Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance

This qualification covers workers who provide assistance to allied health professionals. Workers at this level operate under direct supervision and do not conduct programs or therapeutic interventions.

This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

Occupational titles for these workers may include:

Therapy assistant

Podiatry assistant

Physiotherapy assistant

Speech pathology assistant

Occupational therapy assistant

Allied health assistant



15 units of competency are required for award of this qualification, including:

10 core units

5 elective units

A wide range of elective units is available, including:

Group A electives which are recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Other relevant electives listed below

Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Health and/or Community Services Training Packages

Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, up to 3 units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in other relevant Training Packages or accredited courses where the details of those courses are available on the TGA or other public listing

Core units

add topic BSBFLM303C Contribute to effective workplace relationships

add topic BSBINM301A Organise workplace information

add topic BSBMED301B Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately

add topic HLTAH301C Assist with an allied health program

add topic HLTAP301B Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context

add topic HLTCSD201D Maintain high standard of client service

add topic HLTCSD305D Assist with client movement

add topic HLTHIR301C Communicate and work effectively in health

add topic HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures

add topic HLTWHS200A Participate in WHS processes

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice

All workers undertaking work in health need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Health Training Package.

Group A electives - recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Where work involves a specific focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and/or culturally diverse clients or communities, one or both of the following electives is recommended:

add topic HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

add topic HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

Other relevant electives

Electives are to be selected in line with the specified Packaging Rules. The following grouping of electives is intended to facilitate selection. Electives may be selected from one or more groups and employers may specify that certain electives are required to address identified workplace needs.

Client support

add topic CHCAC318B Work effectively with older people

add topic CHCCS401C Facilitate responsible behaviour

add topic CHCDIS301C Work effectively with people with a disability

add topic CHCMH301B Work effectively in mental health


add topic CHCMH411A Work with people with mental health issues

add topic CHCOHC303A Use basic oral health screening tools

add topic HLTAH302D Assist with the application and removal of a plaster cast

add topic HLTCOM404C Communicate effectively with clients

add topic HLTCSD304D Support the care of clients

add topic HLTCSD306D Respond effectively to behaviours of concern

add topic HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

add topic HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

add topic HLTRAH301C Undertake visits to remote communities

First aid

add topic HLTCPR211A Perform CPR

add topic HLTFA211A Provide basic emergency life support

Medical imaging assistance

add topic HLTMI301B Contribute to client flow and client information management in medical imaging

add topic HLTMI302B Support the medical imaging professional

Equipment/environment support

add topic HLTIN302C Process reusable instruments and equipment in health work (Note pre-requ: HLTIN301C )

add topic HLTMS203D Undertake routine stock maintenance

add topic HLTMS204D Handle and move equipment, goods, mail and furniture

add topic HLTTH303D Identify and move to maintain a sterile field (Note pre-requ: HLTIN301C )

add topic HLTMS206D Perform general cleaning tasks in a clinical setting

add topic HLTMS208D Handle waste in a health care environment

add topic HLTGM305D Maintain pool environments


add topic BSBFLM312C Contribute to team effectiveness

add topic BSBINN301A Promote innovation in a team environment

add topic BSBWOR301B Organise personal work priorities and development


add topic BSBMED302B Prepare and process medical accounts

add topic BSBMED303B Maintain patient records

add topic BSBWOR204A Use business technology

add topic HLTCOM407B Provide reception services for a practice


    Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries