Medications are the most common treatment used in health care and contribute to significant improvements in health when used appropriately. However, medication use can also be associated with harm and the common use of medications means they are associated with more errors and adverse events than any other aspect of health care. While rates of serious harm are low, errors do affect health outcomes for people and healthcare costs. The prevalence of medication errors is of particular concern because the majority of these errors are preventable. This e-learning tool will help you understand your role in medication administration and how you can prevent errors from occurring in your workplace.
Safe administration of medication is everybody’s responsibility.
This e-learning course is intended for staff in the community who administer medication to children. This includes but is not limited to staff who work in the following areas: Department for Education sites, childcare centres, respite services, agency staff, OSHC staff, vacation care program staff, family day care educators, Access Assistant Program Health Support Officers. The term 'Health Support Worker' will be used as a generic name throughout this course to refer to a variety of job titles (including but not limited to: SSO, HSO, ECW, Care Worker, Disability Support Worker). This course will provide HSWs with the prerequisite knowledge required to safely administer medication to children in the community.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
The course will take approximately 90 minutes to complete.
On successful completion of the assessments you can download a certificate of completion.
This course adheres to South Australian (SA Health) guidelines and Australian National Standards.
The principles described in the course can however be applied to any health care setting.
If you practice outside South Australia it is your responsibility to refer to the specific requirements of your local health authority.
This course aligns with the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards, Second Edition – Standard 4.
Procedure – Health support planning: Medication management in education and care – Government of South Australia, Department of Education
Disability and Complex Care – Women's and Children's Hospital
Access Assistant Program (AAP) – South Australia, Department for Education
Spell it out – Standardised terminology, abbreviations and symbols to be used when communicating about medicines – SA Health
Information about Medicine administration standards – NPS MedicineWise
Medication management – South Australia, Department or Education
Guiding Principles about Medication Management in the Community – Australian Government, Department of Health
National Medicines Policy Document – Australian Government, Department of Health
Information for consumers and carers – NPS MedicineWise
Pharmacy – Women's and Children's Hospital
Clinical procedure: Medicines Management – Medicine Administration – Women’s and Children’s Health Network
Teaching children how to swallow tablets and capsules – Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne