This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide basic assistance to an allied health professional.  This unit applies to allied health assistants working in a health or community context. Depending on the setting, work may include following treatment plans for therapeutic interventions and/or conducting programs under the regular (direct, indirect or remote) supervision of an allied health professional.

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice. 

Unit details

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - assisted with 3 allied health programs, 1 in a simulated environment and 2 in the workplace, and; - performed the activities outlined in the performance criteria of this unit during a period of at least 80 hours of work.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - client individualised plans, goals and limitations of therapy; - roles, responsibilities and limitations of self and other allied health team members including nursing, medical and other personnel; - therapy tasks and programs associated with particular client population; - how to assess client readiness for therapy and whether there are changes that might affect the appropriateness of the prescribed therapy; - allied health resources available for client population; - appropriate use of allied health equipment and resources; - organisation policy and procedures; - other specific organisation procedures, including supervisory and reporting protocols; - differences between occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech pathology and related therapy techniques; - basic human behaviour and social and interpersonal behaviour; - concepts of holistic health as wellbeing, rather than focusing on disease or its absence, and; - determinants of health, including: housing; education; nutrition; communication.

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