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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.

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.

Elements and Performance Criteria

1.1 Establish scope of own ability to provide assistance with medication according to organisation guidelines and jurisdictional regulatory requirements

1.2 Identify lines of authority to delegate the task, accountability and actions to be taken to handle contingencies

1.3 Confirm that equipment and all forms of medication to be administered are complete, ready for distribution and up to date

1.4 Confirm with supervisor the authority to proceed with assisting in the processes used in delivery of medication to clients

1.5 Follow infection prevention and control procedures

2.1 Clarify specific assistance required to address personal needs of each client
2.2 Identify level and type of supervision required by client for assistance with medications within organisation policies and work role responsibilities

2.3 Correctly identify and greet each client, explain administration procedures and prepare them for medication

2.4 Check individual client medications according to organisation procedures

2.5 Prior assisting client with their medication, check for presence of any client physical or behavioural changes and report to supervisor or health professional

2.6 Recognise circumstances in which medication administration should not proceed and seek advice of supervisor or health professional

3.1 Prompt client to take medication at correct time
3.2 Prepare medications and support clients with administration of medication according to legislation, organisation policies, medication requirements and individual care plans

3.3 Make checks to ensure the right medication is given at the right time, to the right person, in the right amount, via the right route

3.4 Oversee and observe clients when taking medication and confirm with them their ingestion or completion

3.5 Implement documented procedures for medication not being administered or absorbed

3.6 Complete medication administration records according to organisation procedures and regulatory requirements

3.7 Observe client for changes in condition and report to supervisor or health professional as required by organisation procedures

4.1 Report any concerns with the administration of medication to supervisor and/or health professional according to organisation procedures and protocols
4.2 Identify, report, record and address individual’s reactions to medication according to organisation guidelines and health professional’s instructions

4.3 Clearly identify contaminated or out of date medication and implement organisation’s procedures for safe and appropriate disposal

4.4 Identify, report and record changes in individual’s condition, within essential timeframes where relevant, according to organisation guidelines

4.5 Identify procedures to address/respond to changes in the client’s condition or needs according to the organisation’s guidelines

4.6 Promptly report any inconsistencies observed with the medication or client to the supervisor or health professional and take action according to their direction

4.7 Document and address all inconsistencies according to organisation guidelines and procedures

5.1 Discard waste products according to organisation procedures and manufacturer’s instructions
5.2 Collect used equipment, discarded medications/applicators and rubbish and place in appropriate/designated receptacle according to instructions

5.3 Clean and store unused and used medication containers and administration aids in accordance with infection control guidelines

5.4 Follow the organisation’s arrangements and procedures to replenish dose administration aids and supplies of medications

5.5 Store medication charts, care plans or treatment sheets according to organisation procedures

5.6 Complete medication storage procedures in compliance with legislation and own role responsibility


Foundation Skills

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Course Duration 80 Hours including clinical placement

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