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.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - provided assistance with medication: to at least 5 different clients according to their care plans; with at least 5 different types of medications; used at least 3 different modes of administration, and; - consistently adhered to procedures and regulatory requirements for assisting with medication. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - legislation, regulations, codes of practice and workplace policies; - roles and responsibilities of those involved in medication administration and limitations of own role in only providing assistance; - basic medication terminology; - forms of medication, and how they are handled, administered and stored; - characteristics of at least 10 commonly used medications in the area of work, including prescribed and over the counter medications, and; - documentation requirements for the administration of medication.

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