This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide therapeutic and program related support to allied health professionals. An allied health assistant is required to conduct therapeutic and program related activities under guidance of an allied health professional.
Supervision may be direct, indirect or remote and must occur within organisation requirements. The worker is required to identify client circumstances that need additional input from the allied health professional. The worker may be engaged to work in a specialty area or work generically across the organisation in delivery of allied health assistance services. The worker, in conjunction with the allied health professional, may have responsibility for supervising other allied health assistance workers.
Students who enrol* in Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance must successfully complete all of the units as listed in the Units of Study index as well as all placement requirements to be awarded this qualification.
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During the course, students complete 120 hours of clinical placement to practice their skills under the supervision of an Allied Health Professional in a health community health setting. Placement will help students to develop and consolidate skills and knowledge in a clinical environment. Placement also allows students to become familiar with employer expectations and broaden industry understanding.
100% attendance of placement is required.
A current First Aid certificate is required prior to placement. Students will also need a current Police Check, Working with Children Check and an updated immunisation record.
This placement will be offered at Upper Murray Health & Community Services (UMHCS) in Corryong, Victoria or with an alternative provider, depending on placement availability.
Students are required to successfully complete 9 elective units from the “Unit of Study” index on this page. Students wishing to undertake study in a particular specialisation can do so by selecting units from either Group A or Group C electives. Students wishing to complete this qualification with either offered specialisations are required to successfully complete all units listed for the group specialisation chosen.
The Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance consists of 16 units: 7 compulsory core units and 9 elective units.
Group A electives – Physiotherapy Specialisation
Group C electives – Occupational Therapy Specialisation
Communicate and work in health or community services
Work with diverse people
Manage legal and ethical compliance
Recognise healthy body systems
Confirm physical health status
Follow safe work practices for direct client care
Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
Deliver and monitor a client-specific physiotherapy program
Support the delivery and monitoring of physiotherapy programs for mobility
Assist with the development and maintenance of client functional status
Support the fitting of assistive devices
Work within a community rehabilitation environment
Assist with an allied health program
Assist with movement
Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
Conduct group sessions for individual client outcomes
Facilitate the empowerment of people with a disability
Provide first aid
Provide support to people living with dementia
Facilitate the empowerment of older people