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  • HLT33015

Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance

At a glance

At a glance

Embark upon your career in the health sector with this entry-level course that may qualify you to work as an assistant to allied health professionals including dieticians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech therapists and podiatrists.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Podiatrist's Assistant
  • Physiotherapist's Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Medical Imaging Assistant
  • Allied Health Assistant
COURSE OUTCOME

HLT33015 Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance

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Course overview

Course overview

Begin your career in the health sector with this entry-level qualification, equipping you with the skills necessary to assist allied health professionals including dieticians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech therapists and podiatrists services. Allied health specialties are set to grow by 22% over the next 3 years, experiencing the second-highest growth across the health sector.

You will learn how to recognise healthy body systems, interpret and apply medical terminology, assist with an allied health program, and communicate and work in health or community services. Our highly-experienced teaching staff are leaders in their field and will give you the one-on-one guidance needed to support you through your learning.

Successful completion of this course may qualify you to work as an assistant alongside allied health professionals, allowing you to specialise in dietetics, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech therapy, or podiatry services.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 3 elective units from the list below.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
CHCCCS010
Maintain a high standard of service
CHCCOM005
Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV001
Work with diverse people
HLTAAP001
Recognise healthy body systems
HLTAHA001
Assist with an allied health program
HLTINF001
Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTWHS001
Participate in workplace health and safety
BSBMED301
Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
CHCCCS020
Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
VPC080
Vocational placement to be completed during the course if required

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
Sunshine Coast / Darling Downs and South West
BSBMED305
Apply the principles of confidentiality, privacy and security within the medical environment
CHCCCS002
Assist with movement
BSBMED303
Maintain patient records

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 will 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 cost of the course you need to pay when you enrol if you are not eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

You need to meet one of the following requirements:

  • Year 10 level of education or equivalent  
  • Mature-aged entry with work experience in a related field

Vocational placement

If you are not currently employed or volunteering in industry, during your course you will be required to complete vocational placement so you can start practicing your new skills in a real-world environment. You’ll be required to work shifts determined by your placement provider, and these can include early mornings or late nights, any day of the week, including public holidays. TAFE Queensland may be able to assist in arranging suitable placements.

Completing placement is compulsory, and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts. You are required to complete 80  hours of placement.

Depending on your Vocational placement workplace students may be required to have the following:

  • Australian Federal Police Check (this is the preferred Police check for our placement providers), students will need to provide a copy of your police clearance or evidence the process has commenced. A Blue Card is not accepted in place of a National Police Check.
  • Blue Card: Commission for Children and Young People Act 2000 (Qld) contains a new law to help ensure that people seeking to work with children are suitable. This is called 'the working with children check'. Any person wanting to work in regulated employment, as a paid employee, a volunteer, or a person carrying on a regulated business, will have to fill out a Blue Card application form consenting to a criminal history check prior to his or her appointment or engagement (See ‘Relevant Documents below).

Further details can be obtained at the following link for Blue Card Services or by telephone on 1800 688 275 (Free call). Students will be unable to attend Vocational Placement until they hold a valid Blue Card.

To complete the blue card or exemption card application process you will need to:

  1. Prepare your application form online from here. Please see this Blue Card and exemption card application information sheet for all details that you will need to complete this document.
  2. Download and print a copy of your application once completed.
  3. Have your identification documents checked and verified by an authorised  representative from our organisation.
  4. Make sure our organisation’s representative has signed the application form, and listed the identification documents sighted 
  5. Submit your completed application to a TAFE Queensland representative.  

Once enrolled the application will be lodged with Blue Card Services for processing and final approval.   It is to your advantage to have a Blue Card before commencing study. 

Students will need to be immunised against Hepatitis B and have a flu vaccination. Vaccinations are recommended for Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR), Tuberculosis, Varicella Zoster Virus (chickenpox) and Pertussis (whooping cough). Refer to the Queensland Health Student Health Professionals' Clinical Placement placement Package and Fieldwork Orientation Package for details.

If your police check identifies that you have a criminal history or you are unable to obtain a Blue Card, you may be disqualified from being eligible to undertake placement and assessment, which would affect your course outcomes. If you think this might impact you, please speak to the relevant Vocational Placement Coordinator for further information.

Need to know

If you have a current First Aid Certificate (HLTAID003) this may be used as a credit transfer decreasing your study load.

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 enrolments.

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How to apply

How to apply

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. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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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 will 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