Department of Health and Human Services
Statement of Duties
Title: Allied Health Assistant
Number: Generic Date: January 2011
Group: Southern Tasmania Area Health Organisational Unit: Clinical Support Services
Section: CSS- Allied Health Professional
Location: Southern Area
Award: Health and Human Services
Stream: Health Services Officer
(Tasmanian State Service)
Job Status: Permanent/Fixed Term, Full
Time/Part Time, Casual
Reports to: Designated Community Allied
Number of Subordinates: 0
Focus of Duties:
To assist in the provision of effective and efficient client care under supervision and
assist with the day to day running of the Community Allied Health Service including
Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Physiotherapy and Podiatry. Exercise
initiative and independent judgment in undertaking tasks under general
supervision including assisting clinicians in the rehabilitation and/or treatment of
clients, preparation of equipment for use in treatment and other related tasks.
1. Implement the treatment of referred clients, monitor patient progress,
communicate treatment outcomes to the clinician and document in the client
2. Assist Allied Health Professionals and other Allied Health Assistants with
preparation of clinical areas and treatment of clients including the provision of
home assessments, programs and equipment as required.
3. Provide foot-care to referred clients, report client progress and care outcomes
and document in the client progress record.
4. Construct, repair or adapt footwear and related devices as directed by the
5. Assist with the organisation of targeted health promotion initiatives with
Community Allied Health Services and other local health service providers.
6. Provide efficient and effective administrative and clerical support to the Allied Health
Professionals by maintaining and updating patient and statistical information. On
behalf of the Allied Health Professionals, undertake a liaison with clients and service
providers by providing general information in relation to services.
7. Maintain appropriate records and statistics as required.
8. Prepare and maintain the clinical environment including equipment and loan stocks,
ensuring that optimal physical conditions are maintained at all times, reporting
damage and faults to the supervising clinician and complying with Occupational
Health and Safety policies to ensure a safe workplace.
9. Participate and contribute to staff meetings, ongoing education, professional
development, quality improvement and the orientation of new staff.
10. The incumbent can expect to be allocated duties, not specifically mentioned in this
document, that are within the capacity, qualifications and experience normally
expected from persons occupying jobs at this classification level.
Scope of Work Performed:
• Responsible for the quality of own work and expected to work with minimal
supervision, with direction (direct and indirect) from the supervising clinician.
• Responsible for the support and assistance in the delivery of physiotherapy
• Responsible for providing footcare within the identified scope of practice.
• Responsible for providing assistance to other Allied Health Professionals as required.
• Responsible for client safety during treatment including recognition of changes in
client’s condition and reporting those observations to the supervising clinician.
• Exercise reasonable care in the performance of duties consistent with the
relevant OH&S legislation.
• Works under general direction from the appropriate Managers, Community Allied
Health, with respect to policy and procedural matters.
• Regular performance reviews with the appropriate Manager/s, Community Allied
Health or delegate.
Evidence of the following must be provided prior to appointment to the job:
The Commissioner has determined that the person nominated for this job is to
satisfy a pre-employment check before taking up the appointment, on
promotion or transfer.
The following checks are to be conducted:
1. Conviction checks in the following conviction areas;
a) Crimes of violence
b) Sex related offences
c) Serious drug offences
d) Crimes involving dishonesty
2. Identification check.
3. Disciplinary action in previous employment check.
Previous experience providing therapy assistance services, or equivalent experience,
in either an acute, community based or aged care setting; completion of an
accredited course in Allied Health Assistance, or a commitment to attain this
Demonstrated capacity to effectively relate with clients from a diverse range of
cultures and backgrounds in a respectful, sensitive and confidential manner
and ability to communicate effectively with carers and health professionals.
2. Customer service.
Demonstrated ability to provide prompt, efficient services, including footcare
treatment, and therapeutic programs to a variety of clients (aged, adults and
children) with acute or chronic conditions in a manner that responds flexibly to
the clients’ needs.
3. Decision Making.
Demonstrated capability to make sound decisions based on consideration of
the situation and alternatives available, including understanding and
implementation of standards to ensure compliance with OH&S legislation
4. Initiative and organisational skills.
Individuals with demonstrated ability to be adaptable and responsive to
change and show initiative, including a commitment to self development and
ongoing education. Demonstrated time management, organisational and
problem solving skills.
5. Team work.
Ability to work cooperatively alongside team members, show consideration,
concern and respect for colleagues and accommodate different working styles
Current drivers license.
The occupant of this role may be required to work across rural and remote areas of the
Southern Tasmania Area Health Service.
The Department of Health and Human Services is committed to providing the highest
levels of healthcare and services, and values equity, diversity, initiative, flexibility,
creativity, teamwork, conduct, occupational health and safety and the capacity to
make a difference.
The minimum responsibilities required of officers and employees of the State Service
are contained in sections 7(1), 8 and 9 of the State Service Act 2000.
The State Service Act 2000 and the Commissioner’s Directions (employment directives)
can be found on the State Service Commissioner’s website at
This job may exercise delegations in accordance with a range of Acts, Regulations,
Awards, administrative authorities and functional arrangements mandated by Statutory
office holders including the Secretary of the Department. The relevant Organisational
Unit Manager can provide details to the occupant of delegations applicable to this job.
DHHS is a smoke free work environment. Smoking is prohibited in all State
Government workplaces including vehicles and vessels.
Health Care Workers with the Department of Health and Human Services are
expected to comply with the Agency’s Hepatitis B Policy and the Tasmanian Code of
Practice for Health Care Workers.
The Agency’s policy classifies the levels of risk to employees, who have a risk of
exposure to Hepatitis B higher than the normal population, as either:
Category 2. Employees whose employment arrangements and duties place them
at a higher than normal population risk of exposure to blood or body
Category 3. Employees who are, or potentially will be, directly involved in the
conduct of exposure prone procedures.
For employees who occupy jobs classified as Category 2 level of risk it is strongly
recommended that the occupant either demonstrate current immunity or previous
seroconversion to Hepatitis B or demonstrate immunity following vaccination.
For employees who occupy jobs classified as Category 3 level of risk the occupant
will be required to either demonstrate current immunity or previous seroconversion
to Hepatitis B or demonstrate immunity following vaccination.
Approved: __________________________________ Date: __________________