Course Set - 22556VIC (Asthma) & 22578VIC (Anaphylaxis)
It is recommended this unit be renewed every 36 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. This course 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.
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 this course?
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 this course
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
PPE such as gloves
Autoinjector device - TRAINER units only
ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis (General)
Mock bystander/co-worker to assist
Sample individual anaphylaxis management plans, risk assessment forms and incident reports
If there is pre-course study for the course, it is found in the student portal. Students must have access to a computer, phone, tablet etc. with access to the internet to complete the pre-course study online.
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.
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, 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.
This course may be delivered by way of partnership arrangements with your local trainer. The course fee will be paid direct to the trainer (the partner organisation). This course is usually arranged by the employer of a workgroup and the employer can be invoiced for the training. If the employer does not arrange the training, or the employer does not agree to fund the training, training fees must be paid by the individual student direct to the trainer.
All partners of Allens Training Pty Ltd will be required to meet minimum resource and facility requirements and course fees are available at the time of enrolment. Course fees will be communicated to you prior to enrolment.
Funding and work placement arrangements
There are no funding or work placements associated with this course.
Foundation skills required
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. The student is required to complete 2 minutes of adult CPR on a manikin on the floor. There is no room for reasonable adjustment as it is stated as what is required in the Training Package.
ASSESSMENT – THEORY
Question paper detailing the knowledge from the course such as:
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
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
Physical demonstrations (skills)
The simulated assessment environments will 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.
There are no prerequisite, entry, work-placement, licensing or certification requirements for this course.
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.
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.
Feedback is collected, analysed and actioned. Identified actions are documented.