HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

General Admission Requirements

  • Applicants under the age of 18 are encouraged to apply for upcoming intakes, however you must be 18 years of age at course commencement or have turned 18 years of age by 30 April, 2023.
    • Provide Police Check in each year of placement without disclosures
    • Proved Working with Children’s Check without disclosures
    • Completed LLN assessment level required for a Certificate IV level
    • Flu vaccination in current year of placement
    • COVID vaccination - triple dose (From 17 September 2021, COVID-19 vaccination will be mandatory for all residential aged care workers. Exemptions will not apply)
    • Complete 120 hours placement as arranged by TAFE Gippsland. Traineeship model will be completed in the workplace.
    • Must be able to attend the course 2 days per week on campus as per the timetable
    • There are no mandatory requirements if a student is enrolled as a trainee.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements are the components of a course or unit that demonstrates a student’s ability, knowledge and skills in order to achieve the stated learning outcomes of the course or unit. In order for students to be deemed competent within a course or unit Inherent Requirements must be met by all students.

Where students may require reasonable adjustments to a course or unit as a result of disability or other impacts on study these actions must not undermine the academic integrity of the course, unit or learning outcome. TAFE Gippsland is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment and placement.

Prospective students of the Certificate IV Allied Health are required to review the following Inherent Requirements prior to proceeding with enrolment to ensure you are aware of any difficulties you may have to meet these requirements.

Physical Stamina

Student has the ability to stand for long periods of time, complete shifts of physical work (up to 8 hours), physically manage a full time class load (4 days per week) and have the physical stamina to complete 120 hours of placement. During these extended periods of time student must have the mental endurance to maintain focus and concentration to ensure safe practices in patient care.

What is expected of student:

  • The ability to stand with only short breaks for the duration of an 8 hour period.
  • The ability to walk for extended periods as required for a clinical placement shift.
  • Maintain concentration levels in order to complete practical and repetitive tasks at the high level required including for multiple patients per shift.
  • Complete multiple physical and mental tasks over the period of a shift with the stamina to provide safe care.

Strength and mobility

Student must be able to perform gross motor skills such as lifting, carrying, pushing, standing, twisting and bending. While manual handling and equipment is available, Allied Health requires the ability to perform physical tasks safely to protect individual, other staff and patients.

What is expected of student:

  • The ability to lift safety at least 20kg of weight.
  • Stable physical mobility in order to transfer and aid a patient with walking.
  • The ability to assist patients to move from lying to sitting or to standing all while completing some weight bearing activities.
  • Lifting therapy weights and other equipment such as a client transfer slide.
  • The ability to complete a range of passive testing including lifting client limbs (full weight).

Fine motor skills

  • The ability to undertake precise hand movements such pinching, grasping, pressing and turning.
  • Cutting and filing client nails.
  • Strapping client’s injures or wounds.
  • Assisting with client exercises such as manipulating clients hands by bending, pressing while performing hand therapy.
  • The ability to feel within the fingers and hands changes to temperature, or changes to body parts such as changes to muscle tissue when applying pressure or completing therapy.
  • Mixing and measuring fluids and medicines.

Work within multiple health care environments

Students within the Certificate IV Allied Health are required to complete practical placement and work in health care settings with vulnerable patients as a result student must have related immunisations.

Students are required to demonstrate the ability to work in health settings.

What is expected of student:

  • Flu Vax
  • Covid - 19

Students who as result of a medical condition, disability or personal choice are unable to or choose not to have the above immunisations must advise on entry.

Communication (verbal / non-verbal)

Student has the ability to interact with fellow students, staff and patients in a practical setting in English in order to provide safe delivery of care and fulfil course requirements.

  • What is expected of student:
  • The ability to understand and respond to verbal communication.
  • Verbally communicate clear instructions and explanations.
  • The ability to respond to verbal instructions or communicate in a timely manner.

Communication (written)

Student is able to produce written materials required for the classroom and practical setting.

What is expected of student:

  • To produce coherent written communication appropriate to patient care and classroom activities.
  • Clear, concise, accurate and time efficient writing including the ability to produce hand written notes.
  • Recording information using computer based systems (typing).
  • Writing reports and assessments for classroom based activities and practical environments such as client assessment results and treatment plans.
  • Digital literacy skills in order to navigate TAFE Gippsland online Learning Management System.
  • Regular access to Student hub in order to be up to date with course information including class changes.


Student must demonstrate the ability to complete numerical related processes without the aid of technology (calculator).

What is expected of student:

  • Use basic arithmetic to accurately calculate data for clinical placement (nutrition plans, fluid consistency).
  • Record accurate measurements and data for client reports.
  • Perform accurate measurements such as apply formula to calculate Body Mass Index.


Student must demonstrate knowledge of and ability to adhere to the ethical behaviour requirements in all course environments (pre enrolment, classroom based activities, practical labs and placement).

What is expected of student:

  • Demonstrating the ability to maintain confidentiality of information in the practical setting.
  • Ability to take responsibility for behaviour and respond to feedback.
  • Work under time pressures while managing complex and multiple demands.
  • Remain alert and maintain focus whilst providing client care and/or treatment.
  • Acting ethically in regards to completion of all course work including plagiarism and following reasonable instruction during classroom based and practical placement.

Mental wellness

Mental Wellness is the ability to recognise individual abilities and respond to normal stresses of life, study and work.

Student demonstrates the ability to moderate their own behaviour with behavioural stability in order to function in a diverse and challenging academic and practical environment.

What is expected of student:

  • Responding appropriately to constructive feedback.
  • Managing own emotions and behaviour effectively when dealing with individuals in clinical and classroom setting.
  • Manage multiple, complex demands.
  • Remain focused and engaged during all clinical tasks to ensure patient care.
  • Manage personal emotions and behaviour when working with fellow students, staff and patients.


Vision refers to the extent that an individual can see and interpret visual information. The wearing of glasses or contact lens that correct vision is not considered relevant to this inherent requirement.

Students are expected to have a level of vision that enables them to safely complete all practical and administrative tasks associated with care.

What is expected of student:

  • The ability to read handwritten and information in reduced size fonts.
  • The ability to see information that allows the safe usage of medical equipment.
  • A level of vision that allows supervision of clients using therapy equipment or positioned safely.
  • A level of vision that does not endanger the individual or others in the practical environment.