This accredited course is delivered by our sister RTO – First Aid Pro
Non-accredited – Assist clients with medication
Previous versions of this course:
- CHCCS305C – Assist clients with medication
- CHCCS305B – Assist clients with medication
- CHCCS305A – Assist clients with medication
What is Assist clients with medication training?
Assist Clients with Medication is a course that provides you with the skills and practical know-how to prepare and provide medication and assistance with medication to a client and complete all required documentation and paperwork pertaining to that medication. It also provides you with the training to advise and support a client who is self-administering such medication.
How long is the Assist Clients with Medication course?
The course is comprised of 8 hours of face-to-face training, instruction and assessment time in addition to the self-paced online learning component of the course. The self-paced learning can be completed in your own time, and at a pace you choose, provided that it’s completed prior to your face-to-face sessions. The time required will vary from person to person, but we recommend setting aside at least a full day to work through the material and starting well before the course date (to avoid underestimating how much time is needed).
How is the Assist Clients with Medication course delivered?
The course features a mix of self-paced online learning and face-to-face practical skills training and assessment. Students will need access to a computer with an internet connection for the online component.
What will I learn in training?
By the time you have completed your course in Assist Clients with Medication, you’ll have learned to:
- Provide assistance with medication:
- For at least 5 different clients (according to their care plans)
- With at least 5 different types of medication
- Using at least 3 different methods of administering medicine
- Follow procedures and requirements for assisting with medication, including how to:
- Check the care plan and confirm details
- Check medication, including expiry dates and dosage instructions
- Confirm client identity
- Calculate correct dosage
- Conduct pre and post-administration client checks
- Clean equipment and store and dispose of medications according to organisation procedures
- Complete accurate documentation
You will also have demonstrated an understanding of:
- Legislation, regulations, codes of practice and workplace policies, including:
- Commonwealth and state/territory legislation regarding the administration of medication, including the Drugs and Poisons Act
- Disability Services Acts (commonwealth and state)
- The Aged Care Act
- Duty of care
- 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:
- Lotions and creams
- Characteristics of at least 10 commonly used medications in the area of work, including prescribed and over-the-counter medications, including:
- Expected effects and potential reactions
- Contraindications for use
- Consequences of incorrect use
- Storage requirements
- Disposal requirements
- Documentation requirements for the administration of medication, including:
- Potential impacts of errors and reasons for error medication charts, their role and procedures for use
As part of your assessment for the course, by the end of the training you will have demonstrated:
- Consistently following procedures and regulatory requirements for assisting with medication, including:
- Checking the care plan and confirming details
- Checking medication, including expiry dates and dosage instructions
- Confirming client identity
- Calculating the correct dosage
- Conducting pre and post-administration client checks
- Cleaning equipment and disposed and stored medications according to organisation procedures
- Completing accurate documentation
- Use of suitable facilities, equipment and resources, including:
- Placebo medication, administration equipment, charts and documentation
- Individualised plans
- Workplace policies and procedures
Where can I use Assist clients with medication training?
The Assist Clients with Medication course is vital information for people working in a wide range of medical and care-related fields, including:
- Aged Care Worker
- Community Care Worker
- Personal Care Worker
- Respite Care Worker
What are the entry requirements / prerequisites for Assist clients with medication training?
There are no formal entry requirements for the Assist Clients with Medication course, other than being at least 18 years of age.
However, students must demonstrate sufficient reading skills to correctly check and interpret both client information and dosage instructions. They must also show sufficient numeracy skills to accurately calculate and check correct dosages, and to understand expiry dates and client information.
There may be ongoing requirements to demonstrate competency in numeracy for this qualification, depending on local state or territory laws.
How soon can I get my certificate?
Your nationally recognised certificate for Assist Clients with Medication will be made available electronically within 24 hours of your course – generally, on the same day your course is completed. This will be provided to you as a digital document – both via email, and available for download from your online student portal.
Where can I get more information?
You can check out our course calendar for times and dates the course is running. Alternatively, you could contact us directly through the Contact page.