Course Outline

HLT111 Allied Health Assistance A

Course Coordinator:Laura Burritt ( School:School of Health and Behavioural Sciences

2022Session 4

USC Sunshine Coast

USC Fraser Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


In this course you will develop introductory skills to work as an Allied Health Assistant. The focus of this course will be on assisting physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech pathologists. You will learn how to support an allied health practice, implement exercise and therapy programs, manage assistive technology, manage workplace risks and conduct screening tools.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – e-learning modules 2hrs Not applicable 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Online interactive workshops 3hrs Not applicable 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 2 – face-to-face workshop 2hrs Not applicable 3 times

Course Topics

Module # 

What key concepts/content will I learn? 

Roles and responsibilities of allied health assistants 

Booking appointments and managing diaries 

Augmentative and assistive communication 

Monitoring health status, reporting progress and liaising with health professionals 

Implementing exercise programs 

Implementing daily living skills training 

Implementing a structured therapy program 

Educating in the use of assistive technology 

Managing, maintaining and fitting assistive technology 


Positioning and posture 


Using screening tools 


Risk management 


Continuing professional development planning 

What level is this course?

100 Level (Introductory)

Engaging with discipline knowledge and skills at foundational level, broad application of knowledge and skills in familiar contexts and with support. Limited or no prerequisites. Normally, associated with the first full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Demonstrate knowledge in allied health theory and practice Knowledgeable
2 Implement basic screening tools safely in an occupational and speech therapy and physiotherapy environments. Empowered
3 Implement therapy programs prescribed by an allied health professional. Empowered
4 Self-reflect on your learning needs as a future allied health assistant. Creative and critical thinker
5 Communicate professionally and ethically with clients and other health professionals. Engaged

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Not applicable


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

This course involves an assessment at the end of the first week which will provide you with feedback on your performance in the course.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Practical / Laboratory Skills Individual 20%
20 minutes
Week 1 To Supervisor
All 2 Practical / Laboratory Skills Individual 40%
15 minutes
Week 4 To Supervisor
All 3 Examination - not Centrally Scheduled Individual 40%
1 hour
Week 5 Online Test (Quiz)
All - Assessment Task 1:Client booking
You will demonstrate your skills as an allied health assistant and complete an intake interview and book a new client using an online booking system.
Product: Practical / Laboratory Skills
You will undertake a simulated phone call where you book a client for a telehealth appointment. During the phone call you complete a new client intake interview. Subsequent to the phone call you will book the client into an electronic medical record system and populate their profile with the information you have gathered. You will send the relevant allied health professional an email informing them of the new client booking. You will complete a clinical note documenting the phone call.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Professional communication with clients and allied health professionals
Accurate screening of a change in health status
Application of time management to client bookings
All - Assessment Task 2:Telehealth session
You will demonstrate your skills as an allied health assistant and implementing a therapy program as prescribed by an allied health professional.
Product: Practical / Laboratory Skills
You will undertake a simulated telehealth session where you will implement a therapy program that has been prescribed by an allied health professional. You will be randomly allocated one (1) of an exercise program, structure therapy program, daily living skills retraining or assistive technology education session.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Professional communication with clients
Safe and effective implementation of a therapy program
All - Assessment Task 3:Examination
Through this task, you will demonstrate the knowledge you have gained from this course, as well as reflecting on your needs for future learning.
Product: Examination - not Centrally Scheduled
You will participate in a 1 hour, online, open book exam. You will complete 30 multiple choice questions as well as answering short answer questions identifying your strengths and weaknesses, and exploring your continuing professional development plan.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledge of the course content
Ability to self-reflect on your strengths and weaknesses
Ability to formulate a coherent continuing professional development plan
1 4

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.


Period and Topic Activities
Module 1
Roles and responsibilities of allied health assistants
Module 2
Booking appointments and managing diaries
Module 3
Augmentative and assistive communication
Module 4
Monitoring health status, reporting progress and liaising with health professionals
Module 5
Implementing exercise programs
Module 6
Implementing daily living skills training
Module 7
Implementing a structured therapy program
Module 8
Educating in the use of assistive technology
Module 9
Managing, maintaining and fitting assistive technology
Module 10
Positioning and posture
Module 11
Using screening tools
Module 12
Risk management
Module 13
Continuing professional development planning

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Karen Sladyk,Sally E. Ryan 2001 Ryan's Occupational Therapy Assistant n/a Slack Incorporated

Specific requirements

You will require access to a stable internet connection, and two devices with cameras (e.g., a laptop and a smartphone) in order to take part in the workshops and Telehealth simulation components of this course. This includes assessment.

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks will be penalised at the following maximum rate:

5% (of the assessment task’s identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task
10% (of the assessment task’s identified value) for the third day
20% (of the assessment task’s identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task
A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task.
Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late.

To request an extension, you must contact your Course Coordinator and supply the required documentation to negotiate an outcome.


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