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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.

Course information

  • 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)
    • COVID-19.

    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.

Vocational placement

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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