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Your first step to a caring career.
Many individuals require support services to help them live an independent and fulfilling life — including people with physical or intellectual disability, older people, and vulnerable members of the community.
This is highly rewarding work, but employers look for people who are job ready with basic skills and knowledge for entry level roles in one-on-one or group support settings, or for administrative role in a care facility. With the Provide Individual Support skill set, that will be you!
You'll learn about following a client's individual care or support plan to meet their personal support needs, how to comply with personal hygiene standards, maintain food safety, contribute to the cleanliness of food handling areas and dispose of food appropriately, prepare for and provide medication assistance and complete medication documentation, supporting a client to self-administer medication, safe work practices for the health and safety of yourself and your clients, and how to recognise potentially hazardous manual tasks and complete those tasks in a safe manner.
This course includes work placement or live works in a Group 1 or Group 2 industry as outlined in COVID-19 mandatory vaccination policy. For the latest information on vaccine requirements for students visit our COVID-19 update page.
RTO Entrance Requirements:
- Student Eligibility: Individuals aged 18 or over are eligible to undertake this training.
- Students must participate in a pre-enrolment induction with the lecturer (face to face or phone) prior to enrolment.
- Students who decide to enrol must complete the Client Profile and Learning Needs questionnaire. This is to determine the specific needs of the individual learners and to develop support strategies to assist them with their learning. This will be recorded on the Client Needs Summary Form as required.
- It is recommended that all students who decide to enrol complete an LLN assessment. This is to determine the specific LLN level and needs of the individual learners and to develop support strategies to assist them with their learning.
- Students are advised at Pre-enrolment of ‘Physical and Medical Fitness’ requirements as follows: Aged care and disability work can be emotionally and physically challenging and will be very hands on. You will require the level of medical and physical fitness needed to be on your feet for long periods of time, help transfer and position clients and where relevant undertake other physical fitness activities e.g. cleaning, moving equipment, transporting clients in wheelchairs, helping clients in and out of vehicles etc.
- Students are advised that lecturers must have access to their workplace so they can train and/or conduct observations in the workplace.
- Students are advised that a workplace supervisor (Third party person) will be required to verify that the student has performed the tasks as recorded in the workplace assessments and performed them to the industry standard.
Licensing and Legislation Requirements
Industry requires workers to hold a current National Police Certificate (or equivalent). This must be obtained prior to commencing work placement (within 3 months). Organisations may also require a current Working with Children Check and Immunisation Declaration.
Aged Care industry Covid-19 requirements:
All visitors and residential aged care staff (including visiting workers) will not be permitted to enter residential aged care facilities after 1st May 2020 if they have not been vaccinated against influenza.
COVID-19 Vaccination requirements:
From 17 September 2021, COVID-19 vaccination will be mandatory for all residential aged care workers. Residential aged care workers will be required to have received a minimum first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by this time. It will be a condition of working in a residential aged care facility through shared state, territory and Commonwealth authorities and compliance measures. This is based on advice from the medical experts, the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and was agreed by the National Cabinet on 28 June 2021.
Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice apply.
For the latest information on vaccine requirements for students visit our COVID-19 updates page.
Students are advised to achieve this skill set, they must have an opportunity to provide direct support work within their rostered working hours, or by negotiation with their supervisor, in at least one aged care, home and community, disability or community service organisation. Lecturers will be required to access a student's workplace in order to conduct observation assessments of the student's work skills.
Students must be made aware that a workplace supervisor (third party person) will be required to verify the student has performed tasks as recorded in the workplace projects and performed them to industry standard.
A Workplace Facilities and Equipment Checklist is to be completed to ensure the workplace can provide the requirements of this qualification.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Certificate of Attainment.
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