Course Description

As an OTA, you will help those affected by illness, injury, accidents or ageing to resume everyday activities such as work, recreation and domestic tasks by helping clients perform exercises as specified in a treatment plan and teaching clients how to use equipment that may make certain activities easier.

Occupational Therapists Assistants are employed across several industries including health care and social assistance; public administration and safety; education and training; and financial and insurance services.

When you successfully finish this course, you’ll be ready to begin work as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. A structured workplace learning component within the industry will ensure that you’re ready to begin a career with real life experience. Do this course flexibly and in your own time, starting on any day of the year.

At the successful completion of your studies, you’ll be awarded a nationally accredited qualification as well as a recognised pathway to highly valued work or more advanced studies.

Study Occupational Therapy Assistance online

This course is delivered through a combination of online learning and a work placement. Theory, knowledge and initial skills are developed via our online campus OpenSpace, which is where you can access your course material and complete your assessments.

Practical skills in occupational therapy assistance are gained through a work placement which you will do in a health centre or other appropriate workplace. 

As an OTA, you will help those affected by illness, injury, accidents or ageing to resume everyday activities such as work, recreation and domestic tasks by helping clients perform exercises as specified in a treatment plan and teaching clients how to use equipment that may make certain activities easier.

Occupational Therapists Assistants are employed across several industries including health care and social assistance; public administration and safety; education and training; and financial and insurance services.

When you successfully finish this course, you’ll be ready to begin work as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. A structured workplace learning component within the industry will ensure that you’re ready to begin a career with real life experience. Do this course flexibly and in your own time, starting on any day of the year.

At the successful completion of your studies, you’ll be awarded a nationally accredited qualification as well as a recognised pathway to highly valued work or more advanced studies.

Study Occupational Therapy Assistance online

This course is delivered through a combination of online learning and a work placement. Theory, knowledge and initial skills are developed via our online campus OpenSpace, which is where you can access your course material and complete your assessments.

Practical skills in occupational therapy assistance are gained through a work placement which you will do in a health centre or other appropriate workplace. 

Potential career outcomes

  • Allied Health Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Therapy Assistant
Course number E1164
Qualification name HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Occupational Therapy)
Course duration Max 24 months
Delivery Method Online with Work Placement
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case Studies, Demonstrations, Knowledge tests, Practical Assessments, Presentations
Fee for service option awarded by
  • Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197)

As an OTA, you will help those affected by illness, injury, accidents or ageing to resume everyday activities such as work, recreation and domestic tasks by helping clients perform exercises as specified in a treatment plan and teaching clients how to use equipment that may make certain activities easier.

Occupational Therapists Assistants are employed across several industries including health care and social assistance; public administration and safety; education and training; and financial and insurance services.

When you successfully finish this course, you’ll be ready to begin work as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. A structured workplace learning component within the industry will ensure that you’re ready to begin a career with real life experience. Do this course flexibly and in your own time, starting on any day of the year.

At the successful completion of your studies, you’ll be awarded a nationally accredited qualification as well as a recognised pathway to highly valued work or more advanced studies.

Study Occupational Therapy Assistance online

This course is delivered through a combination of online learning and a work placement. Theory, knowledge and initial skills are developed via our online campus OpenSpace, which is where you can access your course material and complete your assessments.

Practical skills in occupational therapy assistance are gained through a work placement which you will do in a health centre or other appropriate workplace. 

Fee For Service Schedule

Module 1

  • Provide relevant information to clients
  • Prepare for therapy session
  • Provide assistance with therapy session
  • Use therapy equipment correctly and safely
  • Feedback appropriate therapy information to supervising allied health professional
  • Assist in the design and construction of simple therapy materials and equipment
  • Complete required administrative duties
  • Work with a primary health care approach
  • Communicate effectively with people
  • Collaborate with colleagues
  • Address constraints to communication
  • Report problems to supervisor
  • Complete workplace correspondence and documentation
  • Contribute to continuous improvement
  • Communicate with clients and co-workers
  • Address communication needs
  • Facilitate meetings
  • Reflect on own perspectives
  • Appreciate diversity and inclusiveness, and their benefits
  • Communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and situations
  • Promote understanding across diverse groups

Module 2

  • Respond appropriately to instructions which contain medical terminology
  • Carry out routine tasks
  • Use appropriate medical terminology in oral and written communication
  • Work with information about the human body
  • Recognise and promote ways to support healthy functioning of the body
  • Obtain information about physical health status
  • Check physical health status
  • Identify variations from normal physical health status

Module 3

  • Follow safe work practices for direct client care
  • Follow safe work practices for manual handling
  • Follow safe work practices for infection control
  • Contribute to safe work practices in the workplace
  • Reflect on own safe work practices

Module 4

  • Research information required for legal compliance
  • Determine ethical responsibilities 
  • Develop and communicate policies and procedures 
  • Monitor compliance
  • Maintain knowledge of compliance requirements

Module 5

  • Plan to deliver a daily living skills program based on identified goals
  • Assist with developing daily living skill and maintenance program based on identified goals
  • Deliver daily living skill development and maintenance program
  • Assist with evaluating daily living skill development and maintenance program
  • Comply with supervisory requirements
  • Clean and store equipment and materials
  • Document client information
  • Prepare for fitting of assistive equipment
  • Fit assistive equipment
  • Support client to use assistive equipment
  • Complete basic assistive equipment construction and modification
  • Comply with supervisory requirements
  • Clean and store assistive equipment after use
  • Report and document information
  • Plan to deliver a rehabilitation program
  • Assist with the development of a rehabilitation program
  • Assist with the delivery of a rehabilitation plan
  • Assist with the evaluation of a rehabilitation plan
  • Comply with supervisory requirements
  • Clean and store equipment and materials
  • Document client information

Module 6

  • Collect and assess information
  • Organise information
  • Review information needs

Module 7

All units in study period 7 are to be undertaken by an external provider.

  • Respond to an emergency situation
  • Perform CPR procedures
  • Communicate details of the incident
  • Respond to an emergency situation
  • Apply appropriate first aid procedures
  • Communicate details of the incident
  • Respond to an emergency situation
  • Apply appropriate first aid procedures
  • Communicate details of the incident
  • Evaluate the incident and own performance

Education

You will need to have completed year 10, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
  • 2 years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Minimum Age

You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.

English

This course involves reading learner guides and undertaking a range of written assessments and engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.

Computing

You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
  • Printer and associated software
  • Scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Equipment

You will need access to:

  • A digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video, image and audio files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
  • Software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet.

Physical

  • Students will be required to undertake the tasks of an Allied Health Assistant during work placement which involves providing direct personal assistance.
  • Learners undertaking the unit HLTAID003 Provide first aid, will be required to undertake Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) continuously for a minimum 2 minutes while kneeling on the floor as indicated in the assessment requirements for the unit.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies.

You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

The course contains 120 hours of work placement

A minimum of 120 hours in the workplace with access to at least three clients. Depending on the nature of the workplace and the learners’ performance, it is possible that the learner may require additional time.

Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197). 

Alicia Harris

Alicia has worked in the field of occupational therapy for 15 years. She has worked both within the UK and in Australia and has developed extensive experience within many areas of occupational therapy practice including brain and spinal cord injury, aged care and manual handling.

Alicia was recently employed as the occupational therapy practice educator. This role primarily helped to coordinate placements for undergraduate OT students and develop evidence-based practice education resources for the local occupational therapy staff.

Alicia is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a current member of Occupational Therapy Australia.

Tracey Johnson

Tracey qualified as a podiatrist in 1998. Her career has spanned many areas of interest including lecturing podiatry students, holding executive positions with podiatry and foot related associations, and working in the public and private sector. Whilst Tracey covers all areas of podiatry practice, her particular focus is the foot in diabetes cases. Tracey recently completed an online Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes and has had several articles published in journals.

Wesley D'Costa

Wesley is a senior occupational therapist by profession and previously worked in aged care and vocational rehabilitation. He has extensive VET and tertiary qualifications and is a member of several organisations, including The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.

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