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 work place 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, ATSI Health 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.

  • 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?

    80 CPD Hours.

    For Registered and Enrolled Nurses and Midwives, our recommendation, based on previous student experience for this course is approximately 80 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.

  • 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 long does the Graduate Certificate in Continence Promotion and Management take to complete?

    The Graduate Certificate in Continence Promotion and Management will require approximately 600 hours of study including essential reading, external reading and completion of the assessment portfolio. The assessment portfolio also requires you to undertake a minimum of 32 hours of clinical placement.

  • 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.

Snapshot

Course Outline

The Graduate Certificate in Continence Promotion and Management is designed to enhance your professional scope of practice, broaden your current work place 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.

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 focused management strategies
• Supervise staff involved in the care of clients with continence issues
• Communicate effective and professionally with clients and colleagues
• Understand health promotion
• Understand the requirements of specialist referral and be able to refer clients as required. Students could seek a role as a continence nurse advisor (continence nurse advisor is a job title not a qualification)

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 Torres Strait Islander Health 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

Estimated hours of study

265 hours of active learning

Assessment Requirements

To achieve competency in the course participants must:
• Achieve 80% pass in all written assessments tasks
• Complete a clinical observation report during their placement
• Submit a signed and dated by their workplace supervisor a clinical placement record.

There are eight assessment workbooks to be completed. A result of 80% or higher is required for satisfactory completion for each assessment. If one achieves less than 80% Benchmarque provides feedback and support prior to reattempting the assessment.

Evidence of clinical placement by a third party is also required. Acceptable qualified third parties include:
• Registered Nurse who has completed this program (preferred),
• Emergency Nurse practitioner who performs this procedure as part of routine duties,
• Medical Practitioner
• General or Specialist Surgeon.

What to expect

Distance based all course materials are supplied.
Learning Resources
Participants are provided with a hard copy course folder containing:
• 4 course resource manuals
• Letter of Introduction for clinical placement
• 2 Textbooks
• 1 memory stick containing copies of course documentation

What to bring

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

CPD Hours

As a general guide, one hour of active learning equates to one 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.
The Australian Primary Care Nurses Association (APNA)