Course Title: Assist with physiotherapy treatments and interventions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: OHTH5114C

Course Title: Assist with physiotherapy treatments and interventions

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4215 - 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

Judy Lasnitzki

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:
• HLTAP301A Recognise healthy body systems in a health care setting
• HLTCSD305B Assist with client movement
• HLTAH301A 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:

HLTAH402A 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


Comply with supervisory requirements

Performance Criteria:

Assist with exercise program according to the instruction of treating physiotherapist
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 exercise program according to the advice of the treating physiotherapist
Assist with client and machine positioning and treatment under direct supervision of the treating physiotherapist


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
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 client availability according to organisation protocols
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.

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 observation in the simulated environment and
in the clinical placement with questioning to address appropriate application of knowledge

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.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

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

OHTH 5113C- Deliver and Monitor a client specific exercise program

OHTH 5115C- Deliver and monitor exercise program for mobility

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