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Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

RTO CODE 45542


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What is an Allied Health Assistant?

Allied Health Assistants work as part of a multidisciplinary team under the guidance and supervision of allied health professionals. Allied Health Assistants can work in one specialty area, or work across the different allied health professions, including:

The Allied Health Assistance workforce is expanding with the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance being identified as the qualification best aligned to allied health assistant roles within organisations such as State funded health organisations and Residential Aged Care Facilities.

Career and Education Pathways

This course provides you with the qualifications to work as an Allied Health Assistant in a interdisciplinary allied health team, or as a profession-specific assistant in your chosen elective specialisation (for example, a Occupational Therapy Assistant).

If you wish to pursue tertiary studies, RuralMedEd have an arrangement in place with the University of Southern Queensland (UniSQ), where you can receive credit for up to 2 units of study in selected degrees. Further information can be obtained by contacting RuralMedEd.

Course Description

The course is nationally recognised training with RuralMedEd (RTO code 45542) delivering HLT43021 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance and will give you the practical skills and knowledge to work as part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team.

You will learn:

A work based practical placement will support you to practice your skills in a workplace setting.

Who should apply for this course?

Course Details

Course Code HLT43021
Expected Duration 12 months full time, or 18 months to 2 years for high school students
Total Course Cost $9,600 (check to see if you are eligible for any of our scholarships)
Study Locations Toowoomba (for Face to Face training days)
Course Content Domestic Students: online learning and assessment , webinars and face-to-face practical sessions, 120 hours industry placement
High School Students: 1 day a week in-person training during school terms, 120 hours industry placement

Core Units

BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
CHCCCS036 Support relationships with carer and family
CHCCCS038 Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
HLTAHA027 Assist with an allied health program
HLTAHA047 Engage with clinical supervision and delegation
HLTAHA049 Recognise impact of health conditions
HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care

Elective Units

All students complete both the mandatory and the Communication & Swallowing Support electives. Students may then select three electives in any area of interest.
Mandatory Electives
HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Communication & Swallowing Support
HLTAHA034 Support the development of speech and communication skills
HLTAHA035 Provide support in dysphagia management
HLTAHA036 Assist and support the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems
Movement & Mobility Support
CHCCCS002 Assist with movement
HLTAHA028 Deliver and monitor physical or manual therapy programs
HLTAHA032 Support maintenance of functional status
Nutrition & Dietetic Support
HLTAHA039 Assist in the development of meals and menus to meet dietary and cultural requirements
HLTAHA040 Assist with the monitoring and modification of meals and menus according to individualised plans
HLTAHA042 Assist with screening and management of nutritional risk
Podiatry Support
HLTAHA030 Assist with basic foot care
HLTAHA050 Assist with podiatry exercise
HLTAHA051 Assist with podiatric procedures
Exercise Physiology
SISFFIT040 Develop and instruct gym-based exercise programs for individual clients
General Electives
CHCAGE011 Provide support to people living with dementia



Practical Placement

You are required to complete 120 hours of compulsory practical placement in a workplace where health services are delivered by allied health professionals. During your placement, you will work under the supervision of an allied health professional, or an experienced Allied Health Assistant to provide allied health support to patients, document in medical records and communicate with the healthcare team.

Through RuralMedEd’s strong partnerships with the healthcare industry, you will have access to a range of placement opportunities, including private hospitals, Residential Aged Care Facilities, and private allied health professionals.

Although RuralMedEd will attempt to find a placement that fits with your work and family commitments, you may be required to manage your schedule in order to commit to the placement requirements. Travel may be required.

Unless otherwise organised, placements will be offered in a full-time block of 40 hours per week for three consecutive weeks after completion of your study.

If you are currently employed in the healthcare sector, please discuss the possibility of completing your placement at your current workplace with our Course Coordinator.

Eligibility Requirements

Knowledge and skill requirements

It is recommended that students:

Technology skills and equipment

All students will require the following technological equipment to complete the online training:

Your Commitment

In order to participate in the course, you are required to commit to the following:

Placement requirements

The Working with Children Check (Blue Card Application)

A Blue Card must be provided by all students on enrolment. If you do not have a current Blue Card, go to http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au


Disability Worker Screening Clearance (Yellow Card Application)

A Yellow Card must be provided by all students on enrolment. If you do not have a current Yellow Card, go to https://workerscreening.dsdsatsip.qld.gov.au/workers/you-start

National Police Certificate

A National Police Certificate must be provided by all students on enrolment. Go to the Queensland Police website to download an application form.

Please contact RuralMedEd if you have a notification or criminal history that appears on your certificate as this may affect your eligibility to complete the industry placement.


It is an RuralMedEd requirement that all health students are immunised or vaccinated against Hepatitis B, Varicella (Chicken Pox), Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Seasonal Influenza, and COVID-19. Your immunisation and vaccination history will need to be certified by a general practitioner (GP). 

RuralMedEd will provide you with a certification document for your GP to complete.

Course Trainers

RuralMedEd specialises in providing trainers and assessors with experience delivering allied health services to patients in rural healthcare services, including hospital, community, disability and private practice environments. In addition to their professional qualifications, all trainers and assessors are required to possess further qualifications in training and assessment.

Further Information

Please contact us at rtosupport@ruralmeded.org.au or phone 07 4638 7999 for advice relating to you enrolment application.

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