This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to manage health risks within a myotherapy environment.  It includes aspects of health risk analysis, personal and premises hygiene, as well as infection prevention and control.  It also covers special infection prevention and control for treatments involving dry needling.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - identify relevant Commonwealth and State legislation, industry codes of practice and Australian standards relating to infection prevention and control; - establish infection prevention and control procedures for the clinic and advise others; - follow established myotherapy infection prevention and control procedures; - resolve issues relating to infection risks through consultation; - monitor adherence to the myotherapy practice's infection prevention and control procedures; - apply appropriate infection prevention and control procedures for dry needling, and; - conduct a health risk assessment of a myotherapy practice.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - types of health hazards in the workplace; - chain of infection; - basis of infection; - key modes of disease transmission; - NHMRC Guidelines for Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare; - risk management in relation to infection control; - established guidelines for the prevention and control of infection, including: cleaning, disinfection and sterilising procedures; personal and hand hygiene; use and scope of personal protective equipment; surface cleaning; managing body fluid spills; sharps handling and disposal techniques; reprocessing procedures for equipment; - additional precautions required for dry needling treatments; - needle stick or sharps injury procedures for notification and response; - local Council requirements for businesses offering skin penetration treatments; - impact of premises layout and workflow arrangements on infection control risks; - infection risks and control measures specific to myotherapy; - factors that increase susceptibility to infection; - management and work processes used to control infection, and; - hierarchy of risk control measures, most to least preferred: elimination; engineering controls; administrative control; personal protective equipment.

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