Qualification Outline

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.

Placement Requirements

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% of 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. (Any costs associated with these documents are at the students’ expense.)

This placement will be offered at a providers facility, depending on placement availability.

Enrolment period for this qualification is 2 years.

Note: that the student tuition fees as published may be subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Selecting Elective Units

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.

Units of Study

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

Core Units
  • CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
  • HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
  • HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
  • HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
  • BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
Group A Electives
  • HLTAHA003 Deliver and monitor a client-specific physiotherapy program
  • HLTAHA005 Support the delivery and monitoring of physiotherapy programs for mobility
Group C Electives
  • HLTAHA010 Assist with the development and maintenance of client functional status
  • HLTAHA016 Support the fitting of assistive devices
Other Electives
  • HLTAHA024 Work within a community rehabilitation environment
  • HLTAHA001 Assist with an allied health program
  • CHCCCS002 Assist with movement
  • HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • HLTAHA011 Conduct group sessions for individual client outcomes
  • CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with a disability
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia
  • CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people