Course Title: Support the fitting of assistive devices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: OHTH5859C

Course Title: Support the fitting of assistive devices

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

Stephen Jones

Nominal Hours: 70

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

Not Applicable

Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to work with clients, their carers and other members of a multi-disciplinary team, where appropriate, to provide and fit assistive devices to meet individual client needs

This will include confirmation of the suitability of the prescription, suitability of fit and operation and the capacity or social interaction of the client which may include use of the assistive devices

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTAH414C Support the fitting of assistive devices


1. Prepare for fitting of assistive device

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Confirm assistive device details and fitting requirements against the prescribed information provided by the health professional

1.2 Confirm with allied health professional specific client needs and abilities

1.3 Confer with allied health professional if fitting requirements are outside scope of role and responsibilities as defined by the organisation

1.4 Determine the clients' availability, according to the organisation's protocols

1.5 Gather assistive device and any equipment required for fitting

1.6 Prepare the setting for the fitting and instruction for use

1.7 Obtain informed consent from the clients before commencing the fitting


2. Fit assistive device

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Provide client with the assistive device

2.2 Confirm the suitability of fit, size and operation meets expected performance parameters and prescription and conforms to the manufacturer's guidelines

2.3 Confirm the assistive device is in safe working order within the user environment

2.4 Obtain relevant measurements and data where adjustments are required

2.5 Restrict device functions for initial or trial periods to enable familiarity and ensure safety, where necessary

2.6 Document and report the process and outcomes of fitting ensuring that arrangements for further action are implemented

2.7 Document maintenance periods and requirements for the assistive device, where necessary

2.8 Identify any faults and complete necessary documentation

2.9 Confirm that client (and carer) have relevant documentation and understands any further action that needs to be taken



3. Support client to use assistive device

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Explain and reinforce information about the use of the assistive device, in a manner, and at the level and pace, appropriate for the client

3.2 Confirm client understanding and answer any questions

3.3 Confirm that the assistive is clean and in good working order for the client’s requirements before use

3.4 Label, remove from use and report defective assistive devices to the appropriate person, and ensure an alternative is supplied as promptly as possible

3.5 Remove and minimise potential hazards in the immediate environment

3.6 Educate client (and carers) in the safe use, transportation and maintenance of the assistive device within the context of the user environment

3.7 Offer appropriate constructive feedback, encouragement and reinforcement

3.8 Provide safe physical support to enable the client to use the assistive device

3.9 Identify incorrect use and give verbal feedback and physical guidance where necessary

3.10 Monitor the effectiveness of the assistive device and report any problems to the appropriate person with minimum delay

3.11 Report any adverse effect, and major progress to the appropriate member of the care team

3.12 Agree relevant trial period and review periods to co-ordinate with client treatment plan


4. Complete basic equipment construction and modification

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Obtain equipment construction or modification specifications from allied health professional

4.2 Confirm requirements with allied health professional

4.3 Procure materials required for basic equipment construction and modifications

4.4 Complete construction and modifications according to specifications

4.5 Seek support from allied health professional if difficulty arises meeting the specifications

4.6 Check completed construction and modifications with allied health professional

4.7 Complete and file any required documentation, according to organisation protocols


5. Clean and store assistive devices after use

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Clean assistive devices according to manufacturer's recommendations, infection control requirements and organisation protocols

5.2 Store assistive devices according to manufacturer's recommendations and the organisation's protocols

5.3 Report faults to the appropriate person(s) and complete necessary documentation


6. Report and document information

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Report suggested adjustments to assistive device ,together with rationale, to the responsible allied health professional

6.2 Provide client progress feedback to the treating allied health professional

6.3 Report client difficulties and concerns to the treating allied health professional

6.4 Implement variations to the assistive device according to the advice of the treating allied health professional

6.5 Document information about the client use of the assistive device according to the organisation's protocols

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

Visit to ILC

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 written and practical assessment in simulated environment. On gaining competency in these assessments, students will undertake clinical placement for this competency


Assessment Tasks

You are required to achieve competency in all of the assessment tasks in order to pass the Occupational Therapy component of the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance.

Assessment Tasks in class room environment

- HLTAH407C Assist with the rehabilitation of clients
- HLTAH408C Assist with the development and maintenance of client functional status
- HLTAH414C Support the fitting of assistive devices

The above units are assessed as a cluster. You must achieve competency in all five (5) assessment tasks in order to pass the related cluster units.

Assessment Task Date of Assessment
AT1: Activity Analysis
- Analyse an ADL activity of your choose and complete a report based on relevant ‘Activity Analysis’ components.
- Presentation of assignment to the class.
- Details of the assessment will be provided in class
AT2: Equipment Project
- You will be allocated an equipment topic to research and present to class. Details of the assessment will be provided in class
AT3: Occupational Therapy Rehabilitation Assignment
- Complete an assignment workbook that combines questions across each unit of study covered in the cluster.
AT4: Practical exam – Teach an ADL functional skill
- You will be provided with a case scenario identifying a skill that you are required to teach.
- Safely and independently teach the skill to a patient.
AT5: Written exam - Involves two components:
1. Short Answer questions
2. Case Study
After successful completion of these assessments, you will be allocated clinical placement for one week. You need to be deemed competent in clinical placement to pass this course.

NOTE- The student needs to be deemed competent in all assessments to pass the course. The students will be allocated to attend placements on successful completion of their classroom assessments. The students need to pass both classroom based assessments and clinical assessments to be deemed competent for the course.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

This competency is assessed and delivered in cluster with the following competencies-

HLTAH407C Assist with the rehabilitation of clients
HLTAH408C Assist with the development and maintenance of client functional status
HLTAH414C Support the fitting of assistive devices

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

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