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1 National Certificate in Health, Disability, and Aged Support (Health Assistants) (Level 3) Healthcare Assistance Health assistants are those who work under a supervising health professional. The Health Assistants qualification has four specialist strands covering: Dietitian Assistance, Dental Assistance, Healthcare Assistance, and Rehabilitation Assistance. Programme overview This qualification recognises the knowledge and skills required of allied health assistants (such as rehabilitation assistants, physiotherapy assistants, dental assistants, and dietitian assistants) as well as healthcare assistants. Learning and assessment for this qualification occurs in the workplace. Careerforce is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders through workforce training. Programme outline The qualification covers the following topics: Communication. quality improvement objectives. applying service plans. maximising independence. different lifespan stages. changes in clients health or functional status. cultural issues and values. In addition to the core topics, the four specialist strands include a range of unit standards from across the relevant domains to create a tailored qualification that suits the requirements of the role and the workplace

2 Average duration 13 months Fees $270 Credits 72 National Certificate in Health, Disability, and Aged Support (Health Assistants) (Level 3) Healthcare Assistance Enrolment requirements To enrol in the Healthcare Assistance strand, the trainee must meet the following requirements: be employed as a healthcare assistant in a health, disability or aged support organisation. have one of the following residency statuses: o New Zealand citizen (including Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau citizens) o New Zealand permanent resident o New Zealand work permit/work visa o Australian citizen o hold refugee status in New Zealand. Related information Learning resources and assessments Learning and assessment resources are available for purchase from our shop. Assessments can also be downloaded for free there. Assessment Support Programme We encourage achievement across all levels of our training. To support employers and their trainees, workplaces can receive a payment for each credit achieved through our Assessment Support Programme to the end of Time to complete Over 684 Payment $0 $187 $421 $608 $936 $0 Te Pou Training Grants Te Pou has grants available to encourage training in the disability support workforce. Health Assistants Qualification Information Page 2 of 6

3 Healthcare Assistance Qualification Requirements Summary of requirements Compulsory: Eight compulsory unit standards totalling 40 credits. Elective: Minimum of 1 standard from Core Elective Set 1 and 1 standard from Core Elective Set 2. Strand: Minimum of 22 credits from Sets 1 and 2 Detailed requirements Compulsory section Domain: Quality Management 8077 Participate in a team to achieve specified quality improvement objectives Domain: Community Support Services Apply service plan requirements to meet the needs of consumers in a health or disability setting Support, mentor, and facilitate a consumer to maximise independence in a health or disability setting Support a client to develop and achieve goals as a health assistant in a health or disability interdisciplinary team Describe indicators of wellness, interventions, care, and support for people at different human lifespan stages Observe, evaluate, and report the impacts of changes in clients' health or functional status as a health assistant Domain: Whānau Ora and Community Support Communicate with consumers and others, and access communication supports in a health, disability, or community setting Domain: Interpersonal Communications Listen actively to gain information in an interactive situation Core Elective section Meet the requirements of the Core Elective Sets 1 and 2. Core Elective Set 1: a minimum of 1 standard Describe and apply culturally safe Māori operating principles and values in a health, disability, or community setting Demonstrate knowledge of cultural identities and culturerelated issues in an aged care, health, or disability context Health Assistants Qualification Information Page 3 of 6

4 Core Elective Set 2: a minimum of 1 standard Domain: Allied Health Assistance Describe tooth notation and anatomy, dental caries, and periodontal disease Describe the anatomy and physiology of systems and associated organs of the human body Healthcare Assistance strand section A minimum of 22 credits from Sets 1 and 2, 16 credits must be at Level 3 to 4 and the balance of credits can be Level 2, 3 or 4. Set 1: a maximum of 7 credits at Level 3 to Level 4 Domain: Allied Health Assistance Allocate and record dental patients' appointments, and maintain dental patients' records Assist with dental radiography Prepare the dental surgery for oral health care procedures and assist with oral health care procedures Describe and apply infection prevention and control procedures in dental therapy and general dentistry Maintain instruments and equipment used in oral health care procedures in dental therapy and general dentistry Maintain materials for dental therapy and general dentistry and describe waste material disposal procedures Describe the collection of client information, and collect client information, as a health assistant Contribute to therapeutic programmes and/or groups as a health assistant Use specialised assistive and/or therapeutic equipment with clients as a health assistant Conduct nutrition screening with, and provide education to, adult clients in an aged care, health, or disability context Conduct food service quality audits and nutrition intervention audits in an aged care, health, or disability 4 8 context Describe the ICF and its impact on a health assistant's role and on meeting the needs of clients Apply modalities in physiotherapy as a health assistant Apply supported communication strategies as a health assistant Apply safe swallowing strategies as a health assistant in an aged care, health, or disability context 4 4 Health Assistants Qualification Information Page 4 of 6

5 Set 2: balance of credits needed to meet the strand requirement Domain: Community Support Services Observe, report, and document changes in a person's condition in a health or disability setting Describe the use of enablers, restraints, and safe restraint practice in an aged care, health, or disability context Support a person to eat and drink in an aged care, health, or disability context Support a person to use prescribed medication in a health or disability context Support a person to participate as a member of the community in a health or disability setting Respond to loss and grief in a health, disability, or community setting Move a person using equipment and care for equipment in a health, disability, or aged care context Describe risks, impacts, and actions for falls and minimise risk of falls in an aged care, health, or disability context 5013 Support a consumer who is terminally ill Establish and facilitate a learning plan with a person requiring health or disability supports Describe clients' nutritional requirements and feeding issues in an aged care, health, or disability context Describe indicators of wellness, interventions, care, and support for people at different human lifespan stages Identify infectious conditions and apply infection control practices in an aged care, health, or disability context Describe culturally safe principles and Pacific values for a consumer in a health, disability, or community setting Domain: Older Persons Health and Wellbeing Describe interaction, supports, and reporting for people with dementia in an aged care, health, or disability context 3 8 Domain: Occupational Health and Safety Practice Apply safe work practices in the workplace 2 4 Domain: Reading 2989 Select, assess, and read texts to gain knowledge 2 3 Domain: Writing 3491 Write a report 3 4 Health Assistants Qualification Information Page 5 of 6

6 Rehabilitation Assistance strand section A minimum of 22 credits from Sets 1 and 2 Set 1: a maximum of 1 standard Describe clients' nutritional requirements and feeding issues in an aged care, health, or disability context Describe culturally safe principles and Pacific values for a consumer in a health, disability, or community setting Identify infectious conditions and apply infection control practices in an aged care, health, or disability context 2 4 Set 2: balance of credits required Domain: Allied Health Assistance Describe the ICF and its impact on a health assistant's role and on meeting the needs of clients Describe the collection of client information, and collect client information, as a health assistant Contribute to therapeutic programmes and/or groups as a health assistant Apply modalities in physiotherapy as a health assistant Apply supported communication strategies as a health assistant Apply safe swallowing strategies as a health assistant in an aged care, health, or disability context Use specialised assistive and/or therapeutic equipment with clients as a health assistant Domain: Physical Education Describe how functional anatomy and biomechanical principles relate to performing physical activity This standard has expired and is no longer available. Unit standard exemptions People holding these unit standards are exempt from completing these unit standards: US No.: Title: L C US No. Title L C Describe and apply culturally safe operating principles and Pacific values in a health, disability, or community setting 1831 Develop a support network with a person with a disability Describe culturally safe principles and Pacific values for a consumer in a health, disability, or community setting Support a person to participate as a member of the community in a health or disability setting Health Assistants Qualification Information Page 6 of 6

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