Allied health assistants work under the direct supervision of health care professionals (such as doctors and nurses) to provide therapeutic and program-related support in a variety of assistant roles such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry, speech pathology and nutrition. Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance will build on existing skills and knowledge to advance your career in allied health. Demand for allied health assistants is strong. By 2023 the healthcare and social assistance industry is expected to employ over 1.9 million people, so there are strong prospects for a varied and rewarding career in allied health assistance.Build on what you already know
Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance is ideal for those already working in allied health or who have completed the Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance. Advancing your existing skills and knowledge, you will learn to assist allied health professionals such as occupational therapists or physiotherapists in a number of health care areas, working across all age groups. Melbourne Polytechnic offers dedicated, fully-equipped spaces to learn new techniques and improve existing skills under the supervision of industry-qualified, experienced teaching staff. You will undertake a supervised health sector work placement, with a minimum 120 hours, for real-world experience before you graduate.Get ready for a career with a difference
On completing the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance, you may find work as a therapy assistant or an allied health assistant in a variety of interesting and rewarding fields. This is a career path that provides a range of options and allows you to pursue what you're truly passionate about. An allied health assistant may find employment in a specialty area or work generically across an organisation in the delivery of allied health assistance services. Your placement will give you the experience and connections to pursue a role in the industry and kick start your career in allied health.
An allied health assistant may find employment in a specialty area or work generically across an organisation in the delivery of allied health assistance services.
You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.