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Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

This qualification covers workers who provide assistance to health professional staff. The health service assistance may transport patients, work as hospital ward clerks or support service worker in General hospitals and residential care

HLT32512 : Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

Course Introduction:

The Cert III in Health Services Assistance will teach students how to comply with infection control policies and procedures in health work, understand basic medical terminology, maintain a high standard of client service and provide support in areas such as patient/client transport, meal service and environmental services.  Our course has been designed after extensive industry consultation, who have requested a "generic" course, which once you are employed, can take you on various pathways, such as Theatre technicians, Nursing assistance in acute care, Medical imaging assistance, Mortuary assistance.

The job role will vary from hospital to hospital and some organisations do not allow direct client contact or actual care work with their patients. Most hospitals require students to work in the environmental services as that is part of the job role. 

The health service assistance covers workers who provide assistance to health professional staff. These workers may undertake tasks that include food distribution, cleaning, portering, inventory maintenance, linen handling, waste handling and handling of medical gas cylinders. The patient support services environment does not involve direct care assistance tasks such as assisting other staff with the care of patients and clients.

Fees:

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Costs for Government Funded Students
Tuition fee = $260
If you also hold a Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Vet Gold Card = $52
If a Job Services Provider (JSA) is paying for your fees (regardless of if you have a HCC) = $260
Resource fee = $65 (if you are a distance student, resources will be an additional $300)

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. You are eligible for a government subsidised training place if you:

Meet one of the following citizen/residency status:
  • Australian citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident (holder of a permanent visa)
  • New Zealand citizen

and are any of the following:
  • a young person under 20 years (as at 1st January 2014); or
  • an applicant seeking a higher qualification than the highest qualification already held

Please note - Eligible students can only commence two (2) subsidised training courses in at the same qualification level (ie. Cert III, Cert IV, etc) in their lifetime.

Costs for Fee for Service Students:
Tuition fee = $1265
Resource fee = $65 (if you are a distance student, resources will be an additional $300)

Please ask us about a Payment Plan

Student prepayments

We will only accept student pre-payments of no more than $1000 prior to the course commencement. You may then go onto a payment plan for the balance of the fees.

Prerequisite requirement:

None

Practicum placement is required. All Health Training are proud to announce partnerships with The Epworth Private Hospital in Richmond, Maroondah Hosptial, Box Hill Hospital, Dandenong Hospital & Brunswick Private Hospital which allows all our Certificate III Health Services Assistance students to complete their compulsory 120 hours of work placement at one of these hospitals.

We can only assist students finding a different choice of work placement, if their circumstances are critical and stop you from traveling.

The hours of work within the hospital are only available for the morning shift, which is 7:00am – 3:00pm. The hospitals have advised that they prefer students to be available for a 3 week block and as such, All Health Training suggests if you are already working you consider discussing and organising work and/or family care arrangements prior to undertaking practical placement to enable you to undertake these duties during the week.

If you look for placement outside our partnerships, there is usually a morning (7am to 3pm) or afternoon shift (3pm - 10pm). Weekend work is very difficult to obtain and organisations will require you to complete a placement in a block. 

National Recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) - is a means of measuring skills acquired through work or life experiences or through qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. All Health Training can only assist Fee for Service students with RPL. If you are a funded student we can assist you to find an Approved Provider to assist you further.

Credit Transfer (CT) - is the recognition of previous study for the exact module/unit by other nationally registered training organisations. All Health Training can assist both Fee for Service and Funded students with CT.

When must this be done?

Any student who believes they may be eligible for RPL or CT must apply for this prior to the course commencing, so that your training plan provided in week one is accurate. If you apply after the course commences it will not be accepted.

Delivery Mode:

The program is run on campus at our Blackburn, Narre Warren & Preston training rooms and students attend classes 1 day week from 9.30am to 2.30pm for day classes; or 5.30pm to 9pm for night classes for a total course duration of 15 weeks.  The course  can be delivery by flexible learning according to the students needs ie.  face to face classroom  training ,on-the-job  training, and distance education.  Please note, if you want to study by distance we will change the electives to suit the learning environment.

Course Structure:

There are 15 units of competency that must be completed for this qualification including 6 core units and 9 electives (see below).

Core Units:

UNITS NAME
HLTHIR301B Communicate and work effectively in health
HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures
HLTWHS200A Participate in WHS processes
BSBFLM303C Contribute to effective workplace relationships
BSBMED301B Interpret & apply medical terminology appropriately
HLTAP301B Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context

Mandatory

UNITS NAME
HLTCSD201D Maintain high standard of client service
HLTCSD304D Support the care of clients
HLTCSD305D Assist with client movement
HLTCSD208D Transport clients

Elective Units:

UNITS NAME
HLTCSD203D Prepare and maintain beds
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
HLTFS207C Follow basic food safety practices
HLTMS207D Handle medical gases safely
HLTMS206D Perform general cleaning in a clinical setting
HLTCSD306D Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
HLTMS208D Handle waste in a health care environment

Selected elective units have been chosen following consultation with industry on the basic requirement for employment in the industry

Assessment:

Competency is assessed through a combination of practical application and demonstration of skills, written tasks, observation, role plays, research and case studies.

Job Prospects:

Completion of this course allows you to apply for jobs with the common occupational titles of porter, ward assistant, hospital assistant or support service worker in general hospitals and residential care

Pathway to further study:

Ongoing studies within the health field, Frontline Management and Training

Course timetable:

For information on our course timetable click here

Application process:

Complete the on-line Student Application Form or submit your completed application to All Health Training in person or mail with the required supporting documentation and payment to ensure your place in the course.

Student Application Form