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Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance


Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance – HLT43015

Course Overview

The Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Allied Health Assistant.

Bringing your passion and desire to help others into your studies, you'll gain insight into the world of health and become an important part of the healthcare sector. As an Allied Health Assistant, you'll have the skills to provide therapeutic and program-related support to allied health professionals. You might be engaged to work in a specialty area or work generically across an organisation.

This course is delivered on-campus or as a traineeship and includes practical work placements.

This course is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme as well as the JobTrainer initiative, for eligible students.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the health sector. Roles you may be eligible for include:

  • Physiotherapy Assistant
  • Speech Pathology Assistant
  • Diversional Therapy Assistant
  • Nutrition Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant

Working in this industry may involve shift and weekend work.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study at the university level, in a field such as Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy, or Speech Therapy.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Traineeship - Open from 11th January / 2021

Traineeship - Open from 21st February - 2022

Blended - Starts on 21/02/2022 - 1 day per week Mon - 9am to 3pm / 2022

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Trainee
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
5. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

Training package entry requirements

There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course.
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course.

Prior to starting placement, applicants must also have:

  • A current Working with Children Check.
  • A current Police Check.
  • Up-to-date immunisations.
  • A current Level 2 First Aid Certificate.
Core Units
Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
Communicate and work in health or community services
Work with diverse people
Manage legal and ethical compliance
Recognise healthy body systems
Confirm physical health status
Follow safe work practices for direct client care
Elective Units
Assist with an allied health program
Deliver and monitor a client-specific physiotherapy program
Support client independence and community participation
Support the delivery and monitoring of physiotherapy programs for mobility
Assist in the rehabilitation of clients
Assist with the development and maintenance of client functional status
Conduct group sessions for individual client outcomes
Support the fitting of assistive equipment
Work within a community rehabilitation environment
Provide first aid
Instruct fitness programs
Provide motivation to positively influence exercise behaviour
Incorporate exercise science principles into fitness programming

Assessment methods may include:

  • Exams
  • Simulations
  • Roleplays
  • Practical placement
  • Short answer questions
  • Case studies

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It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions, and it is compulsory to attend 100% of the prescribed practical placement.

On-campus: Students attend class 1 day per week for 39 weeks, which includes face to face delivery and assessment. In addition, students are expected to attend mandatory work placement totalling 120 hours in various health care environments which may include hospitals, rehabilitation, physiotherapy, occupational and chiropractic private practices. This placement is undertaken in a 3-week block and is scheduled within the timetabled study year.

In addition to attending classes and placement, students are expected to undertake approximately 3 hours of research per week of study over the course duration.

Trainees: Students are currently employed in an allied health environment, and complete the qualification over the duration of 12 - 24 months. Host supervising organisations are obligated to give trainees around 3 hours a week to devote to their TAFE studies.

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.

Learn more about support services

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.

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