Competency Code HLTAHW030
Good eyesight is an important part of wellbeing and a significant factor in retaining independence and quality of life. Vision can deteriorate for many reasons and, even when associated with the ageing process, many interventions are available.
The World Health Organization estimates that up to 80 per cent of blindness and serious visual loss around the world is avoidable through prevention or treatment.
Having your eyes tested for vision and general eye health can help identify problems early and prevent loss of eyesight.
In Australia, it is estimated that 51 per cent of the population overall has at least one eye problem. This figure rises to 87 per cent in people aged over 45 years. Uncorrected refractive error (URE) is the most common cause of vision impairment in Australia.
The Eye Health Program is delivered as a one (1) day face to face program.
During the one (1) day face to face component of the program, students will be provided with the required reading materials and resources to complete the program. Students will also be provided with a comprehensive Assessment Portfolio which requires completion after the face to face component.
This program is based on the nationally accredited unit of competency HLTAHW423B Provide information and strategies in eye health.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How much does the program cost?
The Eye Health Program costs $475.00 per student.
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?
8 CPD Hours.
For Registered and Enrolled Nurses and Midwives, our recommendation, based on previous student experience for this course is approximately 8 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 Eye Health Program, Competency Code HLTAHW030
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).
Will I need to do a test?
Yes. As a nationally accredited course, we are required to gain evidence of your competency. During your workshop you will be provided with a printed copy of a theory assessment that needs to be completed and returned to The Benchmarque Group.
How do you gain evidence of competency?
We assess competency in 3 ways.
During the face to face 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 portfolio 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 a doctor to observe my practice?
No. Whilst a doctor 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 materials or having just completed your face to face workshop, it should take you no more than 4 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.