ANATOMY OF AN ALLIED HEALTH ASSISTANT

The Stirling Institute of Australia (RTOID 21132) embodies a holistic method of education and training with a specific emphasis on the practical components associated with each and every one of its courses.

In simple terms, we strongly believe that the best way to learn is to experience.

Never is this philosophy more relevant than in Stirling’s Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance program (HLT43015).

‘Allied Health’ is a term used to describe the broad range of health professionals who are not doctors, dentists or nurses.

Allied health professionals aim to prevent, diagnose and treat a range of conditions and illnesses and often work within multidisciplinary health teams to provide the best possible patient outcomes.

Allied Health professionals currently represent approximately 30% of the Australian health workforce, encompassing more than 175,000 practicing individuals across 22 professions including Physiotherapy, Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Podiatry, Speech Pathology, Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy and Exercise Physiology.

The Stirling Institute of Australia’s Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance program is conducted one day a week for a period of 30 weeks, along with 120 hours of practical industry placement.

The qualification best reflects the role of individuals who provide therapeutic and program related support and assistance to Allied Healt

h professionals.

As a result of the extremely broad scope of Allied Health professions across the board, this qualification is particularly appealing

to anyone interested in pursuing a career as an Allied Health Assistant in health related professions either specifically or in general.

In other words, the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance program is suitable for students already with a specific health profession in mind, but also for those who are unsure, or yet to categorically determine which profession they wish to pursue as a career in the future.

Furthermore, the course is particularly attractive for first year students in courses such as Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Podiatry and Occupational Therapy.

For these students specifically, a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance provides a qualification and pathway to be able to work in their field of choice while simultaneously completing their ‘major’ qualification.

Without a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance qualification, such students are not qualified to work while they study (in their health related profession of choice) and are often forced to look for jobs in completely unrelated industries to subsidise their substantial university fees.

From a course syllabus perspective, having a clear and definitive emphasis on the practical component of this qualification is a non-negotiable pre-requisite, according to the Stirling Institute of Australia.

The provision of a first class practical workplace and health related equipment is critical, particularly in the delivery of hands-on units including client-specific physiotherapy programs, implementing injury prevention strategies, conducting group sessions for individual client outcomes and instructing fitness programs.

The current group of Allied Health Assistant students at Stirling are a classic cross-section of students from a diverse range of backgrounds and with varied objectives and motivations.

From Physiotherapy students to aspiring Exercise Physiologists, the group has been particularly impressive thus far throughout the program, and collectively speak glowingly of the course, staff and facilities at the Stirling Institute of Australia.

“The course at Stirling has been fantastic,” says Lisa (SIA Allied Health student).

Trainer Adam Heath with students from SIA’s Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (HLT43015) program.

ANATOMY OF AN ALLIED HEALTH ASSISTANT

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