What's it like to be an Allied Health Assistant?
Allied Health Assistants support health professionals in handling appointments, coordinating health and welfare programs, and managing the administrative aspects of patient care.
Tasks and duties
- Prepare and coordinate assessment, treatment plans and clinical support for patients in conjunction with, and under the supervision of, health clinicians.
- Monitor and report changes in patients’ health status to treating professionals.
- Provide administrative support to health professionals, including organising and filing patient reports, compiling patient histories and program documentation.
Allied Health Assistants use fundamental medical knowledge to work with patients who may be injured, ill or disabled. Allied Health Assistants work under the supervision of health professionals.
Allied Health Assistants may work within hospitals, medical or dental practices, schools or community health centres. They usually work with a number of different allied health professionals (including occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech pathologists) or they may work with one particular profession.
What can I earn as an Allied Health Assistant?
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How to become an Allied Health Assistant
- Undertake a Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance (HLT33015). In addition to the course work, you must also usually complete at least 80 hours of relevant work providing assistance to an allied health professional.
- Allied Health Assistants are generally required to have a current national police check, a working with children check and immunisations (as required in the Healthcare Workers Schedule A).
- Allied Health Assistants wanting to further their career can undertake additional study such as a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (HLT34015).
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