Incorporating Accredited Competencies: HLTCT401D, HLTCT402D and HLTCT403D
Orthopaedic casting is designed to hold a broken or fractured bone in place as it heals and to prevent or decrease muscle contractions, especially after surgery or injury, which can help to decrease pain.
The ability to properly apply casts and splints is a technical skill easily mastered with practice and an understanding of basic principles.
The history of the orthopaedic cast dates back to the times of the ancient Egyptians. The Egyptians used a primitive bark tree splint, which was tightly wrapped in linens, as the earliest known method of treating bone fractures. Over the next 1500 years, the only improvements to be made to the theory of cast application would be the different remedies concocted to use as hardening agents. The last cast in use before the invention of the modern cast was constructed of wax, cardboard, cloth and parchment.
Cast Application and Management
The Cast Application and Management Program is designed to develop the knowledge and skills required for health professionals to safely assess the need for and to perform this procedure in a variety of settings.
This orthopaedic casting program is focussed on practical skills to enable students to confidently and safely apply an appropriate cast or splint in the management of musculoskeletal disorders, injury or for immobilisation due to other medical conditions.
The Cast Application and Management Program is evidence based and the techniques taught are designed to promote the best practice outcomes for patient safety and care.
Aims of the course
The program aims to promote the best practice outcomes for patient care. On the successful completion of the program, students should have:
- The skills and knowledge to assess, manage and apply a variety of splints and casts in relation to a range of conditions, based on detailed knowledge of anatomy and physiology
- Be able to demonstrate knowledge of a variety of cast materials and techniques to apply the appropriate splint or cast for medical conditions, injury or fracture
- The ability to apply a broad knowledge of management strategies, client centred education and provision of basic care and advice in relation to cast management
- Be able to assess the need for and perform cast application in a variety of settings as well as educating and assisting in the management of clients.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How much does the courses cost?
The Cast Application and Management Program costs $395.00 per student.
What should I wear?
During your workshop, you will be applying a range of casts and may be asked to have a cast applied to yourself to assist a fellow student with their assessment. We would encourage you to wear clothing appropriate for these tasks. While every effort is made to minimise mess, you will be required to complete this task using potentially messy materials.
Will I need to do a test?
Yes. As a nationally accredited course, we are required to gain evidence of your competency. During your workshop you will be provided with a printed copy of a theory assessment.
How do you gain evidence of competency?
We assess competency in 2 ways.
During the one 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 written assessment portfolio and submit it to The Benchmarque Group.
What happens if I fail?
If you do not achieve a result deemed to be competent, we will contact you directly and provide you with the opportunity to submit additional evidence.
How long does the assessment take?
If you commence your assessment immediately after reading the materials or having just completed your lecture and workshop, it should take you no more than 3 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.
What if I cannot complete the assessment?
If you are unable to complete your assessment you can contact us and we may be able to assist you.