Allied health assistants are trained healthcare professionals who work under the supervision of qualified allied health practitioners, such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and other specialists. Their role is to provide support and assistance in various therapeutic and rehabilitative activities, helping patients achieve their healthcare goals and improve their overall well-being.
Typically, you will work with different health care professionals to provide therapeutic support in a one-on-one setting.
In this role, you can expect to undertake tasks like:
Working under the direction of Allied Health Professionals to implement therapy treatment plans
Monitoring and reporting changes
Providing administrative support
Compiling patient histories
Coordinating health programs
Assisting with overall client care
Is a career in allied health
right for you?
People who thrive in allied health positions aren’t just driven to become experts in their field – they also excel in effective communication, inspiring and motivating others in challenging situations. Their work is essential in helping clients regain or maintain their health, mobility, and independence through the development and hands-on implementation of treatment plans.
Qualities of an allied health worker
To be an allied health assistant you will need:
Active listening and communication skills
Effective time management skills
Ability to follow direction but also show initiative
Administration and attention to detail
Critical thinking skills
Monitoring and social perceptiveness
We also know that certain types of people are well suited to the role. If you have any or all of the following, a career in allied health might be for you:
Positive attitude and energy
Growth mindset, looking to take on challenges and increase their own abilities
Compassionate, and have passion for the sector, empathetic and dedicated
Passion for helping people
Respectful, honest, strong moral principles
Supportive and encouraging towards others
Rapport and relationship-building skills
Allied health professional
“I enjoy meeting people from all different backgrounds – it’s such a privilege to go into someone’s home and have them share their journey with you.”
Credentials, training, and certifications
To work as an allied health assistant in home care there are a few basic requirements.
You need to have a Drivers Licence and access to a vehicle
You must have an up to date First Aid Certificate
You are required to be up to date with vaccinations including Flu and COVID-19
To pursue a career as an allied health assistant, you should also complete or have completed a Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance (HLT33015) or higher-level qualification. If you don’t have one of these just yet, don’t worry. Our Home Care Career specialists can work with you to find funded training.
There’s such a demand for enthusiastic workers who are ready to learn, if you show up with a positive attitude, a willingness to learn, you can create an extraordinary career by move up or between different areas of the sector.