Course Title: Assist clients with medication

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C3262

Course Title: Assist clients with medication

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 40.0

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 Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Face-to-Face or Workplace

Term1 2012

Course Contact: Susan Russell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254637

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit describes the knowledge and skills required by care or support workers to assist clients with medication.  The unit addresses the provision of physical assistance with medication or supporting clients with self medication in response to an assessed need identified by the client or their substitute decision-maker for assistance with medication, in accordance with the health/support/ care plan and in line with jurisdictional requirements.  It may involve distribution and administration of prescribed and over the counter medications within a residential care facility, or in a home or community setting.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This unit must be assessed after achievement of the following related unit:
• HLTAP301B Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CHCCS305A Assist clients with medication


Assist/support client with administration of medication.

Assist/support medication administration according to prescription/instructions.

Complete the distribution and administration of medication.

Comply with organisation's procedures for handling the range of issues/ contingencies which may arise.

Prepare the client for assistance with administration of medication.

Prepare to assist with medication.

Learning Outcomes

This learner will have acquired the esstional knowledge outlined in the elements belonging to this unit, including identifing and manageing administrative procedures for medications, organisation policey and procedures related to medication, including documentation of medication and the use of medication charts, relevant commonwealth and jurisdictional legislative, regulatory, policy and industry guidelines and requirements relating to the provision of assistance with medication administration, appropriate storage  and correct handling of medications, understanding of duty of care in assisting clients with medication administration within scope of own work role, understanding of potential hazards in the environment including use of appropriate cleaning and sanitising procedures in relation to medication residue in containers, standard and additional infection control procedures and basic knowledge of some of the terms and abbreviations used in relation to medication. In addition the learner will have effectively managed the performance criteria of this unit including the ability to skillfully take on the tasks to be able to provide assistance with administration of medications for clients in accordance with the client’s individual support needs, including providing physical assistance to take the medication or supporting a client to self administers medications, including   all work to be in accordance with health professional’s instructions, the learner will be applying standard and additional precautions in infection control, correct documentation of medication administered,  following instructions for assisting with administration of medication as per the client’s health/care/support plan , following occupational health and safety (OHS) guidelines,  medication provision including managing and reporting contingencies which may arise and observing, recording and reporting on the client’s state of health and well being.

Overview of Assessment

This unit may be assessed independently, however holistic assessment practice with other community services units of competency is encouraged the expected competencis within this unit shall be assessed using all the relevant resources commonly provided in community and residential care service settings. Observation of work performance, case studies and scenarios as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to safely support the administration of medication in specific work environments and communities along with written assessment of functional English language, literacy and numeracy skills appropriate to the level of responsibility of the care worker.