HLTAAP002 – Confirm Physical Health Status


Outcomes of studying the HLTAAP002 – Confirm Physical Health Status:

  • Obtain information about physical health status
  • Check physical health status
  • Identify variations from normal physical health status

The unit HLTAAP002 – Confirm Physical Health Status describes the skills and knowledge required to obtain and interpret information about client health status and to check a client’s physical health.

This course will require a detailed knowledge of anatomy and physiology. The unit applies to individuals working directly with clients and who assist in the provision of health care services. Some disciplines may be subject to state/territory regulatory determination regarding delegation and supervision.

Elements and Performance Criteria for the Study Unit HLTAAP002:



Elements define the essential outcomes

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element

1. Obtain information about physical health status

1.1 Obtain accurate information about physical health status through observation, questioning or review of documentation

1.2 Interpret information based on understanding of the structure and functioning of body systems

1.3 Use information to identify any actual or potential problems regarding health status

1.4 Take into account factors that may have impacted on an identified physical condition


2. Check physical health status

2.1 Make checks of client health status prior to delivery of health intervention using knowledge of body systems

2.2 Clarify significance of physical health status in relation to a particular intervention in line with job role and organisation requirements

2.3 Clarify implications and significance of physical health status with appropriate people in the case of uncertainty or limits on own capability or authority


3. Identify variations from normal physical health status

3.1 Identify variations from normal health status using standard methods and protocols

3.2 Identify potential factors responsible for significant variations from normal health status

3.3 Identify potential risk factors associated with variations from normal health status

3.4 Recognise and refer potentially serious issues in line with organisation requirements


Foundation Skills HLTAAP002 – Confirm Physical Health Status:

The Foundation Skills describe those required skills (language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills) that are essential to performance.

The candidate must show evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the job role. There must be evidence that the candidate has:

  • obtained, correctly interpreted and used anatomical and physiological client information to check the physical health status of at least 3 different people presenting with different conditions

What you’ll learn from HLTAAP002 – Confirm Physical Health Status:

The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the work role. This includes knowledge such as:

  • role responsibilities and limitations for different members of the care team in relation to checking client health status
  • concepts underpinning human anatomy and physiology, including:
  • levels of structural organisation of body systems
  • human life processes
  • homeostasis and the relationship between homeostatic imbalance and disease
  • structure and function of human body systems and their interactions:
  • cells, tissues and organs
  • cardiovascular system
  • respiratory system
  • musculo-skeletal system
  • endocrine system
  • digestive system
  • urinary system
  • reproductive system
  • integumentary system
  • lymphatic system
  • nervous system, including sensory systems – eye and ear
  • the special senses – smell, taste, vision, equilibrium and hearing
  • immune system
  • anatomical and medical terminology:
  • when referring to the human body
  • when taking measurements in different body systems
  • common disorders, problems and complaints and their signs and symptoms, associated with each body system and its components relevant to the area of work
  • basic pharmacology in relation to cautions and contraindications for relevant health procedures
  • causes of disease – physical, mental and emotional, and key features of each cause:
  • pathogens
  • inherited genetic conditions
  • trauma, toxins and other environmental hazards
  • nutritional factors
  • impacts caused by health interventions (iatrogenic)
  • degenerative changes in vital organ systems
  • the loss of normal control mechanisms such as the uncontrolled growth of cancer cells
  • major types of cellular adaptation
  • processes of metabolism, nutrition, body temperature regulation, biological maturation, inheritance and ageing
  • Oral health disease of the mouth and teeth including edentulous (no-natural teeth) and dentate (having natural teeth)
  • variations from normal functioning and appropriate responses in terms of:
  • referral to an appropriate medical, dental, nursing or allied health professional
  • provision of appropriate health/dental care services

Assessment Conditions for HLTAAP002 – Confirm Physical Health Status:

Skills must have been demonstrated in the workplace or in a simulated environment that reflects workplace conditions. The following conditions must be met for this unit:

  • use of suitable facilities, equipment and resources, including client health information
  • modelling of industry operating conditions, including:
  • analysis of health information of real people
  • integration of problem solving activities

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

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