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NOC Code: NOC Code: 3124 Occupation: Allied primary health practitioners
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
This unit group includes nurse practitioners, physician assistants and midwives who provide primary health care and treatment in conjunction with physicians and in collaboration with other health professionals. This Occupational Profile only includes information for Midwives. Midwives provide full-course care to women and their babies during the pre- and post-natal period. Midwives are employed in hospitals, clinics, birthing centres or in private practice. This unit group includes nurse practitioners, physician assistants and midwives who provide primary health care and treatment in conjunction with physicians and in collaboration with other health professionals. This Occupational Profile only includes information for Midwives. Midwives provide full-course care to women and their babies during the pre- and post-natal period. Midwives are employed in hospitals, clinics, birthing centres or in private practice.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3 4
Writing Writing 1 2 3 4
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3 4
Money Math Money Math 1 2 3
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2 3 4
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2 3
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2 3
Critical Thinking Critical Thinking 1 2 3 4

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  • Read instructions, precautions and implications on medication packaging, e.g. read dosage instructions on medications, such as pitocin and methergine, when attempting to stop post-partum hemorrhaging. (1)
  • Review information on patients' charts, e.g. read observations written on client's charts by other health professionals to learn about changes in client condition. (2)
  • Read case notes and clients' files, e.g. read case notes and client files to review observations, diagnoses, assessment conclusions and recommendations for treatments. (2)
  • Read letters, e.g. review letters from healthcare professionals to learn about case details and the medical opinions of referring practitioners. (2)
  • Read short comments in a variety of forms, e.g. read requisitions and lab test results to learn about clients' medical histories and their current health status. (2)
  • Read email messages, e.g. read email messages from colleagues to confirm details of meetings and to exchange advice about natural health treatments and remedies. (2)
  • Read instructions, e.g. read instructions to learn how to set up, operate and maintain digital equipment, such as sphygmomanometers (blood pressure monitors). (3)
  • Read industry publications and trade magazines, e.g. read articles in publications, such as Homeopathy Today, to keep abreast of new initiatives, treatments and training opportunities in midwifery natural health. (3)
  • Read alternative health and medical textbooks, e.g. read textbooks, such as Principles of Anatomy and Physiology, to gain clinical knowledge that will assist with health diagnoses and the treatment of clients. (4)
  • Read articles in clinical journals, e.g. read original peer-reviewed articles in The International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture to learn about new research and treatment options. (4)
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  • Write reminders and short notes, e.g. write short notes to remind office staff of tasks and activities to be performed. (1)
  • Write case notes, e.g. write case notes to record health concerns, past treatments and ongoing conditions as well as your own observations, concerns, diagnoses and recommended treatments. (2)
  • Write short letters and email messages, e.g. write letters to insurance companies to provide information about clients' presenting issues, diagnoses, descriptions of treatments received and recommendations for further interventions. (2)
  • Write marketing and promotional materials, e.g. write marketing materials, such as web copy, to describe your services and philosophy of practice. (3)
  • Write articles for health publications, magazines and newspapers to educate readers about the benefits of natural health services. (4)
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Document Use
  • Observe symbols and icons on products, packaging and equipment, e.g. observe symbols on packaging to determine bio-hazard risks. (1)
  • Scan labels on medications to verify patients' names, dosages, administration schedules, ingredients and reconstitution instructions. (1)
  • Enter data into schedules and log books, e.g. enter clients' names and contact information into calendars and appointment schedules. (1)
  • Complete a variety of forms, e.g. enter clients' medical, emotional, social and family histories and describe relevant lifestyle factors on intake and assessment forms. (2)
  • Locate and plot data in charts, e.g. plot measurements of fundal heights on intrauterine growth charts to monitor growth of the fetus. (2)
  • Locate data in a variety of tables, e.g. iridologists refer to tables listing symptoms of health weaknesses associated with pigmentation of the iris and shiatsu therapists read tables listing symptoms associated with different meridians of the body and their functions. (3)
  • Interpret radiographs, e.g. study radiographs (x-ray images) to identify injuries, structural angles and alignment and physical stressors that affect clients' health. (3)
  • Study and interpret anatomical drawings and diagrams, e.g. study anatomical drawings to learn how to explain medical conditions or disease processes to clients. (3)
  • Complete complex forms, e.g. complete insurance claim forms to identify your professional credentials, record case summaries and provide diagnoses and recommendations for treatments. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use electronic office equipment, such as printers, scanners, fax machines, copiers and postage meters. (1)
  • Operate hand-held personal digital devices, e.g. use smartphones to access and send texts, email messages and speak with colleagues and clients. (1)
  • Use spreadsheets to record numerical information, such as clients' vital signs. (1)
  • Operate hand-held scanners to determine vital signs, such as body temperature, blood pressure and glucose level. (1)
  • Use spreadsheets to record income and expenses and to create client lists. (2)
  • Use time management software to track the amount of time spent with clients. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access training courses and seminars offered by suppliers and trainers. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access web blogs and web forums to seek and offer medical and treatment advice. (2)
  • Use the Internet to locate health-related information on medical websites. (2)
  • Use word processing programs, e.g. use basic features of word processing programs to write and format short documents, such as referral letters, to physicians and reports for insurance companies. (2)
  • Use graphics software to design slide shows for presentations to students and colleagues. (2)
  • Use databases to enter and retrieve information, e.g. enter the names of clients, locations visited and the duration of the visits into specialized healthcare administration databases. (2)
  • Operate digital equipment, such as ultrasounds (digital sonography), to view subcutaneous body structures, such as muscles, joints and internal organs. (2)
  • Use communications software, e.g. exchange email and attachments with clients and other members of the healthcare team. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Interact with support staff to discuss scheduling and delegate administrative tasks, such as filing. (1)
  • Speak with suppliers, e.g. order clinical supplies, such as acupuncture needles, herbal plants, essential oils, speculums and compresses, from suppliers by telephone. (1)
  • Exchange information with clients, e.g. speak with clients about their physical, social, mental and emotional well-being to gain a comprehensive understanding of their health and to gather information that will assist with diagnoses and treatments. (2)
  • Explain complex medical information, e.g. explain complex medical information, such as diagnoses and treatment options, in terms that clients can understand. (3)
  • Exchange information with other health practitioners, e.g. share information about clients' health, seek professional opinions and co-ordinate client care with medical doctors and other health practitioners. (3)
  • Instruct clients and students, e.g. acupuncturists provide information about acupuncture, explain processes and respond to questions during workshops. (4)
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Money Math
  • Calculate reimbursements for the purchase of clinical and administrative supplies. (1)
  • Prepare invoices and collect payments from clients for consultations and treatments. Calculate service amounts according to established fees or hourly rates and add applicable sales taxes. (3)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Schedule client appointments, allocating a realistic amount of time for consultations, treatments, last minute requests and health emergencies. (2)
  • Prepare annual operating budgets by forecasting monthly expenditures, revenues and capital purchases. (4)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Take a variety of vital sign measurements, e.g. measure vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature, using digital tools, such as blood pressure monitors and thermometers. (1)
  • Measure body parts using your hands as measurement tools, e.g. acupuncturists use a thumb's width to measure distances between meridian points of the body. (1)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare vital sign measurements, such as temperature, heart rate and blood pressure, to normal ranges. (1)
  • Monitor inventories of homeopathic drugs and supplies to ensure sufficient stock is available when needed. (2)
  • Compare data from multiple readings to baseline norms in order to identify differences that may indicate health problems. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate quantities of materials and equipment needed for job tasks, e.g. estimate the amount of supplies needed for a client's care. (1)
  • Estimate the number of treatments clients will need to produce the desired health effects using assessment results and responses to treatments. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Practitioners of natural healing establish their own schedules and book client appointments. They shift priorities and appointments to accommodate cancellations and emergencies. (3)
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Decision Making
  • Decide to accept new clients. Consider your availability and whether you have the expertise needed to meet the clients' needs. (2)
  • Make critical decisions to seek additional help and medical intervention in emergency situations. (3)
  • Determine which treatment approaches and remedies to use. Base decisions on test results, clients' health conditions, prognoses for success and your comfort levels with treatment methods. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Income is lost when clients do not show up for appointments or cancel at the last minute. Reschedule appointments with clients and use the time to catch up on administrative duties. Encourage clients to provide sufficient notice if they cannot keep appointments. (2)
  • Face time shortages when several clients require priority care at once. Set priorities for seeing clients according to their needs and arrange for back-up support if required. (2)
  • Treat clients who develop health complications that interfere with treatments. Consult with physicians and specialists to develop appropriate health plans and refer clients to healthcare providers. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Locate information about the status of clients by speaking with them, referring to their charts and files and talking to other healthcare professionals. (2)
  • Consult textbooks, reference manuals, academic journals and publications to find specific information that will aid in assessment and treatment of clients' overall health. Reference materials detail information about symptoms associated with specific meridian points, herbal treatments, natural remedies and preventative measures. (3)
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Critical Thinking
  • Evaluate the health of clients. Consider factors, such as vital signs, feedback provided by clients and other health care professionals and the results of examinations. (3)
  • Assess the health risks to clients. Examine vital sign readings and monitor changes during treatments to ensure they fall within ranges considered normal. Follow risk guidelines published by local health regions and consult other health professionals if second opinions are required. (4)
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