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Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

Free TAFE Jobtrainer Code: HLT43015

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Overview

Campus

Greensborough

Duration

9 months full time

Next Intake

February

Next Intake

February

A varied career in healthcare

Allied health assistants work under the direct supervision of health care professionals (such as doctors and nurses) to provide therapeutic and program-related support in a variety of assistant roles such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry, speech pathology and nutrition. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance will build on existing skills and knowledge to advance your career in allied health. Demand for allied health assistants is strong. By 2023 the healthcare and social assistance industry is expected to employ over 1.9 million people, so there are strong prospects for a varied and rewarding career in allied health assistance.

Build on what you already know

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance is ideal for those already working in allied health or who have completed the Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance. Advancing your existing skills and knowledge, you will learn to assist allied health professionals such as occupational therapists or physiotherapists in a number of health care areas, working across all age groups. Melbourne Polytechnic offers dedicated, fully-equipped spaces to learn new techniques and improve existing skills under the supervision of industry-qualified, experienced teaching staff. You will undertake a supervised health sector work placement, with a minimum 120 hours, for real-world experience before you graduate.

Get ready for a career with a difference

On completing the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance, you may find work as a therapy assistant or an allied health assistant in a variety of interesting and rewarding fields. This is a career path that provides a range of options and allows you to pursue what you’re truly passionate about. An allied health assistant may find employment in a specialty area or work generically across an organisation in the delivery of allied health assistance services. Your placement will give you the experience and connections to pursue a role in the industry and kick start your career in allied health.

Students in this cohort will be simultaneously enrolled in the 22469VIC Course in Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to deepen their skills and knowledge of the NDIS and working with an NDIS participant.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

An allied health assistant may find employment in a specialty area or work generically across an organisation in the delivery of allied health assistance services.

Pathways

  • Allied Health Assistant
  • Therapy Assistant

Course Details

Delivery methods

This course is taught through blended delivery (a combination of remote and on-campus delivery) at Greensborough campus.

All students are required to undertake a minimum of 120 hours of supervised work placement in a relevant aged care facility.

  • Blended learning
  • Simulation
  • Work placements
  • Face-to-face
  • Online
  • Classroom

Class Schedule

Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri - 9am - 3.30pm

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed in a variety of ways both in the classroom and in the workplace. Assessments include demonstration of tasks/techniques, group activities, in-class activities, simulation, written work, simulation and during work placement

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
BSBMED301 INTERPRET AND APPLY MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY APPROPRIATELY Core 60
CHCADV001 FACILITATE THE INTERESTS AND RIGHTS OF CLIENTS Elective 100
CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing Elective 80
CHCCOM005 COMMUNICATE AND WORK IN HEALTH OR COMMUNITY SERVICES Core 30
CHCDIV001 WORK WITH DIVERSE PEOPLE Core 40
CHCLEG003 MANAGE LEGAL AND ETHICAL COMPLIANCE Core 80
HLTAAP001 RECOGNISE HEALTHY BODY SYSTEMS Core 70
HLTAAP002 CONFIRM PHYSICAL HEALTH STATUS Core 90
HLTAHA001 ASSIST WITH AN ALLIED HEALTH PROGRAM Elective 65
HLTAHA005 SUPPORT THE DELIVERY AND MONITORING OF PHYSIOTHERAPY PROGRAMS FOR MOBILITY Elective 70
HLTAHA009 ASSIST IN THE REHABILITATION OF CLIENTS Elective 90
HLTAHA010 ASSIST WITH THE DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF CLIENT FUNCTIONAL STATUS Elective 90
HLTAHA011 CONDUCT GROUP SESSIONS FOR INDIVIDUAL CLIENT OUTCOMES Elective 60
HLTAID011 PROVIDE FIRST AID Core 18
HLTINF001 COMPLY WITH INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES Elective 25
HLTWHS002 FOLLOW SAFE WORK PRACTICES FOR DIRECT CLIENT CARE Core 25

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

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Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Job Trainer Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $0 $680 $3400 $7900
Materials fee $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $250 $855 $3650 $8150
Per year $
Per semester $
Materials fee $

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 19 November 2020. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Fees explained

The State Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition (excluding Amenities Fees and Materials Fees) for students who are eligible for government subsidised training and enrol into one of the Priority listed course.

Free TAFE is available to eligible students for one course enrolment in a lifetime.

Free TAFE places are limited for this course in 2020. Please call 9269 8400 and we can advise you whether Free TAFE places are still available.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition fees for students who are eligible. Materials and amenities may still apply.

The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have commenced in a tuition-free priority course, you are not eligible for further tuition-free places again, even if you do not finish your first tuition-free priority course.

Check your eligibility

Eligible students will pay 20 per cent of the standard Government subsidised tuition fee. Students can access up to one full qualification and one short course or skill set under the JobTrainer fund, including Free TAFE courses.

Who is eligible for JobTrainer?

To qualify for a non-traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or unemployed. 

To qualify for a traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or
    have been unemployed at the commencement date of the Training Contract; or became employed within 31 days before the commencement date of their Training Contract

To find out if you are eligible for Job Trainer or Free TAFE, call us on 03 9269 8400.

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking 

Additional expenses

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

Work books and class materials are supplied. Any additional material cost to be advised at information sessions.

Scholarships on offer

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Requirements

For compulsory work placement of 120 hours you must:

  • be 18 or over
  • provide evidence of an influenza vaccination and other vaccinations as advised
  • have a clear Police Check
  • some organisations may also require a Working with Children check.

The unit HLTAID011 Provide First Aid requires students to perform at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on an adult resuscitation manikin placed on the floor. Additional units require students to demonstrate and complete manual handling tasks. This includes but is not limited to the capacity to reposition clients in wheelchairs, push wheelchairs, use hoists, put clients into slings, turn a patient using a slide sheet, use a standing machine and walking with clients who use crutches or wheelie frames who may fall and be unable to weight bear properly. Students must be able to fulfil these requirements independently.

You will undertake a pre-training review and a literacy and numeracy assessment. Learners will be best equipped to achieve the course outcome if they have:

  • a minimum level of literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) Working Level 3 Reading and Working Level 3 Numeracy
  • A good standard of digital literacy

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend our Skills and Job Centre, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about TPPs here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

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