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4233 Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers

ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
Reference period
2021

Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers provide assistance, support and direct care to patients in a variety of health, welfare and community settings.

​​​​​​​Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate II or III, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 2 or 3 qualification, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification. Note: some roles within this unit group are at ANZSCO Skill Level 3.

Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • assisting patients with their personal care needs such as showering, dressing and eating
  • assisting patients with their mobility and communication needs
  • participating in planning the care of individuals
  • following therapy plans such as interventions to assist those with dementia and behavioural problems
  • observing and reporting changes in patients' condition, and reporting complaints about care
  • assisting with rehabilitation exercises, basic treatment and delivering medications
  • providing direct support and assistance to therapists

Occupations:

  • 423311 Hospital Orderly
  • 423312 Nursing Support Worker
  • 423313 Personal Care Assistant
  • 423314 Therapy Aide

423311 Hospital Orderly

Alternative Titles:

  • Patient Services Assistant
  • Wardsperson

Assists with the provision of care to patients in a hospital by ensuring wards are neat and tidy, lifting and turning patients and transporting them in wheelchairs or on movable beds, and providing direct care and support.

Skill Level: 4

423312 Nursing Support Worker

Alternative Titles:

  • Assistant in Nursing
  • Nurses' Aide (NZ)

Provides limited patient care under the direction of nursing staff.

Skill Level: 4 Note: some roles within this occupation are at ANZSCO Skill Level 3.

Specialisation:

  • Paramedical Aide

423313 Personal Care Assistant

Provides routine personal care services to people in a range of health care facilities or in a person's home.

Skill Level: 4 Note: some roles within this occupation are at ANZSCO Skill Level 3.

Specialisation:

  • Health Care Assistant

423314 Therapy Aide

Alternative Title:

  • Therapist's Assistant

Assists therapists in providing therapy programs and in the direct care of their patients in a variety of health, welfare and community settings. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Diversional Therapist's Assistant
  • Occupational Therapist's Assistant
  • Physiotherapist's Assistant