Allied Health Assistants / Therapy Assistants

At Peninsula Speech Pathology Services we are keen to offer a range of therapy options to suit all our clients and help them achieve their goals.

What is an AHA?

An Allied Health Assistant has completed a Certificate IV from a recognised institution or is studying to become a qualified Allied Health Professional. The qualification and experience trains them to provide therapeutic and program-related support to allied health professionals. A Speech Pathology or Occupational Therapy AHA has completed specialty units specific to this area. They are able to implement routine therapy programs for individuals and groups under the guidance of a qualified and registered SpeechPathologist/Occupational Therapist.

How do I access AHA services?

An assessment would be carried out by your therapist who then develops a therapy plan based on evidence-based methods of therapy and in consultation with the family. Services are currently provided on a term by term basis.

The AHA administers the therapy program at the clients home/school/kinder and documents progress, reporting directly to the supervising therapist, and following their direction. The Supervising SP may request videos of the client participating in therapy to best monitor progress.

The AHA is responsible for communicating with parents and carers regarding client progress as well as demonstrating and providing therapy activities to be done at home.

Program Options

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INTENSIVE – 12 weeks

Program details and costs:

  • Once the assessment has been completed, a joint 60-minute session with the therapist, client and the AHA will be the first step of the program.
  • Twice-weekly 90-minute sessions with the AHA across 10weeks. (20 sessions)
  • Mid-term joint session with the therapist and AHA. (1 hour)

TOTAL APPROXIMATE COST – $3384.88 (plus travel)

 
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REGULAR – 12 weeks

Program details and costs:

  • Once the assessment has been completed, a joint 60-minute session with the therapist, client and the AHA will be the firststep of the program.
  • Weekly 90-minute sessions with the AHA across 10 weeks. (10sessions).
  • Mid-term joint session with the therapist and AHA. (1 hour)

TOTAL APPROXIMATE COST – $2083.01 (plus travel)

 

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FORTNIGHTLY – 12 weeks

Program details and costs:

  • Once the assessment has been completed, a joint 60-minutesession with the therapist, client and the AHA will be the firststep of the program.
  • Fortnightly 90-minute sessions with the AHA across 10 weeks.(5 sessions)
  • Mid-term joint session with the therapist and AHA – optional. (1hour)

TOTAL APPROXIMATE COST – $1181.88 (plus travel)

Additional costs to all programs

  • Therapist planning time (1 hour)
  • AHA resource making and planning (1 hour)
  • Travel – minimum of 10 minutes from the nearest clinic, maximum30 minutes. This will be added onto each offsite session.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following information will shed light on what this means and whether this might be something you could pursue to complement your therapy.

So, what is the difference between Therapists and Allied Health Assistants?

Therapists:
Allied health professionals (speech pathologists, occupational therapists, dieticians, psychologists, social workers and physiotherapists) are university trained professionals that have specific high-level skills in their discipline area.  Allied health professionals are responsible for assessing, identifying, diagnosing, making recommendations, treating and supporting people. Allied health therapists must be registered to practice, either through the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA), or a professional regulatory agency.  In order to remain registered and to be allowed to practice in their profession, allied health professionals must only do what they have the skills and knowledge to do (work within their scope of practice) and are required to spend a certain number of hours each year keeping up to date with research and furthering their clinical knowledge and skills.

Therapy assistants at Pen Speech:
Therapy assistants support a person with their activity programs in a variety of settings. They work under the direction of a qualified therapist, following the agreed goals and implementation plan.
At Pen Speech our Therapy Assistants are either Students training to be Speech Pathologists or Occupational Therapists or have completed a Certificate IV as an Allied Therapy Assistant.  We have decided to employ Therapy Assistants within the Peninsula Speech team to ensure a team approach focused on communication and goal outcomes.

Who can access the Therapy Assistants

Any of our Peninsula Speech clients can access the Therapy Assistants.

Where will the Therapy Assistants work?

The Therapy Assistants will work in a variety of environments according to each person’s goals and requirements.  Sessions will be available in the clinic but therapy assistants will be able to travel to schools, homes and other environments. 

How does it work?

We have made this as simple as possible by creating packages to suit everyonesneeds.  This allows for the high-quality service we are known for but also provide flexibility for individuals and families. 

After attending the initial session with the therapist the AHA  continues to work on goals and activities as prescribed by the Therapist.  The Therapy Assistant maintains notes within our practice management system. 

Although this might mean that you see your therapist less often your therapy assistant would continue the therapy practice at home and in real-life situations.
What are the costs?

Please see our packages.  Our Customer Services team can answer any questions

When will the program start?

We are ready to get going.  We have Therapy Assistants ready to be paired with families.
We are very excited about this program and the outcomes it can provide.   

We also love feedback as to how we can improve our services, so please give us feedback

What do we do now?

If you are interested discuss with your therapist or call admin on 5975 1500.