Otitis Media Management Program

1 day course $425.00 (Currently FULLY funded)

This program includes competency codes EHHAEH001 and EHHPEH002

Otitis Media (Latin) is inflammation of the middle ear, or middle ear infection. It occurs in the area between the tympanic membrane and the inner ear, including a duct known as the eustachian tube.

Though painful, otitis media is not life threatening and usually heals on its own within 2 to 6 weeks.

Otitis Media is a common childhood disease with approximately 75% of all children having had one episode of Otitis Media by the age of five. Indigenous children are 10 times more likely to experience Otitis Media than non-Indigenous children.

Otitis Media Management Program

The Otitis Media Management Program is designed to develop the knowledge and skills required for professionals working in Indigenous health to safely assess the aural health of individuals and implement best practice management guidelines.

The program uses at its foundation,  Recommendations for Clinical Care Guidelines on the Management of Otitis Media in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Populations (April 2010), Australian Government Department of Health.

Assessing the aural health of a patient should be a systematic and structured process. It requires a comprehensive assessment of general client health incorporating all of the key structures of the auditory system. The process should include history taking (asking), physical examination (looking) and hearing assessment (recording).

The program provides successful students with the ability to apply a broad knowledge of management strategies, client centred education to health promotion and provision of basic care and advice in relation to the management of Otitis Media.

The included competencies are: EHHAEH001 – Assess ear health, and EHHPEH002 – Promote, educate and manage ear health.

The Otitis Media Management Program is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Health under the Ear and Hearing Health Assessment Project.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • How much does the program cost?

    The Otitis Media Management Program would normally cost $425.00 per student, but at the moment, fully funded registrations are available.

  • Who is funding these Programs?

    The federal Department of Health is currently funding the delivery of nearly 100 Otitis Media Management Programs per year. The cost for your registration is being fully funded by the Department of Health under the Ear and Hearing Health Project.

  • Can I book my own course?

    Yes. We have funding available to deliver courses for groups of between 12 to 16 students. If you have a group of more than 12 students, you can contact us directly and we can try and assist you with a program.

  • 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.

  • Who can attend the course?

    The course is designed to be delivered to a broad range of health professionals including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners, Registered and Enrolled Nurses, GP Registrars and General Practitioners.

  • Does the program include ear irrigation?

    No. The Course in Aural (Ear) Health includes a unit of competency covering wax removal. 

  • 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 Otitis Media Management 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). 

  • 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.

  • Am I required to provide feedback?

    Yes. At the start and finish of your workshop, you will be asked to provide feedback. It is very important that you assist us by completing these feedback sheets to enable us to improve our courses and future delivery of our programs.

Snapshot

Course Outline

The Otitis Media Management Program is designed to develop the skills and knowledge to safely assess and manage ear health in relation to a range of conditions, specifically otitis media based on detailed knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the auditory system.

The Benchmarque Group has been engaged by the federal Department of Health to deliver a program that will be suitable for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners, nurses, general practitioners and a range of clinicians supporting improvements in ear health.

Learning Outcomes

On the successful completion of the program, students should have:

• The skills and knowledge to assess and manage otitis media and associated conditions, based on detailed knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the ear
• 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 otitis media.

Units of Competency

• EHHAEH001 Assess ear health
• EHHPEH002 Promote, educate and manage ear health

Entry Requirements

• Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Worker or Practitioner
• Registered Nurse
• Enrolled Nurse
• General Practitioner
• General Practice Registrars
• Audiometrist
• Audiologist
• Other

Pre Reading

No pre-reading

Course Delivery

• One (1) day face to face workshop
• In-class activities assessed by facilitator
• Online assessment completed via BenchmarqueIQ

Assessment Requirements

To achieve competency in this course, students must:

• Demonstrate competency through realistic skills simulations and oral questioning in the classroom including ‘What if and how to’ scenarios.
• Competently complete an assessment covering essential knowledge and skills.

What to expect

The study day involves lecture and practical workshop activities involving condition recognition, ear health assessment, otoscopy and digital video otoscopy, and tuning fork hearing assessment. Students are required to pair up and examine each other’s ears as part of the practical skills activities. The course practical assessment is to be conducted during the skills activity session. The study day focusses on the diagnosis and management of Otitis Media.

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 (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.