HLT32512 - Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
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
Operating theatre technician
Nursing support worker
Patient service attendant
Patient support assistant
Patient care assistant
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
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
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
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:
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.