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Allied Health Assistant

Allied Health Assistant

Work with health professionals to provide support and manage administrative aspects of patient care.

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?

The most common salary  for an Allied Health Assistant is between $50k and $60k
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How to become an Allied Health Assistant

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Allied Health Assistants in Australia generally need to have completed a certificate level qualification in health.
  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Working with children check
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Communication skills
  • Ms office proficiency
  • Background check
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How do Allied Health Assistants rate their role?

Latest reviews from 16 Allied Health Assistants surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

4 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV Allied Health Assistant
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Aged Care
The good things
Working in the Community to support and assist vulnerable people feel secure, valued and make their own decisions in how and where they wish to live.
The challenges
Illness, and death of Clients is not an easy road.
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Physio/ OT assistant
The good things
I get to work with people from all areas of the community rich , poor and from different ethnicity . My work helps people to remain independent and be able to carry on living in there own homes , Its ...
The challenges
I think if you are coming straight from TAFE Not having experience might leave it hard to get work in this area. Sometimes the driving can be far and wide depending on where the clients live.
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Speech Pathology
The good things
If you are passionate about assisting individuals and this role it would be to reach their rehabilitation goals after brain injury, stroke or other neurological event, then being an Allied Health Ass...
The challenges
The challenges would be some allied health assistant roles are only part time, so you will have to find other work to boost your income.
4 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Exercise Physiologist
The good things
Helping to improve to quality of life of the community
The challenges
Complex cases. Getting people to make changes.
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma in Sports Studies
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
Being an Allied Health Assistant is great in that you get to see patients improve their situation. You help them regain their independence and ability to continue to have an active life. Working often...
The challenges
most of the challenges in this career come from patients who are 'in a bad space' either due to illness or injury. Helping them overcome this can be difficult but it is always interesting figuring out...
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Community Services (Disability)
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Community rehab
The good things
Working as an allied health Assistant is very rewarding. In my role I work in many different areas. I change my area yearly and this gives me a lot of expertise in different aspects of the role. Helpi...
The challenges
The challenges are like any role. When you are new and learning and you have to learn new skills.
3 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Sport and Fitness
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Rehab
The good things
I enjoy helping patients achieve their longterm goals eg: Correcting gait after hip or knee surgery, building strength pre surgery.
The challenges
Seeing those with conditions such as Parkinsons disease can be hard at times. But knowing the evidence based exercises that can slow down the speed of P.D makes it a little easier to observe from the ...
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Physiotherapy
The good things
In my role in Community Health as an Allied Health Assistant for the Physiotherapy Team I enjoy the variety. I could be taking a group class teaching exercises , assisting a physio on a one to one h...
The challenges
Variety can be the best thing about the job but may also be a challenge for some. My background was in Pilates and Remedial Massage with University Qualifications, so in can be challenging taking ...
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Community Support
The good things
Allied health covers so many areas including physio therapy, podiatry, speech therapy and social support. You form bonds with your clients. You are there for them. You get to work autonomously and als...
The challenges
You are often considered beneath nursing. Allied health is often not considered to be important. Depending on where you work it can be difficult to do professional development.
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Social work
The good things
As an allied health assistant you are able to work within many different allied health disciplines. It is a very fulfilling role making a difference to patients recovery and future. The role can very...
The challenges
You are exposed to people that my not have a good prognosis and whose life expectancy may be limited. It can be a challenge not to become affected by this.
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What are the job opportunities for Allied Health Assistants?

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Job opportunities

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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
16.3%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Health Professionals
Latest Allied Health Assistant jobs on SEEK
St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne (Ltd)
Melbourne > Eastern Suburbs
Permanent Part Time position currently available for an Allied Health Assistant
Townsville Hospital and Health Service
Northern QLD
An exciting temporary opportunity is now available for a dedicated Allied Health Assistant to join the Townsville Hospital and Health Service!
Northern Health
Melbourne > Northern Suburbs
Grade 2 Allied Health Assistant, Physiotherapy, Broadmeadows Hospital
Northern Health
Melbourne > Northern Suburbs
Grade 3 Allied Health Assistant
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