How to become a Therapy Aide

Therapy aides assist professional staff by visiting clients, preparing written and verbal reports, and helping clients and carers with personal care tasks.

Personal requirements of a Therapy Aide

  • Emotional maturity
  • Able to relate well to frail, sick or people with disability of all ages
  • Caring, understanding, patient and calm

Education & Training for a Therapy Aide

You can work as a therapy aide without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a VET qualification in allied health assistance, health services assistance, individual support, disability, or leisure and health. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a therapy aide through a traineeship in Health Services Assistance, Allied Health Assistance, Disability, Individual Support or Leisure and Health. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.

Duties & Tasks of a Therapy Aide

Therapy aides may perform the following tasks:

  • provide general care, comfort and ongoing therapy to patients as directed
  • assist patients with recreational and leisure activities
  • instruct and assist people with a disability with self-care and daily living activities
  • assist patients with performing routine physiotherapy or hydrotherapy exercises on an individual or group basis
  • report on action taken, client progress and any unusual circumstances.

Working conditions for a Therapy Aide

Therapy aides are not qualified to diagnose conditions or prescribe treatment. They work under the direction of professional staff such as doctors, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, nurses, home economists, occupational therapists, diversional therapists and social workers.

Employment Opportunities for a Therapy Aide

Therapy aides work in hospitals and hospices, physiotherapy and occupational therapy practices and private homes. They also work in community health centres, aged-care facilities, respite care, clinics and private practices. Employment prospects are expected to grow due to the ageing of the population.

Specialisations:


Community Health Nursing Aide

A community health nursing aide provides care for the sick, aged or disabled at home, including personal care such as showering, bathing and dressing, and ensures clients maintain a healthy diet.


Occupational Therapy Aide

An occupational therapy aide assists clients at home or in clinical settings under the direction of an occupational therapist. They may construct, adjust and fit aids and equipment, including splints. They may also assist clients with self-care, daily living skills and diversional or other rehabilitation activities with the aim of improving the safety and independence of the client.


Physiotherapy Aide

A physiotherapy aide assists clients with exercise or rehabilitation programmes; delivers, adjusts and demonstrates self-care and rehabilitation equipment; and assists with moving patients within their homes or to hospitals or places of treatment.


Speech Pathology Aide

A speech pathology aide assists with providing therapy to clients once a speech pathologist has assessed the client and devised a suitable programme, including instructing clients in the use of electronic and non-electronic alternative communication systems and preparing equipment to use with clients.

Additional Information
A Provide First Aid Certificate is usually required.
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