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.
The Foot Health Assessment Program is designed to provide skills and knowledge for a range of health professionals and others working within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health to provide detailed information and advice in relation to foot health management.
The program explores how to perform a basic foot care assessment, determine foot care requirements and use basic equipment and topical medications where the services of a professional podiatrist are not required. The program provides the student with the opportunity to gain or consolidate knowledge and skills in basic foot care assessment management and referral.
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 to work collaboratively with people managing chronic disease, supporting the delivery of client focused health outcomes.
On the successful completion of the program, students should have:
• Basic anatomy and physiology of the foot
• Ways to minimise risk from manual task risk factors, for both the individual and the worker
• Principles of basic foot hygiene and infection control
• Nature of common foot and nail complaints and ways to address them
• Function of topical medications
• Personal care record-keeping requirements
Units of Competency
• CHCCCS013 - Provide basic foot care
• Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Worker or Practitioner
• Registered Nurse
• Enrolled Nurse
• General Practitioner
• General Practice Registrars
• Allied Health Worker
• Social and Emotional Wellbeing Worker
• One (1) 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 course, students must:
• Demonstrate competency through a range of classroom-based case studies and scenarios
• 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.
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 workshop session will involve a presentation of content and practical activities where students will be performing group-based foot health assessments, monofilament and tuning fork tests to assess for neurological defects, and doppler ABI and toe pressure vascular assessments.
What to bring
Two different coloured pens can be useful when making notes, and a highlighter is also useful to mark important sections of the workbook. We recommend students wear pants that can be easily rolled up and shoes that are easy to remove for the skills-based activities sessions.
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 hour (1) 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.
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