Health Care for Aged Care

Duration

1-2 hours

Mode

Self-paced

Location

Online

Cost

$39

Next Intake

1 November

Overview

The non-accredited Aged Care professional development modules were designed and developed in partnership with RMIT and a leading aged care provider, to support the compliance training requirements across the sector.

The nine modules are self-paced, they take approximately one hour to complete and have no particular sequence. Therefore, you can complete all nine or enrol in individual modules. Each module is to be completed in one continuous session, is visually engaging, user friendly and highly interactive and each includes an online quiz at the end.

Work Health and Safety ensures that all staff, residents and visitors remain safe and facility staff are able to assess any risks that could occur. In this course, you will learn what are the responsibilities of employers and employees and what is involved in an incident report. You will gain an understanding of hazards using an interactive game and learn how to manage these risks. 

Course content

  • Recognise your responsibilities and the legislative requirements for health and safety in your workplace
  • Implement the hierarchy of control, controlling the risks of hazards identified
  • Fill out incident reports and hazard report forms.
  • Identify hazards and associated risks within the residence

Elder abuse is when someone in a position of trust causes harm or distress to an older person. In this short course you will learn the different types of abuse so you can spot the signs and symptoms of elderly abuse and neglect.

Course content

  • Define the types of abuse that an elderly resident can be subjected to
  • Identify relevant signs and symptoms of elderly abuse and neglect
  • Implement reporting requirements for elder abuse

Unsafe manual handling can cause a range of injuries including strains, sprains, ligament injuries or tears, hernias, lower back and shoulder as well as knee pain. Learn the principles of safe lifting and manual handling, using slide sheets and lifting machines. You will also learn tips to assist a person in a care setting.  

Course content

  • Explain why manual handling is risky
  • Estimate levels of danger when considering lifting something
  • Use a slide sheet to shift a resident
  • Transfer a resident into a chair
  • Assist residents toileting and showering
  • Use walking aids to assist residents with their mobility

In aged care, it is important to maintain the highest of standards for hygiene and infection control to minimise the risk of spreading infections and/or diseases, particularly in aged care facilities. You will gain an understanding of infection and how to control it, hand hygiene,  personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning and waste management, and outbreak procedures. 

Course content

  • Identify common infections and describe how they spread
  • Apply infection prevention and control methods and practices
  • Use proper hand washing techniques at the appropriate times
  • Apply cleaning standards and effective waste management
  • Identify and respond to outbreaks
  • Complete reporting and documentation requirements in relation to outbreaks.

Hazardous chemicals must have a safety data sheet (SDS) that contains important information to warn people about the dangers of certain substances and how to use them safely. You will gain an understanding of SDS, safe storage of chemicals, and managing chemical spills. 

Course content

  • Read and interpret safety data sheets
  • Use safety data sheets in the workplace
  • Identify common chemicals used in aged care
  • Store chemicals safely
  • Wear correct PPE when using hazardous chemicals
  • Clean up a chemical spill safely
  • Identify and manage dangerous substances

In this short course you will learn why diversity and the human needs of people are important in an aged care setting. You will learn tips to better communicate with people from different backgrounds to manage cultural barriers. 

Course content

  • Identify key concepts of diversity in the workplace and explain why they are important in an aged care residence
  • List Federal and State Acts that prohibit discrimination in the workplace and promote diversity
  • Respond to the diverse needs of residents including at end of life
  • Communicate with the diverse range of people at a residential aged care facility

A reportable assault is an act of unlawful physical or sexual contact that is inflicted on an aged-care resident. In this short course you will learn to recognise when to report an incident and the policies and documentation involved in mandatory reporting. You will also learn about bullying, occupational violence, and harassment. 

Course content

  • Identify mandatory reporting requirements in aged care
  • Identify a reportable incident
  • Explain what happens after a report
  • Fill in an incident report
  • Identify workplace bullying and harassment
  • Respond to workplace bullying and harassment
  • Identify occupational violence and the steps to prevent it

Some elderly residents may deliberately leave a facility without first alerting staff or family members. They are often referred to as ‘absconding’ residents. You will learn why a resident may abscond, where to look when this is the case, and what to do when the resident is found. 

Course content

  • Identify the situation known as a 'missing' resident
  • Explain why residents go missing and take action when a resident goes missing
  • Methodically search for a missing resident
  • Take action when the resident has been found and when they have not been found
  • Contact relevant parties associated with a missing resident
  • Fill out an incident report and investigate an incident
  • Review policies and procedures around absconding residents
  • Report an incident to police and the DHS
  • Identify the penalties for not reporting a missing resident
  • Avoid making false alarms and keep appropriate records

Fire safety is critically important in an aged care facility. 

Many residents have mobility or hearing challenges which may reduce their response time to evacuate once the alarm has been triggered. You will learn the principles of fire safety and take action when necessary while protecting yourself and those in special care.

Course content

  • Identify fire safety as critically important in an aged care facility
  • List the three main principles of fire safety and identify emergency codes and their colours
  • Raise the alarm in an emergency and take action when the alarm has gone off
  • Protect yourself from smoke in a fire
  • Identify fire equipment in the workplace
  • State the roles of fire wardens in the workplace
  • Identify items which may appear in an evacuation kit
  • Name the three stages of evacuation
  • Evacuate to a safe area in correct order and manage falls during an evacuation
  • Check rooms are empty in an evacuation

Timetable

How to enrol

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Prerequisites

No prior knowledge or experience is necessary for this introductory course. Basic computer skills are essential such as the ability to use the internet.

Materials supplied

Online reading material and online course notes will be provided.

Materials to bring

You are required to have access to a personal device that can connect to a Chrome browser.

Suited to

This course is for those interested in residential aged care as a career or looking to refresh their knowledge, as well as aged care or other organisations with training requirements for their staff.

Additional notes

Each module takes approximately one hour to complete in one continuous session, if you close the window or the session expires the course will start from the beginning.

Outcome

Upon finishing the course you will receive a RMIT Certificate of Completion. You can use this as a record to demonstrate the outcomes covered in the course.

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