Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

RTO CODE 45542


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 Physiotherapy Assistant).



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

Course Description

The course is nationally recognised training with RMEA (RTO code 45542) delivering HLT43015 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 HLT43015
Expected Duration 18 months
Total Course Cost TAFE Subsidy available or $8400 full fees
Study Locations Toowoomba
Course Content Delivered via online learning, webinars and face-to-face practical sessions

Core Units

CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
HLTAAP001 Recognise health body systems
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately

Elective Units

Students can choose from the following list of electives (Note: not all electives are available for each stream. Please contact RMEA for more information)
Mandatory Electives
HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
HLTAHA003 Deliver and monitor a client-specific physiotherapy program
HLTAHA005 Support the delivery and monitoring of physiotherapy programs for mobility
Occupational Therapy
HLTAHA010 Assist with the development and maintenance of client functional status
HLTAHA016 Support the fitting of assistive equipment
Speech Pathology
HLTAHA012 Support the development of speech and communication skills
HLTAHA013 Provide support in dysphagia management
HLTAHA014 Assist and support the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems
Nutrition & Dietetics
HLTAHA018 Assist with planning and evaluating meals and menus to meet recommended dietary guidelines
HLTAHA019 Assist with the monitoring and modification of meals and menus according to individualised plans
HLTAHA020 Support food services in menu and meal order processing
HLTAHA021 Assist with screening and implementation of therapeutic diets
Exercise Physiology
SISFFIT003 Instruct fitness programs
SISFFIT019 Incorporate exercise science principles into fitness programming
General Electives
HLTAHA001 Assist with an allied health program
CHCCCS002 Assist with movement



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 RMEA’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 RMEA 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

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 RMEA 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 RMEA 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). 

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

Course Trainers

RMEA 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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