Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance
The allied health assistance program will train you to assist patients with their rehabilitation exercises including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, foot hygiene, dysphagia and nutrition.
You'll work alongside health professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, podiatrists, speech pathologists and nutritionists to facilitate rehabilitation and to encourage optimal health.
As part of the program, you’ll specialise in physiotherapy and occupational therapy and will have basic knowledge in dysphagia, foot hygiene and nutrition..
Allied health workers assist patients carrying out routine physiotherapy exercises in groups or individually.
Other roles include helping to implement general care and assisting with ongoing therapy, as well as working with patients in recreational and leisure activities.
Allied health assistants also support the training of people with disabilities to care for themselves and develop independent living skills.
Work is not limited to hospitals. Allied health assistants can also find employment in community health, rehabilitation centres or via home and special needs school visits.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions, clinical placements and syndicate work.
You'll have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.
You'll be exposed to industry practices through clinical placements which you complete as part of your studies.
Placements can occur in hospitals, community settings, rehabilitation centres and special needs schools.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
Full-time (Semester 1 intake)
10 months duration - 3 days a week on-campus and 120 hours of clinical placement
Part-time (Semester 2 intake)
12 months duration - 2.5 days a week on-campus and 120 hours of clinical placement
You’ll learn how to provide assistance to allied health professionals in various settings and be introduced to:
- basic anatomy and physiology for the recognition of body systems
- medical terminology
- the skills to work effectively with clients and other staff
- Work Health and Safety (WHS) and infection control
You’ll also take complete clinical placements. Placements are generally conducted on a full-time basis.
As part of your physiotherapy studies, you’ll learn the practical skills to support treatments, including:
- the delivery and monitoring of therapeutic exercise programs developed by a physiotherapist
- how to support individuals taking part in group physiotherapy programs
- delivery of therapeutic practices for clients and assist clients with specific mobility requirements
You’ll gain occupational therapy skills through rehabilitation studies, allowing you to:
- assist in the development of active support strategies
- assist in daily living skill development outcomes
- support the fitting of assistive equipment
Choose from elective studies in foot hygiene, dysphagia and nutrition.
You’ll also gain skills in cultural diversity, sensitivity and how to cope with challenging behaviour.
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10 Months Full time
10 Months Full time
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Program code: C4367
National curriculum code: HLT43015
According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook, the job prospects for allied health assistants are good, with employment expected to grow strongly in the next five years.
Graduates work in:
- acute care (hospitals)
- rehabilitation centres
- aged care facilities
- community and primary healthcare
- schools that are involved with delivering programs to children with special needs
Working With Children Check: Students must hold a valid Working With Children Check prior to undertaking the clinical components of this course.
Police check: Students must present evidence of a successful National Police Record Check prior to undertaking the clinical components of this course.
Immunisation Policy: Students must be adequately vaccinated prior to undertaking the clinical components of this course.
Some inherent requirements for this program include:
- reading, writing and number skills for understanding and recording client assessment plans and performing accurate measurements
- vision and touch to accurately gain information and assist clients
- physical skills to perform Allied Health assistance
- managing your behaviour and emotions to provide safe and competent Allied Health assistance
- time-based problem-solving when working with clients
View the full list of the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance inherent requirements:
Who are they for?
Inherent requirements apply to every applicant and may be worth considering if you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition.
Why do you need to know?
By understanding the types of activities you’ll participate in, and the non-academic abilities you may need in this program, you can:
- understand more about the program
- determine if you may need support during your studies
- make an informed decision about whether the program is suitable for you
What support is available?
If there are any activities outlined which may be difficult for you to undertake, please discuss this with RMIT program staff or the Equitable Learning Services (ELS).
If you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition, we may be able to support you by making adjustments to activities in your program so that you can participate fully in your studies.
To receive learning adjustments, you need to register with ELS.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place.
To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at ‘How to check if you are eligible’.
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide. Learn more about fees for vocational study.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2018 is $298.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).