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Start date(s):

February, July

Course length:

Full Time: 1 year



Study the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance at Holmesglen and become an important part of the healthcare sector.

You'll gain the skills to work directly with allied health professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and other clinicians, to provide clients with therapy and support to improve their quality of life.

This course is the ideal choice if you have worked in health in the past and are looking for a return to the health sector.

As the demand for therapy programs in hospital and community settings rise, allied health assistants will play an increasingly important role in the rehabilitation of clients and patients, and promotion of optimal health outcomes.

Allied health assistants often work across health disciplines to assist multiple health professionals and may, in some cases, specialise in one discipline area (such as physiotherapy assistance).

This course is delivered at Holmesglen's Moorabbin campus and will provide you with comprehensive training in the specialty streams of physiotherapy and occupational therapy, as well as information about other areas, including group work and community rehabilitation.

All our clinical specialist units are taught by practising allied health professionals and assistants.

Your learning will be supported through a range of online activities, lectures and tutorials. Practical sessions are conducted in our state-of-the-art allied health facility, with simulated hospital rehabilitation and community environments.

Our Department of Allied Health Services and Science has strong partnerships with a number of health services in Victoria, such as Cabrini Health, providing quality clinical placement experiences for our students that are hands-on and meaningful.

They provide you with the opportunity to practise your newly gained skills in a range of settings, including post-surgical, medical, rehab and community.

All placements are well supported by fully qualified allied health clinical staff to produce graduates who are work ready for a career as an allied health assistant.

This program has compulsory activities/materials as part of the learning experience. The department will confirm the cost of these activities/materials prior to your enrolment.

Course structure

To receive this qualification you must complete seven core units and nine elective units.

Elective units have been chosen by Holmesglen based on feedback from industry and staff qualifications.

If you have already completed other eligible elective units, these may be counted towards completion of this course .


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards





Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately


Communicate and work in health or community services


Work with diverse people


Manage legal and ethical compliance


Recognise healthy body systems


Confirm physical health status


Assist in the rehabilitation of clients


Follow safe work practices for direct client care


Assist with movement


Assist with an allied health program


Deliver and monitor a client-specific physiotherapy program


Support client independence and community participation


Support the delivery and monitoring of physiotherapy programs for mobility


Assist with the development and maintenance of client functional status


Conduct group sesions for individual client outcomes


Support the fitting of assistive equipment

Entry requirements

English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 5.5 (Academic)


You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.



After completing this course, you will be receive a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance.


After graduating from this course, you may continue your studies in health and social sciences, or fitness and wellbeing.


- Therapy assistant
- Physiotherapy assistant
- Occupational therapy assistant
- Community rehabilitation assistant
- Allied health assistant

How to apply


Holmesglen recommends international students apply through one of our accredited student recruitment agents. This will assist you in the preparation of all application documents and ensure that you are well counselled on the Australian Government's Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirements for International students. Further information of the GTE requirements is available at:

To find out more, visit How to Apply for International Students.

If you have further questions about your application, please contact our International Centre:

T: 03 9564 1703



Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.

Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.




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Contact details

Allied Health Open Days

A career as an allied health professional is about making your lasting mark in the healthcare sector. With health our most precious commodity, the need for skilled workers is important within any society. Help make your positive contributions to an in-demand field while building a strong knowledge base and furthering your career options. Visit us on Open Day to find out more about our courses. Join us for a presentation that will highlight pathway options, VET in School options and information relevant to your study interests. You will also have the opportunity to complete a tour of Holmesglen�s allied health lab and treatment areas. Once the presentation and tour has concluded, our teachers will be available to answer your questions. Start your career in the allied health sector. Register now.

- , Thu, 14 Mar - bookings essential.

Holmesglen Moorabbin Campus, 488 South Road Moorabbin 3189 Australia

Health services assistants are tasked with making a positive difference in their field and society. A professional works with passion, respect and empathy when providing important help across areas of patient transport and movement, food service, bed maintenance, infection control, and clinical cleaning. Visit us on Open Day to get started and find out more about Holmesglen's Health Services Assistance course. Join us for a presentation that will highlight your study and career options and receive information relevant to your study goals. You will also have the opportunity to complete a tour of Holmesglen�s practical health sciences areas. Once the presentation and tour have concluded, our teachers will gladly be available to answer your questions. Note: After the presentation at 5.30pm, you will also have the opportunity to apply for the course and do a BKSB (Basic Key Skills Builder) Pre-Training Assessment which could take up to 2 hours. Begin your career in the health services sector. Register now.

- , Thu, 14 Mar - bookings essential.

Holmesglen Moorabbin Campus, 488 South Road Moorabbin 3189 Australia

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