Ensuring Safe Medication Administration


Focusing on the importance of safe medication administration and ensuring that organisation policy and procedures are adhered to, this training explores ways to achieve the quality use of medicines with residential aged care. It reviews the role and responsibility of the personal care worker in relation to medicine administration and focuses on the skills required to ensure safe and efficient practices that meets the individual needs of residents. Issues that can arise during the medicine round are explored in the training and strategies to manage contingencies, reporting requirements and ongoing resident care discussed with participants.

Key topics include:
– Delegation of medication responsibilities and the care worker’s duty of care
– Regulatory and legal requirements pertaining to medication administration.
– Medication administration principles including implementing the Rights when checking medicines.
– Appropriate management practices of related medication issues and contingency situations.
– Documentation and reporting practices related to medications and in accordance with the responsibilities of the Personal Care Worker.
– The correct administration practices for different medicine forms.


Competency Assessment:
Included in this training is a range of competency assessment activities to assess both currency of skill and knowledge of the medicines as well as associated administration practices.
This includes:
– Completion of a written learning review workbook.
– Practical competency assessment of medicine administration, including from a DAA and for different medicine forms.
– Completion of case studies that require management of different medicine issues.