HLTHPS006Assist Clients with Medication

This course is for individuals working in various care and support roles in the community and health services who wish to develop the skills in supporting people to self-administer medication and complete medication documentation according to the authority in their state or territory.  The course is usually delivered alongside HLTAAP001 Recognise Healthy Body Systems as CHCSS00070 - Assist Clients with Medication Skill Set in jurisdictions or for providers where nationally recognised qualifications are required to assist clients with medication.

This course covers the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and provide medication assistance to a variety of clients and to support a client to self-administer their medication using the relevant mode of administration.  It also involves reading, understanding and accurately completing medication documentation such as care plans and medical charts after administration of medication.

Participants will learn about the importance of checking and confirming the care plan and details, client identity, correct medication including expiry dates, dosage instruction, correct dosage, conducting pre- and post-administration client checks, cleaning equipment, disposal and storage of medications according to organisational procedures.

The skills in this course apply to community services and health workers with authority in their state or territory to assist with the administration of medications and must be used in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

Please refer to Assist Clients with Medications (Non-accredited) if nationally recognised qualifications are non-mandatory for your jurisdiction or organisation.

The following unit(s) will be awarded to successful participants in this course.  The certificate will be issued by Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909:
  • HLTHPS006 Assist Clients with Medications

Course duration: 14 hours (minimum) - full face to face course
It is recommended this unit be renewed every 36 months in line with industry standards.

No work placement will be required as part of this course.

Topics covered include:
  • Legislation, regulations, codes of practice and workplace policies, including:
    • Commonwealth and state/territory legislation regarding the administration of medicines including the relevant Drugs and Poisons Act
    • Disability Services Acts (commonwealth and state)
    • Aged Care Act
    • Work health and safety
    • Standard and additional infection control precautions
  • Roles and responsibilities of those involved in medication administration and limitations of own role in only providing assistance
  • Basic medication terminology
  • Forms of medication, and how they are handled, administered and stored, including:
    • Capsules
    • Drops
    • Inhalants
    • Liquids
    • Lotions and creams
    • Ointments
    • Patches
    • Powders
    • Tablets
    • Wafers
    • Pessaries
    • Suppositories
  • Characteristics of commonly used medications in the area of work, including prescribed and over the counter medications, including:
    • Purpose
    • Expected effects and potential reactions
    • Contraindications for use
    • Consequences of misuse
    • Storage requirements
    • Disposal requirements
  • Preparing and supporting clients with the administration of medications
  • Handling medication contingencies
  • Completing medication distribution and documentation
    • Documentation requirements for the administration of medications, including:
      • Purpose
      • Potential impacts of errors and reasons for error medication charts, their role and procedures for use
Assessment activities

Individuals undertaking this course will be expected t complete both written and practical assessment tasks.

Assessments conducted during face-to-face training session(s) include:
  • Practical scenarios - the assessor must observe the following practical scenarios:
    • Scenario 1: provide assistance with medication - asthma
    • Scenario 2: provide assistance with medication - anaphylaxis
    • Scenario 3: provide assistance with medication - PRN liquid paracetamol
    • Scenario 4: provide assistance with medication - eye drops
    • Scenario 5: provide assistance with medication - tablets
  • Documentation - the student must complete the following to the appropriate standard:
    • Incident report forms
    • Medication administration forms
  • Theory assessment - a written assessment consisting of short answer and multiple-choice questions.
This course is only available for group bookings and can be held at your workplace, regardless of location within Australia (travel costs may apply) or our training facilities in Auchenflower, Queensland.  

Please note that enrolment to this course is made with Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909.  Please refer to the student handbook located on the RTO website allenstrainingcom.au for all details relating to rights and responsibilities including complaints and appeals.

Please refer to our Refund and Cancellation Policy in the event that you need to amend or cancel your booking.
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Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909