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About Mandatory Training for Health and Aged Care Workers
Health and aged care sector training that is considered to be mandatory has been steadily increasing in volume and frequency. Mandatory training offers these sectors a means to minimise risk and provide safe, appropriate and effective services to patients, staff and others.
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 or for that employer. The workplace organisation prescribes the mandatory training that people in the employment of the organisation must undertake. The training may differ according to the particular function of staff groups, disciplines, roles and location. This mandatory training is related to the provision of quality care and 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 to continuing professional development (CPD) registration standards under the National Act 2010, (AHPRA), which mandates health practitioners are individually responsible for undertaking a specified amount of continuing professional development (CPD) each year in order to remain registered.
The frequency of mandatory training
Because mandatory training occurs in response to the needs of an organisation, frequency of training as well as the subject matter will be determined by various factors. For example, urgent mandatory training in response to an event e.g. gastro outbreak; changes to legislation; adverse events/incidents; and, the use of new equipment.
In addition, mandatory training may be regularly updated by workplace organisations who set their own agendas in relation to frequency. This may vary from annually to intervals of three or five years.
Mandatory training modules available through Ausmed Education
Ausmed Education provides an increasing 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 offered by Ausmed Education. They have been written by experts in their field.
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