Physiotherapists use manual therapies and exercise programs to treat musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis and sports injuries, but they can also assist with neurological conditions such as stroke. Physiotherapists often require assistants to help them with the day to day care of patients and give clients more valuable face to face time and contact.
This practical online course will prepare you for a wide variety of roles in allied health assistance, while introducing you to the specialist skills needed to deliver exercise programs and support physiotherapy treatments. You'll learn how to deliver and monitor exercise and mobility programs, and assist in client movement and rehabilitation. A work placement will help you build your contacts and your readiness for work.
You’ll connect with other students online via the OpenSpace learning portal, where you can share knowledge, questions and resources. A Structured Workplace Learning component is part of the course, allowing you to build practical skills and industry contacts. You’ll also receive eligibility for professional recognition via membership of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.
Partnership with ICM Training
Open Colleges, Australia's leading distance education provider, has partnered with Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (National Provider Number 90197) to promote and provide access to the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance HLT42512 , which is delivered through online education supported by work placement activity.
Possible career outcomes:
- Physiotherapy assistant
- Physiotherapist assistant
- Physiotherapy aide
- Sports physiotherapy assistant
- Allied health assistant
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- Course number
- Course duration
- Max 24 months
- Course fees from
- $90.17 per week
- Certificate IV
- Delivery mode
- Online with Work Placement
- Nationally recognised
Online quizzes, short-answer questions, case studies, research reports, activities, logbooks, portfolio, interviews
- National Code
- Awarded By
- Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd
- Associated With
Physiotherapy, Module 1: Orientation to the Allied Health Sector
- HLTHIR301C Communicate and work effectively in health
- HLTAH301C Assist with an allied health program
- HLTAP301B Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context
- BSBMED301B Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
- HLTFA311A Apply first aid
Physiotherapy, Module 2: Principles of Practice
- HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures
- HLTCSD305D Assist with client movement
- HLTCSD201D Maintain high standard of client service
- HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes
- HLTAH407C Assist with physiotherapy treatments and interventions
Physiotherapy, Module 3: Client Service Delivery
- HLTAH407C Assist with the rehabilitation of clients
- HLTAH408C Assist with the development and maintenance of clients functional status
- HLTAH401C Deliver and monitor client-specific exercise program
- HLTAH403C Deliver and monitor exercise program for mobility
Physiotherapy, Module 4: Organisation Requirements
- HLTHIR402D Contribute to organisational effectiveness in the health industry
- HLTIN403C Implement and monitor infection control policy and procedures
- HLTHIR506C Implement and monitor compliance with legal and ethical requirements
- HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
Physiotherapy, Module 5: Client Support
Select 3 of the following 7 electives
- CHCCM401D Undertake case management
- CHCCS401C Facilitate responsible behaviour
- CHCDIS301C Work effectively with people with a disability
- CHCICS302B Participate in the implementation of individualised plans
- HLTCOM301C Provide specific information to clients
- HLTCSD306D Respond effectively to difficult or challenging behaviour
- HLTRAH301C Undertake visits to remote communities
- Physiotherapy, Module 1: Orientation to the Allied Health Sector
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 industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.
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 language requirements
Entry to this course requires English proficiency to Year 10 level, or equivalent (see Education Requirements for equivalency) or completion of an approved English language test (see below):
IELTS Overall score of 5.5 TOEFL 530 (paper), 197 (computer) or 71 (internet)
Open Colleges will endeavour to provide additional assistance to students who experience difficulties with language, literacy and numeracy.
You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:
- Microsoft Office 2007 or equivalent
- Broadband Internet Connection
- 2GB of Ram
- CD-ROM or DVD drive
- Adobe Reader X or equivalent
Specific requirements for Windows users:
- Microsoft Windows XP or higher (Windows 7 or higher is recommended)
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor (2GHz or faster recommended)Adobe Flash Player 10 or Higher
Specific requirements for Mac OS users:
- Mac OS X v 10.5 or higher (Mac OS X v 10.6 or higher is recommended)
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster Intel processor (2GHz or faster recommended)
You will also need access to a printer and scanner.
Audio-Visual RequirementsYou will need access to a digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video and image files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
As part of this course you are required to undertake 160 hours of Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) in an appropriate workplace, supervised by a qualified staff member. You will need to secure your own Work Placement; however Open Colleges can provide advice and direction through our Work Placement Support Team.
Additionally, in some cases, Open Colleges has established Assessment Centres and Work Placement Centres. An Assessment Centre is a facility where students can undertake both their practical training and workplace assessments. A Workplace Assessor will be present at the Assessment Centre to conduct the workplace assessment. A Work Placement Centre is a facility that has been assessed by Open Colleges as having the necessary facilities, supervision, clients, equipment and resources required to undertake SWL. Please note that fees apply.
Open Colleges also has a student placement agreement with Department of Health, WA whereby students can approach Western Australia Health Services to undertake their Structured Workplace Learning.
There are a number of statutory checks required by workplaces, such as a Criminal Record Check. These may vary by state. In addition, individual workplaces may impose additional requirements on students undertaking work placement. You will be responsible for the costs of any such checks or requirements. Please click here for details on the individual statutory requirements for your state or territory.
To receive a comprehensive guide to undertaking work placement for this course, submit your details in the enquiry box on the top right of this page.
You will need to be reasonably physically fit to undertake the work placement as the tasks and activities associated with the work placement involve providing direct personal assistance such as assisting with client movement or first aid.
First Aid Certificate: You will need to provide a certified and current Senior First Aid Certificate, Workplace Level 2 or Level 2 qualification from a Registered Training Organisation to demonstrate competency for HLTFA311A Apply first aid, at your own cost.
Students who successfully complete the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance HLT42512 may go on to further studies in allied health or nursing.
Deborah is a Registered Nurse with 13 years’ experience in different clinical settings; including infection control, intensive care, medical wards, surgical wards, aged care and primary health nursing. Deborah has also been an Occupational Health and Safety Officer for several years and a Workplace Trainer and Assessor in the health sector. In her spare time she enjoys playing guitar, travelling, writing short stories and spending time with her family.
Matt has experience as a small business owner across several industries including education, sports science and allied health. Working in these sectors has given him the opportunity to combine both his professional and personal passions for health. Aside from teaching at TAFE, Matt was also involved in the design and implementation of a unique High School PDHPE program where students participated in activities in sports science laboratories and fitness centres.
With her degree in Physiotherapy and training within the fitness industry, Rosemary uses her experience and expertise within the health and fitness industries as a fitness author and writer, and trainer and assessor. She has over 12 years of experience working in vocational education and training in both the private and public domains.
Rosemary is a well-established published fitness author and freelance writer. She is listed on the Consultant and Advisor Register for the Australian Council for Private Education and Training. She has extensive experience in the development of curriculum, assessment and learning materials for fitness and health qualifications in Australia.
Rosemary is the co-author of the textbook 'The Essential Guide to Fitness: For the Fitness Instructor' (now available in 2nd edition), which was specifically written to suit the needs of the fitness training package. She is now finalising work on her second health and fitness book.
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