Gain further skills to broaden your employment scope in the field of pathology collection
If you are currently employed as a pathology worker in a collection centre, hospital or other health care environment where drugs of abuse testing takes place, successful completion of this skill set will give you the unit of competency, HLTPAT005 Collect specimens of drug of abuse testing.
This unit is required to conduct National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited drug testing.
This skill set will only run with sufficient enrolments.
You'll learn how to
• collect breath alcohol specimen for screening and testing of alcohol
• collect oral fluid (saliva) specimen collection of the screening of drugs.
• collect urine specimen for the screening of drugs
• prepare and despatch oral and urine specimens to an authorised laboratory for further screening or analysis
to the standard required for drug testing according to Australian and NZ standards and industry code of practice.
I have the following attributes:
- attention to detail
- ability to work under pressure
You must be employed in a pathology collection setting for at least 18 hours per week and provide a letter of support from your employer to enrol in this skill set.
This one day workshop will take place on campus, face to face in the classroom and simulated laboratory. In addition, you'll need to complete 18 hours of supervised practice in your current workplace within a 3 week period to demonstrate competency in preparing and collecting specimens for drugs of abuse testing.
Overview of full day workshop
|8:00am - 8:15am||Welcome|
9:15am - 10:15am
Introduction to Drugs of Abuse
|10:15am - 10:30am||Morning tea (not provided)|
|10:30am - 12:15pm||Theory assessment|
|12:15pm - 1:15pm||Lunch break (not provided)|
|1:15pm - 2:30pm||Practical simulation
Prepare collection environment and client
Equipment used for urine, oral fluid or breath specimens
Post collection procedures
|2:30pm - 2:45pm||Afternoon tea (not provided)|
|2:45pm - 4:00pm||Practical assessment|
|4:00pm - 4:30pm||Reflection and Q&A|
Study options and next steps
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Continuous enrolment, 2022
Joondalup (McLarty Avenue) - Combined (Online and On Campus)
|When||Continuous enrolment, 2022|
|Where||Joondalup (McLarty Avenue)|
The fees quoted are estimates only and are for the entire course for students enrolling on a full-time basis in 2022. Please view the full list of Fee disclaimers.
Please note fees listed include all units required to gain this qualification. If you're a continuing student and have successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you'll only pay for the units that you need to enrol in, to complete this course.
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