Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance
Allied health now represents a significant part of the healthcare industry—its growth making way for a broad range of job opportunities. If you are looking to kick-start a career in allied health, Mater Education’s Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance course provides the perfect entry point.
This nationally recognised course prepares participants for roles working alongside and in support of allied health practitioners, including occupational therapists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, speech pathologists and nutritionists. Studying on-site at Mater’s world-class clinical simulation facility, under the tutelage of our team of expert clinicians and educators you will gain the skills and knowledge needed to take on these flexible roles in allied health, which often involve a mix of direct patient care and indirect support.
Key areas of learning and skills development include:
- interpreting and applying medical terminology
- anatomy and physiology
- assisting with an allied health treatment program
- working in health and community services
- infection prevention and control.
As part of the course you will also have the chance to consolidate your newly acquired skills by undertaking a vocational placement in a real allied health setting.
Mater Education wants everyone enrolled into the program to have every opportunity to succeed at their study. Our program is dynamic, and delivered in a way that caters to all learning styles.
When applications are open, you will need to complete an online application including:
1. addressing the following three criteria:
- What motivates you to pursue a career in healthcare at this time?
- Why do you think the Mater Education program would suit you?
- How do you plan to balance your life, work and full-time study commitments while undertaking the allied health assistance program?
2. details of your work history and voluntary experience
3. details of any prior education, including copies of any qualifications, statements of attainment or a transcript of completed study and/or your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education awarded for the completion of year 12.
Applicants that address the defined criteria as published and whose answers are clear and informative will progress to the next stage.
1. To set you up for success, we'll ask you to undergo a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) evaluation before starting the program. The LLN evaluation will give us an insight into your reading, writing and numeracy skills, and help us plan any extra support you may need to succeed in the program.
2. Applicants who display competence at or above Exit Level 2 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) across all five core skills of learning, reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy will be invited to an interview.
To be an allied health services assistant you need to be responsible, physically fit, mentally alert and practical. You also need to be able to carry out all of the physical activities that are a part of caring for someone.
Certificates and permits
Confirmation of your enrolment is subject to the completion of a criminal history check (Fit2Work).
Student who complete vocational placement in a child related area, will also be required to obtain a Blue Card. This is free for students and will be discussed at the interview stage. (If you have any questions about Blue Card requirements, please contact us.)
You also need to provide proof of immunity (or that you’ve started vaccination) for the following communicable diseases:
- hepatitis B
- influenza (seasonal)
- varicella (Chicken pox)
- MMR (Measles Mumps and Rubella)
- pertussis (whooping cough).
Students will require access to a reliable internet connection enabling access to Mater Education’s virtual learning environment, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player.
Full Fee-paying student—$3 950
View the schedule of fees for students in 2021.
Government funding—Certificate 3 Guarantee
This qualification is approved for subsidies under the Queensland Government's Certificate 3 Guarantee program. Certificate 3 Guarantee provides a government subsidy to allow eligible Queenslanders to obtain their first post-school Certificate III level qualification. To be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee funded by the Queensland Government you must meet the eligibility criteria, as outlined below.
Non-concessional student Co-Contribution—$1 185
Concessional student Co-Contribution—$592
Co-contribution is payable prior to commencement.
To be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee you must meet the following criteria:
- not hold or be currently enrolled in a certificate III or higher level qualification (does not include qualifications completed in secondary school)
- be 15 years or older
- have completed or left secondary school
- be an Australian citizen or permanent resident residing in Queensland, or New Zealand citizen permanently residing in Queensland (including humanitarian entrants), or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency.
You are eligible for the concession fee if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability.
Mater Education offers a payment plan for some Allied Health Assistance course fees. To pay your fees this way you’ll need to make three to five non-refundable payments—the first before the start of the course. There are no administration fees or interest charges, and no extra charges for credit card payments. Please contact us to find out about our payment plan.
Students will no longer be eligible for a government subsidised training place under the Certificate 3 Guarantee program once they complete the qualification.
As part of your enrolment you will need to buy:
- Mater Education Uniform shirt (approximately $60 - $80 per shirt)
- Closed-in black shoes
- Black business pants or knee-length black skirt (preferably with pockets)
- Criminal history check 'Fit2Work' ($29)
- Any additional vaccinations you may require
- Laptop or portable device with internet access
This course is delivered over six months. Classes are delivered through two main modes of delivery:
- Campus: Onsite at Mater Education campus (Up to two day per week*).
- Online: Theory sessions and tutorials delivered online (est. 10 hours per week).
Within these modes, a range of class styles are utilised, including classroom work, group discussions, tutorials, online videos, online sessions and practical simulation events.
- The Mater Education delivers classes between the hours of 8 am and 6 pm.
- Classes are typically between Monday to Friday.
- Students will be provided with a timetable for each term to assist in planning ahead for their training upon commencement.
View the indicative timetables and study expectation for students commencing study in:
Please note: Adjustments to the delivery mode may occur while COVID-19 restrictions remain in place. Theory sessions will move to an online delivery depending upon government restrictions and community expectations.
Mater Education is proud to offer rare scholarship opportunities for some eligible students from an Indigenous or refugee background, as well as those facing financial hardship.
Scholarships are awarded on merit, and are available to eligible students commencing in the January or July intake.
If you think you are eligible, we encourage you to apply for the course and make a clear note in your application form that you’re also applying for the scholarship (list under “other relevant information”).
Find out more about our scholarship opportunities here.
This qualification comprises 11 units in total, including 8 core units and 3 elective units.
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
This unit contains the knowledge and skills you need to:
- understand and respond to instructions
- carry out routine tasks and communicate with a range of internal/external clients in a medical environment
- use appropriate medical terminology.
HLTAHA001 Assist with an allied health program
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide basic assistance to an allied health professional. may include following treatment plans for therapeutic interventions and/or conducting programs under the regular (direct, indirect or remote) supervision of an allied health professional.
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
This unit gives you the skills and knowledge you need to work effectively in a health setting with clients, staff, visitors, suppliers and others to meet established work requirements.
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
This unit gives you the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations.
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to follow organisational infection prevention and control procedures, including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks.
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required for workers to participate in safe work practices to ensure their own health and safety, and that of others.
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
This unit provides the basic level of knowledge of anatomy and physiology needed to recognise healthy body systems.
CHCCCS010 Maintain high standard of service
This unit describes skills and knowledge you’ll need as a care assistance worker (or other worker who has contact with clients) to deliver and maintain a high standard of service.
CHCCCS002 Assist with movement
This unit provides the knowledge and skills you need to support clients who need assistance with basic physical movement.
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
This unit equips you with the skills and knowledge to organise your own work schedules, to monitor and obtain feedback on work performance and to maintain required levels of competence.
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
This unit describes the skills and knowledge you need to provide a first aid response to a casualty.
Should you leave the course before you complete it, you'll receive a Statement of Attainment for any units of competency you've successfully completed and where course fees have been paid in full.
Mater Education has a dedicated Placement Coordinator who will make arrangements for your mandatory placement as part of this program. You will undertake 80 hours of workplace experience placement in areas including:
- Various External Placement Providers partnered with Mater Education – Aged Care or Private practices
- Various Mater Internal Departments
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