Work with medicines

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 HLTAHW406B, 'Work with medicines'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Reference books for 'Work with medicines' 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



1. Determine client medication requirements

1.1 Consult client/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 client, prescriber and significant others

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

2. Interpret orders and instructions for medication

2.1 Receive written and verbal orders and instructions for medications, document them and, if required, correctly interpret them

2.2 Consult medical practitioners and other senior health staff if required to clarify medication instructions

2.3 Check written and verbal medication instructions against published medicines information resources

3. Refer queries appropriately

3.1 Identify potential drug interactions and refer to an appropriate person (eg. prescriber)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4.6 Instruct clients in self-administration of medicines

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

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

4.9 Support clients, where appropriate, to obtain prescription medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)

5. Administer medications safely

5.1 Administer medications by appropriate methods, observing universal precautions and in line with organisation, legal and regulatory requirements

5.2 Correctly identify medicine dosage in standard treatment manual or calculate mathematically

5.3 Measure out specified doses of medicine accurately as required in tablet, capsule, mixture and solution form

5.4 Give injections correctly and safely

5.5 Identify adverse events (eg. allergic reactions) related to medication and take appropriate action in line with standard protocols

5.6 Accurately fill, check and label medicine administration aids in line with statutory requirements

5.7 Fully document administration of medicines and maintain records in line with organisation, legal and regulatory requirements

6. Transport, store and dispose of medicines

6.1 Store medicines securely in an approved medicines store in line with manufacturer's organisation, legislative and regulatory requirements

6.2 Dispose of medicines in a safe and timely manner in line with organisation, legislative and regulatory requirements

6.3 Correctly apply cold chain transport for medication requiring refrigeration

Qualifications and Skillsets

HLTAHW406B appears in the following qualifications:

  • HLT44007 - Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health (Community Care)
  • HLT61307 - Advanced Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health (Community Care)
  • HLT61207 - Advanced Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (Practice)
  • HLT43907 - Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (Practice)

And the skillsets: