Health associate professionals not elsewhere classified
This unit group covers health associate professionals not classified elsewhere in Sub-major Group 32: Health Associate Professionals. For instance, the group includes occupations such as HIV counsellor, family planning counsellor and other health associate professionals.
In such cases tasks would include -
(a) interviewing and examining patients to obtain information on their health status and the nature and extent of injury, illness or other physical or mental health condition;
(b) providing information and counselling to patients and families about certain health conditions, prevention and treatment options, treatment adherence, and personal behaviours that can affect health outcomes;
(c) administering therapeutic care and treatment to patients;
(d ) performing certain basic clinical procedures such as administration of HIV antibody tests or insertion of intrauterine devices;
(e) dispensing and advising on dietary supplements, antiretroviral and prophylaxis medications, and other health care products;
(f) monitoring patients’ progress through treatment plans, and identifying signs and symptoms requiring referral to a medical doctor or other health professional;
(g) recording information on patients’ health status and responses to treatment in medical record-keeping systems;
(h) sharing information with other health care providers when required to ensure continuing and comprehensive care.
Examples of the occupations classified here:
- Anaesthesia technician
- Family planning counsellor
- HIV counsellor
- Respiratory therapy technician
Occupations included in this unit group normally require formal training in health service provision.