Essential Skills Training and Recruitment is a specialist training provider for Aged Care, Home and Community Care, Disability, Community Services and Management.

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This qualification is designed for individuals looking for supporting participants/clients. This course provides the skills and knowledge to support and provide person-centred services. Work may include day-to-day support of individuals in community settings or support the implementation and delivery of specific community-based programs. At this level, work takes place under the direction of others and supervision may be direct or indirect. Work may take place in a range of community services organisations.

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With the ageing population and the forever changing legislation the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support is a qualification suitable for those currently working in the community sector that want to upgrade to the most current training package, or not yet qualified or to the individual that is looking for a career in caring and supporting people with a disability, ageing or in the home and community sector. This qualification provides you with the skills and knowledge to provide personal care, understand technical requirements within the community sector and person centred support plus practical work placement requirements. This is a great start to great career opportunities.

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This qualification is for individuals looking at progressing into team leader/supervisor roles or seeking a career in management. This qualification will provide you with the skills and knowledge to be able to lead, support and empower your team whilst also being able to organise and monitor their performance and workload. Ideal for a diverse range of industries where team leader/ management is required.

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This course is suitable for community service workers who design and deliver person-centred services to individuals and/or groups. Workers may provide support, advocacy or interventions to individual clients, groups or communities across a range of services.
At this level, workers may be unsupervised with limited responsibility within established parameters. They may be required to supervise and lead other workers in projects or teams. Work may take place in a range of community service, case work or case management contexts.

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This qualification is suited to support workers who complete specialised tasks and functions in aged services; either in residential, home or community based environments. It is ideal for someone seeking a career in a supervisor’s/ team leader’s role and is seeking the skills and knowledge to manage a team effectively.

Workers will take responsibility for their own performance within defined organisation guidelines and maintain quality service delivery through the development, facilitation and review of individualised service planning and delivery.

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This course suits workers in a range of community settings and clients’ homes, who provide training and support to empower people with disabilities to achieve greater levels of independence, self-reliance, community participation and wellbeing.
Workers promote a person-centred focus, working without direct supervision and may be required to supervise and/or coordinate a small team.

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This qualification is suited to workers participating or looking at working in the design, implementation and evaluation of leisure, health activities and programs for clients. This qualification provides you with the skills and knowledge to identify what is required to develop and implement a suitable program that can meet a diverse range of client needs and provides you with the mechanisms to support those high dependent clients where applicable.
Workers may be in residential facilities and/or in community agencies and day centres, completing specialised tasks and functions in relation to leisure and health.

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This qualification reflects the role of end of life doulas, who provide non-medical support to those living with life limiting conditions, terminal illness or advanced ageing, as well as to their families and/or those close to them. End of life doulas also qualify to provide or facilitate home (or other facility) based after-death care, vigil, and ceremony while providing grief and bereavement support.

This qualification is delivered via a Third Party Arrangement, in partnership with Preparing the Way PTW Pty Ltd (trading as Preparing the Way).

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This qualification is designed to suit those individuals that are wanting to upskill in a number of management areas. The Diploma is aimed specifically for supervisors or middle managers that have a number of organisational responsibilities and management of staff. It does focus on management change, emotional intelligence, operational planning, effective leadership and many more.

Individuals at this level display initiative and judgement in planning, organising, implementing and monitoring their own workload and the workload of others. They use communication skills to support individuals and teams to meet organisational or enterprise requirements.

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The Diploma level qualifications is suited to community services, case management and social housing workers involved in the managing, coordinating and/or delivering of person-centred services to individuals, groups and communities.

This qualification is designed to give you the skills and knowledge at diploma level, to work with individuals or groups, to assist them in pursuing the best solutions to a diverse range of personal and social issues.

Community Services workers work in many aspects of people’s lives and may work with children and families, senior citizens, those living with disabilities, those suffering drug and alcohol dependency, those living with a mental illness, immigrants, ex-offenders or the homeless.

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As a care worker do you know how to measure blood pressure, temperature, pulse and respiration? Do you know how to interpret the results of a urinalysis or blood glucose level?

Our Clinical Skills workshop has been developed to give care workers the clinical observation skills and knowledge to support their client’s physical health.

This ½ day  program will cover;

–  TPR – temperature, pulse and respiration
–  BP – blood pressure
–  Urinalysis
–  Blood glucose levels

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This training is aimed at support workers in community services to assist with caring for people with complex needs in disability.

This program will cover;

–  Enteral feeding
–  Bowel management
–  Epilepsy

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This Full Day Workshop facilitated by Meredith Kirkpatrick is focused on basic wound assessment and skin integrity.

This program will cover:

–  Common wound presentations
–  Ulceration, skin tears, diabetic foot
–  Which dressing and why

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We offer a 3.5 hour competency-based (non-accredited) epilepsy and midazolam training session. The aim of this program is to develop an understanding of epilepsy and the importance of using the drug Midazolam as an emergency intervention for some types of seizures. As Midazolam is a very potent drug, safe and best practices are essential.

Our education sessions are designed around industry relevant legislation and practices. We request a copy of your Epilepsy / Midazolam Administration Policy where available, prior to training delivery. This provides a continuum of information for your staff that will result in safe work practices and positive client outcomes.

This program will cover:

–  Epilepsy
–  Midazolam
–  Competency based assessment

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Essential Skills has a range of programs available for community services organisations to suit the needs of their business and team.

These programs have been developed to assist in skill development for organisations, to improve the quality of service delivery and assist in meeting your registration compliance requirements. Programs can be delivered on site or your staff can come to us in Warabrook.

A number of these programs have the option of a practical skills checklist which can be delivered as part of the training program.

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This course is designed for care workers in the disability sector who may be required to assist clients or family members in an emergency situation in the following areas:

  • Assist a person in a wheelchair who is having a seizure
  • Recognise and assist a person with a disability in a mental health crisis
  • Understand and initiate a personal evacuation plan
  • Assist a person who is choking in a bed or a wheelchair
  • Recognise and Assist with infection and pressure sores
  • recognise and assist with autonomic dysreflexia
  • Apply CPR in a bed

Single Unit Price $250

Prerequisite – you must have a current first aid certificate HLTAID003/HLTAID011 Provide first aid prior to enrolling in this course.

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In Mental Health First Aid, you will learn how to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems and learn the skills to feel confident and able to help. Having mental health first aid skills means that you can assist someone developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis and make a real difference to your community.

Mental Health First Aid will cover;

  • How to provide initial support to someone who is experiencing a mental health problem or crisis.
  • The signs and symptoms of common mental health problems in adults.
  • How to provide initial help.
  • Where and how to get professional help.
  • What sort of help has been shown by research to be effective.
  • How to provide first aid in a crisis situation.

Course cost $270

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In this course, you will learn the skills and knowledge required to be able to a provide first aid response and life support, manage casualties, the incident, and other first aiders, until qualified emergency help arrives at the scene of an incident.

Components Included:

  • HLTAID009 – Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • HLTAID010 – Provide basic emergency life support
  • HLTAID011 – Provide first aid

Cost: $120

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This course covers the knowledge and skills required to provide CPR, manage and assess an emergency situation, use an automatic external defibrillator (AED), understand DRSABCD and the First Aider’s legal responsibilities. Provide CPR is trained and assessed in line with Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) guidelines.

Components Included:

  • HLTAID009 – Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Cost: $65

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We offer a large library of online training courses specifically developed for the community services sector. Topics have been written inline with the NDIS skill descriptors and Aged Care Standards. Here you can access and pay for courses online, at anytime. All participants will be issued with a certificate of participation upon successful completion of the course. New topics are being added all the time.

Example of courses includes – Managing Diabetes, Catheter Care, Medication Awareness, Workplace Health and Safety including Manual Handling and many more

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