Medication Awareness for PCA's

Course Information

Course Description:
This course is designed for Personal Care Workers to increase their understanding of the medication delivery systems operating in the Aged Care Sector.

Course Objectives:
To provide the participant with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills:

  • for the storage and handling of medications within the legal framework and current    guidelines
  • to assist clients to self-administer their medication
  • to administer prescribed medications and to monitor their effectiveness within the context     of relevant legislation and established guidelines
  • to document whether clients take their medications
  • Entry Requirements:
    The following entry requirements apply to this course:-
    You must be currently working in the aged care industry
    Hold a Cert III in Aged Care Work or the equivalent (PCA Certificate)

    Study Mode:
    This is a part-time course, consisting of 2 hours per week over 5 weeks.
    This will be held every Wednesday evening from 5 –7pm

    Next Course Commences:
    Wednesday 8th March 2006

    Education Centre
    Kingston Centre
    Warrigal Road
    Melways Map 78 D 11

    Application Procedure:
    Fill out appliation below and either email or print and send to
    HealthTrain Education Services.
    PO Box 508, CHELSEA. 3196

    Subject Information:
    What are drugs and how do they effect the elderly?
    Who is responsible for the administration of drugs and what are their responsibilities?
    Legal responsibilities and safe administration of Medication using your facility’s policies and procedures
    Policy and procedure of the facility.
    Brief discussion about;
    Common problems with Heart and Respiratory drugs and how they affect residents.
    Common problems with GIT and Nervous System drugs and how they affect residents.
    What is infection and how do we treat it, including the problems associated with antibiotics
    Practice in using a Blister System of medication delivery.
    How do we detect pain, how do we communicate this to other staff.
    What are analgesics and how do we monitor them.
    What drugs cause or contribute to incontinence and how do we recognise these.
    Competency assessment on the use of the Webster System
    Adverse effects and what to look for in the elderly resident when the elderly are taking drugs.
    How to report these findings to the supervisor /Div I nurse
    Complete the worksheets
    Complete the Competency CHCCS303A Provide physical assistance with medication

    Cost: Course fees & materials $190 + $19 (10% GST) = $209

    HealthTrain Education Services objective are to provide:
    Training in the knowledge, attitudes and skills required for effective delivery of Aged Care work.
    Quality cost effective training in your own town/city. Regular updates on the changes in Aged Care services.
    Repeat programs to new members of the Aged Care services.
    Practical relevant education to the workplace

    Well supported individualized education to each student.

    Please complete form and either email it or print and post back to us at the address below. Cheque or Money order will need to be forwarded via post

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    Please register person’s for Medication Awareness Course for PCA's
    ($190 plus 10% GST @ $19 = $209 per person)

    Healthtrain Education Services Pty Ltd
    ABN: 30 063 277 921 - Tax Invoice and receipts always issued with registration.
    P.O. Box 508 Chelsea 3196

    Phone (03) 9772 7562

    Melways Map 78 D 11 (See map below)