Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

Course Reference
HLT43015

Duration

Maximum 24 months


Delivery Method

Flexible including clinical work placement and block training


Enrolment Method
Open enrolment

Prospective Career Roles

Therapy assistant Podiatry assistant Physiotherapy assistant Speech pathology assistant Allied health assistant Nutrition assistant Dietetic assistant Community rehabilitation assistant


Assessment Methods

Short answer questions
Projects
Case studies
Workplace portfolio
Research reports
Work placement
Clinical log book


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Australia has more than 90,000 allied health professionals, who work alongside doctors and nurses to provide optimum health care for all Australians.

Allied Health Assistants work under the direction of professional staff such as doctors, social workers, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, diversional therapists, home economists and nurses. They assist senior staff by visiting clients, preparing written and verbal reports, and helping with personal care that clients or carers may not be able to undertake.

Our ageing population and the increased focus on primary health care means that roles associated with allied health will continue to increase. This will potentially include multi-specialty practice or multidisciplinary teams operating within primary care involving allied health and medical practitioners, and increased establishment/uptake of roles and training for allied health assistants.

Course Information

Delivery Method

The Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance is delivered through a blended delivery method. You will be provided with a ‘Learner Resource’ and ‘Assessment Booklet’ for each unit of competency.  Assessments are to be completed in normal word document attached to an email and sent directly to your trainer for all theoretical assessments.

It is a requirement of this qualification that you will undertake clinical work placement. This will provide you with the necessary clinical/practical skills and workplace experience.  Demonstration of performance will be provided through a clinical logbook to ensure students are fully equipped to enter the workforce after the completion of the qualification.

Clinical Work Placement

Duration: The clinical work placement duration is determined by the activities performed.  Students are required to complete a clinical log book during their work placement.  The log book requires student to complete the clinical activities on a number of occasions to demonstrate consistency of performance.

Work placement outline

Health Industry Training recognises that an important part of undertaking a qualification in health or community services is the clinical component of the course. Work placement provides students with an avenue to apply clinical and practical skills in a ‘real life’ environment where you are able to practice the skills and knowledge you have learnt during the course.

It is compulsory of this qualification for students to undertake clinical work placement for the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assisting.

Health Industry Training will work with you to find a suitable organisation for your work placement.  As a student it is important for you to discuss work placement opportunities with local organisations.  Once you have sourced a relevant host employer, Health Industry Training will be responsible for contacting them on your behalf to discuss work placement requirements.

Insurance

Health Industry Training provides insurance to all students undertaking work placement as part of their qualification. Insurance covers Public Liability and Volunteer Workers insurance.

Pre-requirements

As a student you must ensure you have completed the necessary ‘Prior to clinical work placement’ activities listed below before clinical work placement can commence.

  • National Criminal History Clearance
  • Student Disclosure Statement
  • Working with Children blue card
  • Immunisations and screening

Assessment Methods

Health Industry Training uses a range of assessment methods to ensure sufficient evidence can be gathered to demonstrate you can perform the tasks against the specified criteria. Assessment methods can include:

  • Short answer questions
  • Projects
  • Case studies
  • Scenarios
  • Reports
  • Workplace portfolios
  • Work placement logbook
  • Research reports
  • Presentations

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many of our students already have a high level of skills, knowledge and expertise that can be recognised through a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

RPL takes into account any previous formal study, work and life experience and then assesses this against the elements of competency to determine if you can receive credit toward a qualification. Students seeking recognition can apply for RPL on enrolment into a qualification or throughout the duration of their study.

Credit Transfer

If you have completed a unit of competency within your intended qualification with another Registered Training Organisation (RTO) you may be able to apply for a credit transfer or exemption. A copy of the original transcript must be provided when applying for a credit transfer.


Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

To enrol into Allied Health Assistance students must:

  • provide Health Industry Training with their Unique Student Identifier number; and
  • complete the Clinical work placement pre-requirements prior to clinical placement.

IT Requirements

To complete the course you will need access to a computer and the Internet.

In addition you will need basic computer skills to conduct research on your current topics and complete your assessments. In particular, you will need skills in word processing and PowerPoint presentations.

Minimum Age Requirements

The minimum age for this course is 16 years old.  If you are under 18 years of age your enrolment form must be signed by a parent or guardian.

Literacy, Language, Numeracy (LLN) Requirements

Students must have an adequate level of Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills (LLN).  Entry into the course requires English proficiency to Year 10 level or equivalent. Students are able to test their LLN skills by completing an appropriate level LLN test by emailing info@healthindustrytraining.org.  For additional information and support contact the Reading Writing Hotline atwww.readingwritinghotline.edu.au.


Finance

Queensland residents only

 Higher Level Skills: Health Industry Training is proud to be a pre-qualified supplier for the Queensland Government, under the Higher Level Skills program. To be eligible for Higher Level Skills, participants must not hold or be undertaking a Certificate IV qualification. Qualifications undertaken at school do not affect eligibility. The cost for students on a Centrelink concession is $5 per unit.  For non-concession students or payments made by a third party, the cost is $10 per unit.

Fee-paying

To assist students who are not eligible for funding, Health Industry Training offers financial assistance to students by allowing students to either:

  • pay the cost of the course in full and receive a 10% discount on the full cost of the course; or
  • take advantage of our affordable payment plan options (weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments) (see enrolment form for additional information)

Student Support

Throughout your course with Health Industry Training, you will be provided with a range of support services depending on your individual needs.

One-on-one trainer support: You will be provided with a trainer that has extensive experience and expertise in the course content and the industry sector. Our professional trainers are there to ensure you have a successful learning journey where you can contact them via phone or email.

In addition to your trainer, the administration team can provide you with support including your enrolment, changes to contact details or study plan, assisting with accessing your online assessment system, progress report and any issues you may encounter throughout your course.

Peer support

Health Industry Training appreciates that distance/online learning can be an isolated experience for some students. To assist with isolation all students have the option to be part of a Facebook peer support group. Peer support groups can be a positive experience where you can study with like-minded people, ask questions relating to your course and build friendships.

Financial support

The Certificate IV Allied Health Assistance is Austudy / Abstudy approved. Please contact your local Centrelink office for eligibility requirements and application.


Course Structure

The Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance has been packaged to include:

15 units are required for award of this qualification including:

  • 7 core units
  • 9 elective units

The course combines theoretical and practical clinical work placement experience. The theoretical component of the course provides the student with the relevant knowledge required to work in the primary health care sector.

The practical clinical placement experience provides students with the clinical knowledge and skills for students to work in a clinical setting on completion of the qualification.

View the course outline, including the recommendation for the order in which you should complete your units, by clicking on the ‘Download Course Outline’ button on the left hand side of this page.


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