Course Title: Support the fitting of assistive equipment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2018

Course Code: OHTH5914C

Course Title: Support the fitting of assistive equipment

Important Information:

This course is delivered and assessed in cluster with course' Assist with the development and maintenance of client functional status"

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

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4367 - 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



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

There are no pre-requisites and co-requisites for this course.

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support clients to participate in
developmental activities that will enhance or maintain functional status.
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:

HLTAHA016 Support the fitting of assistive equipment


1. Prepare for fitting of assistive equipment

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Confirm assistive equipment details and fitting requirements against the prescribed information provided by the allied health professional 1.2 Confirm with allied health professional specific client needs and abilities 1.3 Confer with allied health professional if fitting requirements are outside scope of role and responsibilities as defined by the organisation 1.4 Determine the clients' availability, according to the organisation's protocols 1.5 Gather assistive equipment and any equipment required for fitting 1.6 Prepare the setting for the fitting and instruction for use 1.7 Obtain consent from the clients before commencing the fitting


2. Fit assistive equipment

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Provide client with the assistive equipment 2.2 Confirm the suitability of fit, size and that operation of equipment meets expected performance parameters and prescription and conforms to the manufacturer's guidelines 2.3 Confirm the assistive equipment is in safe working order within the user environment 2.4 Obtain relevant measurements and data where adjustments are required 2.5 Restrict equipment functions for initial or trial periods to enable familiarity and ensure safety 2.6 Document and report the process and outcomes of fitting ensuring that arrangements for further action are implemented 2.7 Document maintenance periods and requirements for the assistive equipment 2.8 Identify any faults and complete necessary documentation 2.9 Confirm that client (and carer) have relevant documentation and understand any further action that needs to be taken


3. Support client to use assistive equipment

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Explain and reinforce information about the use of the assistive equipment, in a manner, and at the level and pace, appropriate for the client 3.2 Confirm client understanding and answer any questions 3.3 Confirm that the assistive equipment is clean and in good working order for the client's requirements before use 3.4 Label, remove from use and report defective assistive equipment to the appropriate person, and ensure an alternative is supplied as promptly as possible 3.5 Remove and minimise potential hazards in the immediate environment 3.6 Educate client and carers in the safe use, transportation and maintenance of the assistive equipment within the context of the users' indoor and outdoor environments 3.7 Offer appropriate constructive feedback, encouragement and reinforcement 3.8 Provide safe physical support to enable the client to use the assistive equipment 3.9 Identify incorrect use and give verbal feedback and physical guidance 3.10 Monitor the effectiveness of the assistive equipment and report any problems to the appropriate person with minimum delay 3.11 Report any adverse effect, and major progress to the appropriate member of the care team 3.12 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 organisational guidelines 3.13 Agree relevant trial period and review periods to co-ordinate with client treatment plan


4. Complete basic assistive equipment construction and modification

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Obtain equipment construction or modification specifications from allied health professional 4.2 Confirm requirements with allied health professional 4.3 Procure materials required for basic equipment construction and modifications 4.4 Complete construction and modifications according to specifications 4.5 Seek support from allied health professional if difficulty arises meeting the specifications 4.6 Check completed construction and modifications with allied health professional 4.7 Complete and file any required documentation, according to organisation protocols


5. Comply with supervisory requirements

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Seek assistance when client presents with needs or signs outside limits of own authority, skills and/or knowledge 5.2 Report client difficulties to the supervising allied health professional for advice before continuing the program 5.3 Participate in supervision processes with the treating allied health professional in accordance with organisational protocol


6. Clean and store assistive equipment after use

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Clean assistive equipment according to manufacturer's recommendations, infection control requirements and organisation protocols 6.2 Store assistive equipment according to manufacturer's recommendations and the organisation's protocols 6.3 Report faults to the appropriate person and complete necessary documentation


7. Report and document information

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Report suggested adjustments to assistive equipment, together with rationale, to the supervising allied health professional 7.2 Provide client progress feedback to the supervising allied health professional 7.3 Report client difficulties and concerns to the treating allied health professional 7.4 Implement variations to the assistive equipment according to the advice of the treating allied health professional 7.5 Document information about the client use of the assistive equipment according to the organisation's protocols

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 clinical 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

- Visit to independent living centre

Teaching Schedule

                          OVERALL SESSION PLAN – TIMETABLE


OT Units RMIT 

  Practical: Site Visit to INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTRE (ILC)

 These two units have been clustered together and will be delivered and assessed together.

HLTAHA010 – Assist with the development and maintenance of client functional status

HLTAHA016 – Support the fitting of assistive equipment                                                 



Session #



Session 1:  




Session 2:

AHA Practice




Sessions 3: 

Session 4: 

OT and Human Development

Client Function and Rehabilitation

 Goal Setting



Session 5:

Session 6: 

Assessment and Outcome Measures


Activity Analysis


Session 7:

Session 8:


Assistive devices


ADL Experiential Learning



Session 11:  

Session 12

Body Mechanics and Manual Handling


Practical session



Sessions 13

Session 14: 

Visit to ILC: AT1 Student Presentations:  EQUIPMENT PROJECT


Visit to ILC :AT1 Student Presentations:  EQUIPMENT PROJECT



Sessions 15:

Session 16: 

-  Orthopaedic Conditions and OT




Session 17:

Session 18: 

Cardiac Conditions


Joints & Splinting



Session 19: 

Session 20: 

Home Environment

Falls Prevention

Pressure Care



Session 21:  

Session 22: 

Neurology – Stroke, ABI & Spinal Cord Injury





Session 23: 

Session 24: 

Neurology – Stroke, ABI & Spinal Cord Injury




Session 25:  

Session 26: 

Mental Health


Paediatrics , AT2


 Session 27:  

Session 28:

-       AT3 Preparation


AT4 Preparation


Session 29:

Session 30: 

AT3: Practical Assessment – teach a skill & Equipment



Session 31: 

Session 32: 

AT3: Practical Assessment – teach a skill & Equipment


AT4: in class written 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.
You may be assessed by:
• Oral or written questioning
• Oral presentations
• Assignments and projects
• Direct observation of actual work practice- Clinical Placement & Skills Checklist
• Third-party feedback from a work supervisor/employer
Primary assessment involves on-going group discussions 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.


Assessment Tasks


Assessment Tasks related to Occupational Therapy (AH20)

There are a total of two units associated with the Occupational Therapy component of your study.

 Three of the units are assessed as a cluster:

 HLTAHA010 – Assist with the development and maintenance of client functional status

HLTAHA016 – Support the fitting of assistive equipment

 There are four assessment tasks associated with these units.

 You are required to achieve competency in all of the assessment tasks in order to pass the Occupational Therapy component of the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance.

Assessment Tasks


Assessment Tasks

Date of Assessment

AT1: Equipment Project  (2 parts)

  1. Completion of written workbook
  2. Five minute oral presentation on a piece of Assistive Equipment.


Session 13, 14

AT2: OT Client Function Assignment

Complete a written assignment that combines questions across each unit of study covered in the cluster. 


Session 25,26

AT3: Practical – Teach an ADL functional skill & Equipment Fitting

You will be required to complete 2 x practical tasks linked to relevant case scenario’s.

Safely and independently complete the tasks


Session 29- session 32

(given class sizes Ax will take place over two days)


AT4: Written assessment –

Written short answer and case study completed in class

Session 32



 Clinical Placement assessments will be done during your clinical placement and you need to fill in and get signed off on your evidence log book.

Need to achieve Satisfactory in all assessment tasks including clinical placements to be deemed competent in Units

Assessment Matrix





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