Qualification details

HLT32512 - Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Release 1)

Summary

Releases:
ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 07/May/2012

Usage recommendation:
Superseded
Mapping:
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Supersedes and is equivalent to HLT32507 - Certificate III in Health Services AssistanceUpdated in V5. Updated core WHS units. 06/May/2012
Is superseded by HLT33115 - Certificate III in Health Services AssistanceThis version was released in HLT Health Training Package release 2.0 and meets the requirements of the 2012 Standards for Training Packages. Change in packaging rules. Significant changes to core. Minimum work requirement of 80 hours for Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Assisting in nursing work in acute care). 05/Aug/2015

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
BSBWOR301B - 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
CHCAOD407E - Provide needle and syringe servicesProvide needle and syringe services N/A
CHCCS401C - Facilitate responsible behaviourFacilitate responsible behaviour N/A
CHCCS416B - Assess and provide services for clients with complex needsAssess and provide services for clients with complex needs N/A
CHCMH301C - Work effectively in mental healthWork effectively in mental health 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 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Ward Assistant,Operating Theatre Technician,Nurse’s Aide 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 423312 Nursing Support Worker 02/Oct/2012 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3999-79 Associate Professionals Nec 02/Oct/2012 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0699 Other Health 02/Oct/2012 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 07/May/2012 
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Modification History

HLT07 Version 4

HLT07 Version 5

Comments

HLT32507 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

HLT32507 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

ISC upgrade

HLTWHS200A Participate in WHS processes changed from OHS to WHSin the core units

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 TG 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

HLTHIR301C Communicate and work effectively in health

HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures

HLTWHS200A Participate in WHS 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:

HLTTH301D Provide theatre support services

HLTTH302D Provide equipment support in an acute care environment

HLTTH303D Identify and move to maintain a sterile field

(Note pre-requ: HLTIN301C)

HLTTH405D 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

HLTCSD305D Assist with client movement

HLTCSD306D Respond effectively to behaviours of concern

HLTCSD208D Transport clients

HLTAIN301C Assist nursing team in an acute care environment

(Note pre-requs: HLTAP301B, HLTFA311A)

HLTAIN302C Provide support in an acute care environment

HLTCSD201D 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 HLT32507Certificate III in Health Services Assistance as it applies to all other work functions.

HLTCSD201D Maintain high standard of client service

HLTCSD304D Support the care of clients

HLTCSD305D Assist with client movement

HLTCSD208D 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

BSBWOR301B Organise personal work priorities and development

CHCCS401C Facilitate responsible behaviour

HLTAMBFC301D Communicate with clients and colleagues to support health care

HLTCSD306D Respond effectively to behaviours of concern

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

HLTCSD201D Maintain high standard of client service

HLTCSD203D Prepare and maintain beds

HLTCSD302D Assist with lifestyle and social support needs

HLTCSD304D Support the care of clients

HLTCSD305D Assist with client movement

HLTCSD307D Care for the home environment of clients

Transport 

HLTAMBT301B Transport non-emergency clients under operational conditions

HLTCSD208D Transport clients

Operating theatre support 

HLTSTE301D Clean reusable medical equipment (Note pre-requ: HLTIN301C)

HLTTH301D Provide theatre support services

HLTTH302D Provide equipment support in an acute care environment

HLTTH303D Identify and move to maintain a sterile field

(Note pre-requ: HLTIN301C)

Medical imaging assistance 

HLTMI301B Contribute to client flow and client information management in medical imaging

HLTMI302B Support the medical imaging professional

Mortuary practice 

HLTMT303D Maintain a mortuary service

HLTMT304D Assist with autopsy

HLTMT305D Maintain and record tissue sample collection

HLTMT310D Collect, preserve and store post mortem samples

HLTSTE301D Clean reusable medical equipment (Note pre-requ: HLTIN301C)

Miscellaneous support 

HLTMS204D Handle and move equipment, goods, mail and furniture

HLTMS207D Handle medical gases safely

HLTMS208D Handle waste in a health care environment

PRMCL22B Organise and monitor cleaning operations

First aid 

HLTCPR211A Perform CPR

HLTFA211A Provide basic emergency life support

HLTFA311A Apply first aid

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