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  • HLT43015

Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

At a glance

At a glance

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.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Therapy Assistant
  • Physiotherapy Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Allied Health Assistant
COURSE OUTCOME

HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

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Course overview

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 specialties. 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 specialise in physiotherapy and/or occupational therapy. 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 your specialised allied health stream or give you the skills to undertake further studies in your field.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 9 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
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

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
Gold Coast - Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy
CHCCCS002
Assist with movement
CHCCCS020
Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
CHCCCS023
Support independence and wellbeing
HLTAHA001
Assist with an allied health program
HLTAHA003
Deliver and monitor a client-specific physiotherapy program
HLTAHA005
Support the delivery and monitoring of physiotherapy programs for mobility
HLTAHA010
Assist with the development and maintenance of client functional status
HLTAHA016
Support the fitting of assistive equipment
HLTAID003
Provide first aid
Sunshine Coast - Occupational Therapy
CHCCCS002
Assist with movement
CHCCCS020
Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
CHCCCS023
Support independence and wellbeing
HLTAHA001
Assist with an allied health program
HLTAHA009
Assist in the rehabilitation of clients
HLTAHA010
Assist with the development and maintenance of client functional status
HLTAHA011
Conduct group sessions for individual client outcomes
HLTAHA016
Support the fitting of assistive equipment
Sunshine Coast - Physiotherapy
CHCCCS002
Assist with movement
CHCCCS020
Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
CHCCCS023
Support independence and wellbeing
HLTAHA001
Assist with an allied health program
HLTAHA003
Deliver and monitor a client-specific physiotherapy program
HLTAHA005
Support the delivery and monitoring of physiotherapy programs for mobility
HLTAHA009
Assist in the rehabilitation of clients
HLTAHA011
Conduct group sessions for individual client outcomes

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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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
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

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.

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This is the total amount you need to pay when you enrol. This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Selection criteria

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.

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.

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

TAFE Queensland will allocate your vocational placement. 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, this is delivered as part of this course.

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.

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 $45.00

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.

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, 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.

Need to know

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.​

Immunisation Documentation:
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.

  • 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 is highly recommended.

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.

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.

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How to apply

How to apply

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If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

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
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland