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


Bundoora Campus


365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Face-to-Face or Workplace

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:

CHCCS305B Assist clients with medication


1. Prepare to assist with medication

2. Prepare the client for assistance with administration of medication

3. Assist/support client with administration of medication

4. Assist/support medication administration according to prescription/instructions

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

6. Complete the distribution and administration of medication

Learning Outcomes

The leaner will have demonstrated competancy in the essential knowledge and skills required to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the identified work role, as well as  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 This assistance is to be provided in accordance with the worker’s defined job role and always in compliance with legal and organisation policies and procedures including principles of best practice relating to:
 all work to be in accordance with health professional’s instructions
 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
 observing, recording and reporting on the client’s state of health and well being, Allowing the learner to have optimised their employability skills.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment will take place within a simulated environment and must satisfy the expected requirements for a practical event . The leaner will need to complete a written questionaire with a satisfactory pass.