HLT43021 - Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

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Certifying your skills in HLT43021 – Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance entails completing a structured training program in Australia. This certification equips you with the necessary skills to assist allied health professionals in healthcare settings. The process typically involves coursework, assessments, practical training, and culminates in the award of the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance upon successful completion.

To qualify for this certificate, you must provide evidence demonstrating that your skills and knowledge align with the courser’s learning outcomes. This evidence can take various forms. Demonstrating your current proficiency at a comparable level can be done through a CV (your student support representative can assist with this), an employment letter, or an employment contract.

Additionally, documents from prior work or educational experiences, such as references from licensed tradespeople you’ve collaborated with, apprenticeship records, academic transcripts, or assessments from relevant past qualifications, all contribute to the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. You can also submit proof of overseas qualifications or visual evidence of your work, especially for practical roles.

Required documents
Payslips/work contract/ABN if self-employed
Photos/videos (for practical roles)
Risk Assessment and Management Documents
Incident Report Forms
Plans and Specifications
Job Cards

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Qualification Description

This qualification reflects the role of allied health assistants who provide therapeutic and program related support to persons, in the health, aged care, disability and any other settings where Allied Health Professionals provide services. Allied Health Assistants work under the delegation and supervision of Allied Health Professionals and assist in identifying circumstances and risks and report issues.

Supervision may be direct, indirect or remote and must occur within organisational requirements, according to the individual allied health assistant’s scope of practice and experience.

They may be engaged to work in single discipline or multidisciplinary roles not limited to health, aged care or disability services and other settings and may also have responsibility for other allied health assistance workers according to their scope of practice.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 120 hours of clinical placement as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency.

The skills in this qualification must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian standards and industry codes of practice.

Packaging Rules

18 units must be completed:

  • 10 core units
  • 8 elective units, consisting of:
  • at least 6 units from the electives listed below, at least 4 of these units must be coded HLTAHA
  • up to 2 unit from the electives listed below, any endorsed Training Package or accredited course – this unit must be relevant to the work outcome

Any combination of electives that meets the rules above can be selected for the award of the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance.

Where appropriate, electives may be packaged to provide a qualification with a specialisation.

Packaging for each specialisation:

  • All units from group A electives must be selected for award of the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Movement and Mobility Support)
  • All units from group B electives must be selected for award of the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Nutrition and Dietetic Support)
  • All units from group C electives must be selected for award of the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Communication and Swallowing Support)
  • All units from group D electives must be selected for award of the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Rehabilitation and Reablement Support)
  • All units from group E electives must be selected for award of the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Medical Imaging Support)
  • All units from group F electives must be selected for award of the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Psychosocial Support)
  • All units from group G electives must be selected for award of the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Podiatry Support)

Where two or more specialisations are completed, this should be noted on the testamur or statement of attainment when awarding the qualification.

All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.


Core units 


Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriate


Respond effectively to behaviours of concern


Support relationships with carer and family


Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support


Work with diverse people


Assist with an allied health program


Engage with clinical supervision and delegation


Recognise impact of health conditions


Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control


Follow safe work practices for direct client care


Elective units 

Group A electives – MOVEMENT AND MOBILITY SUPPORT specialisation 


Assist with movement


Deliver and monitor physical or manual therapy programs


Support maintenance of functional status


Deliver and monitor a hydrotherapy program


Support the use of orthoses or prostheses

Group B electives – NUTRITION AND DIETETIC SUPPORT specialisation 


Assist in the development of meals and menus to meet dietary and cultural requirements


Assist with the monitoring and modification of meals and menus according to individualised plans


Support food services and dietetics in menu and meal order processing


Assist with screening and management of nutritional risk


Support the provision of basic nutritional advice and education

Group C electives – COMMUNICATION AND SWALLOWING SUPPORT specialisation  


Support the development of speech and communication skills


Provide support in dysphagia management


Assist and support the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems

Group D electives – REHABILITATION AND REABLEMENT SUPPORT specialisation 


Support independence and community participation


Assist in rehabilitation programs


Conduct group sessions for individual outcomes


Support the use of orthoses or prostheses


Work within a community rehabilitation environment

Group E electives – MEDICAL IMAGING SUPPORT Specialisation 


Assist management of people in medical imaging


Support the medical imaging professional


Process reusable medical devices and equipment

Group F electives – PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT Specialisation 


Provide support to people living with dementia


Support independence and wellbeing


Work with people with mental health issues


Assist with social work

Group G electives – PODIATRY SUPPORT Specialisation 


Assist with basic foot care


Assist with podiatry exercise


Assist with podiatric procedures


Process reusable medical devices and equipment

Other electives 


Maintain patient records


Recognise and report risk of falls


Implement falls prevention strategies


Address the needs of people with chronic disease


Visit client residence


Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety


Work collaboratively to maintain an environment safe for children and young people


Administer and coordinate Telehealth services


Provide allied health assistance in remote or isolated settings


Support and deliver individual hearing rehabilitation program


Assess hearing


Maintain stock inventory


Apply casts


Remove casts


Conduct manual tasks safely

Four Easy Steps To Get Qualified

Free Skills Assessment

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Portfolio of Experience

Your dedicated consultant will guide you through the process of putting together a portfolio of evidence. This can contain overseas qualifications, transcripts, certificates, photos and videos, samples or work examples, letters of reference, your current resume, etc.

Evidence Review

Once one of our partner registered training organisations (RTOs) has assessed your portfolio, the assessor assigned to your case may be in touch if any additional evidence is required. If you have any weak areas, the RTO may assign a trainer to upskill you at no cost to you.

You’re Qualified

ITEC Australia is partnered with Registered Training Organisations whose qualifications are nationally recognised in Australia, and are the same as the qualification you would receive from full time study. Qualifications can also be useful for licensing or immigration purposes.