Frequently Asked Admin Questions

 Frequently Asked Administrative Questions

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Administrative FAQs


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 Who is eligible to do the exam?
The tool is non-discipline specific therefore anyone who has clinical training (medicine, nursing, allied health) can become credentialed.

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 How do I obtain exams and/or other resources?
Information on obtaining exams is available on the Credentialing page. Information on other resources is available on the Resources page.

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 How do I obtain training?
There are a few different ways to obtain training. Further information can be found on the Training page.

  • If there are a significant number of people who require training from your rehab facility, your facility may wish to run its own workshop conducted by a Master Trainer.
  • AROC conducts workshops that are open to anyone interested in being trained, as long as they are clinically trained (medical, nursing, allied health). Workshops are run at least once a year in major centres around Australia.
  • If there is a Facility Trainer at your facility you may request training from them. AROC plays no part in this training, except to send resources and exams when needed.
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 What happens if I fail the exam?
AROC will give you a further chance to pass the exam if you fail. Note, if you are a new user of the FIM™ or WeeFIM® instrument you are required to attend a training workshop before attempting the exam. It is also wise to study the manual before attempting the exam.

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 How long should I expect to wait for my exam result and certificate?
If you do the credentialing exam online you will receive your results immediately, and certificates are sent. Paper exam results and certificates are emailed to facility coordinators.

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 Who should I contact if I have a clinical question regarding the FIM™instrument?

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 How much does it cost me to complete the examination?
Examinations are charged at a fee of $35.00 + GST.

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 How do I become a Facility Trainer?
Details of how to become a Facility Trainer can be found on the Training page.

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 How often is a credentialed scorer required to recredential?
A credentialed scorer is required to recredential every two years. The date when your credentialing expires is shown on your credentialing certificate. Additionally, AROC regularly sends recredentialing reports to every facility highlighting the credentialing status of all staff.

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Last reviewed: 26 June, 2012

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As at 1 July 2014 the Australian Government changed the definition of residential care resulting in “low level care” and “high level care” no longer being current terminology (more details). The AROC V4 Dataset for Australia and the Australian Data Collection Forms for pathways 2, 3, 4 & 5 still have this concept in the data items “Type of Accommodation prior to the impairment”, “Interim Accommodation post discharge” and “Final Accommodation post discharge”. The ramifications of this definitional change was discussed by the AROC Scientific Clinical Advisory Committee. It was agreed that whilst AROC can’t change the V4 code set for the three affected data items mid-stream, we can introduce a new business rule that takes account of this definitional change.

New business rule for Australian facilities: All episodes admitted from or discharged to residential care from July 2014 are to be coded to residential high level care (nursing home).

NOTE: all future analyses on Australian admissions from / discharges to residential care will combine residential low level care (hostel) and residential high level care (nursing home). When the AROC V4 dataset is revised the Accommodation data items affected by this definitional change will be adjusted to include codes identifying the 4 levels of care packages at home now available, as well as residential aged care and a code identifying referral to NDIS.

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