At AHCWA we are committed to assist and train Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers (AHW’s) and other health professionals to provide optimal ear health care within their communities. The primary focus of the training is to build the capacity of the AHW’s and other health professionals to successfully achieve the Ear Health Training Certificate.
Upon completion of the ear health training, graduates will have developed a knowledge and understanding of ear and hearing issues, initiating change innovatively for ear health promotion, education, ear screening and implementing strategies to improve or manage ear health problems.
The ear and hearing training encompasses the following units of competency set out by the Commonwealth training.gov.au criteria:
HLTAHW025: Provide information and strategies in hearing and ear health
HLTAUD002: Assess and respond to occupational noise risk
HLTAUD003: Conduct play audiometry
The criteria sets out elements and performance criteria for each of these units and we have incorporated all requirements within the AHCWA training which includes:
Basic Anatomy & Physiology of the ear
Knowledge of Hearing & Hearing loss
Extensive knowledge of ear infections, signs & symptoms, effects, treatment and Specialist referrals
Organisation standards/policies and procedures/Communication, Confidentiality & Documentation – Interpreting results & recording
Risk factors & Social determinants contributing to ear problems
Health Promotion & Strategies to prevent and minimise ear conditions
Knowledge of ear health screening & ear services available in communities
Basic knowledge in preparing for ear screening
Ear screening for hearing loss, the techniques, appropriate use of equipment using:
Otoscope/video otoscope, ear irrigation & tissue spearing/Tympanometry/Audiometry
Practical Assessments include ear screening for both Adults and children during the course of training or on the job.
How is the training conducted
The Ear Health training course is delivered over 2 x one week blocks at AHCWA’s head office and we also offer comprehensive ear health training opportunities at Regional Centres throughout WA.
Due to high demand and interest for training, this is worked around Services dates & times which is convenient.
For more information or to register your interest, contact reception at AHCWA on (08) 9227 1631 or email Lorraine.firstname.lastname@example.org
AHCWA has produced a range of films, booklet and Ear Health resources. You can access them here.