Human Services (Health-Individual Support: Ageing)

This qualification is recognised entry-level for employment in the Health and Aged Care Industry. The course would suit students who are interested in a career in health and aged care. Students may also wish to complete this course for general interest and to assist in part-time work while undertaking further study.

Qualification

CHC33015 – Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

  • Students undertaking 240 hour course will be eligible to achieve a Statement of Attainment towards Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing).
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
  • an additional 100 hour Post School VET course in addition to the 240 hour course

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 the 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.

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

The 240 hour course provides units towards CHC33015.

To be eligible for CHC33015 you must demonstrate competency in 13 units: 7 core, 6 electives . Students who successfully complete all units offered in the 240 hour course will achieve a Statement of Attainment towards Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing). The units offered in this course include:

Preliminary

  • HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care (Core)
  • HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs (Ageing Specialisation)
  • HLTAAP001 Recognise health body systems (Core)
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid

HSC

  • CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia (Ageing Specialisation)
  • CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing (Core)
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people (Core)
  • CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services (Core)

Post-School

  • CHCCCS026 Transport individuals
  • CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support (Core)
  • CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people (Ageing Specialisation)
  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically (Core)
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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