Effective from July 2021
Approved by: Chief Executive Officer
At a Glance
This policy outlines the expectations of Five Good Friends and its workforce of the support of medications for Members.
This policy applies to all Five Good Friends workers (employees, Helpers, contractors).
To provide Five Good Friends workers with a clear approach to medication support services and enable the provision of high quality and safe medication support to our Members.
Note - This policy provides the basis for the transition from our previous to our new approach to medication support due for full implementation by end of December 2021.
- Medication – a drug or medicine that acts on or in the body to treat disease or illness. Medication can be taken by a variety of routes and is usually obtained from a pharmacy, and occasionally from other sources, e.g. paracetamol from a supermarket.
- Dose Administration Aid – a device or packaging system where oral doses of medication can be organised according to time of administration, e.g. a Webster pack.
- Administration – the process of giving a dose of medicine to a Member. This usually incorporates understanding the dose, what the medication is for and when to take it, potential side effects, and storage. Administration in the home care sector is undertaken by a registered health professional, e.g. registered nurse.
- Self-administration - when a Member administers their own medication. This usually incorporates the Member having an understanding of the dose, what the medication is for and when to take it, potential side effects, and storage.
- Medication support - when a non-registered health professional, e.g. Helper, assists a Member with self-administration by undertaking a specific task, e.g. remove medication from a dose administration aid or remove the lid from original packaging. With medication support, the Member / Authorised Representative is still responsible for medication management.
- Medication competency qualification - a nationally recognised qualification (CHCSS00070 – Assist Clients with Medication) endorsed by industry as appropriate for people who hold a community services or health qualification at Certificate III level or higher, or commensurate industry skills as evaluated through recognition of prior learning processes. It provides a set of skills for assisting Members with medications and must be applied strictly in accordance with legislation, regulations, government policy and industry guidelines.