Qualification details

HLT32507 - Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Release 1)

Summary

Releases:
ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 25/Mar/2011

Usage recommendation:
Superseded
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes HLT31302 - Certificate III in Health Service Assistance (Operating Theatre Support) 24/Mar/2011
Supersedes HLT31602 - Certificate III in Health Service Assistance (Client/Patient Services) 24/Mar/2011
Is superseded by and equivalent to HLT32512 - Certificate III in Health Services AssistanceUpdated in V5. Updated core WHS units. 06/May/2012

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

CodeSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Title columnEssential
BSBFLM303C - Contribute to effective workplace relationshipsContribute to effective workplace relationships N/A
BSBFLM312C - Contribute to team effectivenessContribute to team effectiveness N/A
BSBINN301A - Promote innovation in a team environmentPromote innovation in a team environment N/A
BSBMED301B - Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriatelyInterpret and apply medical terminology appropriately N/A
BSBWOR301A - Organise personal work priorities and developmentOrganise personal work priorities and development N/A
CHCAOD402B - Work effectively in the alcohol and other drugs sectorWork effectively in the alcohol and other drugs sector N/A
CHCAOD406D - Work with clients who are intoxicatedWork with clients who are intoxicated N/A
CHCCS401B - Facilitate responsible behaviourFacilitate responsible behaviour N/A
CHCMH301B - Work effectively in mental healthWork effectively in mental health N/A
CHCMH411A - Work with people with mental health issuesWork with people with mental health issues N/A
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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 423312 Nursing Support Worker 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3999-79 Associate Professionals Nec 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0699 Other Health 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Direct Client Care,Aged Care and Disability,Health 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Nurse’s Aide,Ward Assistant,Operating Theatre Technician,Nurse's Aide 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 423312 Nursing Support Worker 03/Sep/2007 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3999-79 Associate Professionals Nec 03/Sep/2007 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0699 Other Health 03/Sep/2007 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 03/Sep/2009 
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Modification History

Not Applicable

Description

This qualification covers workers in a range of work roles who provide assistance to health professional staff with the care of clients. Health Services Assistance involves the worker in direct client contact under supervision.

This qualification has been structured with elective groups for specific work functions in operating theatre support and assisting in nursing work in acute care. In addition the qualification supports multiskilling requirements of smaller and rural/remote work settings.

This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

Occupational titles may include:

  • Assistant in nursing
  • Orderly
  • Nursing assistant
  • Operating theatre technician
  • Nursing support worker
  • Theatre support
  • Patient service attendant
  • Ward assistant
  • Patient support assistant
  • Wardsperson
  • Patient care assistant
  • Ward support

Pathways Information

Not Applicable

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Employability Skills Summary

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries

Packaging Rules

PACKAGING RULES 

15 units of competency are required for award of this qualification, including:

  • 6 core units
  • 9 elective units

A wide range of electives is available and can be packaged to provide either:

  • a generic qualification that covers a range of work functions, or
  • a targeted qualification as required for specific work roles

Elective units may be selected from:

  • Group A electives which are required for operating theatre technician work
  • Group B electives which are recommended for assisting in nursing work in acute care
  • Group C electives which are required for a more 'generic' qualification to address all other relevant work functions
  • Group D electives which are recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice
  • Other relevant electives listed below
  • Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Health and/or Community Services Training Packages

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PACKAGING RULES  (contd )

Elective units may be selected from:

  • Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, up to 3 units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in other relevant Training Packages or accredited courses where the details of those courses are available on the NTIS or other public listing

Core units 

BSBFLM303C Contribute to effective workplace relationships 

BSBMED301B Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately 

HLTAP301B Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context 

HLTHIR301B Communicate and work effectively in health 

HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures 

HLTOHS200B Participate in OHS processes 

Relevant electives 

HLT32507 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance  enables workplaces to select a range of electives that reflect the functions of workers (occupational titles may vary from workplace to workplace). In addition to the core units listed above, there are certain requirements and recommendations applying to the selection of electives.

Group A electives  - required for operating theatre technician work 

The following four units of competency are required  for operating theatre technician work:

HLTTH301C Provide theatre support services 

HLTTH302C Provide equipment support in an acute care environment 

HLTTH303C Identify and move to maintain a sterile field  (Note pre-requ: HLTIN301C)

HLTTH405C Assist with preparation of clients for operative procedures  (Note pre-requ: HLTAP401B)

Group B electives  - recommended for assisting in nursing work in acute care 

The following six units of competency are recommended  for assisting in nursing work in acute care

HLTCSD305C Assist with client movement 

HLTCSD306C Respond effectively to difficult or challenging behaviour 

HLTCSD208C Transport clients 

HLTAIN301B Assist nursing team in an acute care environment  (Note pre-requs: HLTAP301B, HLTFA301C)

HLTAIN302B Provide support in an acute care environment 

HLTCSD201C Maintain high standard of client service 

Where one of these specified elective groups is achieved, this is to be clearly articulated on the transcript (certification) as:

"This qualification includes Group A electives required for operating theatre technician work"

or

"This qualification includes Group B electives recommended for assisting in nursing work in acute care"

Group C electives  - required for a more  'generic' qualification to address other relevant work functions 

The following four units of competency are required  for award of the qualification HLT32507 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance  as it applies to all other work functions.

HLTCSD201C Maintain high standard of client service 

HLTCSD304C Support the care of clients 

HLTCSD305C Assist with client movement 

HLTCSD208C Transport clients 

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice 

All workers undertaking work in health need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Health Training Package.

Group D electives  - recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice 

Where work involves a specific focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and/or culturally diverse clients or communities, one or both of the following electives is recommended:

HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co -workers 

HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander people 

Other relevant electives 

In addition to the core units and elective groups listed above, other elective units of competency are to be selected in line with the Packaging Rules.

Please note that:

  • Below is a sample of units of competency that may be selected as electives.
  • The grouping of these sample electives is intended to facilitate selection. Electives may be selected from one or more groups.
  • Employers may specify that certain elective units of competency are essential to address specific workplace needs.

Work relationships 

BSBFLM312C Contribute to team effectiveness 

BSBINN301A Promote innovation in a team environment 

BSBWOR301A Organise personal work priorities and development 

CHCCS401B Facilitate responsible behaviour 

HLTAMBFC301C Communicate with clients and colleagues to support health care 

HLTCSD306C Respond effectively to difficult or challenging behaviour 

Client care 

CHCAOD402B Work effectively in the alcohol and other drugs sector 

CHCAOD406D Work with clients who are intoxicated 

CHCMH301B Work effectively in mental health 

or 

CHCMH411A Work with people with mental health issues 

CHCOHC303A Use basic oral health screening tools 

HLTCOM406C Make referrals to other health care professionals when appropriate 

HLTCSD201C Maintain high standard of client service 

HLTCSD203C Prepare and maintain beds 

HLTCSD302C Assist with lifestyle and social support needs 

HLTCSD304C Support the care of clients 

HLTCSD305C Assist with client movement 

HLTCSD307C Care for the home environment of clients 

Transport 

HLTAMBT301B Transport non -emergency clients under operational conditions 

HLTCSD208C Transport clients 

Operating theatre support 

HLTSTE301C Clean reusable medical equipment  (Note pre-requ: HLTIN301C)

HLTTH301C Provide theatre support services 

HLTTH302C Provide equipment support in an acute care environment 

HLTTH303C Identify and move to maintain a sterile field  (Note pre-requ: HLTIN301C)

Medical imaging assistance 

HLTMI301A Contribute to client flow and client information management in medical imaging 

HLTMI302A Support the medical imaging professional 

Mortuary practice 

HLTMT303C Maintain a mortuary service 

HLTMT304C Assist with autopsy 

HLTMT305C Maintain and record tissue sample collection 

HLTMT310C Collect , preserve and store post mortem samples 

HLTSTE301C Clean reusable medical equipment  (Note pre-requ: HLTIN301C)

Miscellaneous support 

HLTMS204C Handle and move equipment , goods , mail and furniture 

HLTMS207C Handle medical gases safely 

HLTMS208C Handle waste in a health care environment 

PRMCL22B Organise and monitor cleaning operations 

First aid 

HLTCPR201B Perform CPR 

HLTFA201B Provide basic emergency life support 

HLTFA301C Apply first aid 

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