HLTHPS006 Assist clients with medication

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and provide medication assistance, and complete medication documentation. It also involves supporting a client to self-administer medication.

This unit applies to community services and health workers with authority in their state or territory to assist with the administration of medication.

Ongoing requirements to demonstrate competency in drug calculations may apply, and users should refer to relevant state/territory regulatory requirements.

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/ Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.


HLTHPS006 Assist clients with medication is a nationally accredited unit providing you with the skills and knowledge to assist with the administration of medication as a personal care worker in a community, or residential aged care setting, under the supervision and delegation of a registered nurse.


Through eLearning, simulation and practical work placement you will learn to:

  • prepare to assist with medication
  • prepare the client for assistance with administration of medication
  • support clients with administration of medication
  • handle medication contingencies
  • complete medication distribution and documentation


Entry requirements:

Academic Requirements:

There are no pre-requisites for this unit, however prior knowledge of body systems and processes are advisable to integrate the concepts of medication absorption, distribution and processing within the human body.

Admission Requirements:

There are no barriers to entry based on age (other than post school students over 18), gender, social or educational background. 

 IT Requirements:

This course requires a basic understanding and use of computers and the internet. Support will be provided as required to develop the students’ skills. Students will need access to internet and computers when they are off-site. Students will be required to bring their own devices to class to access online content and research.

Work Placements

Work placement is a mandatory component of this course and skills workshops attendance is mandatory. Students must complete all theory and simulation components satisfactorily prior to attending placements.

Placements will be across any of the days of the week and will include shift work. Morning shifts commence around 7am- 3pm and evening shifts from 2:30 pm that finish around 10:30pm. Each shift can be 8.5 hrs long and includes a meal break. Placements occur at facilities catering for both sexes and students will be required to assist in the care of both sexes.

As placements are at TLC Aged Care sites that may be located throughout metropolitan and regional Victoria, students must consider that they may be required to travel or relocate for the duration of the placement. Students will be required to attend as scheduled and no special arrangements or changes will be made to the allocated placements. The facility may cancel the placement without prior notice and in these cases; TLC Learning will make all attempts to locate re-placement close to the original provider and work in conjunction with student for a suitable solution.

Additional requirements for work placement are:

A satisfactory National Police Check (NPC) and where a student has resided in another country from the age of 16, as a permanent resident or citizen, they will be required to provide a Statutory Declaration

Immunization certificate – not all facilities have this as a mandatory requirement but students should be prepared to attain this immediately, if required.


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The course is delivered over 4 weeks in a blended (online and simulation workshop) or face to face (classroom/workplace) based format.


Blended learning

The blended learning consists of:

  • online learning & theory assessment
  • 1 mandatory simulation session (7.6hrs)
  • 40 hrs of work-placement in a TLC Aged Care facility to complete medication related activities
  • a final assessment in the workplace by a TLC Educator/Assessor.

[You may not be allowed to participate in final workplace assessment if online component is not completed in full]



Face to face learning

The face to face learning consists of:

  • 2 days classroom based theory (15.2hrs)
  • 1 mandatory simulation session (7.6 hrs)
  • 40hrs of work-placement in a TLC Aged Care facility
  • a final assessment in the workplace by a TLC Educator/Assessor.


On average the expected self-directed learning for this program is 20 hrs per week.

Your training and assessment will be conducted by a Registered Nurse. Your work-placement will take place under the supervision of a medication endorsed Enrolled Nurse or Registered Nurse at a TLC Aged Care facility.

TLC Learning will arrange your work placement in one of the TLC Aged Care facility.

In order to achieve competency, you will be required to undertake and complete a range assessment tasks.  You must achieve a satisfactory result for each assessment task in order to achieve competency for a unit. Assessment of practical competency will take place in one of our TLC Aged Care training centres and in simulation.


How will I be assessed?

The course focuses on practical skills and knowledge.  Assessment is about showing you have the knowledge and can apply it, and that you can competently do the tasks required by the workplace.

Assessment is done off-the-job (classroom) and on-the-job (practical placement/workplace), as well as online.  It covers both theory (e.g. written assignments) and practice.


HLTHPS006 Course fee: $500.

Non-refundable Enrolment Fee: $50


Express Interest


Please note:

TLC Learning will not issue a statement of attainment or qualification unless all the required course requirements, assessments and placements have been successfully completed and the fees paid in full.