This program includes competency code CHCCCS013 Provide basic foot care
It is estimated that 85 amputations are caused by diabetes every week in Australia with up to 85 percent of diabetic foot complications able to be prevented with education and awareness of diabetes foot care.*
A high risk foot is one that is vulnerable to amputation. People with high risk feet usually have less sensation due to poor blood flow or nerve damage; meaning that feet may feel numb, cold or both. This is often the result of diabetes or vascular disease. Due to the lack of sensation you may not notice things like a stone in your shoe, or if your shoe is not fitting correctly. Blisters or skin damage can go unnoticed.
Foot Health Assessment Program
The Foot Health Assessment Program is designed to provide skills and knowledge for a range of health professionals and others working within Indigenous Health to provide detailed information and advice in relation to foot health management.
On the successful completion of the program, participants should have the ability to safely perform a basic foot care assessment, determine foot care requirements and use basic equipment and a range of topical medications where the services of a professional podiatrist are not required.
The program is evidence based and the techniques taught are designed to promote the best practice outcomes for patient care.
This program has been designed to provide the student with the opportunity to gain or consolidate knowledge and skills in basic foot care assessment management and referral.
This program is based on the accredited unit of competency CHCCCS013 Provide basic foot care .
*Medical Journal of Australia 197 (4) 20 August 2012 ‘ A limbs is lost every 3 hours: Can Australia reduce amputations in people with diabetes? Australian Diabetes Foot Network, Australian Diabetes Society Sydney NSW. Dol: 10.5694/mja10.10837
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How much does the program cost?
The Foot Health Assessment Program would normally cost $400.00 per student, but at the moment, fully funded registrations are available.
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?
12 CPD Hours.
For Registered and Enrolled Nurses and Midwives, our recommendation, based on previous student experience for this course is approximately 12 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.
Who is funding these Programs?
The federal Department of Health is currently funding the delivery of 75 Foot Health Assessment Programs over the next financial year, through to July 2017. The cost for your registration is being fully funded by the Department of Health under the Chronic Disease Support Project.
Can I book my own course?
Yes. We have funding available to deliver courses for groups of between 12 to 16 students. If you have a group of more than 12 students, you can contact us directly and we can try and assist you with a program.
Who can attend the course?
The course is designed to be delivered to a broad range of health professionals including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners, Registered and Enrolled Nurses, GP Registrars and General Practitioners.
How long does the program take?
The course is delivered in a one (1) day lecture and workshop.
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 CHCCCS013 Provide basic foot care.
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 program, 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 2 ways.
1. 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.
2. You are required to complete the written assessment portfolio and submit it to The Benchmarque Group.
How long does the assessment take?
If you commence your assessment immediately after reading the materials or having just completed your workshop, it should 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 happens if I fail?
If you do not achieve a result deemed to be satisfactory, we will contact you directly and provide you with the opportunity to submit additional evidence.
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.
Am I required to provide feedback?
Yes. At the start and finish of your workshop, you will be asked to provide feedback. It is very important that you assist us by completing these feedback sheets to enable us to improve our courses and future delivery of our programs.