Hi yes we do have assistants in nursing in australia; I do not know about all states, but in queensland they are primarly found in the aged care sector, espically nursing homes. You will find that on the floor of a nursing home you will find 1 RN with maybe 5 AINS (day shift) 3-4 (afternoon shifts) and 1-2 (nights). They bath, dress, shave, and feed the resident's. Ain's also toliet the residents, make beds, do ROM exercises. Depending on there qualifications and whether they work in Community, low care, dementia, hostel or highcare, some ains may be able to give out medications, do basic ob's, and basic wound dressing. Ain's report to either EN's, RN's or care managers. Some AIN's are training to become EN's or RN's, whilst for other's it is all they do.
Once again I do not know about other states, but in QLD we have some AIN's in our Acute hospitals. They do mainly showering, feeding and making of bed's, or escorting patient's to xray's or other area's of the hospital. It is hard to get an ain job in the acute sector.
In australia we also have what are known as Enrolled Nurses (QLD) or Registered Nurses' Division 2 (vic). Enrolled Nurses study for 18months and graduate with a diploma of nursing. EN's work under the direct supervision of an RN. They do all basics like bathing, ob's, feeding, and admitting patients. EN's are also able to do dressings, wound care, medications, injections, veinapuncture, basically most of what an RN does. However, they are not allowed to make decisions by themselves, they must refer to their superviing RN. They have their own patient load. They can work in many area's such as mental health, acute care, aged care and pead's to name a few. They do documenation and assist with care plans. However the majority of paper work is for the RN's. Some EN's stay as EN's, while many go on to do their bachelor of Nursing and become RN's. EN's are given credits, with recognised prior learning and start their bachelor in the 2nd year of the degree.
hope that helps.