Allied Health Assistance - Draft 1

HLTAHA027 Assist with an allied health program Draft 1.0

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Unit application and prerequisites




Assist with an allied health program


This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide assistance to an allied health professional. Work includes following treatment plans for therapeutic interventions or conducting programs.


This unit applies to allied health assistants and should be performed under the direct, indirect or remote supervision and delegation of an Allied Health Professional (AHP).


The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Allied Health Assistant Framework, Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian standards and industry codes of practice.


No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.




Allied Health Assistance




Industry needs shortage

"If the student wishes to undertaking more than one discipline than this needs to be reflected. In terms of many work placement sites there is a needs shortage in the avaialbity of work placements by making it mandatory within the program to have more than one discipline we could see that industry needs shortage grow even further. Adding CHCMHS011 – Assess and provide social, emotional and physical wellbeing "

Tania Brown 02.07.2021 11.15AM

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Department of Health 4 core competencies

"I am struggling to see where the department of health's four core competencies are reflected in the unit's of competency. There is a need to reflect: - Equipment and Environment - Communication of patient information Group therapy and individual therapy appear to be included intrinsically with a number of the existing units of competency"

jessica huglin 15.06.2021 03.40PM

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Elements and performance criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

  1. Receive delegation and gather information.
    1. Obtain written or verbal delegation for an allied health activity.
    2. Obtain information from relevant sources and delegating allied health professional, according to organisational policy and procedures.
    3. Discuss and confirm with delegating allied health professional therapy, treatment plans and programs.
  1. Prepare for therapy activity.
    1. Check resources and equipment required for therapy program to ensure suitability and working order.
    2. Recognise and minimise environmental hazards in accordance with organisational requirements.
  1. Provide assistance with therapy activity.









    1. Confirm person’s availability in accordance with organisational procedures.
    2. Complete required administrative duties in line with organisational procedures.
    3. Provide information to person regarding provision of allied health services.
    4. Prepare the person for therapeutic activity under delegation of allied health professional.
    5. Ensure comfort, safety and privacy of the person during therapy activity.
    6. Use questioning and listening techniques to identify, clarify and confirm therapy goals to person under supervision of allied health professional.
    7. Provide support and coach persons to achieve identified therapy goals under supervision of allied health professional.
    8. Maintain general therapy precautions.
    9. Use equipment according to manufacturer instructions and as delegated by allied health professional.
    10. Seek feedback in regard to therapy activity from person receiving activity.
  1. Provide feedback to treating health professionals.
    1. Report accidents or near misses to the supervising allied health professional.
    2. Document activity outcomes according to organisational procedures.
    3. Record data and information according to organisational procedures.
    4. Discuss activity outcomes with delegating allied health professional.
    5. Clarify next steps in delegated activities for person with delegating allied health professional.
  1. Assist in the maintenance of therapy equipment and resources.
    1. Assist the allied health professional to identify gaps in therapy material resources and develop solutions.
    2. Document therapy materials as instructed by the allied health professional.
    3. Construct and modify aids or therapy materials as directed by the allied health professional.
    4. Check and maintain stock levels and report discrepancies.


National Rural Health Alliance

"As per the consultation question, "When being assessed, should it be a requirement that these skills be demonstrated in more than one discipline? If so, what should they be?" the National Rural Health Alliance proposes that for students of the Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance, skills should be demonstrated in more than one discipline in order to increase the flexibility of allied health assistant practice in areas of need in their given work setting. The two or more disciplines should be those most relevant to the candidate’s work. This is particularly pertinent if a student is completing more than one specialisation in the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance – skills should be demonstrated in each area of specialisation."

Clare Fitmaurice 02.07.2021 12.47PM

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"Construct and modify aids or therapy materials as directed by the allied health professional- We never construct therapy materials- Could read 'Construct OR obtain, then modify aids or therapy materials ....ect"

Kylie Saccotelli 01.07.2021 08.57PM

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"5.2 - document therapy materials...what does this mean?? This is really unclear as to what exactly is being documented about the materials used. "

Kiara Horwood 22.06.2021 12.26PM

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2 Replies

"Agree with this comment, I don't understand what element 5.2 is asking?"

Nicole O'Shannessy 25.06.2021 03.45PM

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"Element 1- Suggestion is to add: "For AHA to demonstrate a clear understanding of their responsibilities when accepting a delegation from AHPs", as quite often the delegated task might be outside the AHA's scope of practice."

Samira Fares 30.06.2021 10.44AM

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" 4.1 Report accidents or near misses to the supervising allied health professional. I am unsure how this is realistically supposed to be satisfied by all students within a workplace setting, whilst on placement. Most students will not experience any accidents or near misses, and therefore not need to notify their supervisor or complete a Riskman report, for example. The knowledge of who to go to and when is perhaps more appropriate and more easily assessed, and therefore this might be listed in the Knowledge evidence as an assessable criterion. "

Kiara Horwood 22.06.2021 12.24PM

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Foundation skills


Foundation skills essential to performance in this unit, but not explicit in the performance criteria are listed here, along with a brief context statement.



Reading skills to:

  • interpret organisational policies and procedures

Writing skills to:

  • documenting

Oral communication skills to:

  • providing information to people and allied health professional

Numeracy skills to:

  • interpreting data

Learning skills to:


Problem-solving skills to:


Initiative and enterprise skills to:


Teamwork skills to:


Planning and organising skills to:


Self-management skills to:


Technology skills to:



No equivalent unit.


Companion Volume Implementation Guide


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Performance evidence


Assessment Requirements for HLTAHA027 Assist with an allied health program


Evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit in the context of the job role, and:

  • assist with and document five allied health activities as delegated by the allied health professional, for people with different needs, this must include:
    • at least two individual therapy activities – in the workplace
    • at least one group therapy activity – in simulation
  • The above activities must be performed during a period of at least 120 hours of work in a health services setting


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Knowledge evidence


Demonstrate the knowledge required to complete the tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit:

  • procedures for escalation of risks
  • allied health core competencies:
    • person-centred care
    • individual therapy
    • group therapy
    • communication of person information
    • equipment and environment
  • key features and the role of the allied health assistant in allied health disciplines
  • terminology used by allied health care workers
  • engaging with allied health services
  • communication techniques including:
    • use of open-ended questions
    • active listening
    • asking for clarification and probing
    • responses to a range of views from person, carers or others
    • understanding use of empathy with person, carers or colleagues
    • using discretion and confidentiality, respecting individual differences especially when using touch and other non-verbal means of communication
    • use of interpreters
  • scope of role of the Allied Health Assistant and Allied Health Professional
  • therapy tasks and programs associated with particular populations
  • person’s readiness for therapy and whether there are changes that might affect the prescribed therapy
  • common allied health equipment and resources and their use
  • organisational policies and procedures in relation to:
    • confidentiality
    • documentation
      • reporting
      • recording patient data
      • written communication to Allied Health Professional
    • professional behaviour and presentation
    • infection control practices
    • occupational health and safety
    • manual handling
    • supervisory, delegation
  • difference in therapy approaches across Allied Health disciplines
  • social and interpersonal behaviour
  • principles of empowering the older person
  • principles of empowering people living with disability or serious mental illness 
  • changes related to ageing
  • concepts of holistic health and wellbeing
  • social determinants of health.
  • concepts of the medical model, the biopsychosocial models and the human rights based approach of allied health interventions
  • principles of choice and control
  • concept of reablement
  • allied health settings:
    • hospital
    • community health
    • mental health
    • disability sector
    • aged care sectors.


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