Course Title: Provide needle and syringe services

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4364 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

Course Title: Provide needle and syringe services

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 50

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365T Global, Urban and Social Studies


Term2 2016,
Term2 2017,
Term2 2018,
Term2 2019


City Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term2 2020,
Term2 2021


City Campus


535T Social Care and Health

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term2 2022

Course Contact: Chris Walter

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8268

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

In this unit you will acquire the skills knowledge required to determine client needs, provide clean needle and syringe services and offer education on safer drug use to clients.

This unit applies to people working with drug injecting clients in needle and syringe services.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CHCAOD003 Provide needle and syringe services


1. Determine client needs

1.1 Follow organisation procedures to identify scope of client needs
1.2 Maintain client confidentiality in line with organisation and legislative guidelines
1.3 Assess and respond to any risks to the safety of client, self and others
1.4 Identify and respond to the need for emergency assistance as required

2. Provide clean needles and syringes

2.1 Follow organisation infection control procedures
2.2 Organise and provide equipment based on client needs and organisation procedures
2.3 Monitor client according organisation procedures
2.4 Accurately document details of clean needle and syringe services provided

3. Provide education on safer drug use

3.1 Provide information on safe needle and syringe handling and drug use to users of the service
3.2 Provide clients with relevant and current information on alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and related issues and discuss the issues with them
3.3 Discuss risks and relevant harm minimisation strategies for alcohol and/or other drug use with clients
3.4 Assist clients to contact and use other support services as required

Learning Outcomes

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

Overview of Assessment

There are three assessment tasks including role plays, short answer questions and a research project.