Course Code 10026NAT
The human auditory system is one of the engineering masterpieces of the human body. At the heart of the system is an array of miniature acoustic detectors packed into a space no larger than a pea. These detectors can faithfully transduce vibrations as small as the diameter of an atom, and they can respond a thousand times faster than visual photoreceptors.
Although humans are highly visual creatures, much human communication is mediated by the auditory system and the loss of hearing can be as socially debilitating as blindness.
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.
Course in Aural (Ear) Health
The Course in Aural (Ear) Health is designed to offer students the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to assess and manage aural health in relation to a range of conditions based on detailed knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the auditory system.
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 Course in Aural (Ear) Health provides successful students with 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 aural health.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How much does the courses cost?
The Course in Aural (ear) Health costs $475.00 per student.
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?
25 CPD Hours.
For Registered and Enrolled Nurses and Midwives, our recommendation, based on previous student experience for this course is approximately 25 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 microsuction?
Yes. As part of the wax removal competency, you will have the opportunity to learn how to safely perform wax removal using microsuction.
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).
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 the theory assessment that needs to be completed and returned to The Benchmarque Group.
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.
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 one (1) day lecture and workshop, it should not take you no more than 4 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.