Graduate Certificate in Continence Promotion and Management

online course $2965.00 (per student inc gst)

Course Code 10468NAT

This course has been developed in partnership between the Continence Foundation of Australia Limited (CFA) and The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited.

Incontinence is one of the biggest health issues facing the nation, affecting more than 4.8 million Australian men, women and children of all ages and nationalities, a figure predicted to rise to 6.5 million people by 2030.

Incontinence affects self-esteem, motivation, dignity and independence. It lowers productivity and participation in the workforce and other social and community involvement, and is one of the main reasons for entry to an aged care residential facility.

Course outline

The Graduate Certificate in Continence Promotion and Management is designed to enhance your professional scope of practice, broaden your current workplace practice and create opportunities for you to move into new areas of clinical practice.

The outcome for students is to gain the skills and knowledge to assess and manage continence care of individuals and groups in a variety of settings. Students will learn how to develop and deliver client focussed management strategies, supervise staff involved in continence care and better understand the requirements for referral to specialist care as required. In addition, students will gain a better understanding of health promotion and learn real strategies to implement change based on accurate and insightful analysis of current practice.

The Graduate Certificate in Continence Promotion and Management provides Registered and Enrolled Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Worker or Practitioners and other relevant health professionals with comprehensive skills in continence management, promotion and care and detailed knowledge of related physiology so that they can provide advice, information and care appropriate to their scope of practice or role.

Self Directed Study

The current self-directed model of delivery allows access to a broader range of students regardless of geographic location and allows people to complete the program at a pace that suits their current lifestyle and workplace balance. The underlying rationale recognises that students are better able to learn when they can control the flow of their experience, or when their learning is self-directed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • How much does the course cost?

    The Graduate Certificate in Continence Promotion and Management costs $2965.00 per student.

  • How long does the Program take to complete?

    The program will require approximately 265 hours to complete.

  • 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?

    As a general guide, one (1) hour 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.

  • When can I start?

    You can start this course immediately.

    The Graduate Certificate in Continence Promotion and Management is designed to be 100% self directed. Once you have completed your registration and paid your deposit, you will be sent a complete set of course materials including all relevant learning materials, resources and assessment portfolio.

  • Why would I complete a self-directed course?

    The current self directed model of delivery allows access to a broader range of students regardless of geographic location and allows people to complete the program at a pace that suits their current lifestyle and workplace balance. The underlying rationale recognises that students are better able to learn when they can control the flow of their experience, or when their learning is self-directed.

  • Who do I talk to if I have a question?

    The Benchmarque Group has an allocated program manager for this course. At any time during your study you can email them directly at continence@benchmarquegroup.com.au and receive an email reply or request a call back.

    Or if you prefer, you can call The Benchmarque Group on 1300 855 568, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm and we can help you over the phone.

  • What do I need to do for the assessment?

    The assessment for the Graduate Certificate in Continence Promotion and Management is divided into three core components:

    Once registered, you will be sent a self directed learning pack that includes course materials, course resources, textbooks and assessment portfolio. You are required to complete all required course reading.
    In addition, you must undertake a minimum of 32 hours of clinical placement designed to supplement your learning. Placement must be undertaken in a work environment separate to your current workplace and you must maintain a placement diary and complete a mandatory assessment task relating to your clinical placement. No external assessment is required from your placement supervisor.
    The assessment portfolio is broken into eight (8) sections and all sections are required to be completed and returned to The Benchmarque Group. Submitted course work will be reviewed by independent assessors.

  • How do I seek feedback?

    At any time during your study, you can contact The Benchmarque Group directly on 1300 855 568 to ask a question, or, you can forward an email to continence@benchmarquegroup.com.au and receive written feedback within 2 working days, or, you can submit a sample assessment for review.

  • How long do I have to complete the assessment?

    18 months. The time is calculated from when a student is provided with online access to their assessment. Within the BenchmarqueIQ platform, students will be provided an initial 12 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 12 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.

  • What if I cannot complete the assessment in the allocated time?



    If the entire 18 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.

  • How many times can I submit my assessment?

    If you are deemed Not Yet Competent on your first and second assessment submissions, feedback will be provided. It is very important that you read all the feedback provided. The Assessor will have identified any areas where additional evidence is required or any questions that need to be reviewed and resubmitted. If, after 3 unsuccessful submissions, you are unable to demonstrate competency on your assessment, your assessment will be deemed Not Competent. Feedback will be provided to you and what the possible following steps and outcomes are.

Snapshot

Course Outline

The Graduate Certificate in Continence Promotion and Management is designed to enhance your professional scope of practice, broaden your current workplace practice and create opportunities for you to move into new areas of clinical practice.

The outcome for students is to gain the skills and knowledge to assess and manage continence care of individuals and groups in a variety of settings. Students will learn how to develop and deliver client focussed management strategies, supervise staff involved in continence care and better understand the requirements for referral to specialist care as required. In addition, students will gain a better understanding of health promotion and learn real strategies to implement change based on accurate and insightful analysis of current practice.

This course has been developed in partnership between the Continence Foundation of Australia Limited (CFA) and The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited.

Learning Outcomes

The vocational outcomes students can expect on successful completion of the course are:

• Assess and manage continence care of individuals and groups in a variety of settings
• Develop and deliver client focussed management strategies
• Supervise staff involved in the care of clients with continence issues
• Gain an understanding of practical management solutions to optimise continence in partnership with clients
• Communicate with clients, family members and other health professionals in a timely, professional and sensitive manner
• Understand health promotion
• Understand the requirements of specialist referral and be able to refer clients as required.

Units of Competency

• CPMCCS801B Communicate in a continence health setting
• CPMMPC802B Develop marketing strategies to promote continence health
• CPMBBC803B Assess bladder and bowel control
• CPMICM804B Implement continence management

Entry Requirements

• Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Worker or Practitioner
• Registered Nurse
• Enrolled Nurse
• General Practitioner
• General Practice Registrars
• Pharmacist
• Physiotherapist
• Allied Health Worker
• Other

Pre Reading

No pre-reading

Course Delivery

• Self-Directed Workshop
• Mandatory clinical placement of no less than 32 hours
• Mandatory third party observed workplace activity
• Written assessment completed and submitted to assessor for marking

Assessment Requirements

To achieve competency in this course, students must:

• Competently complete a written assessment covering essential knowledge and skills.
• Complete a series of workplace activities.
• Undertake thirty-two (32) hours of clinical placement designed to supplement their learning. Placement must be undertaken in a work environment separate to their current workplace. Students are required to maintain a placement diary and complete a mandatory assessment task relating to their clinical placement. No external assessment is required by your placement observer.

All workplace activities and supervised hours must be completed in accordance with work health and safety standards and all other relevant workplace policies and procedures.

What to expect

All required materials are delivered via online access to BenchmarqueIQ and printed resources are sent via Australia Post.

What to bring

As this is a distance-based course, a computer and internet access is essential.

Estimated hours of study (including assessment)

265 hours

Assessment Period

18 Months.

The time is calculated from when a student is provided with online access to their assessment. Within the BenchmarqueIQ platform, students will be provided an initial 12 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 12 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 18 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.

CPD Hours

As a general guide, one (1) hour 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.

Endorsements

Continence Foundation of Australia Limited