Summary

Who
The Process Manufacturing, Recreational Vehicles and Laboratory Industry Reference Committee (IRC), supported by IBSA Manufacturing.

What
The development of a new unit of competency and skill set to meet increased demand and required skills.

The numbers
• 1 new unit of competency
• 1 skill set.

When
• Public consultation was conducted in August and October 2019 and is now closed.
• This project was submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) in December 2019.

Why
• Testing of pathology samples has traditionally been a multi-step process that is time-consuming and can delay diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease.
• Point of care testing (PoCT) technology has been developed to allow on-the-spot testing, for which workers need to be trained.

How
IBSA Manufacturing Training Package Development Methodology
Training Package Development and Endorsement Process Policy.

What’s the latest?
March 2020: The AISC has approved this project and it is currently awaiting Ministerial approval. Once approval is received, the training package components will be made available on the National Register of VET, training.gov.au.


Details

IBSA Manufacturing was pleased to support the Process Manufacturing, Recreational Vehicle and Laboratory Industry Reference Committee (IRC) in undertaking development work for the MSL Laboratory Operations Training Package to reflect industry changes in the testing of pathology samples.

This project involved the development of a new unit of competency and skill set in point of care testing. The aim was to meet increased demand in this area and to provide workers with an opportunity to gain the skills required to provide accurate and timely test results.

Testing of pathology samples has traditionally been a multi-step process as samples were required to be sent to a laboratory for testing before a clinician could access results. This process is time-consuming and can delay diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease. The development of point of care technology has allowed some pathology testing to be performed at the time of the consultation. A properly trained point of care testing operator could perform a test and access results that can be used to make immediate informed decisions about individual care.

The development of a point of care testing skill set was welcomed by employers in the pathology sector. Employees would be able to learn new skills that prepare them for trends currently sweeping the industry, and which are only predicted to increase.

The skill set would provide an alternative educational offering for workers, initially in the pathology sector, looking to upgrade their skills. It would also allow registered training organisations (RTOs) delivering training for the pathology sector to better meet employer requirements.

Please refer to the Case for Change for more information on the training package components to be modified, and the research undertaken to support this project.


Progress Updates

March 2020
The AISC has approved this project and it is currently awaiting Ministerial approval. Once approval is received, the training package components will be made available on the National Register of VET, training.gov.au.

Previous Updates

December 2019: Submission
The draft Case for Endorsement, MSL Laboratory Operations Training Package components and Companion Volume Implementation Guide were submitted to the AISC for approval.

Thank you to the industry experts and the Process Manufacturing, Recreational Vehicle and Laboratory IRC, who have given so freely of their time to shape the changes. Thanks also to all stakeholders who provided comment throughout the project.

November 2019: Consultation now closed
Consultation on Draft 2 training package components has now closed.

Thank you to those stakeholders who provided comment. The feedback is now being collated and will be reviewed by the industry experts to shape the updates to the final draft training package components.

August 2019: Consultation now closed
Consultation on Draft 1 training package components has now closed.

Thank you to those stakeholders who provided comment. The feedback is now being collated and will be reviewed by the industry experts to shape the updates to the draft training package components.

Draft 2 training package components are scheduled to be available for public consultation later in the year.

July 2019: Update
A draft unit of competency in point of care testing (PoCT) is currently being developed in consultation with industry experts. The unit has broad application across a number of job roles. It describes the skills and knowledge required to complete pre-analytics, analyse samples, record results and maintain a point of care testing device.

Draft 1 components are scheduled to be available later this month.

April 2019: Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to be formed
IBSA Manufacturing is pleased to advise that the Point of Care Testing (PoCT) Project has commenced. Industry experts will be approached to form a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and provide guidance in the development of training package components in the near future.

The review of the qualifications and unit content will be considered by the TAC to ensure alignment with industry skills needs, current work practices and technology. This review will also identify any duplication and obsolete units, which may be considered for removal.

First draft training package components are scheduled for public consultation by July 2019. IBSA Manufacturing will provide opportunities for industry engagement and feedback via a series of national industry forums and webinars, and via the website.

For more information please call Mark Shaddock on M: 0499 599 298 or email [email protected]


Project Governance, Methodologies and Timelines

IBSA Manufacturing, in consultation with the Process Manufacturing, Recreational Vehicle and Laboratory Industry Reference Committee (IRC), established a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to provide subject-matter advice and technical expertise for developing and reviewing training package components. The TAC operated under the direction of the IRC and comprised organisations and nominated individuals with significant expertise and knowledge within the industry.

This project followed the Training Package Development and Endorsement Process Policy and used the IBSA Manufacturing Training Package Development Methodology. The process provided robust evidence to support the AISC’s decision-making process.

Key Dates
The AISC approved this project in March 2020 and it is currently awaiting Ministerial approval.


Staying in Touch

Project updates will be posted here, and through our newsletters and direct emails to industry contacts. Please click here if you want to participate in this or other MSL Laboratory Operations-related projects, receive project updates and subscribe to our newsletters.

For more information contact:
Mark Shaddock, Industry Engagement Partner
P: 0499 599 298
E: [email protected]

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