TAFE South Australia (TAFE SA)

Certificate III in Health Services Assistance - HLT33115

TAFE South Australia (TAFE SA)

Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree

This qualification reflects the role of a variety of workers who use a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge to provide assistance to health professional staff for the care of clients. Health services assistance involves the worker in direct client contact under supervision. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


7 core and 8 elective units.


  • Promote innovation in a team environment
  • Apply and monitor food safety requirements
  • Contribute to client flow and client information management in medical imaging
  • Facilitate the empowerment of older people
  • Communicate and work in health or community services
  • Assist with movement
  • Participate in workplace health and safety
  • Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
  • Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Assist with preparation of clients for operative procedures
  • Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
  • Recognise healthy body systems
  • Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • Work with diverse people
  • Handle medical gases safely
  • Provide ward or unit based food preparation and distribution services
  • Facilitate responsible behaviour
  • Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • Contribute to team effectiveness
  • Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
  • Handle and move equipment, goods, mail and furniture
  • Provide intra-operative equipment and technical support
  • Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
  • Provide basic emergency life support
  • Engage with health professionals and the health system
  • Provide individualised support
  • Transport non-emergency clients under operational conditions
  • Follow basic food safety practices
  • Work with people with mental health issues
  • Organise and monitor cleaning operations
  • Work with forced migrants
  • Carry out cafeteria operations
  • Transport individuals
  • Handle waste in a health care environment
  • Transport food
  • Distribute meals and refreshments to clients
  • Apply cook-freeze processes
  • Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness
  • Handle and care for operating theatre equipment
  • Prepare foods suitable for a range of food service settings
  • Oversee the day-to-day implementation of food safety in the workplace
  • Organise personal work priorities and development
  • Assist with nursing care in an acute care environment
  • Work with clients who are intoxicated
  • Prepare and maintain beds
  • Maintain a high standard of service
  • Provide or assist with oral hygiene
  • Perform kitchenware washing
  • Provide first aid
  • Support the medical imaging professional
  • Conduct food safety audits
  • Provide support to people living with dementia
  • Develop food safety programs
  • Clean and disinfect reusable medical devices
  • Provide non-client contact support in an acute care environment

Further information

Students wishing to access WorkReady funding will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills as part of course counselling before enrolling.

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