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.
Groups are capped at 16 students to promote an optimal learning environment.
The Otitis Media Management Program includes a 1 day face-to-face workshop. Below are the current available workshop dates. If you see a workshop date that suits you, click 'Apply Now'. The 'Apply Now' button will take you to accessIQ, our online learning and assessment platform. Simply log in using your existing details or create a new account, and then follow the prompts to enrol.
The Otitis Media Management Program is designed to develop the skills and knowledge to safely assess and manage ear health in relation to a range of conditions, specifically otitis media based on detailed knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the auditory system.
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The Benchmarque Group has been engaged by the federal Department of Health to deliver a course that will be suitable for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners, nurses, general practitioners and a range of clinicians supporting improvements in ear health.
The Otitis Media Management Program is a one day course that includes lecture and practical workshop activities involving condition recognition, ear health assessment, otoscopy and digital video otoscopy, as well as a range of basic, point-of-care hearing assessments.
Using the ‘Recommendations for Clinical Care Guidelines on the Management of Otitis Media in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Populations’* as its foundation, the course enables students to provide client-centred education, health promotion and the provision of basic care and advice in relation to the management of otitis media.
Upon the successful completion of this course, students should have:
* Darwin Otitis Guidelines Group 2010. Recommendations for clinical care guidelines on the management of otitis media in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations: updated 2010. Prepared in collaboration with the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Otitis Media Technical Advisory Group for the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.
Course delivery and assessment for the Otitis Media Management Program includes:
To achieve competency in this course, students must demonstrate competency through realistic skills simulations and oral questioning in the workshop including ‘What if’ and ‘How to’ scenarios, and competently complete a theory assessment covering essential knowledge and skills.
The face-to-face workshop involves lecture and practical workshop activities involving condition recognition, ear health assessment, otoscopy and digital video otoscopy, and tuning fork hearing assessment. Students are required to pair up and examine each other’s ears as part of the practical skills activities. The course practical assessment is to be conducted during the skills activity session. The study day focusses on the diagnosis and management of Otitis Media.
Students enrolled in The Benchmarque Group courses should adhere to the following principles:
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.
As a general guide, onenhour 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.
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.
12 months. The time is calculated from when a student is provided with online access to their assessment. Within the accessIQ 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.
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.
At the completion of the program, successful students will receive a Statement of Attainment for the Otitis Media Management Program. A Statement of Attainment is issued when an individual has completed one or more accredited units.
The cost for your registration is being fully funded by the Department of Health under the Ear and Hearing Health Project.
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