Course Title: Work effectively with carers

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: HWSS5680C

Course Title: Work effectively with carers

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3304 - Certificate III in Aged Care

Course Contact : Renee Costa

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99250886

Course Contact Email:renee.costa@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 35

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are no formal pre-requisites for this course, however you will need to obtain a police check in order to participate in the practical placement and gain work in the sector as per legislative requirements.
You need knowledge of spoken English, as well as English literacy to a standard that is likely to meet workplace needs to enter the course. If you would like advice on the standard of English that is recommended for the course please contact the Course Co-ordinator via the details above
 

Course Description

This course of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to work effectively with members of families or other non-paid support people e.g. friends and carers, to support quality of life for their family member who is aged or has a disability. This course relevant for workers providing support to older people, people with disabilities, children and young people.  On completion of this course, the worker will be able to respond appropriately to clients by working in a manner focused on the needs of the client, carers and significant others.

 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCICS304B Work effectively with carers

Element:

1. Acknowledge the carer as part of the care team
 

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify the importance of family roles and relationships in the life of the person with support needs in discussion with the client
1.2 Confirm with supervisor the role of the carer in their family member's life
1.3 Identify the knowledge and skills of the carer that complement the role of the worker
1.4 Identify and confirm with supervisor job function boundaries that indicate respect for the carer's role
1.5 Identify and confirm with supervisor carer needs that have an impact on the family member e.g. respite, workforce participation
1.6 Provide support according to relevant organisation and government policy and relevant legislation
1.7 Work in a manner that respects the confidentiality and privacy of the carer, as well as the person with support needs
 

Element:

2. Contribute to the inclusion of the carer as part of the care team
 

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Participate in planning activities with the person with support needs and, to the extent agreed by the client, their carer
2.2 Provide individualised plan support in a manner that respects and includes the carer as part of the care team
2.3 Identify carer issues and report to supervisor
2.4 Participate in solution finding in a manner that recognises and supports the strengths of both the person with support needs and their carers
2.5 Work in manner that recognises and supports carer's relationship with and knowledge about the person with support needs
 

Element:

3. Support carer to maintain a lifestyle suitable to their needs and preferences
 

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify aspects of a carer's role that has a negative impact on their own needs and preferences and report to supervisor
3.2 Participate in finding a solution that will assist a carer to achieve or maintain a lifestyle suitable to their needs and preferences
3.3 Provide support that assists a carer to achieve positive lifestyle outcomes that reflect their needs and preferences
 

Element:

4. Identify risk to the care relationship
 

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify the changing nature of the care relationships over time
4.2 Identify key changes that may include risk of care relationship breakdown
4.3 Confirm with supervisor risks that may warrant re-assessment or review of the individualised plan
 


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the required skills and knowledge to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.
 


Details of Learning Activities

In this course you will develop the knowledge and skills required to work effectively with members of families or other non-paid support people e.g. friends and carers, to support quality of life for their family member who is aged or has a disability. Students will develop an understanding of the sector, the values and philosophy that underpins the work that is done, learn how to maintain the standards required, and reflect on practice within the sector. There will be individual and group activities during classes, field visits and guest speakers. The Certificate III Aged Care includes two field placements with a total of 130 hours across the whole program and the knowledge and skills you gain in this course will be developed further through placement.


Teaching Schedule

weekTopic
1Discussion of experience of carers, Examining own experience as Carer- why is this important? Legal issues relating to Carers -
look at National Carer Recognition Act
2Mental health and care work. Carers and their own care – pair work to discuss and provide strategies for working with carers – looking after carers’ health and well being.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

During sessions you will be directed to industry sources of information and provided with a workbook to complete throughout the course. You will also be directed to other learning materials and websites if required.

GUSS Skills Central (http://Gussskillscentral.edu.au/) is a site developed specifically for students in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT. It provides links to a range of resources for supporting student work on assessments and negotiating university studies more generally.


Overview of Assessment

In this course you will be assessed on the knowledge and skills that you have developed to meet the competency requirements of this course. You will complete assessments to determine your knowledge throughout the course which ensures you are equipped to perform your job role in the Aged Care sector, and the second method of assessment is where you give practical demonstrations of the tasks required in the job role for this course. These assessment tasks are conducted after you have had adequate preparation for the assessment and you will be supported throughout the assessment process. Some of the practical tasks will be done in the purpose-built facilities at RMIT; others will be done in your placement in a workplace setting.
 


Assessment Tasks

There are three assessments tasks associated with this unit. These assessment tasks are:

1.Short answer scenario questions

2. In class case study

3. Questions to complete on placement


Assessment Matrix

A detailed matrix will be available from the teacher

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students


Cover Sheet for Submissions
Hardcopy: you must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of work submitted in hardcopy.
E-Submission: you will complete an e-Declaration for every piece of work submitted online.
The signed cover sheet or e-Declaration acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Attendance
It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Applying for Special Consideration
If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration

Assessment Appeals
If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include:
a) You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,
b) You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,
c) You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).
Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment

Academic Integrity
Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.
If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website: http://www.rmit.edu.au/academicintegrity
The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing http://www1.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing

Plagiarism and Collusion
Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
Examples of plagiarism include:
• Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
• Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
• Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
• Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
• Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
• Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
• Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
• Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.
For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy –  http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 – and the RMIT Student Conduct Regulations – http://www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=r7a7an6qug93

Plagiarism Software
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see: http://www.turnitin.com

Complaints Procedure:
RMIT University is committed to providing a harmonious study and work environment for all students and staff. The University recognises your right to raise concerns about academic, administrative or support services without recrimination and has policies and procedures to assist in the resolution of complaints.
Most issues are resolved at the local level and you are encouraged to take steps to resolve your issue locally. The student complaint procedure details steps to take if your problem is not resolved or you believe the response you received is unreasonable.
Student Complaints Policy: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/policies/studentcomplaintspolicy
Student complaints Procedure: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=i1lexipvjt22
Student Complaints Form: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/v4ujvmyojugxz.pdf

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