Course Title: Deliver and monitor a hydrotherapy program

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: OHTH5860C

Course Title: Deliver and monitor a hydrotherapy program

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

Shayna Gavin

Nominal Hours: 50

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

This unit must be assessed after successful achievement of pre-requisite unit:

◾HLTFA311A Apply first aid

Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to support individuals and groups participating in hydrotherapy programs designed to restore optimum movement and functional independence .

This course requires work under the supervision of an allied health professional and in accordance with a prescribed treatment plan.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTAH413C Deliver and monitor a hydrotherapy program


1. Prepare for hydrotherapy program

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Confirm program requirements against the prescribed information provided by the health professional
1.2 Confer with allied health professional if requirements outlined in the exercise program are not clear, do not take into account client needs and abilities or are beyond scope of role and responsibilities as defined by the organisation
1.3 Determine the clients' availability, according to the organisation's protocols
1.4 Gather necessary equipment for the hydrotherapy program
1.5 Prepare the setting for the hydrotherapy program
1.6 Ensure adequate staff are present to meet organisation's staff : client ratio requirements
1.7 Obtain informed consent from the clients before commencing the hydrotherapy program


2. Conduct the hydrotherapy program

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Explain the purpose, rationale and requirements of each part of the hydrotherapy program to the clients
2.2 Assist client(s) in and out of the pool safely and efficiently according to organisation manual handling policy and treatment goals
2.3 Guide the clients to complete the program according to prescribed treatment plan
2.4 Demonstrate components of hydrotherapy to client where necessary
2.5 Provide the clients with sufficient time, opportunity and encouragement to practice existing and newly developed skills
2.6 Observe client movement through water and provide feedback to reinforce understanding and the correct application of the exercise program
2.7 Monitor the clients during and after the program according to the prescribed treatment plan
2.8 Identify and manage client compliance issues.
2.9 Identify the need for adjustment to the hydrotherapy program and report to the treating physiotherapist in a timely manner
2.10 Take appropriate and prompt action in response to any indicators of adverse reaction to the hydrotherapy according to relevant protocols and guidelines


3. Respond to an aquatic emergency

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Support the person(s) in difficulty as quickly as possible
3.2 Remove other clients, staff and other individuals from danger
3.3 Assess the factors involving a water rescue and the type of rescue required and equipment needs determined
3.4 Identify hazards and take appropriate action to prevent further injury/harm to the casualty
3.5 Perform water rescue
3.6 Observe and describe the condition of the casualty
3.7 Assess vital signs and symptoms of shock according to accepted first aid procedures
3.8 Identify and explain ant first aid or treatment appropriate to the casualty's condition and provide in line with approved first aid techniques and standards
3.9 Where necessary contact emergency services as soon as possible
3.10 Record and report the incident according to, legislative, regulatory and organisation requirements
3.11 Notify appropriate personnel and statutory authorities of the incident


4. Assist client after hydrotherapy session

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify support needs of client following a hydrotherapy session
4.2 Provide any required support with mobility, showering and dressing


5. Clean and store equipment

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Clean equipment according to manufacturer's recommendations
5.2 Store equipment according to manufacturer's recommendations and the organisation's protocols
5.3 Check and maintain equipment according to organisation protocols
5.4 Report equipment faults to the appropriate person(s)


6. Report and document information

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Report suggested adjustments to hydrotherapy program, 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 hydrotherapy program according to the advice of the treating allied health professional
6.5 Document information about the hydrotherapy program according to the organisation's protocols
6.6 Use appropriate terminology to document symptomatic expression of identified problems related to the therapeutic program


7. Comply with supervisory requirements

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Assist with exercise program according to the instruction of treating allied health professional
7.2 Provide client progress feedback to the treating allied health professional
7.3 Report client difficulties and concerns to the treating allied health professional
7.4 Implement variations to the exercise program according to the advice of the treating allied health professional

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities will involve-

  • Face to face teaching
  • learning and assessment activities in swimming pool
  • Case studies in class room and swimming pool
  • online quizzes and activities
  • YouTube and other video clips to gain better understanding of various activities/ procedures and scenarios
  • Accessing library for extra resources
  • Blackboard resources

Teaching Schedule

The students are required to attend all classes.

The teaching schedule will be as follows-

Datetime locationSession 
7th July8.30-11.3051.4.14Pool Rescue Theory 
 12.30- 3.30Uni Melbourne Pool

Pool Rescue Skills and procedures, Mock scenarios assessments

9th July8.30-11.3051.6.07

Water principles, Related  Anatomy ad Physiology , Assessment details

 12.30- 3.30City Baths PoolWater principles 
10th July8.30-11.3051.7.04Biomechanics, instructing exercise, communications 
 12.30- 3.30City Baths PoolBiomechanics, activity analysis, instructing exercise 
16th July8.30-11.3051.6.07Referrals, managing risks in and around pool including OHS and Infection control 
 12.30- 3.30City Baths PoolSafety and risk management, personal care needs, moving and positioning, case scenarios 
17th July8.30-11.3051.7.04Exercise programs, progressing exercises 
 12.30- 3.30City Baths PoolExercise programs, progressing exercises 
23rd July8.30-11.3056.06.88Revision, Time management, prioritisation, inclusion, access and equity 
 12.30- 3.30City Baths PoolCase study practice 
24th JulyFull dayCity Baths PoolAssessments through case studies. Details provided in class. 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Comprehensive Aquatics Therapy” by Bruce E Becker, MD and Andrew J Cole, MD, 3rd edition, 2010
Printed by Washington State University Publishing PO BOX 645910 Pullman WA 99164- 5910





Other Resources

All teaching resources will be available through the learning hub.

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

The courses- Deliver and Monitor Hydrotherapy program( OHTH 5860C) and Movement in water( SPRT 5099) will be delivered and assessed together in a cluster.

The students will be required to be deemed satisfactory in all assessment tasks to be deemed competent in this course

The assessment tasks will include-

  1. Online quizzes ( all correct answers required to pass)
  2. Practical Assessments in the swimming pool using case studies/ mock scenarios
  3. Ongoing mini assessments using mock scenarios in classroom/ pool 
  4. First Aid assessment records to be submitted( the students should have done their First Aid course)

Assessment Matrix

Other Information


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