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HLT43021

Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

Kick start your career in the health sector with this mid-level course that will qualify you to work as an assistant allied health specialist in a diverse range of settings.

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WAYS TO STUDY Online
NEXT INTAKE Start date: 15 Apr 2024 Duration: 1 year View all intakes
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Fee-Free TAFE
$0
Concession
$630
Subsidised
$1,945
Full Fee
$8,030
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Course overview

Begin your career in the health sector with this mid-level qualification. This course is perfect for people looking to gain a broad overview of the healthcare system as well as knowledge unique to allied health specialities. The sector is undergoing strong job growth in Australia with more than 50,000 jobs expected to open in the next five years.

This course will give you the practical skills and knowledge to recognise healthy body systems, interpret and apply medical terminology, and assist in the rehabilitation of clients. Students can choose to undertake general electives or complete specialisations in rehabilitation and reablement, nutrition and dietetics, or movement and mobility. Our highly-experienced teaching staff are leaders in their field and will give you the guidance needed to succeed in your studies.

This course will qualify you to work as an assistant in general allied health settings or your specialised allied health stream, or give you the skills to undertake further studies in your field.

What can I do?

  • Therapy Assistant
  • Physiotherapy Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Allied Health Assistant
  • Dietetic Assistant

Course outcome:

HLT43021 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

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What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 8 elective units from the list below. You will also be required to undertake 120 hours of vocational placement in an approved setting. 

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • BSBMED301
    Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
    UNIT CODE :
    BSBMED301
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to understand and respond to instructions; to carry out routine tasks and communicate with a range of internal/external clients in a medical environment; as well as use appropriate medical terminology.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCCCS020
    Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCCCS020
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to respond effectively to behaviours of concern of people. Skills are associated with handling difficult incidents rather than managing ongoing behaviour difficulties.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Respond effectively to behaviours of concern

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCCCS036
    Support relationships with carer and family
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCCCS036
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to work positively with the carer and family of people using a service based on an understanding of their support needs.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Support relationships with carer and family

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCCCS038
    Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCCCS038
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support, and to deliver rights-based services using a person-centred approach. It should be carried out in conjunction with individualised plans.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCDIV001
    Work with diverse people
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCDIV001
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Work with diverse people

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTAHA027
    Assist with an allied health program
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTAHA027
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide assistance to an Allied Health Professional. Work includes following treatment plans for therapeutic interventions or conducting programs.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Assist with an allied health program

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTAHA047
    Engage with clinical supervision and delegation
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTAHA047
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide assistance to an Allied Health Professional. Work includes preparing for and participating in a structured process of clinical supervision and receiving delegations.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Engage with clinical supervision and delegation

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTAHA049
    Recognise impact of health conditions
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTAHA049
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to recognise the impact of health conditions of a person undertaking an intervention or therapy program. Work includes using a basic understanding of the human body to assist in interpreting information about person's health status to promote ways to maintain a healthy functioning of the body.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Recognise impact of health conditions

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTINF006
    Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTINF006
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to apply basic infection prevention and control principles in work settings including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to risks.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTWHS002
    Follow safe work practices for direct client care
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTWHS002
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required for a worker to participate in safe work practices to ensure their own health and safety, and that of others in work environments that involve caring directly for clients. It has a focus on maintaining safety of the worker, the people being supported and other community members.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Follow safe work practices for direct client care

Ways to study
  • Your course is primarily online and you may interact with your teachers and other students using Zoom. You will also need to come in to campus to complete some practical learning and assessment. Learn more

  • You will study online however your classes will be delivered in real time via a scheduled timetable. You will interact with your teachers and other students using programs like Zoom. Learn more

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STUDY MODE START DATE DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Online virtual classroom
15 Apr 2024
1 year
Full Time Workload of up to 15 hours per week.
  • Fee-Free TAFE: $0
  • Concession: $630
  • Subsidised: $1,945
  • Full fee: $8,030
demo

Online virtual classroom

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    100%
  • On Campus Time
    0%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

15 Apr 2024

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

1 year

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

Full Time Workload of up to 15 hours per week.

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • Fee-Free TAFE: $0
  • Concession: $630
  • Subsidised: $1,945
  • Full fee: $8,030
Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Teacher-led, Scheduled

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

Yes

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

Online and vocational placement

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Zoom

    The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

Online virtual classroom
15 Apr 2024
18 months
Part Time Workload of up to 10 hours per week.
  • Fee-Free TAFE: $0
  • Concession: $630
  • Subsidised: $1,945
  • Full fee: $8,030
demo

Online virtual classroom

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    100%
  • On Campus Time
    0%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

15 Apr 2024

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

18 months

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

Part Time Workload of up to 10 hours per week.

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • Fee-Free TAFE: $0
  • Concession: $630
  • Subsidised: $1,945
  • Full fee: $8,030
Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Teacher-led, Scheduled

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

Yes

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

Online and vocational placement

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Zoom

    The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

Online with on campus practical training (Southport)
15 Apr 2024
9 months
General Stream - Full time with on campus tutorials and mandatory residential schools
  • Fee-Free TAFE: $0
  • Concession: $630
  • Subsidised: $1,945
  • Full fee: $8,030
demo

Online with on campus practical training (Southport)

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    60%
  • On Campus Time
    40%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

15 Apr 2024

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

9 months

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

General Stream - Full time with on campus tutorials and mandatory residential schools

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • Fee-Free TAFE: $0
  • Concession: $630
  • Subsidised: $1,945
  • Full fee: $8,030
Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Teacher-led, Scheduled

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

No

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

Online, On-Campus and vocational placement

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Face-to-face, Zoom

    The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

Online with on campus practical training (Southport)
08 Jul 2024
9 months
General Stream - Full time with on campus tutorials and mandatory residential schools
  • Fee-Free TAFE: $0
  • Concession: $630
  • Subsidised: $1,945
  • Full fee: $8,030
demo

Online with on campus practical training (Southport)

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    60%
  • On Campus Time
    40%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

08 Jul 2024

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

9 months

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

General Stream - Full time with on campus tutorials and mandatory residential schools

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • Fee-Free TAFE: $0
  • Concession: $630
  • Subsidised: $1,945
  • Full fee: $8,030
Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Teacher-led, Scheduled

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

No

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

Online, On-Campus and vocational placement

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Face-to-face, Zoom

    The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

Online with on campus practical training (Southport)
30 Sep 2024
9 months
General Stream - Full time with on campus tutorials and mandatory residential schools
  • Fee-Free TAFE: $0
  • Concession: $630
  • Subsidised: $1,945
  • Full fee: $8,030
demo

Online with on campus practical training (Southport)

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    60%
  • On Campus Time
    40%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

30 Sep 2024

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

9 months

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

General Stream - Full time with on campus tutorials and mandatory residential schools

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • Fee-Free TAFE: $0
  • Concession: $630
  • Subsidised: $1,945
  • Full fee: $8,030
Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Teacher-led, Scheduled

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

No

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

Online, On-Campus and vocational placement

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Face-to-face, Zoom

    The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

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Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (HLT43021)

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Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

COURSE CODE: HLT43021
Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

Learn more

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

It is highly recommended that you are aged 18 or older by the course commencement date or should have language, literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to Year 10.

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.

This course requires you to successfully complete practical sessions and assessments prior to being allocated to a mandatory 120hr of placement assessment with a TAFE Queensland sourced and approved placement provider, this may be in a block format.

Resources required

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 and Adobe Acrobat Reader. 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.

Placement

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.

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. 
  • 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 may require personal travel and accommodation arrangements.

TAFE Queensland sources suitable placement providers and will allocate you for your assessment requirements.

If you are actively employed or volunteering in the allied health industry in a health care environment, please discuss your placement requirements with the Placement Team at your course location.

During placement you will be required to ensure your attire reflects professional industry expectations and WHS guidelines. These guidelines include the need for work-appropriate footwear, pants, and reflect workplace infection prevention strategies such as, but not limited to, appropriate jewellery, nails, and piercings.

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
  • Splinting
  • 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

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. 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
     
  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. NDIS Worker Screening Check
    This course  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 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.
  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. 

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.

Vaccination requirements
An overview of the required vaccination evidence for students is below, in accordance with Queensland Health’s protocol for vaccine preventable diseases screening for students.  

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.

Mandatory

  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) Or evidence of non-susceptibility*
  • Varicella (chicken pox) Or evidence of non-susceptibility*
  • Pertussis (dTpa) (whooping cough)  
  • Hepatitis B Or evidence of non-susceptibility*
  • Influenza (recommended)

Strongly recommended

  • COVID-19 (recommended)

*Serology evidence of immunity to hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella and varicella is acceptable where evidence of vaccination is not available, and once this is verified, further vaccination is not required.

Where the minimum doses are required, the student must undertake to complete the vaccination regime within the vaccination time frame required, to ensure effective protection.

Important information

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.

Assessment methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Pathways

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about University Pathways

  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

Course disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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