Becoming a Personal Care Assistant
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Becoming a Personal Care Assistant

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Provides routine personal care services to people in a range of health care facilities or in a person's home.
Training time 7 weeks - 6 years
Avg. weekly wage $636
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 17,600

How do I become a Personal Care Assistant in Victoria?

To work as a Personal Care Assistant in Victoria, you'll need:
  • A Certificate III in Individual Support
  • Recommended

  • Completion of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or equivalent
  • Food handling and hygiene certificate
  • Manual handling and safe lifting practices certificate
  • Senior First Aid / CPR Certificate
  • Drivers licence
  • Course in Personal Carer Training Using Non-Invasive Ventilation
  • Certificate IV in Dementia Practice

What does a Personal Care Assistant do?

  • Assists patients with their personal care needs such as showering, dressing and eating
  • Assists patients with their mobility and communication needs
  • Participates in planning the care of individuals
  • Follows therapy plans such as interventions to assist those with dementia and behavioural problems
  • Observes and reports changes in patients' condition, and reporting complaints about care
  • Assists with rehabilitation exercises, basic treatment and delivering medications