Course Title: Support the delivery and monitoring of physiotherapy programs for mobility

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2021

Course Code: OHTH5912C

Course Title: Support the delivery and monitoring of physiotherapy programs for mobility

Important Information:

This course is delivered and assessed as a cluster with course"  OHTH5911C Deliver and monitor a client-specific physiotherapy program".

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4367 - Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

Course Contact: Jade Cusworth

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8382

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Clare Williamson

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 unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support individuals or a group of individuals participating in group physiotherapy programs designed to restore optimum movement and functional independence.
This unit applies to allied health assistants and should be performed under the direction and supervision (direct, indirect or remote) of an allied health professional.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTAHA005 Support the delivery and monitoring of physiotherapy programs for mobility


1. Prepare for mobility and movement program

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Interpret program requirements and confirm against the prescribed information provided by the physiotherapist 1.2 Determine the client's availability, according to the organisation's protocols 1.3 Gather necessary equipment for the mobility and movement program 1.4 Prepare the setting for the mobility and movement program 1.5 Obtain consent from the client before commencing the mobility and movement program


2. Conduct mobility and movement programs to restore optimum movement

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Assist with exercise program according to the instruction of treating physiotherapist 2.2 Confirm client's understanding of exercise program based on treatment plan prepared by the physiotherapist 2.3 Guide the client to complete the program according to prescribed treatment plan 2.4 Provide the client with sufficient time, opportunity and encouragement to practice existing and newly developed skills 2.5 Encourage the client to take advantage of planned and unplanned opportunities to integrate skills developed within the program into normal daily activities 2.6 Provide feedback to the client to reinforce understanding and the correct application of the exercise program 2.7 Monitor the client during and after the program according to the prescribed treatment plan 2.8 Identify the need for modifications to the exercise program and report to the treating physiotherapist 2.9 Recognise when client becomes distressed, in pain or communicates their desire to slow down, change activity or stop and follow stepping down procedures outlined in treatment plan or organisation guidelines and report to the treating physiotherapist 2.10 Take appropriate and prompt action in response to any indicators of adverse reaction to the program or treatment according to relevant protocols and guidelines and report to the treating physiotherapist


3. Comply with supervisory requirements

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Provide client progress feedback to the treating physiotherapist 3.2 Identify and manage client adherence issues, including subjective and objective reporting of client response to the program, and report to the physiotherapist in a timely manner 3.3 Report client difficulties and concerns to the treating physiotherapist in a timely manner 3.4 Implement variations to the exercise program according to the advice of the treating physiotherapist


4. Clean and store equipment

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Clean equipment according to manufacturer's recommendations, infection control requirements and organisation protocols 4.2 Store equipment according to manufacturer's recommendations and the organisation's protocols 4.3 Report equipment faults to the appropriate person(s) 4.4 Label or tag equipment faults, where possible remove from use if unsafe or not working and inform staff in line with organisation procedures


5. Report and document information

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Document information about the program according to the organisation's protocols and reporting requirement 5.2 Use appropriate terminology to document client response, outcomes and identified problems related to the program

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

A combination of activities will support student’s learning in this course, such as:

Face-to-face &/or online lectures to cover theoretical and practical concepts for each topic in the course.

Students will learn to apply their skills and knowledge to work integrated learning (WIL) in the student & clinical practice environment, during simulations and classroom based learning

Observation and perfromance of skills in the workplace will be a valuable part of your learning experienc.

Tutorial activities (individually and in teams) to discuss, debate, critique and consolidate your ideas and extend your understanding around key concepts within specific topics

Utilise and develop critical research and cognitive skills to find credible sources of health information

Self-directed study time (eg. readings or activities around theory) to enhance and strengthen your knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts

To further facilitate learning students are strongly encouraged to use a range of communication tools between themselves and their course instructor as well as between themselves and fellow students by using the online learning platform

Teaching Schedule

VE Week 2021

Feb - June



Introduction to Clinical Anatomy and the role of a 

Physiotherapy Assistant


Lets get moving


What is the body made of?




So what are we moving when we move?


Lets talk about joints.


What restricts joint movements?


Show and Tell-Student demonsrations.-Online submissions

Mid Semester



Muscles – Controlling joint movement -Lower limb muscles


Muscles part 2– upper limb and trunk


Basic physics and biomechanics


Bring it together Revision Session


Online Knowledge Assessment


Consent and Notes


Exercise why when how


Exercise part 2





VE Week 2021




Stretching & Balance




Gait assistance including Stairs


Manual Handling


Practice Transfers/ Stairs/ Documentation






ONLINE Knowledge Assessment

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT Library

Overview of Assessment


You must demonstrate Performance and Knowledge Evidence of the unit in order to be deemed competent.
Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.

Assessment Task 1: Short answer questions

Assessment Task 2: Knowledge assessment

Assesment Task 3: Practical assessment

Assesment Task 4: Practical assessment

Assesment Task 5: Clinical placement

Primary assessment involves on-going practical and applied assessment in a clinical workplace or simulated environment such as Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placement activity.

Competency based training requires you to be in attendance in order for assessment to be undertaken.

You will be required to attend clinical placement as a part of the assessment and qualification requirement for this program.


Assessment Tasks

AT 1 & AT2 Knowledge Asessment Tasks in Week 13 and Week 24 respectively.

AT3 Practical Demonstraion of skills assisting a patient to perfom bed exercises in week 16

AT4 Practical demonstration of skills assisting a patint to ascend and descend stairs in week 21

AT 5 Clinical placement logbook submission

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

If due to illness or other unforeseen circumstance, you are unable to attend on the due date of an assessment (e.g. test, examination, oral, etc.) OR you do attend, but your performance has been affected, you may submit an APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL CONSIDERATION within 2 working days of the due date. If Special Consideration is granted, you will be given the opportunity to complete/repeat the assessment task at a later date. For advice on this application please

visit or speak to your Program Coordinator.

If due to illness or other unforeseen circumstance, you are unable to submit by the due date (e.g. assignment, report, project etc.): you may submit an APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE

WORK for an extension of time of up to seven (7) calendar days or less. This must be lodged with the Program Coordinator 1 working day before the original due date. If granted, you will have the opportunity to submit up to 7 days later than the original due date. For advice on this application please visit  or speak to your Program Coordinator.


RESUBMISSIONS: Only one resubmission per assessment is permitted unless otherwise stated and resubmissions are at the discretion of the teacher and coordinator and are not automatically granted.


You are expected to prepare all assignments and other written work in a professional manner. More information on general academic study and writing skills can be found on the “Learning

Lab”  All work submitted for assessment must be submitted electronically unless otherwise advised.



Students must keep a copy of all submitted assessments including electronic copies. APA style is used for all referencing and for bibliography.

RMIT University has a strict policy on academic integrity and plagiarism and. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.


If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

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