The Course in Aural (Ear) Health Bridging Program is designed to provide an opportunity for students that have attended the Otitis Media and Aural Health Care Program to upgrade to the full course.
The Bridging Program delivers a single unit of competency, Perform Wax Removal (Competency Code AEHPWR003A) and requires students to complete an online learning module as well as a 4-hour classroom based practical skills session.
Maintaining and promoting good aural (ear) health should be an important foundation in the care of all patients and it is an essential skills for all health professionals.
On successful completion of the Course in Aural (Ear) Health Bridging Program, successful students will have the skills and knowledge to competently and safely assess the need for and perform wax removal procedures in a variety of settings as well as educating and assisting in the management of clients with aural health needs.
In addition, students must have attended the Otitis Media and Aural Health Care Program one-day workshop prior to attending the Aural (Ear) Health Bridging Program.
The course is available to Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses, Audiometrists, General Practitioners, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Worker or Practitioner and Allied Health Care Workers may be eligible on application. Please contact us directly to discuss entry requirements not listed.
This unit covers the following areas:
- Preparing for ear irrigation or suction removal of wax
- Ear health checklist
- Gaining informed consent
- Safe use of equipment
- Wax removal procedures and practice
- Post-procedure care Infection control
- Follow up documentation
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How much does the courses cost?
The Course in Aural (ear) Health Bridging Program costs $325.00 per student.
How many CPD hours/points will I achieve for completing this Program?
10 CPD Hours.
For Registered and Enrolled Nurses and Midwives, our recommendation, based on previous student experience for this course is approximately 10 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.
Does the course include ear irrigation?
Yes. The Course in Aural (Ear) Health (Course Code Course Code 10026NAT) includes a unit of competency covering wax removal. As part of your course you will have the opportunity to learn how to safely perform wax removal using a range of techniques including irrigation.
Does the course include micro-suction?
Yes. As part of the wax removal competency, you will have the opportunity to learn how to safely perform wax removal using micro-suction.
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 Course in Aural (Ear) Health, Course Code 10026NAT.
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?
We assess competency in 3 ways.
During the one (1) day 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 theory 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 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.