Course Title: Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5346 C5346 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Course Title: Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 135

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


Term1 2017

Course Contact: Chris Walters

Course Contact Phone: 9925 8268

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and conduct assessments of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) clients to determine eligibility, service requirements and referral needs. This includes knowledge of factors affecting assessment for a range of different client groups including different genders, youth, older people, mandated and voluntary clients, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

This unit applies to people involved in the assessment of clients with AOD issues using established organisation or jurisdictional AOD assessment tools

This unit is delivered and assessed in a cluster with:
CHCAOD001- Work in Alcohol and other drugs context
CHCCCS014 - Provide brief interventions
CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


There are no stipulated pre-requisites or co-requisites for this unit.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues


1. Prepare for assessment

2. Conduct assessment

3. Record assessment and provide feedback

4. Identify and respond to need for referral

Learning Outcomes

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

Overview of Assessment


Assessment Task 1: Research and present a service model

Assessment Task 2:Case study; complete client file and relevant documentation