Human Services (Health-Acute Care)

This qualification is recognised entry-level for employment in the Health industry. The course would suit students who are interested in a career in the Health Industry, working in hospitals and aged care facilities such as nursing homes. Students may also wish to complete this course for general interest and to assist in part-time work while undertaking further study.

Qualification

HLT33115 – Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Assisting in nursing work in acute care)

  • Satisfactory completion of all units of work available in 300 hour course is required to be eligible for this qualification.
Course Duration/Hours

The following patterns of study are possible (availability will be confirmed by the school):

  • 240 hour course over 2 years
  • 240 hour course over 1 year
  • 300 hour course over 2 years

Note: There is no 120 hour course available in the Human Services course.

HSC Information

This is a Board Developed Course, Category B. Students who complete a minimum of 240 hour course may sit for the optional HSC exam. Mandatory units of competency from the list below are examined.

One Category B course (2 units) may be counted towards the calculation of the ATAR for university entrance. Students not wishing to achieve an ATAR need not sit the HSC examination.

Work Placement

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requires students to complete a minimum of 120 hours of work placement, usually undertaken as 3 x 1 week blocks. Work placement is a mandatory component of the course and must be completed prior to the HSC exam.

Students wishing to undertake the Specialisation or Post School VET course need to undertake at least one of the above work placement blocks in an acute care (hospital) setting.

Days worked as part of a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship satisfies this NESA requirement.

Assessment

This course is competency based and the student’s performance is recognised against a prescribed industry standard. Assessment strategies may include:

  • Observation
  • Student demonstration
  • Questioning
  • Written tasks
  • Tests

Students are given a number of opportunities to demonstrate competence across the range of competency standards covered by this course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You may be entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have completed any training, either through your part-time work, TAFE or other school VET courses you have completed recently, or through experience gained in other ways you can apply for RPL. You should talk to your School VET Coordinator, Careers Adviser or course teacher for further information.

Costs

A course fee is generally charged by schools to cover consumable materials. Your school will provide further advice.

Units of Competency

To be eligible for HLT33115 you must successfully complete: 15 units: 7 core, 8 electives (5 group B, 3 other). The 360 hour course includes most of the above units and the following additional units of competency:

Preliminary

  • HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety (Core)[Mandatory for exam]
  • HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures [Mandatory for exam]
  • HLTAIN001 Assist with nursing care in an acute care environment (Acute Care elective) [Mandatory for exam]
  • HLTAAP001 Recognise health body systems (Core) [Mandatory for exam]
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid [Mandatory for exam]

HSC

  • CHCCCS026 Transport individuals (Acute Care elective)
  • CHCCCS002 Assist with movement (Acute Care elective)
  • CHCAGE002 Implement falls prevention strategy
  • BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately (Core)
  • BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development (Core)
  • BSBMED303 Maintain patient records
  • HLTAIN002 Provide non-client contact support in an acute care environment (Acute Care elective)
  • CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern (Acute Care elective)
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people (Core) [Mandatory for exam]
    CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services (Core) [Mandatory for exam]
Further Study
  • Certificate IV in Nursing
  • Certificate IV in Aged Care
  • Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance
  • Bachelor of Nursing
Career Information

Job Roles

These workers:

  • Carry out activities to maintain personal care and/or other activities of living for people in an aged care setting
  • Carry out activities related to an individualised plan
  • Report directly to a supervisor and are not responsible for other workers.

Duties and Tasks

Enrolled nurses may perform the following tasks:

  • Assist with initial and ongoing health assessments and the maintenance of patients’ health
  • Observe, measure and record patients’ conditions (their temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure and blood sugar levels, for example)
  • Report changes in patients’ conditions
  • Attend to patients’ hygiene and comfort by assisting with bathing, showering, dressing and bed-making
  • Assist patients with meals when required
  • Assist patients with rehabilitation exercises and programmes
  • Assist in the care of wounds
  • Assist in emergency situations
  • Assist in providing education on health and lifestyle issues
  • Maintain a safe environment for patients and assist with the prevention of injuries.

Personal Attributes

  • Good communication skills
  • Tolerant, patient and tactful when dealing with people of different backgrounds, ages and cultures
  • Able to follow instructions precisely
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Able to cope with the physical and psychological demands of the job
  • Able to solve problems and make decisions

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