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Written assessments in 222156/02 include:
Part A: Extended Answer – Infection Control
There are 4 extended answer questions covering a range of essential knowledge and skills from within this Study period. You should aim to write approximately 80-120 words for each question.
Part B: Case study – Organisational Effectiveness & Patient records
This case study has 9 parts. You will need to answer each part, providing examples wherever possible. You should aim to write approximately 1000 words in total for this case study.
Part C: Research - Patient Record Keeping System
This task involves using the Internet and other resources (where applicable) to source information about patient record keeping systems. There are 9 questions. The first 4 questions require you to visit the following website to answer questions in regards to the national patient health record keeping system that was launched in 2012. The remaining questions require you to use alternative resources to answer the questions. You should aim to write approximately 900 words for this part, with each answer varying in length between approximately 50-100 words.
Part A: Extended Answer - Infection Control (480 WORDS)
1. a) Define communicable disease.
b) How can you minimise the risk of communicable disease transmission?
c) Provide one example of a communicable disease and how you can specifically minimise the risk of this disease spreading.
d) Outline the issues regarding client confidentiality, infection control and mandatory reporting of some diseases.
e) What management systems and/or procedures need to be in place when a client has a communicable disease?
f) Your supervising allied health professional has received a referral for treatment of a client. This person also has a communicable disease. Document specific questions that you would ask the allied health professional and also how you will protect yourself from this disease while working with the client.
g) What are the client’s responsibilities in regards to infection control if they are in a health setting?

2. Explain how you would uphold overall infection control within your allied health workplace, including discussion of relevant industry codes of practice requirements. Use the following sources of information to guide you (the first link is useful background reading on infection control for a serious disease, while the second link provides you with a summary from the more in-depth guidelines that you must be aware of in the health industry):

Background reading:
- Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing Infection control guidelines for the prevention of transmission of infectious diseases in the health care setting, 2004

- National Health and Medical Research Council Guidelines for Infection Control – Executive Summary

- Queensland Government - Standard and transmission-based precautions
Note: these standard and transmission-based precautions must be used nation-wide. This link provides a good summary of requirements.
3. You have been asked by your supervisor to monitor the infection control performance of your fellow allied health assistants in your workplace. Assume that you have extensive experience in this role. Explain what this would involve, including the negotiation with staff; work planning, management and implementation of new work practices.
4. How can you show environmental responsibility and sustainability in your workplace, while upholding infection control policies and procedures? Use the following link to guide you
Read the entire article but pages 5, 6 and 7 will be most applicable to your needs to answer this question. Note: the article is an American resource, written specifically for medical professionals, however you will need to use the information within the document to provide you with background information to help you explain how you can contribute to environmental sustainability while upholding infection control. You do not have to comment on the role of builders or managers, only on what YOU NEED TO DO.

Part B: Case study – Organisational effectiveness & Patient records(1000 WORDS)
You work as the ‘Lead Allied Health Assistant’ in a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation centre. You report to one senior Allied Health Professional. The centre tends to be filled mostly with neurological patients, e.g. traumatic brain injury, stroke etc. There are four other allied health professionals, all of whom (including you) work within a team of allied health staff. Answer the following questions in regards to your role.
1. What would be your role as the Lead Allied Health Assistant in regards to ensuring that the department was effectively organised? Include consideration of staff allocation, budgets, funding and department structure and the likely services offered by the organisation.
2. Your boss has asked you for an update on how the allied health assisting team is functioning. What would be the major issues that would need to be raised?
3. What other staff are likely employed at this rehabilitation centre? Provide an example of a case whereby you are working within a team of two allied health professionals, Provide a rationale for your response.
For example: a client who is having difficulty swallowing and talking may require the assistance of a Dietician, Speech Pathologist and Physiotherapist. The Dietician would have to prepare strategies to overcome the fact that the client is having difficulty swallowing, the Speech Pathologist would have to work with the client to learn to speak well again, and the physiotherapist may have to work with the client to ensure good posture so that swallowing and speech development is maximised, i.e. because lung function is better with good posture compared to poor posture.
4. What external organisation relationships would you need to develop? Provide a rationale for your answer.

5. What would be your role as an allied health assistant in this rehabilitation centre? Outline the performance measures and key performance indicators that are likely to be used.
6. The centre requires some new equipment. How would you find out about budgets and funding?

7. What are your specific legal considerations in regards to your role within this team?
8 What would you do to protect a child who required treatment at times when there was no caregiver or parent present?

9.How would you prepare for accreditation and quality improvement of the centre in regards to its organisational effectiveness and record keeping?

Part C: Research - Patient Record Keeping System (900 WORDS)
A record keeping system can be any paper, electronic, micrographic, or a blended system to create, store and mange records. The system itself is not merely composed of hardware and software; the system also includes the people, data, policies, procedures and continuing support that make it possible and keep it running. A record keeping system requires trained and dedicated personnel.
In 2012 a new patient record keeping system was launched Australia-wide. Use your workbook in addition to researching other sources for the answers to the following questions. The following website is an essential resource for questions 1-4 of task:
1. What is the purpose of this website?

2. How will this system operate?
3. What are your roles and responsibilities in regards to this system when you work as an allied health assistant, including managing other allied health assistants?

4. What would you communicate to other staff in regards to this system if you were managing two other allied health assistants in your health setting?
5. How can patient record integrity and security be maintained in an allied health setting?

6. How can patient confidentiality be maintained when a client is referred out of your allied health setting to another organisation and patient records need to be transferred and archived?
7. What systems should be in place to ensure continuous improvement of patient record keeping systems?

8. What Occupational health and safety/work health and safety considerations should be considered when working with large and heavy loads of hard copies of client records?

9. What are the relevant legislation and legislative issues in regards to managing patient record keeping systems?