Foundation Medication Administration


This education is designed to develop the skills and medication understanding of Care Workers (PCAs / AINs) working within residential aged care to ensure the appropriate and safe use of medications in accordance with legislative and regulatory requirements and organisation policy and procedures. The training will provide both the foundation knowledge and skills to personal care staff in relation to all areas of medicine administration for different medicine forms within their scope of practice and how to deal with a range of contingencies that may arise. This education would be delivered in accordance with the performance requirements of the care worker as reflected in relevant national and state legislation and regulations, including education curriculum, and organisation policy and procedures.
The course is best suited to:
A. support the needs of the Care worker (AIN / PCA) who is new to the area of medicine administration and requires development of the skills and knowledge to ensure safe and efficient medication practices or
B. the care worker who requires updating of their medicine administration practices aligned to current best practice and legislative and regulatory requirements, including organisation policy and procedures.
The training comprises of two workshop days, supervised workplace practice and competency assessment of both the knowledge and skills of the care worker. In order to be deemed competent to administer medication, participants will be required to participate in the theoretical components of ALL workshops and the assessment activities.

Key topics include:
– Medication management and the role and delegation of the Care Worker (PCAs / AINs)
– Duty of care, responsibility and accountability of the Care Worker (PCAs / AINs) in relation to medicines.
– Preparation requirements prior to medication administration.
– Implementing of Rights when check medicines prior to administration.
– Understanding of medication charts and prescribed orders including interpreting of related abbreviations.
– Storage and security of medications including different schedules and forms.
– Completion of medicine administration and correct recording and reporting of achieved outcomes s.
– Person centered medication administration that respects individual preferences and differences.
– Medication administration practices for different medicine routes, forms and purposes.
– Commonly used medicines and their purposes.
– Different resident needs and support requirements including those with cognitive impairment; swallowing difficulties; and individuals who self-administer.
– Areas of risk associated with medication administration and ways to ensure safe practices, including infection control and workplace health and safety initiatives.
– Ways to observe medicine effects and outcomes and associated reporting and recording obligations.
Competency Assessment Inclusions:
– Practical medication competency assessment for different medication routes and forms.
– Completion of a range of written medication assessment tasks including short written questions, multiple choice and true and false questions.
– Verbal questioning
– Completion of related medicine scenarios and case studies.
– Group learning activities and team exercises.