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

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5346 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs

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

Portfolio: Vocational Education

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.

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The Diploma of AOD and this unit/cluster is delivered in the Northern Territory only


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365T Global, Urban and Social Studies


Term1 2017,
Term1 2018

Flexible Terms

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Katherine Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context


VE 2021 (NTK1)

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:

  • CHCAOD006 - Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues

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

1.1 Review existing information about the client and consult with relevant health or community services professionals based on client needs

1.2 Discuss with the client reasons for seeking help and other information that may assist in establishing a basis for further work

1.3 Explain organisation parameters of confidentiality and policy/procedures to client

1.4 Inform the client of the assessment purpose and process

1.5 Confirm client’s understanding of the purpose and process of assessment

2. Conduct assessment

2.1 Identify history and pattern of client’s drug use through client discussion and questioning

2.2 Identify and clarify co-existing issues in consultation with the client

2.3 Identify the clients key familial and social relationships and how they are impacted by their AOD use

2.4 Assess current status, patterns of use and levels of dependence using standardised or approved AOD screening and assessment tools

2.5 Collaborate with other health processionals as indicated by assessment

2.6 Identify indicators of other issues that may affect work with the client through observation and questioning

3. Record assessment and provide feedback

3.1 Accurately record assessment results according to defined guidelines

3.2 Apply organisation criteria to determine entry to, or exclusion from, services

3.3 Prepare clear and comprehensive client assessment report

3.4 Provide feedback to the client based on assessment report

4. Identify and respond to need for referral

4.1 Identify client issues that are outside the scope of the service and/or the scope of the worker

4.2 Identify appropriate service and other support options for the client and their family members

4.3 Inform the client of possible options and reasons for seeking other service and support options

4.4 Confirm the client’s understanding of options

4.5 Work with the client to determine referral options and responsibilities

4.6 Make referral with client consent

4.7 Provide assessment information to others, including relevant health and/or community services professionals according to consent requirements

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: Knowledge questions

Assessment task 2: Third party report