Our Certificate III in Health Services Assistance is the foundation for your career in the health industry. With this nationally recognised qualification, you'll gain the skills and knowledge to work in hospitals and healthcare settings around Australia.
In 2019 this course is offered as a stand alone qualification or with a Literacy Support option.
Establish your career with an industry preferred qualification
The Certificate III in Health Services Assistance will give you excellent industry recognised experience to work confidently and effectively with people in a range of roles in hospital settings. These include food preparation and delivery, cleaning, patient transport and hospital ward support.
Please Note: This course does not qualify you to be a nursing assistant.
Get the most from quality teaching and facilities
Your learning experience at Melbourne Polytechnic will set you up to work with a fully supervised health sector placement.
Our Health Services Assistance students are taught by enthusiastic, supportive and qualified staff in a fully equipped practical room.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.
DepartmentHealth and Community
Class Schedule: *
Tue - 9:00am - 3:00pm
Thu - 9:00am - 3:00pm
Fri - 9:00am - 3:00pm
With Literacy Support:
Mon - 9:00am - 2:30pm
Tue - 9:00am – 3:00pm
Wed - 9:00am - 2:30pm
Thu - 9:00am – 3:00pm
Fri - 9:00am - 3:00pm
Selected classes held at Greensborough campus
*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor
Modes of Delivery
Workplace, Face-to-face, Classroom
Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250
Assessment MethodsProgress and performance will be evaluated by competencies demonstrated in the workplace and the classroom. A record of competency will be provided to the student on course completion.
MaterialsAll materials are supplied by the department.
- Current and clear Police Check and Working with Children Check is required for placements
- Attend an information session/s to assess your language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills and suitability for the course
- Selection criteria includes good communications skills, enthusiasm for study
Pathways to further studyGraduates may find opportunities to further professional development in more specialist fields
Career PathwaysGraduates of the course may find work in hospitals or with agencies that supply support staff to healthcare facilities
Units Of Study
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
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|BSBMED301||INTERPRET AND APPLY MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY APPROPRIATELY||60|
|BSBWOR301||ORGANISE PERSONAL WORK PRIORITIES AND DEVELOPMENT||30|
|CHCCCS009||FACILITATE RESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOUR||40|
|CHCCOM005||COMMUNICATE AND WORK IN HEALTH OR COMMUNITY SERVICES||30|
|CHCDIV001||WORK WITH DIVERSE PEOPLE||40|
|CHCMHS001||WORK WITH PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES||80|
|HLTAAP001||RECOGNISE HEALTHY BODY SYSTEMS||70|
|HLTFSE001||FOLLOW BASIC FOOD SAFETY PRACTICES||30|
|HLTFSE006||PREPARE FOODS SUITABLE FOR A RANGE OF CLIENT GROUPS||40|
|HLTHSS003||PERFORM GENERAL CLEANING TASKS IN A CLINICAL SETTING||20|
|HLTINF001||COMPLY WITH INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES||25|
|HLTWHS001||PARTICIPATE IN WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY||20|
|HLTWHS005||CONDUCT MANUAL TASKS SAFELY||30|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
This qualification aligns with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 3.