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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

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

Stephen Jones

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 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 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 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

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 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 be as-

  • Group assessment
  • Role assessment
  • Ice breaker
  • jargon journal
  • equipment presentation
  • Activity analysis
  • ADL challenge
  • Final Examination
  • Clinical placement experience

The student needs to be deemed competent in all assessments to pass the course.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

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

OHTH 5756C

OHTH 5759C

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