It is highly recommended that students are aged 18 or older by the course commencement date or applicants should have language, literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to Year 10.
Be prepared to participate in the required 120 hours of vocational placement and hold the necessary mandatory documentation (see Placement below).
Be able to attend the required Residential School / practical skills learning sessions and complete various physical tasks associated with assisting with delivering allied health care.
Applicants should also possess computer skills including being able to operate a personal computer and printer, create and manage basic files, navigate a learning management system, perform basic tasks such as word processing, sending and receiving emails with attachments, uploading and downloading documents and using web based search engines.
It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.
You will be provided with a recommended reading list and/or required textbooks during orientation or at the start of each unit. The purchase of these resources may incur additional costs, or you may be able to borrow them from the TAFE Queensland library network.
You may also be required to purchase uniform items, including TAFE Queensland branded items. These details will be provided after enrolment or during orientation. The purchase of these uniform items may incur additional costs of approximately $35.00.
While TAFE Queensland will make every effort to minimise disruption to study, the current COVID-19 pandemic situation and subsequent restriction of access to some health care facilities during this time, may cause delays with vocational placement and completion of this course.
Students are advised that they will need to evidence maintenance of full COVID-19 vaccination to attend the mandatory vocational placement assessment components of this course.
The vaccines received must be approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration for use in Australia or endorsed by the WHO-COVAX if vaccinated overseas. Please see the following link for the accepted vaccines.
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
This course now requires you to obtain a NDIS Worker Screening Check to be eligible to attend the vocational placement assessment component of your studies.
You are to apply for this NDIS Worker Screening Check once enrolled as TAFE Queensland will need to verify your application as a student.
You are required to complete 120 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification. Completing placement is compulsory, and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts.
Working under the supervision of an Allied Health professional, or a suitably qualified Allied Health Assistant, you may be exposed to job tasks and assist in the execution of programs for patients to meet their various allied health goals including, but not limited to:
- Shower retraining
- Activities of Daily Living (ADL) equipment application or education
- Group Therapy programs – such as ADL, Hip or Knee classes, cardiac group, hydrotherapy
- Individual Therapy programs – such as Lower Limb and or Upper Limb strengthening and or stretching goals, walking/gait retraining exercises
- Therapy for Stroke and Parkinson patients, Acquired Brain Injury patients, trauma, acute and slow stream rehabilitation
- Home visits
- Community outings
- Other non-clinical tasks related to the delivery of allied health client care
Some TAFE Queensland locations offer vocational placement services. For further vocational placement information, please refer to your intended study location or contact our customer service team. If you are actively employed or volunteering in the allied health industry in a health care environment, please discuss your placement requirements with the Vocational Placement Team at your course location.
Routinely, placement will be in a full-time block of 40 hours per week for three weeks.
- Shifts are determined by your placement facility; these may include early mornings or late nights, any day of the week, and public holidays. Shifts may commence as early as 6.00am and late shifts finish at approximately 11.30pm. Night shifts are routinely between 9pm and 7am.
- Please expect to travel within a 45 to 60 minute radius of your local area, as per Google maps, to attend vocational placement. If you reside outside of your course location, your placement will be managed on an individual basis, dependent upon your location. Placement availability for could require personal travel and accommodation arrangements.
Mandatory Placement Documents:
Before placement can be allocated, the following documentation must be provided to your course location.
You will be responsible for any costs associated with meeting these placement requirements.
Additional documentation may be requested by placement facilities.
1. Current Australian First Aid Certificate including current CPR.
If you hold a current Australian First Aid Certificate with current CPR (updated annually), please include a JP certified copy of your Statement of Attainment with your enrolment paperwork. The CPR component will need to be updated annually and it is your responsibility to ensure you provide evidence of currency to TAFE Queensland.
If you DO NOT have a current Australian First Aid Certificate, some TAFE Queensland locations deliver this unit as part of this course. If your chosen location does not offer this unit as part of the course please refer to your intended study location or contact our customer service team for further information on how to complete this unit.
2. Working with Children
Queensland Students - The Working with Children Check (Blue Card Application) must be completed in person for students who live less than 50 km from a TAFE Queensland location. Information can be viewed at http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au
All original identification documents need to be sighted and students are requested to bring these documents with them for submission of their application. If a student resides more than 50 km from TAFE Queensland location, then the ‘Confirmation of Identity’ form must be submitted with the Blue Card application. Students may submit this by email or in person.
Interstate students – Please contact the Vocational Placement Coordinator at your course location for any individual State legislative requirements for working with children.
Please note: TAFE Queensland wishes to warn you, as a Blue Card applicant, that it is an offence for a disqualified person to sign a Blue Card application. For further information regarding 'disqualified' persons, please contact Blue Card Services.
3. Australian Federal Police (AFP) Check
You must be able to provide an original Australian Federal Police check on request of a placement facility at any time.
Please contact the Vocational Placement Coordinator at your course location should you have any notification or criminal history appearing on your certificate as this may impact on your acceptance by facilities for placement and therefore affect course outcomes.
Please refer to the Australian Federal Police website to download the application form at http://www.afp.gov.au. Approximate cost $45.
The Police Check MUST be issued by the Australian Federal Police. All other types of police checks will not be accepted. Current AFP documentation must be no older than 3 months prior to the start of study and when completing the application. Under Section 8: Purpose of Check – please select Code Number 37.
Immunisation Documentation as addressed in the Need to Know section.
Need to know
For all students who are undertaking courses that include Vocational Placements in a high risk workplace, Queensland Health has directed that students must declare your COVID-19 Vaccination status and evidence to either TAFE Queensland or the placement provider.
This may require you providing us or the placement provider information on:
- Your vaccinate status
- Last date of vaccination
- Evidence of vaccine status
This requirement is in place for all students in affected courses, including TAFE at School students.
Those students who have a medical contraindication may be unable to complete the vocational placement component of their course. This means you may not be able to meet all of the requirements of your course and may not be able to graduate or receive your qualification.
If you have any questions or concerns with this requirement, please contact our COVID hotline on 07 3307 4789.
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TAFE Queensland strongly recommends that prior to enrolment you consider your eligibility to obtain the placement documentation including the following Immunisation Documents.
It is your responsibility to ensure your placement documentation remains current throughout your studies.
You must have commenced the vaccination regimes listed below before or at the time of enrolment. You must provide full vaccination history for all of the following vaccination regimes, including serology evidence of immunity where indicated. You may also need to contact your local doctor to assist you with this evidence.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Vaccination and serology evidence requirements may alter during your studies, in accordance with changes to industry requirements and/or Australian Immunisation Guidelines.
Any costs associated in acquiring the placement documentation are in addition to course costs and will be borne by the student.
- Full COVID-19 Vaccination – evidence of 2 vaccinations of a type approved by Therapeutic Goods Administration, Australia, or endorsed by the World Health Organisation. Students are advised that a booster may be deemed an additional requirement by health providers.
- Hepatitis B - you must commence or have undertaken an age appropriate course of vaccination. Students must not undertake an accelerated course of vaccination. To prove immunity you will need to have a blood test (serology) after the completion of the full vaccination course.
- Varicella (Chicken Pox) - provide serology or evidence of completed vaccinations.
- MMR (Measles Mumps and Rubella) - provide serology or evidence of completed vaccinations.
- dTpa (Adult Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis) - provide evidence that you have received a booster within the last 10 years.
- Influenza Vaccination: Annual vaccination