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4233 Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers

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

4233 Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers

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