Course Title: Assist with physiotherapy treatments and interventions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: OHTH5754C

Course Title: Assist with physiotherapy treatments and interventions

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4321 - 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

Ronnie Bateman

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

Pre-requisite competency units are:
• HLTAP301B  Recognise healthy body systems in a health care setting
• HLTCSD305D  Assist with client movement
• HLTAH301C Assist with an allied health program

Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to support a range of physiotherapy treatments, including respiratory support and electrotherapy.
The application of knowledge and skills can relate to functions that assist with treatment and interventions developed by a physiotherapist. This can take place in a range of health care settings. Allied Health Assistants will operate within the scope of their defined roles and responsibilities and under supervision of a physiotherapist.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTAH402C Assist with physiotherapy treatments and interventions


Clean and store equipment

Performance Criteria:

Clean equipment according to manufacturer's recommendations, infection control requirements and organisation protocols under direct supervision of physiotherapist

Store equipment according to manufacturer's recommendations and the organisation's protocols

Check and maintain equipment according to organisation protocols and physiotherapist's guidelines

Report equipment faults to the appropriate person(s)

Label or tag equipment faults, where possible remove from use if unsafe or not working and inform staff in line with organisation procedures

Ensure physiotherapist is present when cleaning or testing electrotherapy equipment


Conduct physiotherapy treatment and interventions

Performance Criteria:

Confirm client's understanding of the program based on treatment plan prepared by the physiotherapist

Obtain informed consent from the client before commencing the exercise program

Where electrotherapeutic appliances are used, assist in positioning of client and equipment for physiotherapist to verify

Report any client misunderstanding or confusion to the physiotherapist in a timely manner

Guide the client to complete the participate in the treatment program as determined by physiotherapist

Identify and note any difficulties the client experiences completing the physiotherapy treatment and interventions and report to physiotherapist in a timely manner

Identify and manage client compliance issues, including subjective and objective reporting of client response to the program, and report to the physiotherapist in a timely manner

Provide feedback to the client to reinforce client understanding of treatment program and progress

Seek assistance when client presents with needs or signs outside limits of own authority, skills and/or knowledge

2.10 Report client difficulties to the supervising physiotherapist for advice before continuing the prescribed exercise program


Prepare for the delivery of a treatment program

Performance Criteria:

Obtain information about the treatment or intervention from the physiotherapist

Determine availability of treatment space, if required

Gather the equipment to deliver the treatment program, in line with client needs and specifications of the physiotherapist, ensuring safe handling of electrical modalities


Report and document information

Performance Criteria:

Provide client progress feedback to the treating physiotherapist

Report client difficulties and concerns to the treating physiotherapist in a timely manner

Implement variations to the treatment program according to the instructions of the physiotherapist

Document information about the treatment program according to the organisation's protocols

Use appropriate terminology to document client response, outcomes and identified problems related to the treatment program


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

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.

Classes & Dates:
17Th Nov.,19th Nov., 26th Nov., 3rd Dec., 8th Dec., 9th Dec., 10th Dec., 11th Dec., 12th Dec., 28th Jan., 4th Feb.and 11th Feb.
The students are required to attend all classes as there will be ongoing assessments during this period.

The students will be informed about the assessments in their first class. The information will also be available through 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  written examination and practical assessment  in the simulated environment. On gaining competency in these assessments, students will undertake clinical placement for this competency.

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-
Exercise Prescription
Group Exercise
Written examination
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.

The student needs to be deemed competent in all outcomes/above assessments to gain competency in this course.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

This course will be taught and assessed in cluster with the following courses-

OHTH 5753C - Deliver and monitor a client-specific exercise program

OHTH 5755C- Deliver and monitor exercise program for mobility

The students need to be deemed competent in ALL pre-requisites and core competencies before proceeding to this competency.

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