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, you must have a basic competence in English.


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. Students can bring their own devices to class to access online content and research.


Additional requirements include:

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 2 weeks in a blended format (face-to-face & online).

The blended learning consists of:

  • 1.5 days of face-to-face training & role play session
  • Online learning and theory assessments
  • 2 weeks to practice under supervision
  • Final assessment in the workplace

 On average the expected self-directed learning for this program is 15-20 hrs per week.



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 facilities and in simulation.


How will I be assessed?

Assessments cover both theory and practice.

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), as well as online (theory).

NOTE: online theory assessments & Workplace Assessment Kit MUST be completed PRIOR to Final Workplace assessment.


Workplace Assessment Kit

You'll be given a Workplace Assessment Kit on your first day of training. You must use this docment to record the evidence that you have assisted your clients with medication as follows:

  • at least 5 different clients
  • with at least 5 different types of medications
  • using at least 3 different modes of administration

You must be observed & supervised by your workplace supervisor (must be Enrolled Nurse or Registered Nurse).

The final workplace assessment will be conducted by TLC Learning's Assessor (who will also be a RN/EN).


HLTHPS006 Course fee: $500. ($350 for TLC staff)

Non-refundable Enrolment Fee: $50 (Nil for TLC staff)


Express Interest


Please note:

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