Hospital Pharmacy Support Project

This project will seek to incorporate the required changes to ensure that industry has access to skilled pharmacy technicians and assistants to meet current and future needs of the Australian health care system.

The review will develop 14 new units of competency covering the following key areas:

  • Pharmaceutical science – understanding of drugs, chemistry, biology and pharmacology
  • Human resources tailored to the hospital sector
  • Leadership skills relevant to the Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support job role
  • Work, Health and Safety (WHS) knowledge, specific to hospital pharmacy
  • Hospital-specific communication/teamwork.

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Clinical Coding Project

Skills required by clinical coders include the ability to interpret clinical documentation, identify and abstract relevant health information, and apply accurate coding of condition(s) and treatments based on an understanding of classification systems and current guidelines and standards.  Clinical coders are required to verify and validate their application of codes from clinical documentation and participate in audits and the analysis of coded data.  The adoption of digital health and new technology such as decision-supporting software impacts on the work of coders and will continue to have a significant and growing impact in the future.

Clinical coders are integral to the operation of the health sector as the information they abstract and record is a key component of informing activity-based funding and payment allocation, morbidity and mortality data reporting, quality improvements, research, policy development and planning, and international benchmarking.  Countries such as New Zealand, Qatar, Singapore, Ireland and Pacific nations reach out to Australia for experienced clinical coders, educators and auditors.

The review will develop 1 new Diploma-level qualification, 7 new units of competency and 1 new skill set covering the following:

  • Introduction to the role of clinical coding in the health system, including funding models
  • Medical terminology and medical science for clinical coding
  • Clinical anatomy and physiology
  • Understanding and applying principles of privacy and ethics in health care
  • Understanding and interpreting/navigating health records in the context of the patient journey
  • Abstracting information for clinical coding
  • Understanding and participating in clinical coding audits.

For more information about this project, visit SkillsIQ.

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