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HLT33015 Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance

Gain the knowledge and skills you need to work in a dynamic allied health environment, with Mater Education's Allied Health Assistance course. In just one semester you could be qualified to work in a range of assistant roles in disciplines including:

  • physiotherapy
  • occupational therapy
  • podiatry
  • social work
  • speech pathology.

You'll study and train onsite at Mater's world-class clinical simulation facility, where a faculty of contemporary expert clinicians and educators will help you learn through a practical, problem solving approach.

On completion you'll graduate with a HLT33015 Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance qualification, and be ready to pursue a rewarding career.

Allied Health Assistant

Entry requirements

Mater Education wants everyone enrolled into the program to have every opportunity to succeed at their study. Our program is dynamic, and delivered in a way that caters to all learning styles.

When applications are open, you will need to complete an online application including:
1.   addressing the following three criteria:

  • What motivates you to pursue a career in healthcare at this time?
  • Why do you think the Mater Education program would suit you?
  • How do you plan to balance your life, work and full-time study commitments while undertaking the allied health assistance program?

2.   details of your work history and voluntary experience

3.   details of any prior education, including copies of any qualifications, statements of attainment or a transcript of completed study and/or your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education awarded for the completion of year 12.


Applicants that address the defined criteria as published and whose answers are clear and informative will progress to the next stage. 

1.   To set you up for success, we'll ask you to undergo a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) evaluation before starting the program. The LLN evaluation will give us an insight into your reading, writing and numeracy skills, and help us plan any extra support you may need to succeed in the program. 

2.   Applicants who display competence at or above Exit Level 2 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy will be invited to an interview, and complete a writing assessment at Mater Education.

To be an allied health services assistant you need to be responsible, physically fit, mentally alert and practical. You also need to be able to carry out all of the physical activities that are a part of caring for someone.

Certificates and permits:
Confirmation of your enrolment is subject to the completion of a criminal history check (Fit2Work).

To complete clinical placement, you will also be required to obtain a Blue Card. This is free for students and will be discussed at the interview stage. (If you have any questions about Blue Card requirements, please contact us.)

You also need to  provide proof of immunity (or that you’ve started vaccination) for the following communicable diseases:

  • hepatitis B
  • influenza (seasonal)
  • varicella (Chicken pox)
  • MMR (Measles Mumps and Rubella)
  • pertussis (whooping cough).

Duration and dates


This course is delivered over one semester. Classes are held over one and a half days per week, except for your vocational experience that will run five days a week over a two-week period. Part of the course involves self-directed study, but tutorials will be available to help you with your learning.

2018 January intake dates

January 2018 — June 2018 (Orientation 25 January 2018)
Classes are held on Thursdays, with skills practice on Mondays.

See course timetable here.


Full Fee-paying student—$3,300  RPL

Certificate III Guarantee—$752* 

Certificate III Guarantee with Concession—$206*

*Certificate III eligibility requirements

Mater Education offers a payment plan for some Allied Health Assistance course fees. To pay your fees this way you’ll need to make three to five non-refundable payments—the first before the start of the course.

There are no administration fees or interest charges, and no extra charges for credit card payments. If you’re eligible for the Certificate III Guarantee or paying full fees, please contact us to find out about our payment plan.

Additional costs

As part of your enrolment you may need to buy:

  • closed-in black shoes
  • black tailored pants or a knee-length black skirt (preferably with pockets).

You’ll also be responsible for any expenses relating to demonstrating immunity or vaccination and Criminal History Checks.

Cancellation and refund policy.

Vocational placement

Vocational placement consolidates your knowledge within the real healthcare environment by giving you the opportunity to apply theory to practice. It happens at the end of the semester at one of Mater's hospitals.
Your two-week block of five days per week could be in one or more of the following disciplines:

  • physiotherapy
  • occupational therapy
  • podiatry
  • social work
  • speech pathology.

Learning outcome

On completion you'll graduate with a HLT33015 Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance qualification that will carry the Nationally Recognised Training logo. Should you leave the course before you complete it, you'll receive a Statement of Attainment for any units of competence you've completed. 

Course outline

Core Units

BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
This unit contains the knowledge and skills you need to:

  • understand and respond to instructions
  • carry out routine tasks and communicate with a range of internal/external clients in a medical environment
  • use appropriate medical terminology.

HLTAHA001 Assist with an allied health program
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide basic assistance to an allied health professional.  may include following treatment plans for therapeutic interventions and/or conducting programs under the regular (direct, indirect or remote) supervision of an allied health professional.

CHCCOM005 Communicate and work effectively in health or community services
This unit gives you the skills and knowledge you need to work effectively in a health setting with clients, staff, visitors, suppliers and others to meet established work requirements.

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
This unit gives you the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations.

HLTINF001  Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to follow organisational infection prevention and control procedures, including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks. 

HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required for workers to participate in safe work practices to ensure their own health and safety, and that of others.

HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
This unit provides the basic level of knowledge of anatomy and physiology needed to recognise healthy body systems.

CHCCCS010 Maintain high standard of service
This unit describes skills and knowledge you’ll need as a care assistance worker (or other worker who has contact with clients) to deliver and maintain a high standard of service.

Elective Units

CHCCCS002 Assist with movement
This unit provides the knowledge and skills you need to support clients who need assistance with basic physical movement.

BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
This unit equips you with the skills and knowledge to organise your own work schedules, to monitor and obtain feedback on work performance and to maintain required levels of competence.

HLTAID003 Provide first aid

This unit describes the skills and knowledge you need to provide a first aid response to a casualty.

Expression of interest for next available intake