41 Health and Welfare Support Workers
Health and Welfare Support Workers assist Health Professionals in the provision of patient care in hospitals, nursing homes and other health and community-based care facilities, and provide support, information and advice to clients on a range of social welfare matters.
Indicative Skill Level:
Most occupations in this sub-major group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.
- AQF Bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1); or
- AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least three years of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)
In New Zealand:
- NZQF Bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1); or
- NZQF Diploma, or at least three years of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)
In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.
- attending accidents and providing pre-hospital care and transport
- examining and treating ailments of the teeth and gums, and constructing and repairing dental devices
- planning and implementing leisure activity programs for individuals in health care and in the community to assist in their social development and promote a sense of wellbeing
- assessing, planning and implementing nursing care for patients according to accepted nursing practice and standards
- providing advice, training and support to parents of newborn infants
- acting as an advocate, interpreter and educator to assist in the provision and coordination of health care delivery to Indigenous communities
- utilising a range of techniques such as soft tissue massage to assist healing, prevent injury and promote relaxation
- advising clients on emotional, financial, recreational, health, housing and other social welfare matters