Course Title: Provide alcohol and other drugs withdrawal services

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4364 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

Course Title: Provide alcohol and other drugs withdrawal services

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 150

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365T Global, Urban and Social Studies


Term2 2017,
Term2 2018

Course Contact: Chris Walters

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8268

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

In this unit you will acquire the skills and knowledge required to provide support and assistance to people going through the process of withdrawing from alcohol, tobacco or other drugs, including combinations of these.

This unit applies to those working with clients going through alcohol and other drugs (AOD) withdrawal in residential or non-residential settings following established withdrawal guidelines. 

This course is delivered and assessed as a cluster comprising of the following three units of competency:
- Provide needle syringe services CHCAOD003
- Work with clients who are intoxicated CHCAOD002
- provide AOD withdrawal services CHCAOD005


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CHCAOD005 Provide alcohol and other drugs withdrawal services


1. Check client needs


2. Support management of withdrawal


3. Evaluate client withdrawal


Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements

Overview of Assessment


Assessment 1: Development of a harm reduction plan for a fictitious client

Assessment 2: Role play to demonstrate how you assist your client with education and information in syringe support services.

Assessment 3: Presentation in small groups of research into the sobering- up services in Australia and overseas