Acting as an assistant to a Podiatrist, you will typically work alongside them or other health professionals to provide more opportunities for personal patient care. As a podiatry assistant, you will undertake a range of client care tasks relating to feet, legs and toes - such as foot hygiene procedures and orthotic and footwear modifications - as well as administration related to clinical consultation.
This is a rewarding and stable career for those looking to formalise their current skills into an accredited qualification, or for job seekers with an interest in this specialised area of health. The podiatry field can make a big difference to those with a disability or to the elderly; dealing with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of medical and surgical conditions of the feet and lower limbs.
This course also includes a Structured Workplace Learning component to allow you to gain real-world experience in Allied Health. Once your course is completed, you will also gain a nationally recognised specialist Allied Health qualification and an established pathway to potential further study.
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 (specialising in Podiatry) HLT42512 , which is delivered through online education supported by work placement activity.
Study Podiatry 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 podiatry are gained through a work placement which you will do in a health centre or other appropriate workplace.
Potential career outcomes:
- Podiatry assistant
- Podiatry aide
- Podiatry support worker
- Allied health assistant
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- Course number
- Course duration
- Max 24 months
- Certificate IV
- Delivery mode
- Online with Work Placement
- Nationally recognised
- Activities, Case Studies, Interviews, Logbook, Portfolio, Quizzes, Research Projects, Short-Answer Questions
- National Code
- Awarded By
- Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd
- Associated With
Podiatry, 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
Podiatry, 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
- HLTIN302C Process reusable instruments and equipment in health work
Podiatry, Module 3: Client Service Delivery
- HLTAH404C Assist with basic foot hygiene
- HLTAH406C Assist with podiatric assessment and exercise
- HLTAH414C Support the fitting of assistive devices
- CHCICS302B Participate in the implementation of indiviudalised plans
- HLTAH405C Assist with podiatric procedures
Podiatry, 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
Podiatry, Module 5: Client Support
Select 3 of the following 7 electives:
- CHCCM401D Undertake case management
- CHCICS302B Participate in the implementation of individualised plans
- CHCCS401C Facilitate responsible behaviour
- HLTCSD306D Respond effectively to difficult or challenging behaviour
- HLTCOM301C Provide specific information to clients
- HLTRAH301C Undertake visits to remote communities
- CHCDIS301C Work effectively with people with a disability
- Podiatry, 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 New South Wales or 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.
Once you are enrolled in this course, you will receive access to the first Study Period, which contains the first set of units for the course. When you have successfully completed those units, you'll be given access to the next Study Period. Study Periods 1 & 2 are available and have been released. The subsequent Study Periods for this course will be available for release on the following dates:
- Study Period 3: September 2013
- Study Period 4: October 2013
- Study Period 5: November 2013
Students who successfully complete the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (specialising in Podiatry) HLT42512 may go on to further studies in podiatry, allied health, nursing or other health-related fields.
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.
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.
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.
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