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 (ASAP) is designed to develop the knowledge and skills required to safely assess and screen the aural health of individuals and groups.
The fundamental goal of ear health and audiometry screening programs in children is to identify children most likely to have hearing loss that can affect their communication, their development, general health and ability to effectively manage education.
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.
On the successful completion of the program, students should have:
• A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the auditory system
• The skills and knowledge to identify a range of conditions of the auditory system
• Be able to perform an ear health examination
• 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 audiometry screening
• Perform Otoscopy
• Perform Tympanometry
• Perform Audiometry
• Document the examination findings, procedure and outcome in the patient’s history
Units of Competency
• EHHAEH001 Assess ear health
• HLTAUD001 - Assess hearing
• HLTAUD002 - Conduct play audiometry
• Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Worker or 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
To achieve competency in this program, students must:
• Demonstrate competency through realistic skills simulations
• Competently complete a written assessment covering essential knowledge and skills.
• Complete workplace practice.
Workplace observed practice is a mandatory requirement for this course, work place practice must be observed by a peer or suitably qualified clinician. Students are required to complete twenty (20) audiometry assessments in the workplace under supervision.
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
The study day involves a 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 (including assessment)
The time is calculated from when a student receives and opens 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.
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.