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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 0.5 - 2 years
Avg. weekly wage $1,112
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 14,500

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


    • 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

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