Competency Code HLTHPS004 Measure Spriometry
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is defined by the world health organisation as a preventable and treatable disease state characterised by airflow limitation that is not fully reversible.
A core component of diagnosis of COPD is the undertaking of an accurate spirometer. Spirometry is as important for the diagnosis of COPD as blood pressure measurements are for the diagnosis of hypertension. Spirometry should be available to all health care professionals.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a major cause of disability, hospital admission and premature death. It is estimated that more than 2 million Australians have COPD. Of those with COPD, it is estimated that 1.2 million have moderate to severe COPD and 900,000 have mild COPD.
Spirometry is a simple test to measure the amount of air a person can breathe out, and the amount of time taken to do so. A spirometer is a device used to measure how effectively, and how quickly, the lungs can be emptied.
Measure Spirometry Program
The Measure Spirometry Program developed by The Benchmarque Group is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to undertake accurate spirometry within the primary health setting.
The program is based on the nationally accredited unit of competency HLTHPS004 measure spirometry. The program uses as its foundation the current best practice model of care in COPD-X. The COPD-X Plan has been developed by the Australian lung foundation and the thoracic society of Australia and New Zealand as part of a national COPD program.
This Australian and New Zealand guideline is written as a decision support aid primarily for general practitioners and other primary health care clinicians managing people with established COPD.
The program has 2 delivery modes. The Measure Spirometry Program can be completed as a 100% distance based course or can be delivered as a 4 hour face to face program with a post course assessment portfolio.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How much does the program cost?
The Measure Spirometry Program is available in 2 delivery modes. The course can be completed as a 100% distance based course or can be delivered as a 1 day face to face program with a post course assessment portfolio.
The self directed course costs $495.00 per student (Inc GST).
The face to face workshop costs $6950.00 (Inc GST) per student for a group of up to 12 students.
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?
30 CPD Hours.
For Registered and Enrolled Nurses and Midwives, our recommendation, based on previous student experience for this course is approximately 30 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 program is designed to be 100% self directed. Once you have completed your registration and payment, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Do I need a Spirometer?
Yes. It is important that you have access to a Spirometer to complete your log book activity. The log book activity is designed to be completed within your workplace using workplace equipment.
How long does the program take to complete?
The program will require approximately 40 hours of study including essential reading, external reading and completion of the assessment portfolio. The assessment portfolio also requires you to undertake some workplace based activities.
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 Measure Spirometry (Competency Code HLTHPS004. 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).
How do you gain evidence of competency?
You are required to complete the assessment portfolio including short answer questions as well as submitting a completed logbook and workplace based activity.
We assess competency in 2 ways.
You are required to complete the written assessment portfolio 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 to be deemed competent, we will contact you directly and provide you with the opportunity to submit additional evidence.
The Measure Spirometry Program developed by The Benchmarque Group is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to undertake accurate spirometry within the primary health setting. The program is based on the nationally accredited unit of competency HLTHPS004 measure spirometry. The program uses as its foundation the current best practice model of care in COPD-X. The COPD-X Plan has been developed by the Australian lung foundation and the thoracic society of Australia and New Zealand as part of a national COPD program.
The outcome for participants is to gain the skills and knowledge to accurately perform a spirometry and peak flow reading in a variety of settings.
Units of Competency
• HLTPAT414D Measure spirometry/flow volume loop
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner
• Registered Nurse
• Enrolled Nurse
• Allied Health Worker
• Online assessment completed via BenchmarqueIQ
To achieve competency in this course students must: achieve 80% pass in written response and successfully complete the practical assessments and the workplace skills observation.
The assessment methods for this course include:
• Peer observation
• Structured questioning via online assessment
• Problem solving activities.
Portfolio of tests performed
What to expect
This course is delivered via distance based learning with online assessment activities.
What to bring
Computer is essential for this course to perform the online assessment activities, access to a spirometer and peak flow meter is essential within the workplace.
Estimated hours of study
30 hours of active learning
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.
The Australian Primary Care Nurses Association (APNA)