Assist with dispensing of prescriptions and medication orders

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 HLTPH316A, 'Assist with dispensing of prescriptions and medication orders'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria

Accept prescription / medication order for dispensing

1.1 Receive prescription / medication order and confirm client details

1.2 Identify the prescriber and source initiating the prescription / medication order for the purpose of costing and computer entry

1.3 Confirm the legality, validity and completeness of theprescription / medication order

1.4 Report discrepancies to pharmacist

1.5 Provide information to client

Ensure clinical evaluation of prescription / medication order by pharmacist

2.1 Refer prescription / medication order to pharmacist for clinical evaluation

2.2 Confirm pharmacist has completed a clinical evaluation before filling the prescription / medication order

2.3 Complete documentation required prior to dispensing

Prepare for labelling of medicines

3.1 Enter dispensing data into computer

3.2 Check accuracy of data entered against information from medication order

3.3 Generate medicine labels to meet legal and regulatory requirements

3.4 Follow procedures to deal with contraventions of law

3.5 Check information on labels for accuracy, according to the prescription / medication order requirements

3.6 Check that information on labels is neat, clear, easily understood, and in line with legal requirements

3.7 Prepare cautionary and advisory labels in accordance with legal requirements

3.8 Alert pharmacists of any relevant drug interactions warnings from the dispensary program

Assemble items

4.1 Refer prescription / medication order to pharmacist if uncertain about prescription / medication order details or prescribed quantity

4.2 Calculate quantities of each item according to the prescription / medication order

4.3 Select prescribed products

4.4 Package correct quantity into a suitable container

4.5 Attach correct label/s to container

4.6 Use barcode technology for the dispensing process in line with Pharmacy Board of Australia Guidelines

4.7 Check packed item for accuracy and visibility of expiry date

4.8 Annotate order with the quantity supplied, signature and date

4.9 Assemble items for an easy and complete check by the pharmacist

Finalise dispensing of medicine

5.1 Verify that prescription / medication order is checked and signed by the pharmacist

5.2 Complete documentation

5.3 Record relevant information and statistics

Qualifications and Skillsets

HLTPH316A appears in the following qualifications:

  • HLT31412 - Certificate III in Hospital-Health Services Pharmacy Support