Measure Spirometry

online course $495.00 (per student inc gst)

Competency Code HLTHPS004 Measure Spirometry

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is defined by the world health organisation as a preventable and treatable disease state characterised by airflow limitation that is not fully reversible.

A core component of diagnosis of COPD is the undertaking of an accurate spirometer. Spirometry is as important for the diagnosis of COPD as blood pressure measurements are for the diagnosis of hypertension. Spirometry should be available to all health care professionals.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a major cause of disability, hospital admission and premature death. It is estimated that more than 2 million Australians have COPD. Of those with COPD, it is estimated that 1.2 million have moderate to severe COPD and 900,000 have mild COPD.

Spirometry is a simple test to measure the amount of air a person can breathe out, and the amount of time taken to do so. A spirometer is a device used to measure how effectively, and how quickly, the lungs can be emptied.

Measure Spirometry Program

The Measure Spirometry Program developed by The Benchmarque Group is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to undertake accurate spirometry within the primary health setting.

The program is based on the nationally accredited unit of competency HLTHPS004 measure spirometry. The program uses as its foundation the current best practice model of care in COPD-X. The COPD-X Plan has been developed by the Australian lung foundation and the thoracic society of Australia and New Zealand as part of a national COPD program.

This Australian and New Zealand guideline is written as a decision support aid primarily for general practitioners and other primary health care clinicians managing people with established COPD.

The program has 2 delivery modes. The Measure Spirometry Program can be completed as a 100% distance based course or can be delivered as a 4 hour face to face program with a post course assessment portfolio.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • How much does the program cost?

    The Measure Spirometry Program is available in 2 delivery modes. The course can be completed as a 100% distance based course or can be delivered as a 1 day face to face program with a post course assessment portfolio.

    The self directed course costs $495.00 per student (Inc GST).

    The face to face workshop costs $6950.00 (Inc GST) per student for a group of up to 12 students.

  • When can I start?

    You can start this course immediately. The program is designed to be 100% self directed. Once you have completed your registration and payment, you will be sent a complete set of course materials including all relevant learning materials, resources and assessment portfolio.

  • Why would I complete a self-directed course?

    The current self directed model of delivery allows access to a broader range of students regardless of
    geographic location and allows people to complete the program at a pace that suits their current lifestyle and workplace balance. The underlying rationale recognises that students are better able to learn when they can control the flow of their experience, or when their learning is self-directed.

  • Who do I talk to if I have a question?

    The Benchmarque Group has an allocated program manager for this course. At any time during your study you can email them directly at spirometry@benchmarquegroup.com.au and receive an email reply or request a call back.

    Or if you prefer, you can call The Benchmarque Group on 1300 855 568, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm and we can help you over the phone.

  • Do I need a Spirometer?

    Yes. It is important that you have access to a Spirometer to complete your log book activity. The log book activity is designed to be completed within your workplace using workplace equipment.

  • How long does the program take to complete?

    The program will require approximately 30 hours to complete.

  • 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?

    As a general guide, one (1) hour of active learning equates to one (1) 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.

  • 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 Measure Spirometry (Competency Code HLTHPS004. 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).

  • How do you gain evidence of competency?

    You are required to complete the assessment portfolio including short answer questions as well as submitting a completed logbook and workplace based activity.

    We assess competency in 2 ways.

    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.

  • What happens if I fail?

    If you do not achieve a result to be deemed competent, we will contact you directly and provide you with the opportunity to submit additional evidence.

  • How long do I have to complete the assessment?

    12 months. The time is calculated from when a student is provided with online access to their assessment. Within the BenchmarqueIQ platform, students will be provided an initial 6 months to complete and submit all required assessment activities. Friendly email reminders will be sent to students to ensure an assessment is completed on time. At the completion of the 6 month period, students can request up to a maximum of 2 extensions, each extension being for a period of 90 days. If requesting a second extension, the request must be in writing.

  • What if I cannot complete the assessment in the allocated time?

    If the entire 12 month period expires and a final assessment has not been submitted, The Benchmarque Group reserves the right to deem the assessment Not Competent and remove the student from the program.

  • How many times can I submit my assessment?

    If you are deemed Not Yet Competent on your first and second assessment submissions, feedback will be provided. It is very important that you read all the feedback provided. The Assessor will have identified any areas where additional evidence is required or any questions that need to be reviewed and resubmitted. If, after 3 unsuccessful submissions, you are unable to demonstrate competency on your assessment, your assessment will be deemed Not Competent. Feedback will be provided to you and what the possible following steps and outcomes are.

Snapshot

Course Outline

The Measure Spirometry Program developed by The Benchmarque Group is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to undertake accurate spirometry within the primary health setting.

The program is based on the nationally accredited unit of competency HLTHPS004 measure spirometry. The program uses as its foundation the current best practice model of care in COPD-X. The COPD-X Plan has been developed by the Australian Lung Foundation and the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand as part of a national COPD program.

Learning Outcomes

On the successful completion of the program, students should be able to demonstrate the following skills and knowledge relevant to measurement of Spirometry:

• Anatomy and physiology relevant for spirometry measurement
• Basic pharmacology related to respiratory function relevant for spirometry measurement
• Complications and contraindications for clients undergoing spirometry measurement
• Principles and validation techniques of spirometry
• Protocols for spirometry measurement and conformance to standards
• Recognition of patterns of normal/abnormal results related to both respiratory disease and technical factors relevant for spirometry measurement

Units of Competency

• HLTHPS004 Measure Spirometry

Entry Requirements

• Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Worker or Practitioner
• Registered Nurse
• Enrolled Nurse
• Allied Health Worker
• Other

Pre Reading

No pre-reading

Course Delivery

• Online assessment completed via BenchmarqueIQ

Assessment Requirements

To achieve competency in this course, students must:

• Competently complete an assessment covering essential knowledge and skills.
• Complete workplace practice.

Workplace observed practice is a mandatory requirement for this course, workplace practice must be observed by a peer or suitably qualified clinician.

All workplace activities must be completed in accordance with work health and safety standards and all other relevant workplace policies and procedures.

What to expect

This course is delivered via distance based learning with online assessment activities.

What to bring

A computer is essential for this course to perform the online assessment activities. Access to a spirometer and peak flow meter is essential within the workplace.

Estimated hours of study (including assessment)

30 hours

Assessment Period

12 months.

The time is calculated from when a student is provided with online access to their assessment. Within the BenchmarqueIQ platform, students will be provided an initial 6 months to complete and submit all required assessment activities. Friendly email reminders will be sent to students to ensure an assessment is completed on time. At the completion of the 6 month period, students can request up to a maximum of 2 extensions, each extension being for a period of 90 days. If requesting a second extension, the request must be in writing.

If the entire 12 month period expires and a final assessment has not been submitted, The Benchmarque Group reserves the right to deem the assessment Not Competent and remove the student from the program.

CPD Hours

As a general guide, one (1) hour of active learning equates to one (1) 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.