Health and aged care sector training that is considered to be mandatory has been steadily increasing in volume and frequency.
Mandatory training offers the means to minimise risk to both patients and staff, as well as provide safe, appropriate and effective services.
What is Mandatory Training?
In its simplest form, mandatory training in the health and aged care sector refers to training that is required by the workplace organisation to be undertaken by anyone working in that place.
The workplace organisation prescribes the mandatory training to be conducted. This may differ according to the particular function of staff groups, disciplines and roles. This mandatory training is related to the provision of quality care, risk avoidance and aligns with:
- Specific laws and compliance: e.g. relevant Health Acts, Aged Care Act, Mental Health Act, Work Health and Safety legislation;
- National and local standards: e.g. NSQHSS, Aged Care Quality Standards;
- Policies and procedures.
This is different from the continuing professional development registration standards under the National Act 2010 (AHPRA), which mandate health practitioners individually undertake a specified amount of continuing professional development each year in order to remain registered.
The locus of responsibility for achieving lies with the professional.
The Frequency of Mandatory Training
Because mandatory training occurs in response to the needs of an organisation, frequency of training will be determined by various factors.
For example, potential risks associated with the nature of the mandatory training; changes to legislation; adverse events/incidents; and, the use of new equipment.
Whilst mandatory training should be regularly updated, workplace organisations set their own agendas in relation to frequency. This can vary from annually to intervals of three or five years. However, in certain circumstances, such as an infectious outbreak, urgent mandatory training may be required.
Mandatory Training Modules Available Through Ausmed Education
Ausmed Education provides a growing range of online modules that can be used for mandatory and other educational training purposes. You can use these to supplement your in-house mandatory training programs.
The following are examples of mandatory training that are or will be offered by Ausmed Education in January 2019. They have been written by experts in their field.
To access these training programs for your organisation click here:
- Hand hygiene
- Working in teams
- Respectful behaviour in the workplace
- Medication safety
- Cultural diversity
- Communication saves lives
Accredited educational courses:
- Aseptic technique
- Medication administration and errors
- Falls prevention at the bedside
- Improving standards in your workplace
- Report writing in patient health records
- Mental state assessment
- Restraint in residential aged care
- Exposing elder abuse
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- Fair Work Ombudsman n.d., Unpaid Work, Australian Government, viewed 21 December 2018, https://www.fairwork.gov.au/pay/unpaid-work