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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: OHTH5758C

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

School: 155T Life & Physical 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

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:

HLTAH408C 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
Check safety and efficiency of any equipment and
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
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
Seek advice if safety issues arise, does not wish to
continue, is distressed or in pain or if conflict arises with
Assist professional to work with client to review
 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
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


Document client information

Performance Criteria:

Use accepted protocols to document information
relating to the program in line with organisation
Provide regular feedback to the client's care team


Plan to 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
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 and classroom  activities, presentations and assignments.
The students will attend clinical placement after being competent in the class room settings to gain competency in this course.

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 5756C- Assist with rehabilitation of clients
  • OHTH 5759C- Conduct group sessions for client outcomes

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