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Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance


Develop the essential skills and clinical knowledge needed to work in a dynamic allied health environment with Mater Education's Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance.

Upon completion, you’ll be qualified to work in a range of allied health environments with two units focused on you assisting physiotherapists.

You will be taught by expert clinicians and educators who will help you learn through a practical, problem-solving approach.

The Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance program includes 120 hours of vocational placement, where you’ll have the opportunity to practice your knowledge in a real healthcare environment. This nationally recognised qualification will provide therapeutic and program related support activities under the guidance of allied health professionals.  

This qualification is approved for the Queensland Government's Higher Level Skills program. To be eligible for the Higher Level Skills program, you must meet eligibility criteria. For more information on the available funding options and criteria go to the Costs section on this page.

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:
      1. What motivates you to pursue a career in healthcare at this time?
      2. Why do you think the Mater Education program would suit you?
      3. 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

    Obtain a criminal history check prior to workplace experience placement.

    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
    • Varicella (chicken pox)
    • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)
    • Pertussis (whooping cough)
    • Seasonal vaccinations (influenza) as required.


    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.

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Work experience placement

Mater Education has a dedicated Placement Team who will make arrangements for your mandatory placement as part of this program. You can undertake workplace experience placement in specialities including:

  • physiotherapy
  • occupational therapy
  • social work
  • speech pathology.

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