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Allied Health Assistance

Certificate IV in

Free TAFE Code: HLT43015
Our courses are being delivered online
TAFEs are recognised as essential services by the Victorian Government and are continuing to operate.

In response to the current coronavirus restrictions, Melbourne Polytechnic is transitioning its more than 240 courses to remote and flexible learning. This means students will not be required on campus at this stage unless notified by their teacher.

Overview

Campus

Greensborough

Duration

7 months full time

Duration

7 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.

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

Akolda Bil

"It means 'future' to me. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... Studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Delivery methods

You will undertake a supervised health sector work placement, with a minimum 120 hours, for real-world experience before you graduate.

  • Simulation
  • Work placements
  • Online components
  • Face-to-face

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
CHCCOM005 COMMUNICATE AND WORK IN HEALTH OR COMMUNITY SERVICES Core 30
CHCDIV001 WORK WITH DIVERSE PEOPLE Core 40
CHCADV001 FACILITATE THE INTERESTS AND RIGHTS OF CLIENTS Core 100
HLTAAP001 RECOGNISE HEALTHY BODY SYSTEMS Core 70
HLTAHA010 ASSIST WITH THE DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF CLIENT FUNCTIONAL STATUS Core 90
HLTINF001 COMPLY WITH INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES Core 25
CHCLEG003 MANAGE LEGAL AND ETHICAL COMPLIANCE Core 80
HLTAHA001 ASSIST WITH AN ALLIED HEALTH PROGRAM Core 65
HLTWHS002 FOLLOW SAFE WORK PRACTICES FOR DIRECT CLIENT CARE Core 25
BSBMED301 INTERPRET AND APPLY MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY APPROPRIATELY Core 60
HLTAAP002 CONFIRM PHYSICAL HEALTH STATUS Core 90
CHCCCS002 ASSIST WITH MOVEMENT Core 25
CHCDIS009 FACILITATE ONGOING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT USING A PERSON-CENTRED APPROACH Core 50
HLTAHA009 ASSIST IN THE REHABILITATION OF CLIENTS Core 90
HLTAHA011 Conduct group sessions for individual client outcomes Core 60
CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing Core 80

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.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $650 $3250 $7550
Maximum annual amenities $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $825 $3500 $7800
Per year $0
Per semester $0

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 1 November 2019. 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.
Are you eligible for subsidised study?
You could be eligible for up to $20,000 in government funding.

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

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

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Concession fees are charged at 20% 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, counseling 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.

Attend an Info Session 

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.
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Requirements

  • You will need adequate language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills appropriate for the demands of this course
  • current and clear Police Check and Working with Children Check is required for placements

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. 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 of our Skills and Job Centres, 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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