• HLT43015

Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

At a glance

At a glance

Kick start your career in the health sector with this mid-level course that will qualify you to work as an assistant allied health specialist in a diverse range of settings.

  • Therapy Assistant
  • Podiatry Assistant
  • Physiotherapy Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Nutritional Assistant
  • Community Rehabilitation Assistant
  • Allied Health Assistant

HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

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Course overview

Course overview

Begin your career in the health sector with this mid-level qualification. This course is perfect for people looking to gain a broad overview of the healthcare system as well as knowledge unique to allied health specialties. The sector is undergoing strong job growth in Australia with more than 50,000 jobs expected to open in the next five years.

This course will give you the practical skills and knowledge to recognise healthy body systems, interpret and apply medical terminology, and assist in the rehabilitation of clients. Students can choose to undertake general electives or specialise in physiotherapy, podiatry, occupational therapy, speech pathology, community rehabilitation, or nutrition and dietetics. Our highly-experienced teaching staff are leaders in their field and will give you the one-on-one guidance needed to succeed in your studies.

This course will qualify you to work as an assistant in your specialised allied health stream or give you the skills to undertake further studies in your field.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 9 elective units from the list below. (Please note that not all specialisations are available at all locations.)

Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
Communicate and work in health or community services
Work with diverse people
Manage legal and ethical compliance
Recognise healthy body systems
Confirm physical health status
Follow safe work practices for direct client care
Vocational placement

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

Organise workplace information
Facilitate the empowerment of older people
Address the needs of people with chronic disease
Assist with movement
Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
Support independence and wellbeing
Visit client residence
Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Assist with an allied health program
Deliver and monitor a client-specific physiotherapy program
Support client independence and community participation
Support the delivery and monitoring of physiotherapy programs for mobility
Assist with basic foot hygiene
Assist with podiatric procedures
Assist with podiatry assessment and exercise
Assist in the rehabilitation of clients
Assist with the development and maintenance of client functional status
Support the development of speech and communication skills
Provide support in dysphagia management
Assist and support the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems
Support the fitting of assistive equipment
Assist with planning and evaluating meals and menus to meet recommended dietary guidelines
Assist with the monitoring and modification of meals and menus according to individualised plans
Support food services in menu and meal order processing
Assist with screening and implementation of therapeutic diets
Work within a community rehabilitation environment
Provide first aid

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information

Selection criteria

  • It is highly recommended that students are aged 18 or older by the course commencement date or applicants should have language, literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to Year 10.
  • Prepared to participate in the required hours of vocational placement and hold the necessary mandatory documentation (see Vocational Placement below).
  • Attend the required Residential School.
  • Applicants should also possess computer skills including being able to operate a personal computer and printer, create and manage basic files, navigate a learning management system, perform basic tasks such as word processing, sending and receiving emails with attachments, uploading and downloading documents and using web based search engines.

Vocational placement

During your course, TAFE Queensland can assist you with sourcing vocational placement in a health care facility, so you can start practising your new skills in a real-world environment. You’ll be required to work shifts determined by your placement provider, and these can include early mornings or late nights, any day of the week, and possibly including public holidays depending on the location where you study. You will be required to cover the cost of travel and/or accommodation necessary to complete your placement.

  • Completing a placement is compulsory. As a student you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts. You are required to complete and attend a full-time block placement of three weeks 120 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification.
  • Attend the vocational placement shifts as per the facilities requirements which may commence as early as 6.00am.
  • Students are expected to travel within a 45 to 60 minute radius of their local area as per Google maps to attend vocational placement.  Students outside of their region will be managed on an individual basis dependent upon their location.  Placement availability for these students could require travel.

Mandatory Placement Documents 

Health Industry dictates that TAFE Queensland must ensure that all students going on placement in health care facilities hold the following documentation. Students are not eligible to attend mandatory vocational placement assessment without these documents. The documents must be provided within the required timeframe.

1.  Current First Aid including CPR
If you have a current Australian First Aid Certificate with current CPR, forward a JP certified copy of your Statement of Attainment with your enrolment paperwork. The CPR component will need to be updated annually and it is the student’s responsibility to ensure they provide evidence of currency to TAFE Queensland. If you DO NOT have a current Australian First Aid Certificate, this certificate is delivered as part of this course.

2.  Working with Children Check
Queensland students - The Working with Children Check (Blue Card Application) must be completed in person for Queensland students who live less than 50 km from TAFE Queensland.  Information can be viewed at http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au  

All original identification documents need to be sighted and students are requested to bring these documents with them for submission of their application.  If a student resides more than 50 km from the TAFE Queensland location, then the ‘Confirmation of Identity’ form must be submitted with the Blue Card application.  Students may submit this by email or in person.

3.  Australian Federal Police Check (AFP)
Potential students are advised to contact the Vocational Placement Coordinator at their course location should they have any notification or criminal history as this may impact on their acceptance by facilities for placement assessment and therefore affect course outcomes. Students must be able to provide an original Australian Federal Police check on request of a facility at any time. Please refer to the Australian Federal Police website to download the application form at http://www.afp.gov.au.  Approximate cost $45.00 (N.B: The certificate MUST be issued by the Australian Federal Police.  All other types of police checks will not be accepted.)  Your current AFP documentation must be no older than 3 months prior to the start of study and when completing the application.  Under Section 8: Purpose of Check students should select Code Number 37.

Immunisation Documentation:

4.  You must have commenced the vaccination regimes listed below before or at the time of enrolment.  You must provide full vaccination history for all of the following vaccination regimes, including serology evidence of immunity where indicated. You may also need to contact your local doctor to assist you with this evidence.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Vaccination and serology evidence requirements may alter during your studies, in accordance with changes to industry requirements and/or Australian Immunisation Guidelines.

  • Hepatitis B - you must commence or have undertaken an age appropriate course of vaccination.  Students must not undertake an accelerated course of vaccination. To prove immunity you will need to have a blood test (serology) after the completion of the full vaccination course.
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox) - provide serology or evidence of completed vaccinations.
  • MMR (Measles Mumps and Rubella) - provide serology or evidence of completed vaccinations.
  • dTpa (Adult Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis) - provide evidence that you have received a booster within the last 10 years.
  • Influenza is highly recommended.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure their documentation remains current throughout their studies.
Any costs associated in acquiring the above documents are in addition to course costs and will be borne by the student.
TAFE Queensland strongly recommends that prior to enrolment students consider their eligibility to obtain the above documentation.

Resources required

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

You will be provided with a recommended reading list and/or required textbooks during orientation or at the start of each unit. The purchase of these resources may incur additional costs, or you may be able to borrow them from the TAFE Queensland library network.

You may also be required to purchase uniform items, including TAFE Queensland branded items. These details will be provided after enrolment or during orientation.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.


All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

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How to apply

How to apply

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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Get started with TAFE Queensland

If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland