Support the safe use of medications

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver HLTAHW037, 'Support the safe use of medications'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Reference books for 'Support the safe use of medications' on This online store has a huge range of books, pretty reasonable prices, free delivery in Australia *and* they give a small commission to for every purchase, so go nuts :)

Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements define the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria specify the level of performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Determine client medication requirements

1.1 Consult client and/or significant others for medication history and allergies

1.2 Review relevant documentation

1.3 Identify options and contraindications of commonly used medications and discuss with prescriber and other relevant staff

1.4 Maintain appropriate records of client medication in line with organisation requirements

2. Interpret and clarify orders and instructions for medication

2.1 Receive and correctly interpret written and verbal orders and instructions for medications

2.2 Identify potential drug interactions and refer to the authorised prescriber

2.3 Consult authorised practitioners and other senior health staff if required to clarify medication instructions

2.4 Check written and verbal medication instructions against published medicines’ information resources

2.5 Recognise special precautions and contraindications of use of particular medicines and refer to an appropriate person

3. Support clients in their use of traditional and western medicines

3.1 Identify traditional/bush medicines commonly used in the local community

3.2 Support and promote the role of traditional healers and traditional/bush medicines as an adjunct to western medical treatment

3.3 Identify generic and brand names of medicines used commonly in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health practice, using reference sources as required

3.4 Provide information to clients on mechanisms of action, dosing and common side-effects

3.5 Provide Consumer Medicines Information (CMI) and explain to clients as required

3.6 Support clients to question proposed medical treatments to clarify the purpose, action and any issues relating to medication

3.7 Obtain feedback from client to determine their understanding of information provided

3.8 Support clients, where appropriate, to obtain prescription medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and other federal initiatives

4. Deliver information to support clients in the use of medications

4.1 Deliver clear and accurate information to support the client’s Quality Use of Medicines in a confidential and culturally appropriate and safe manner

4.2 Check the client’s understanding of information provided and support the client to make decisions and further inquiries about medication use

4.3 Support clients to obtain access to benefit schemes and other supports as appropriate

4.4 Evaluate the impact of information on the individual client’s health through follow-up contact

4.5 Document all information provided about medications according to organisation procedures

5. Provide advice about storage and transport of medication

5.1 Explain to client the importance of correct and secure storage of medication in the home or other locations, including keeping medication away from children

5.2 Advise clients of the correct way to handle medication, including cold chain transport for medication requiring refrigeration

5.3 Explain to clients the importance of only using in date and undamaged medication

5.4 Provide advice to clients to correctly transport, store and dispose of their medications

6. Provide information and support to community

6.1 Communicate in a culturally appropriate and safe manner with community members to identify community or specific group requirements for medication information

6.2 Investigate generic medication information to be provided to support community or specific group needs

6.3 Identify and make use of culturally appropriate and safe ways to effectively provide information to community and specific groups about medication

6.4 Support individual members of community or specific groups to gain individual advice about specific medication issues

6.5 Evaluate the impact of information on the community or a specific group’s awareness and use of medication through follow-up contact with community members