We are pleased to announce extended funding from the Federal Department of Health for programs delivered under the Chronic Disease Support Project for the 2017-18 Financial year. This extension adds to the current allocation of courses under the Ear and Hearing Health Assessment Project and provides an exciting opportunity for program delivery in the coming year.
The programs available as part of these projects are the:
- Chronic Disease Support Program
- Foot Health Assessment Program
- Nutrition Support Program
- Otitis Media Management Program, and
- Audiometry Screening and Assessment Program
About the Programs
The programs are available to a diverse range of organisations, including Aboriginal medical services, Primary Health Networks, Medical Clinics, Professional Bodies, and any organisation involved in the delivery of services to support Indigenous health.
Each of the programs are delivered as a one (1) day face to face program, commencing at 9.00am and finishing at approximately 4.00pm. During the one (1) day face to face program, students will be provided with the required reading materials and resources to complete the program. Students will also be required to complete a comprehensive online Assessment Portfolio after the face to face program. Minimum number of students for most programs is 12.
For further information, please click on the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS tab above.
To find out more about each program’s course content, please click on the relevant button on the right hand panel.
Expression of Interest for Programs
Due to the popularity and subsequent success of this current financial year’s Fully Funded Programs, we have changed the way programs will be allocated to eligible organisations. Programs will be allocated in rounds, with preference to organisations that can commit to multiple courses across all programs.
- Round One – 16 Programs (4 of each Program, excluding ASAP) over 2017-18 Financial Year
- Round Two – 8 Programs (2 of each Program, excluding ASAP) over 2017-18 Financial Year
- Round Three – 4 Programs (1 of each Program, excluding ASAP) over 2017-18 Financial Year
- Round Four – Single Program, including ASAP
To register your organisations interest, read the conditions of Application for Course Delivery below, then click on APPLY NOW and complete the form.
Are you an individual or don’t have minimum numbers to run a program? Visit our Course Program Page, and book into a Fully Funded Program of your choice in your area.
Conditions of Application for Program Delivery
Eligible organisations must agree to the following conditions of application. The successful organisation must provide an agreed minimum number of students. The successful organisation will be provided with a fully funded program under the Department of Health Project. The successful organisation will provide a suitable venue and catering for the delivery of the Program at no cost to The Benchmarque Group.
It is an expectation that the students participating in and the staff coordinating the program will provide feedback at the conclusion of the one (1) day face to face program, complete a short evaluation submitted with the Assessment Portfolio.
By completing and submitting an Expression of Interest, you are acknowledging that you have read the above information. A detailed set of terms and conditions will be provided prior to confirming your booking. Please contact The Benchmarque Group directly on 1300 855 568 should you have any concerns regarding the conditions of application.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Why are the programs free?
The programs delivered under the Health Assessment Project are funded by the Australian Government Department of Health under the Ear and Hearing Health and the Chronic Disease Support Projects. The ultimate goal is to increase awareness and clinical activity to support improvements in Indigenous and non-Indigenous health in Australia.
The Australian Government Department of Health pay the cost of the individual student’s registration for participation in these programs. The funding is only available to support students to complete the following courses:
• Audiometry Screening and Assessment Program
• Otitis Media Management Program
• Chronic Disease Support Program
• Nutrition Support Program
• Foot Health Assessment Program
• Chronic Disease Screening Program (online)
Who can attend?
The programs are designed to meet the needs of a range of health professionals and health providers including:
• General Practitioners
• Registered Nurses
• Enrolled Nurses
• Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Worker or Practitioner
• Allied Health Care Workers
Can I book a private course?
Yes. If you have more than the minimum number of students (12 students for most courses) you can book your own private course. In this instance, The Benchmarque Group will provide you with a private link to enable students to register into the course.
If the course does not meet the minimum number of students 2 weeks prior to the scheduled delivery date, The Benchmarque Group reserves the right to publish the additional paces via its public website.
What if I do not have enough students to book my own course?
The programs are designed to be delivered to a minimum of 12 students per program. If you do not have enough students, you may wish to consider partnering with another clinic or organisation, or even contacting your local PHN.
If you are interested in attending just for yourself or just a few people, we would encourage you to browse our upcoming courses or even better, join our newsletter list as we are publishing new courses, in new locations all the time.
What if I cannot pay for the venue or catering?
If you have the required student numbers but are unable to provide a suitable venue or catering, you can contact us on 1300855568 and we try and support you with delivery.
If I book a course, can I see who is attending?
What happens if a student does not attend?
The Benchmarque Group provide students with an email reminder one week prior to a scheduled program and an SMS reminder 48 hours prior to a scheduled program. However, due to circumstances beyond our control, sometimes students are not able to attend.
Whilst we share the frustration of non-attendance, a fundamental component of our delivery agreement with the Australian Government Department of Health requires that we do not create barriers for entry or future entry to courses and so, although we communicate with students that do not attend, we are not able to prevent further attendance or do anything to deter them from re-registering.