The course is nationally recognised training with Rural Medical Education Australia (RTO code 45542) delivering HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance and will give you the practical skills and knowledge to work as part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team.
What is a Health (Patient) Service Assistant?
This course provides you with the qualifications to work as a Health (Patient) Services Assistant (HSA or PSA) in an acute care or aged care setting. Typical roles undertaken by an HSA/PSA include working as an assistant in nursing (or nurse aide), orderly, operating theatre technician, ward assistant or personal carer. Wages vary between employers from $25-35 per hour.
Who should apply for this course?
You will learn:
A work based practical placement will support you to practice your skills in a workplace setting
|Expected Duration||12 months|
|Total Course Cost||$4,500 via payment plan|
|Course Content||Delivered via online learning, webinars and face-to-face practical sessions|
|CHCCOM005||Communicate and work in health or community services|
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people|
|HLTAAP001||Recognise health body systems|
|HLTINF001||Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures|
|HLTWHS001||Participate in workplace health and safety|
|BSBWOR301||Organise personal work priorities and development|
|BSBMED301||Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately|
|HLTAID001||Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation|
|CHCDIV002||Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety|
|CHCCCS002||Assist with movement|
|CHCCCS020||Respond effectively to behaviours of concern|
|HLTAIN001||Assist with nursing care in an acute care environment|
|HLTAIN002||Provide non-client contact support in an acute care environment|
|CHCAGE0054||Provide support to people living with dementia|
You are required to complete 80 hours of compulsory practical placement in a workplace where health services are delivered by HSAs. During your placement, you will work under the supervision of a registered nurse and overseen by an enrolled nurse.
Through RMEA’s strong partnerships with the healthcare industry, you will have access to a range of placement opportunities, including private hospitals and Residential Aged Care Facilities.
Although RMEA will attempt to find a placement that fits with your work and family commitments, you may be required to manage your schedule in order to commit to the placement requirements. Travel may be required.
Unless otherwise organised, placements will be offered in a full-time block of 40 hours per week for two consecutive weeks after completion of your study.
If you are currently employed in the healthcare sector, please discuss with the RMEA team the possibility of completing your placement at your current workplace.
Australian citizenship or permanent residency
It is a requirement that students are an Australian citizen or possess permanent residency status in Australia.
Knowledge and skill requirements
It is recommended that students:
Technology skills and equipment
All students will require the following technological equipment to complete the online training:
The Working with Children Check (Blue Card Application)
A Blue Card must be provided by all students on enrolment. If you do not have a current Blue Card, go to http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au
National Police Certificate
A National Police Certificate must be provided by all students on enrolment. Go to the Queensland Police website to download an application form.
Please contact RMEA if you have a notification or criminal history that appears on your certificate as this may affect your eligibility to complete the industry placement.
It is an RMEA requirement that all health students are immunised or vaccinated against Hepatitis B, Varicella (Chicken Pox), Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Seasonal Influenza, and COVID-19.
Your immunisation and vaccination history will need to be certified by a general practitioner (GP).
RMEA will provide you with a certification document for your GP to complete.
To participate in the course, you are required to commit to the following:
- Attend all practical sessions
- Complete all online content and assessment within the required timeframes
- Complete all required practical tasks provided, including:
- Standing, bending and kneeling on the floor
- Lifting light items
- Working in a healthcare environment with patients who may have illness and injury
- Complete the 80-hour practical placement.
RMEA specialises in providing trainers and assessors with current professional experience delivering health services to patients in rural healthcare services, such as hospitals, community, disability and private practice environments. In addition to their professional industry qualifications, all trainers and assessors possess further qualifications in training and/or assessment.