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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2023

Course Code: OHTH5912C

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

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities.  

To participate in any RMIT course in-person activities or assessment, you will need to comply with RMIT vaccination requirements which are applicable during the duration of the course. This RMIT requirement includes being vaccinated against COVID-19 or holding a valid medical exemption.  

Please read this RMIT Enrolment Procedure as it has important information regarding COVID vaccination and your study at RMIT:  

Please read the Student website for additional requirements of in-person attendance:  


Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance.  


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

School: 535T Social Care and Health

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 - Course instructor



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 students learning in this course, such as:
• Face to face and 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), during simulations and classroom based learning
• Observations of performance in the workplace and industry placement or simulated environment will be a valuable part of your learning experience
• Tutorial activities (individually and in teams) to discuss, debate, critique and consolidate your ideas and extend your understanding around key concepts within specific topics
• Online discussion and activities support you to collaborate with other students in your course and debate and debate and discuss ideas
• Self directed study time 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




Introduction to Clinical Anatomy and the role of a

Physiotherapy Assistant


Lets get moving


What is the body made of?


Movement AROM, Tissue and Contractions


So, what are we moving when we move?


Muscles of the Hip & Upper body.


Physics, bones, strength and exercise

Mid Semester



Recap Session & Preparation for Bed Exercise Task


Bed exercise Assessment task


Clinical applications.

Pressure sores and manual handling 


Manual handling-basic physics and biomechanics


Bringing it together Revision Session 


Online Knowledge Assessment


Pain and Physiological responses


Exercise why when how


Exercise, measure and signs of distress




                        Stretching & Balance                          




Gait assistance including Stairs


Manual Handling


Practice Transfers/ Stairs/ Documentation






ONLINE Knowledge Assessment


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Resources for this course are provided in Canvas with further resources available from the 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: Knowledge assessment

Assesment Task 2: Practical assessment

Assesment Task 3: 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

The assessment tasks are as follows-

Written Assessment task 1.1- Short answer questions - Week 13 Semester 1 

Written Assessment task 1.2- Short answer questions - Week 8 Semester 2 

Practical Assessment task 2.1- Active & Passive ROM (Bed Exercises) Week 9 Semester 1  

Practical Assessment task 2.2 - Use of Mobility Aids (Stairs) Week 5 Semester 2 

Assessment task 3- Clinical placement- During 120 hours of clinical placement 


All assessments must be deemed satisfactory for you to be graded competent in this course.



Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Important information regarding Assessment Tasks:


Each individual assessment may only be resubmitted once. 

Resubmissions are not automatic and will only be approved at the discretion of the Program Coordinator, after consultation with the teacher.

All students will be contacted within 7 days by their course coordinator in regards to resubmission completion dates.


Please note an opportunity to repeat clinical placement is not guaranteed and will be at the discretion of the Clinical Coordinator/Program Manager.



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 5 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.

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION. 

If you require further information please contact your teacher or Program Coordinator.


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