike LQ and EQ surveys);
2.  The RTO business plan to include a broad range of private and public sources of income and not be focussed on government-funded training;
3.  The adequacy of ASQA’s enforcement powers and the earlier failure to adopt a risk-based approach;
4.  CRICOS requirements not to be applied to first aid;
5.  The inappropriateness of ASQA’s student survey in relation to first aid training.

Professor Braithwaite made a total of 23 recommendations, intended to drive improvement in the quality of training and protection of the rights of students, both of which are seen as integral to desirable student outcomes.

The Government has recently published a response to these recommendations, with some fully supported, some qualified as ‘in principle’ support, and others simply noted, such as the recommendation to create a role of Master Assessor to assess the quality of the RTO’s cohort of graduating students. One worrying recommendation that the Government ‘supports in principle’ is the idea that an RTO must submit ‘teacher quality improvement actions’ [PD] as part of its Quality Indicator report. This will add to the administrative burden without real benefit, as poor-quality providers will simply write what’s needed to satisfy the regulator.

Links to the submissions (including that from AECP), to Professor Braithwaite’s full report, and to the Australian Government Response may be found HERE.

 

Updated: First Aid Companion Volume – March 2018

This replaces the Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council First Aid Guide: Release 1.3, January 2015.

A copy can be accessed HERE.

Major updates include:
* Clarification on adrenaline auto-injectors
* Removal of reference to ‘Anapen’ in the mapping table for HLTAID004
* First Aid Industry Reference Committee advice to RTOs in respect to recent updates to ANZCOR Guideline 9.1.1 First Aid for Management of Bleeding and the first aid units of competency

Diabetes Guideline

The ARC has recently released a new guideline for diabetes: ANZCOR Guideline 9.2.9 – First aid Management of a Diabetic Emergency. Guideline can be accessed HERE.

New Business Name

Though still maintaining links to ‘second aid’ and ‘third aid’ matters, over time AECP has focussed more and more on first aid. The care providers name doesn’t make it immediately obvious what we’re about. So, a new name has been registered and launched: First Aid Industry Alliance. The new logo matches the existing AECP logo for easier identification and transition purposes. The new business name will gradually replace AECP, including emails and website but both terms will still reach the same destination.

Regulating Australia’s Paramedics

The following information is taken from http://www.paramedicineboard.gov.au/

Who needs to register?

From late 2018 paramedics must be registered with the Paramedicine Board of Australia (the Board) and meet the Board’s registration standards in order to practise in Australia.

Your registration will be recognised in all the states and territories of Australia and your name will be included on a public register of practitioners which is managed by AHPRA.

From late 2018 you will not be able to call yourself a paramedic (or hold yourself out to be a paramedic) if you are not registered with the Board, as it will be a title protected under the National Law.

Registration standards

The Board agreed to prepare for public consultation on its draft registration standards in December 2017. The five mandatory registration standards the Board must set up under the National Scheme are:

  • Criminal history
  • English language skills
  • Continuing professional development
  • Recency of practice, and
  • Professional indemnity insurance arrangements.

In addition to this work the Board will also develop and consult on proposed grandparenting provisions for paramedic practitioners.