Course Title: Assist with an allied health program

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: NURS5151C

Course Title: Assist with an allied health program

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4215 - Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

Course Contact: Veemita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4662

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Christine Smith

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are no pre-requisites and co-requisites for this course.

Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to provide basic assistance to an allied health professional in different settings.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTAH301A Assist with an allied health program


Apply a primary health care approach

Performance Criteria:

Demonstrate a holistic understanding of health as wellbeing, rather than focusing on disease or its absence
Work with an awareness of multiple determinants of health, including housing, education, nutrition and communication
Support and facilitate the involvement of the client and, where appropriate, the community in planning and provision of services
Promote good health and a preventive approach to maintaining health as part of own work role, where appropriate
Demonstrate recognition of and support for the importance of access and equity in provision of health services in line with own work role
Reflect evidence based practice in own provision of health care services


Assist in the design and construction of simple therapy materials/equipment

Performance Criteria:

Assist the allied health professional to identify gaps in therapy material resources and develop solutions
Update therapy materials on a regular basis as instructed
Construct aids/adaptations in accordance with allied health professional’s instructions


Complete required administrative duties

Performance Criteria:

Maintain statistics in accordance with organisation policies and procedures
Maintain stock levels in accordance with organisation policies and procedures
Book in clients for appointments in accordance with organisation policies and procedures


Feedback appropriate therapy information to supervising allied health professional

Performance Criteria:

Pass on significant information to appropriate supervising allied health professional
Document information according to organisation policy and procedures


Prepare for a therapy session

Performance Criteria:

Discuss therapy/treatment program and confirm with appropriate supervising allied health professional
Obtain information from relevant sources according to organisation policies and supervising allied health professional
Check resources/equipment required for therapy program to ensure suitability and working order
Recognise and minimise environmental hazards in accordance with organisation requirements
Prepare the client for therapy under direction of relevant supervising allied health professional who may not be present


Provide assistance with therapy session

Performance Criteria:

Assist with therapy tasks according to instructions of allied health professional who may not be present
Maintain general therapy precautions
Seek clarification/feedback as required
Take appropriate actions to ensure comfort, safety and privacy of the client
Reinforce, clarify and explain therapy goals to clients under supervision of allied health professional
Support and coach clients to achieve identified therapy goals under supervision of allied health professional
Deal with accidents/incidents appropriately and report to the supervising allied health professional


Provide relevant information to clients

Performance Criteria:

Understand the role of the allied health professional and assistant
Adhere to confidentiality policies at all times.
Provide basic accurate information to clients/prospective clients regarding allied health services


Use therapy equipment correctly and safely

Performance Criteria:

Use equipment according to instructions set by supervising allied health professional
Follow OHS guidelines for particular pieces of equipment
Use equipment according to manufacturer and supervising allied health professional instructions

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities include-

  • Collaborative class room teaching
  • Role plays and case studies
  • Clinical placement
  • Accessing information online
  • Using the information from elective courses

Teaching Schedule

The face to face teaching will be conducted on 10th March, 24th March, 9th June followed by a class presentation on 9th June.There will be ongoing support online through RMIT learning hub.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text for this course as comprehensive course material will be provided by the teacher through RMIT Learning Hub.


Online learning materials can be accessed using the RMIT Online Learning Hub.
The online learning materials listed include:

Subject outlines
Lecture notes
Assessment details
Reference to the course materials of related elective courses

Other Resources

The students can access library for more resources like-
• Videos
• Articles of interest
• useful external links
• Learning Lab

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be based on class presesntations, case studies and observation in the workplace with questioning to address appropriate application of knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

The assessment tasks will include a class presentation that will assess the students for their skills and knowledge required for this course.The presentation details are listed on the RMIT learning hub.
The assessment will be held on 13th Oct.
Another assessment for this course will be based on the clinical placement case study. The details of that assessment are in the " Student Clinical Journal and assessment" booklet. This assessment needs to be submitted at the end of clinical placement.

Assessment Matrix

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