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Careers in Allied Health

The healthcare industry is the largest employer in Australia, and this article is your guide to getting qualified in Allied Health with Foundation Education.

Careers in Allied Health

Whether you’re just starting out in the workforce, already have some experience or simply need a career change, now is the time to take the next step towards a career in Allied Health. Below you will discover what you can expect from this exciting career path, gain some useful industry insights and learn how you can become qualified in your chosen specialisation with Foundation Education.

What to Expect from a Career in Allied Health

Whether you choose to specialise with certain patients or assist at hospitals or health clinics, working closely with patients is an extremely rewarding experience. These careers are a great fit for those who want to put their natural traits and recently gained skills to good use, a career in allied health is an amazing option that allows you to have a significant impact on other people’s lives.

While they depend on where you choose to specialise, some of the daily duties you could be doing as part of your health career include:

  • Monitoring and recording patients' health

  • Promoting positive nutritional, mental and physical health

  • Communicating with patients, relatives and other health professionals

  • Assisting health professionals with clinical duties

However, no matter what you choose to specialise in, you can expect challenges along the way. Check out these informative articles to learn more about the duties and responsibilities of the following Allied Health careers:

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Essential Skills

There are some essential skills that can make all the difference in helping you have a successful career in allied health once you start your journey in the workforce. They include:

  • Patience – for working closely with patients under treatment or rehabilitation programs

  • Organisation - to follow procedures and keep on top of patient records

  • Communication - to communicate with patients, families, carers, doctors and other health professionals

  • Empathy – to put yourself in the patient's shoes and empathise with their situation

Healthcare and Social Assistance Industry Insights

The Healthcare and Social Assistance industry is the largest contributor to employment in Australia. This is great news for those just starting their careers in healthcare or for those re-entering the job market, as the number of people employed in the industry is expected to exceed 2 million by 2025.

There are occupation groups within the Allied Health industry that make up sizable portions of the total workforce, including Aged Care Assistant, Health Care Assistant and Physiotherapy Assistant. This represents the rise in Allied Health and how specialised workers can put their expertise to use in a variety of different sectors.

Jackson Potter

I chose to study with Foundation Education because I could complete my studies remotely, online at my own pace, which meant that I could have a good work, life, and study balance. 

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Rachel Withers

I was offered a position as a dental assistant straight away, and it would not have been possible without my online study with Foundation Education.

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I have researched so many study options. But, in the end, I choose to study with Foundation Education because they provide me with more flexibility and support. Since I have my children, it's really hard for me to attend classes and study online means I can still pursue my education in the comfort of my home without leaving my children behind.

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Your Career in Allied Health Starts Here

For the full list of nationally recognised qualifications, view our allied health courses.

Allied Health Assistant

The various duties of an Allied Health Assistant include:

  • Caring for patients by providing clinical support

  • Providing program-related support to allied health professionals

  • Assisting with administration tasks such as organising patient information


HLT33015 Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance

HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Nutrition and Dietetics Specialisation)

Physiotherapy Assistant

The various duties of a Physiotherapy Assistant include:

  • Supporting everyday people and athletes through physical rehabilitation

  • Developing patient-specific physiotherapy programs

  • Using rehab exercise equipment to increase patient’s strength


HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Physiotherapy)

Occupational Therapy Assistant

  • Evaluating a patient’s condition and needs

  • Develop treatment plans to address a patient’s needs

  • Train patients and their caregivers to use special equipment


HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Occupational Therapy)

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