This program includes competency codes HLTAUD001, HLTAUD002 and AEHPAH002A
The fundamental goal of ear health and audiometry screening programs in children is to identify children most likely to have hearing loss that can effect their communication, development, general health and ability to effectively manage education.
The need to develop skills to manage this process is in great demand in regional settings as access to Audiometrists can be limited. Having the skills to identify patients at risk of hearing impairment and refer them effectively for care may assist them to avoid educational, vocational and social issues in the future.
Audiometry Screening and Assessment Program
The Audiometry Screening and Assessment Program is evidence based, skills focused and nationally accredited, providing successful students with the opportunity to gain a qualification that can be added immediately to their scope of practice.
This nationally accredited program incorporates the delivery of four units of competency. Three of the units included in this program are from the Audiometry Skills Set included in the National Health Training Package.
By packaging and contextualising individual units of competency, we are able to develop and deliver a program to meet the specific needs of students who will be conducting comprehensive Audiometry Screening and Assessment as part of their clinical role.
This program is designed to offer a broad range of skills and knowledge while being more accessible for all participants studying throughout the country, particularly those in regional, rural or remote settings.
The included competencies are:
- HLTAUD001 Assess hearing
- HLTAUD002 Conduct play audiometry
- AEHPAH002A Promote and Manage Aural Health
This training is not for pre-employment hearing tests.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How much does the program cost?
The Audiometry Screening and Assessment Program costs $1,295.00 per student. A minimum of 10 students are required to book your own onsite course.
What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?
Continuing professional development is the means by which members of the clinical profession maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence, and develop the personal and professional qualities required throughout their professional lives.
The CPD cycle involves reviewing practice, identifying learning needs, planning and participating in relevant learning activities, and reflecting on the value of those activities.
How many CPD hours/points will I achieve for completing this Program?
30 CPD Hours.
For Registered and Enrolled Nurses and Midwives, our recommendation, based on previous student experience for this course is approximately 30 CPD Hours.
For all other health professionals completing this program, your continuing professional development (CPD) requirements may vary and it is important to remember that it is your responsibility to maintain and register CPD with your professional body. In many instances, your regulatory authority will recognise hours of learning as stated above.
What do I receive at the completion of the program?
At the completion of the program, successful students will receive a nationally accredited Statement of Attainment for the Audiometry Screening and Assessment Program
A nationally recognised Statement of Attainment lists the individual unit or units of competency that a student has completed. It is nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
Does the course include ear irrigation?
No. The Course in Aural (Ear) Health includes a unit of competency covering wax removal.
How do you gain evidence of competency?
We assess competency in 3 ways.
During the lecture and workshop, you will be required to complete a number of practical skills demonstrations. These will be assessed during the workshop by the endorsed facilitator.
You are required to complete the written assessment workbook and submit it to The Benchmarque Group.
You are required to undertake observed practice in your workplace.
What is observed practice?
Observed practice is when a student demonstrates within their workplace, skills and knowledge learned as a part of a course or program. The observer’s role is to confirm the transfer of skills to the workplace not to assess competency.
As a Registered Training Organisation, we are required to gather evidence of a student’s ability to transfer skills and knowledge from the classroom environment to the work environment. We use workplace observation as evidence of this transfer.
Do I need an Audiometrist to observe my practice?
No. Whilst an Audiometrist would be an ideal observer, the requirement is that your observer is of equal qualification to you or above. For example, an enrolled nurse cannot observe the work of a registered nurse, but an enrolled nurse can observe the work of another enrolled nurse. This is why we refer to this process as peer observation.
How long does the assessment take?
If you commence your assessment immediately after reading the material provided or having just completed your lecture and workshop, it should take you no more than 10 hours to complete.
How long do I have to complete the assessment?
We encourage you to complete your assessment within 12 weeks of completing your workshop, however, you have up to 12 months to submit it. During this time, we will send you some friendly reminders.
The audiometry screening and assessment program is designed to provide Nurses, Indigenous Healthcare Workers and Allied Health Professionals with the skills and knowledge to screen and assess the hearing health of clients in a diverse range of clinical settings and make appropriate referrals in relation to the screening and assessment findings.
The program is evidence based and the techniques taught are designed to promote best practice outcomes for patient care The course is designed to enhance the student’s professional scope of practice and broaden their current work place practice.
On the successful completion of the program, participants should have:
o The skills and knowledge to assess and manage aural health in relation to a range of conditions, based on detailed knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the auditory system
o The ability to apply a broad knowledge of management strategies, client centred education and related physical functions to health promotion and provision of basic care and advice in relation to aural health.
Units of Competency
• AEHAAH001A - Assess aural (ear) health
• HLTAUD001 - Assess hearing
• HLTAUD002 - Conduct play audiometry
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner
• Registered Nurse
• Enrolled Nurse
• General Practitioner
• General Practice Registrars
• Three (3) day face to face workshop
• In-class activities assessed by facilitator
• Mandatory third party observed workplace activity
• Online assessment completed via BenchmarqueIQ
Each student is provided with an activities workbook, which must be completed during the workshop and forms part of their overall assessment. In addition, students are required to complete an online theory assessment conducted via BenchmarqueIQ (80% pass mark required) and complete 20 audiometry assessments in the workplace under supervision.
What to expect
The study day involves lecture and practical workshop activities involving condition recognition, ear health assessment, otoscopy and digital video otoscopy, audiometry hearing assessment, and tympanometry, students are required to pair up and examine each other’s ears as part of the practical skills activities, the study day focusses on the diagnosis and referral of hearing issues.
What to bring
All course materials are supplied. Students find having a few different coloured pens and a highlighter can be useful.
Estimated hours of study
30 hours of active learning
As a general guide, one hour of active learning equates to one hour of CPD. It is the responsibility of the individual student to calculate how many hours of active learning have been completed. The hours of active learning estimated above should act as a guide to CPD hours.
The Australian Primary Care Nurses Association (APNA)