Allied health assistants work with a range of clients to improve quality of life.After completing this course you could be employed as an allied health assistant, or with the growing need for specialised care you could find roles as physiotherapy therapy assistants (PTAs) or occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) supporting rehabilitation and developmental therapy programs.
You do not need to have completed a Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance first but some students may find this beneficial especially if you are returning to study after a long break or upon leaving high school. If you enjoy working with people, have strong communication/ interpersonal skills and believe you have the ability to study at a certificate IV level it may be possible for you to enter this course.
You will learn how to work with children, adults and older people with a range of physical disabilities, mental health conditions, developmental delays, communication difficulties and/or social disadvantage.
You will also develop skills in specific therapeutic interventions, effective communication with clients and team, supporting individual client needs, managing therapy groups and the use of assistive equipment, all done with the knowledge of safe work practices, legal and ethical considerations and current industry standards.