Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers provide assistance, support and direct care to patients in a variety of health, welfare and community settings.
A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Around half workers have Certificate III or higher Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.
- assisting patients with their personal care needs such as showering, dressing and eating
- assisting patients with their mobility and communication needs
- participating in planning the care of individuals
- following therapy plans such as interventions to assist those with dementia and behavioural problems
- observing and reporting changes in patients' condition, and reporting complaints about care
- assisting with rehabilitation exercises, basic treatment and delivering medications
- providing direct support and assistance to therapists
- Hospital Orderly, or Wardsperson
- Nursing Support Worker
- Personal Care Assistant
- Therapy Aide
Hospital Orderly, or Wardsperson (also called Patient Services Assistant)
Assists with the provision of care to patients in a hospital by ensuring wards are neat and tidy, lifting and turning patients and transporting them in wheelchairs or on movable beds, and providing direct care and support.
Nursing Support Worker (also called Assistant in Nursing)
Provides limited patient care under the direction of nursing staff.
Specialisations: Paramedical Aide
Personal Care Assistant
Provides routine personal care services to people in a range of health care facilities or in a person's home.
Therapy Aide (also called Therapist's Assistant)
Assists therapists in providing therapy programs and in the direct care of their patients in a variety of health, welfare and community settings. Registration or licensing may be required.
Specialisations: Diversional Therapist's Assistant, Occupational Therapist's Assistant, Physiotherapist's Assistant