Course Title: Provide alcohol and other drugs withdrawal services

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: HWSS6099C

Course Title: Provide alcohol and other drugs withdrawal services

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4364 - Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

Course Contact: Chris Walters

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8268

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 150

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


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 addresses three units of competency:
- Provide needle syringe services CHCAOD003
- Work with clients who are intoxicated CHCAOD002
- provide AOD withdrawal services CHCAOD005

These units are delivered and assessed together

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCAOD005 Provide alcohol and other drugs withdrawal services


1. Check client needs


Performance Criteria:

1.1 Review client information and conduct initial withdrawal assessment with the client using an appropriate withdrawal tool according to organisation protocols

1.2 Collaborate with other services as indicated by client needs

1.3 Report behaviour or physical status inconsistent with alcohol and/or drug use to the appropriate person and/or seek assistance

1.4 Identify and respond to the need for medical or emergency assistance as appropriate within scope of own role

1.5 Evaluate client against organisation mission criteria and determine if they have been referred appropriately

1.6 Where referral is not appropriate, support client to access other available services


2. Support management of withdrawal


Performance Criteria:

2.1 Determine most appropriate withdrawal modality based on client needs

2.2 Provide an appropriate environment within which alcohol and/or drug/s withdrawal is to take place

2.3 Monitor client’s physical and psychological state regularly to ensure health and safety according to organisation guidelines

2.4 Provide client with support services within scope of own role

2.5 Identify signs of any concurrent illness and refer appropriately

2.6 Document services provided to client and consult with appropriate persons


3. Evaluate client withdrawal


Performance Criteria:

3.1 Evaluate and discuss outcomes with client and appropriate persons in the organisation

3.2 Discuss relapse and preventative planning measures with client

3.3 Assist client to link with relevant post withdrawal services

3.4 Document outcome of client drug 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

Details of Learning Activities


In class: Class lectures and exercises, group discussion and practical demonstrations.


Teaching Schedule


Cluster 5

Direct Service Provision: CHCAOD002







Assessment Details

Week 1 of cluster

Harm reduction  NSP

Begin building a harm reduction plan



Harm reduction  NSP

Strategies, safer injecting practices BBV Heps etc  to be covered



Harm reduction  NSP

Document all processes around NSP harm reduction plan with ‘James’

Harm reduction plan for fictitious client due this week

Week 2 of cluster

Assessment processes

Assessment processes around intoxication, safe practices, risk assessment etc



Withdrawal Support and responses

Support for client around withdrawal processes






Week 3 of cluster

Safe injecting practices

  Explore intoxication/ risks/ support with client



Safe injecting practices

Role play practice



Safe injecting practices

Role play  pairs

15 mins each

Role play on safe injecting support completed this week

Week 4 of cluster

Detox /rehab

Client withdrawal process




Explore various SUBS withdrawal




Harm reduction support services

Referral processes


Week 5 of cluster

Sobering up centres

Research Victorias/OS services in groups



Sobering up centres

Access to services, programs, availability



Sobering up centres

Present a service in small groups 15 min each

Presentation  of information about detox/rehab/sobering up centres by group this week

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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Equitable Learning Services (ELS) provides support and equal opportunities for students with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition and primary carers of individuals with a disability.The link is :

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


Assessment Tasks


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

Assessment 2: Week 3 of cluster: Role play to demonstrate how you assist your client with education and information in syringe support services.

Assessment 3: Week 5 of cluster : Presentation in small groups of research into the sobering- up services in Australia and overseas


Assessment Matrix


The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrix's are available through program administration


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