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Course Type:
Accredited Course; Free TAFE; JobTrainer
Study Mode:
On Campus
6 months
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Course Overview

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. This course provides an excellent foundation for work in support roles in the health industry. You’ll learn to work with patients under supervision of professional health staff.
You’ll learn to perform a range of tasks and duties, and gain knowledge of:

  • transporting patients
  • preparing and maintaining beds
  • following basic food safety practice
  • infection control and prevention
  • recognising healthy body systems
  • basic medical terminology
  • workplace health and safety

This course includes both practical and theory based work to help you further develop your skills

ATTENTION: As much as we’d love to offer more, we can only offer one Free TAFE course per person. If you’ve already enrolled and commenced, or enrolled but didn’t complete a Free TAFE course at any Victorian TAFE in the past you will NOT be eligible for another and will need to pay tuition and materials fees when you enrol. Reach out to us if you think this is you.


Monday and Tuesday 9:00am-3:00pm

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance.

Career Opportunities

  • Patient Services Assistant
  • Environmental Services Assistant
  • Food Services Assistant

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

18 years of age with clear working with children's check and police check


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Computer, printer and internet connection


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with Fees

Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



Not Applicable

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Course Modules

Course units
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
CHCCCS012 Prepare and maintain beds
HLTFSE001 Follow basic food safety practices
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
BSBFLM312 Contribute To Team Effectiveness
CHCCCS010 Maintain a high standard of service
CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
CHCCCS002 Assist with movement
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services


Written assessments, practical experiences, practical assessments, problem solving activities, group projects