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Work alongside physiotherapists and occupational therapists in a dynamic allied health team making a real difference in people’s lives

Allied health assistants (AHAs) provide therapeutic and program related support to allied health professionals, such as physiotherapists, speech pathologists and occupational therapists. The worker is required to identify client circumstances that need additional input from the allied health professional. AHAs may be engaged to work in a specialty area or work generically across the organisation in delivery of allied health assistance services. The worker, in conjunction with the allied health professional, may have responsibility for supervising other allied health assistance workers.

Chisholm’s Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance is designed to give students the dual specialisation of Physiotherapist AND Occupational Therapy assistance. This dual specialisation gives our graduates a unique qualification and a wide range of employment opportunities

This course follows a flipped classroom methodology, where students are exposed to learning content online via Moodle, prior to on campus tutorial to consolidate key concepts. The classes are a mix of theoretical learning and practical application of skills that they will use in workplace situations once graduated.

Classroom learning is supported by online content which the student access via Moodle, with an expectation that this is completed every week before commencement of Lab based activities.  
The assessment of several units is undertaken in Chisholm’s Allied Health Assistance Lab

TIMETABLE: 2 days per week, mix of theory and practical
All students are required to complete 120 hours of practical placement to successfully complete this course.

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements, to continue your learning journey, this program will be delivered remotely where possible.   

Participants will be required to engage with theoretical components of the course online and via video conferencing software rather than attend classes.  Refer to our COVID-19 Online Service Standards for details of minimum technical requirements and support available.  

Practical skills training and assessment will be carried out in scheduled small classes to meet social distancing requirements.  Practical Placement is a required component of this course and will be scheduled as soon as possible with an appropriate placement host.  Given the current environment, however, this may take longer than normal and therefore, expected completion dates for the course may need to be extended to take account of deferred placement.  

Students will be required to provide evidence of full vaccination against COVID-19 prior to coming onto campus or going on placement.  Visit our Coronavirus page for up-to date information

If you have any queries regarding the practical placement of a course, please contact our student information centre on 1300 244 746 or

Course code
Delivery location
Frankston, Berwick
Not available Online
Not available for International students
Full Time, 12 months.
Start dates
January, July 2022

Chisholm courses are subject to minimum and maximum group numbers. Courses may be cancelled or postponed if minimum numbers are not achieved by the start date of the course. Courses may close prior to the start date if the maximum numbers are reached. In that situation, eligible applicants will be offered a place in the next available intake.