About this course
Gain industry knowledge and the skills necessary to launch your career in the health services sector with this Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (HLT33115) TAFE course.
Covering workplace practices and processes in a healthcare setting, the course will familiarise you with medical terminology, infection prevention and control policies and protocols and procedures for handling food, equipment, medication and patients in a health setting.
Delivered by The Gordon in partnership with Barwon Health, classes are conducted at the Barwon Health training rooms in Geelong, including three week-long work placements.
Assessment will take the form of:
- Hands-on projects
- Workplace tasks
- Written assignments
- Industry placement
From weeks 13 to 20, you will be required to complete three week-long placements, alternating with one week off for study in between. Each placement block is held over five days and covers a variety of hospital shifts.
You are required to have a current Police Check and Working with Children Check, dated in the year of the course, prior to work placement. These are to be obtained at your own expense.
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To be eligible for this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
- Have an appropriate level of language, literacy and numeracy skills (evaluated prior to course intake)
- Attend a compulsory information session and interview
- Demonstrate a genuine interest in the course
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be available for skills and knowledge obtained through previous study or other relevant experience.
In this health services course, the units of competency you may study include:
- CHCCOM005 - Communicate and work in health or community services
- HLTINF001 - Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
- BSBMED301 - Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
- BSBWOR301 - Organise personal work priorities and development
- HLTWHS001 - Participate in workplace health and safety
- HLTAAP001_16 - Recognise healthy body systems
- CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
- CHCCCS002 - Assist with movement
- HLTMT307B - Clean location to achieve low bacteria status
- BSBFLM312 - Contribute to team effectiveness
- HLTFS207C - Follow basic food safety practices
- HLTMS207D - Handle medical gases safely
- CHCCCS010 - Maintain a high standard of service
- CHCCCS012 - Prepare and maintain beds
- HLTFS204D - Provide ward or unit based food preparation and distribution services
- HLTAAP001 - Recognise healthy body systems
- CHCCCS020 - Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
- CHCCCS026 - Transport individuals
Why The Gordon?
The Gordon is an award-winning TAFE that has been providing high-quality education and training for over 125 years. As one of the largest regional TAFEs in Victoria, it services more than 19,000 students each year. Thanks to three purpose-built campuses – in Geelong City, East Geelong, and in Werribee – students are provided with a hands-on learning experience in settings modelled on real-world industry environments. The Gordon also boasts one of the most comprehensive and diverse course ranges in all of Western Victoria, with over 230 accredited qualifications to choose from. Students receive the added benefit of access to The Gordon’s pathway program, which provides articulation and credit transfer opportunities at Deakin University.
East Geelong – 2 Fenwick St, Geelong VIC 3220
Geelong City – Boundary Rd, East Geelong VIC 3219
Werribee Learning Centre – 9 Bridge St, Werribee VIC 3030
The Gordon offers its students access to an array of support services, including academic resources and on-site facilities to help make your time on campus happy, healthy and supportive.
The Gordon Library and study support team is on hand to provide personalised assistance with everything from essay writing to note-taking, and also includes an English as an Additional Language (EAL) program for non-native English speakers. Tailored services are also available via the Aboriginal Education Unit and Disability Support Services offices. Career guidance can be sought from the Careers team at any time, and for anyone struggling with personal hardship, a free and confidential counselling service is available at both the Geelong City campus and East campus.