Course Title: Assist with the development and maintenance of client functional status

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: OHTH5117C

Course Title: Assist with the development and maintenance of client functional status

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

Kate Lambeth

Nominal Hours: 90

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 support clients to participate in developmental activities that will enhance or maintain functional status.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTAH408A Assist with the development and maintenance of client functional status


Clean and store equipment and materials

Performance Criteria:

Clean equipment and materials according to manufacturers requirements
Store equipment and materials according to manufacturers requirements and organisation protocols
Report equipment faults to appropriate person


Deliver skill development and maintenance program

Performance Criteria:

Gather the equipment and materials to deliver the program, in line with client needs, specifications of the allied health professional and legislative and organisation guidelines
Check safety and efficiency of any equipment and materials
Support client to carry out activities in ways that promote safety, involvement and confidence, and adhere to the cultural and spiritual beliefs and preference of the client
Provide support according to principles and practices of active support, in a manner that is respectful of the client and provides encouragement and motivation to optimise client interest and involvement
Set up the environment to optimise client interest, participation and involvement
Identify and respond appropriately to any risk to clients or others and report accordingly
Provide reinforcement and constructive feedback to client and carers about involvement in activities
Modify approaches if client becomes distressed, in pain or communicate their desire to stop or amend the activity
Seek advice if safety issues arise, does not wish to continue, is distressed or in pain or if conflict arises with client
Assist professional to work with client to review progress
Under direction of an occupational therapist, adapt the environment and activity to maximise functional independence


Develop skill development and maintenance program based on identified goals

Performance Criteria:

Assist professional to work with client and carers to identify current skills and abilities and how these can be built upon to participate more meaningfully in the client’s environment(s)
Assist professional to work with client and carers to identify their needs and priorities in terms of specific skill development and maintenance
Identify skills that need to be developed that are outside scope of role and responsibilities as defined by the organisation and refer to the allied health professional
Assist professional to work with the client and carers to develop goals that will enable work at the client’s own pace to acquire and retain skills for daily living
Support the client and carers to identify methods that will build upon their strengths when developing, and retaining skills
Work with professional and client to determine methods of evaluating the effectiveness of activities and methods


Document client information

Performance Criteria:

Use accepted protocols to document information relating to the program in line with organisation requirements
Provide regular feedback to the client’s care team
Use appropriate terminology to document symptomatic expression of identified problems related to the program


Plan and deliver skill development program activities based on identified goals

Performance Criteria:

Obtain information about the developmental program from an allied health professional
Consult allied professional about the developmental program requirements and desired client outcomes
Identify program requirements outside scope of role and responsibilities as defined by the organisation and discuss with allied health professional
Identify and confirm impact of the program’s contribution to the client’s overall care plan
Determine client availability according to organisation protocols
Identify cultural and spiritual issues that might have an impact on client’s maintenance of function

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities include-
• Face to face teaching
• Case studies
• Class room activities and practical work
• Reflections and discussions
• Accessing information online
a trip to Independent living centre

The details of the class schedule on weekly basis is available on the time table that has been provided to students and is also available on RMIT Learning hub

Teaching Schedule

There will be face to face teaching and practical activities for this course and the details of the class date and time will be in the timetable provided to the students. Timetable can also be accessed online in the 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
Case studies
Assessment details
Practical work details

Other Resources

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

Overview of Assessment

The assessment will involve workbook activities and assignments.
There will be observation in the clinical placement with questioning to address appropriate application of knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

The assessment tasks will include a range of activities and assessments to assess the student for the learning outcomes for the course.
The assessment tasks will include-

* ADL Challenge
* Activity Analysis
* Case study and treatment plan
* Environmental assessment report
* Health Promotion Project
* Assessment reading presentation
* Equipment presentation
* Terms and abbreviation log
* Treatment plan
* Final practical assessment
* Clinical placement assessment

The details of the assessments will be provided to the students by the teacher through the RMIT Learning Hub.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

This course will be delivered and assessed along with the following courses-


  • OHTH 5116- Assist with rehabilitation of clients
  • OHTH 5118- Conduct group sessions for client outcomes

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