Allied health assistants are allied health students, holders of a certificate III or IV in allied health assistance, or allied health graduates. They help clients implement the therapy plan their speech pathologist, physiotherapist, or occupational therapist has created for them.
For example, Liam is a young boy on the autism spectrum who works with
his Speech Pathologist Laura, an
allied health professional (AHP),
on his therapy goals.
In between appointments with Laura, Liam
practices his therapy with Mia, a Speech Pathology student and allied health assistant (AHA), who lives nearby.
By having both an AHA and AHP on his therapy team, Liam is able to afford up to triple the therapy hours without increasing his budget, meaning Liam can reach his goals sooner.