Duration:
1 year full time or longer for part time.
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning
Study off-campus:
Available for Industry.
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Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.

Overview

Gain the knowledge and skills to provide therapeutic and program-related support to allied health professionals, and to assist patients with their rehabilitation.

Delivered by expert staff through our award-winning blended learning, the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance at VU Polytechnic will provide you with the essential training to work alongside health professionals such as physiotherapists or occupational therapists in the health industry.

Upon completion of this course you will be equipped with the knowledge and confidence to:

  • provide therapeutic and program-related support to allied health professionals
  • conduct therapeutic and program-related activities under the guidance of an allied health professional
  • identify client circumstances that need more input from an allied health professional
  • work in a speciality area, or in general areas, across an organisation to deliver allied health assistance
  • work in conjunction with an allied health professional
  • be responsible for supervising other allied health assistance workers.

During this course, you will undertake a work placement to help you gain necessary skills to work in the industry.

Free TAFE 2019 - apply now

Eligible students won’t pay tuition fees for this course in 2019.

Free TAFE courses align with skills and jobs that are in high demand from Victorian employers.

Find out more about Free TAFE.

Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world.

You’ll have the chance to put theory into practice with 120 hours of placement that gives you hands-on work experience. You’ll learn from teachers who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills and knowledge.

Learning with us means you’ll get the practical training to be job-ready when you graduate.

VU's Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

Victoria University Polytechnic, as part of Victoria University, believes in inclusivity, diversity and opportunity.

We have a strong history of community engagement. We are proud of our varied cultural and community engagement projects with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Indigenous communities.

VU works to address refugee issues, tackle diversity and social-inclusion issues, and improve the health and social wellbeing of the region.

Studying with us means you will be learning in an environment that values and embodies the principles of community development and community empowerment.

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TAFE resources

Careers in allied health services assistance

Courses in the Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative align with skills and jobs that are in demand from Victorian employers. Possible career opportunities emerging from the completion of HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance include:

  • therapy assistant
  • physiotherapy assistant
  • occupational therapy assistant
  • community rehabilitation assistanta
  • allied health assistant
  • allied health worker
  • community rehabilitation assistant.

Course structure

To be awarded the HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance, a student must successfully complete a total of sixteen (16) units of competency, comprising of:

  • seven (7) core units, and;
  • nine (9) elective units, of which:
  • at least six (6) units must be selected from the electives listed in the HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance qualification; at least 2 of these units must be coded HLTAHA;
  • three (3) units may be selected from any endorsed training package or accredited course.  These units must be relevant to the work outcome.

Any combination of electives that meets the rules above can be selected for the award of the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance. Where appropriate, electives may be packaged to provide a qualification with a specialisation.

Packaging for each specialisation:

  • All Group A electives must be selected for award of the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Physiotherapy)
  • All Group B electives must be selected for award of the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Podiatry)
  • All Group C electives must be selected for award of the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Occupational therapy)
  • All Group D electives must be selected for award of the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Speech pathology)
  • All Group E electives must be selected for award of the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Community rehabilitation)
  • All Group F electives must be selected for award of the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Nutrition and dietetics)

All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome as well as be approved by Victoria University Polytechnic.

The Polytechnic currently offer the following specialisation:

  • Community rehabilitation.

Specialisation: Community rehabilitation

To be awarded this specialisation, the following additional rule must be adhered to:

- all Group E (2) electives must be selected.

CORE UNITS

ELECTIVE UNITS

Group A: Physiotherapy

Group A electives are not currently offered by the Polytechnic.

Group B: Podiatry

Group B electives are not currently offered by the Polytechnic.

Group C: Occupational therapy

Group C electives are not currently offered by the Polytechnic.

Group D: Speech pathology

Group D electives are not currently offered by the Polytechnic.

Group E: Community rehabilitation

Group F: Nutrition and dietetics

Group F electives are not currently offered by the Polytechnic.

Other Electives

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.

This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide therapeutic and program related support to allied health professionals. The worker is required to conduct therapeutic and program related activities under the guidance of an allied health professional. Supervision may be direct, indirect or remote and must occur within organisation requirements. The worker is required to identify client circumstances that need additional input from the allied health professional. The worker may be engaged to work in a specialty area or work generically across the organisation in delivery of allied health assistance services. The worker, in conjunction with the allied health professional, may have responsibility for supervising other allied health assistance workers.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry requirements

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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