The HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care is the new name for the now superseded HLT51015 Diploma of Paramedical Science. SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Ambulance and Paramedic IRC, have worked to update the HLT (Health) training scope of the HLT Training Package Products across the Vocational Education and Training sector.
The HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health care name change is one of the HLT qualifications to be affected. However, the full suite of 7 existing Qualifications and associated Units of Competency will updated to bring them more in line with the demands of the job as well as to clearly separate VET qualifications in the paramedical education sector by terminology.
Given the late 2018 legislation whereby anyone who wishes to be referred to as a Paramedic must hold the appropriate tertiary qualification (degree) and be registered via the Paramedicine Board of Australian and AHPRA, or be granted a ‘grandfathering’ right to be registered because of their work history.
A Case for Change (incl renaming HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science to HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health) was submitted by SkillsIQ, because of a request by the Ambulance and Paramedic Industry Reference Committee (IRC), to the Australian Industry and Skills Council (AISC) in 2018, seeking to undertake an update of the nationally recognised Prehospital and Out-of-hospital Training Package Products included in the HLT Health Training Package.
This Case for Change was subsequently approved by the Australian Industry and Skills Council.
Updates to the following health care qualifications and Units of Competency have been approved:
The emergency health care sector is an industry where patient care is more demanding because of changes in society, brought on by rising socio-economic challenges. We’re all aware of the emotional and physical aspects of the job, therefore new improvements to the HLT scope will help emergency health care workers cope with the day-to-day aspects of the job.
Workforce issues, including occupational violence, mental health & well being, and resilience:
Packaging rules for the Qualifications have been revised to include Units of Competency focusing on communicating with patients who present with challenging behaviours and managing personal stressors in the work environment.
The Unit HLTAMB012 Communicate in complex situations to support health care has been updated and improved to be more about communication than care. The Unit is focused on working with people and patients with personal behavioural challenges rather than specifically those with mental health issues. The changes also reflect how dealing with complex situations is no longer reserved for emergency settings only. The revised Unit is now aligned for multiple Qualifications covered in this new update.
Duplication of Units: Units HLTAMB001 Follow procedures for routine safe removal of patient and HLTAMB002 Implement safe access and egress in an emergency have been combined as they have very similar topics and cover skills which are needed by all workers. This combined Unit will now be referred to as
HLTOUT001 Implement safe access and egress.
HLTAMB011 Manage a routine non-emergency scene and HLTAMB013 Contribute to managing the scene of an emergency have also been combined into one Units. This combined unit is now titled:
HLTOUT008 Manage a scene.
Relevance: HLTAMB010 Manage and coordinate resources for emergency operation has been rewritten to focus on major incidents involving multiple casualties where emergency health care workers may need to work on their own and manage patients for a considerable length of time.
This update concentrates on scene management and clinical components rather than office-based scenarios. This updated unit is now titled HLTOUT009 Manage the scene of a major incident.
Regulation and Registration: Since Registration for Paramedics was legislated back in 2018, all Paramedics have been required to obtain a Higher Education bachelor’s degree qualification. The Units in this new HLT51020 update comprise the only non-degree national qualifications for other support workers in the prehospital and out-of-hospital sectors.
The previous HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science title and application have therefore been updated for consistency within the suite of Qualifications and is now titled the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care, given the recent establishment of mandatory registration for Paramedics.