Occupational therapists help people gain the skills necessary to participate in everyday life activities and adjust their environment accordingly. An occupational therapy assistant plays a vital role in supporting occupational therapists to ensure their clients live a full, happy and productive life.
Certificate of Occupational Therapy Assistance is an online professional development program that will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to assist with therapy programs.
Throughout this allied health assistance course, you will learn how to assist with movement and promote independence and physical, social, emotional, and psychological well-being.
You will also learn how to prepare for a therapy session, use, clean and store equipment correctly and safely, assist in designing therapy materials, complete administrative tasks and understand workplace health and safety.
Unit 1 - Assist with movement
Requirements to assist a person with movement
Risk factors / assessment
Assessment of patient care environment
Risks for workers
Postural positions and repetitive movements
Preparing and adjusting equipment
Equipment used to assist clients with movement
Client handling devices
Preparing the environment
Consent and client cooperation
Reporting diseases to relevant health authorities
No lifting policies
Safe working practices
Spinal cord, discs and nerves
Back muscle structure
Principles of body mechanics
Using a mechanical lifter
One to one transfers
Chair to toilet
Wheelchair to chair/toilet
Comfort and safety
Explanation and communication
Using words client can understand
Equipment cleaning and faults
Unit 2 - Support independence and wellbeing
Cultural expectations and groups
Differences between people and culture
Respect and cultural diversity
Buddhism and Hinduism
Islam and key festivals
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Sexuality and identity
Needs, development and strengths
Increased participation for persons with a disability
Actively listening to clients
Work and normal living conditions
Employment for people with disabilities
Normal conditions of everyday life
Expressions of identity and sexuality
Intellectual or psychiatric disabilities
Promoting / facilitating social activities
Identifying strengths and self-care
Clients directing their own care
Using available support
Access to services
Primary and secondary sources
Signs of providing inaccurate obsolete or irrelevant information
Legislation and code of conduct
Difficulties meeting client needs
Recognition of client’s skills and competence
Health and emotional well being
Daily living habits
Support and developing a communication plan
Identifying and reporting hazards
Aids from independent living centres
Variations to clients’ physical conditions
Weight loss and causes
Weight gain and changed to skin tone
The Abbey Pain Scale
Aches and pains
Goals and action plans
Client referrals and support
Emotional and psychological needs
Self-esteem, confidence and security
Erikson’s eight stages
Social and cultural festivals
Support for wellbeing
Reporting abuse and neglect
Unit 3 - Assist with an allied health program
Privacy and confidentiality
Providing accurate information to clients
Therapy treatment plans
Physiotherapists, dieticians, podiatrists
Speech pathologists and chiropractors
Structures and philosophies of organisation
Equipment needed for therapy program
Prepare client for therapy
Therapy procedural requirements
Common law, duty of care
Assist with therapy tasks
Ensure the comfort safety and privacy of clients
Reinforce, clarify and explain therapy goals
Support clients to achieve goals
Dal with accidents and incidents appropriately
Health and safety – issue resolution flow chart
Use equipment safely
Pass on document information
Regulations and legislation
Designing simple therapy materials and equipment
Identify gaps in therapy materials
Construct aids and adaptations
Maintain stock levels
Book client appointments
Planning provision of services
Involving the client
Determinants of health
Decisions involving minors
Clients who do not have capacity to make decisions
Involving client in decision-making
Promoting good health
Surveys, questionnaires, interviews and feedback
Access and equity in health services
Evidence based individual decision-making
Unit 4 - Assist with the development and maintenance of client functional status
Daily living skills program
Consulting allied health professionals
Program requirements and outcomes
Functional assessment tools (screening)
Client requirements and suitability of services
Client care plans
Recording appointments and using electronic appointment systems
Cultural diversity and spiritual issues
Assessing living conditions
Risk and safety issues
Rate potential severity
Hierarchy of control
Identify client skills and abilities
Improving client skills and abilities
Life domains and client goals
Skills development opportunities
Tools, strategies and goal setting
Clients strengths and goals and abilities
Equipment and materials required
Mobility devices, aids and adaptations
Equipment safety checks
Supporting client to carry out activities
Supporting client to be involved and confident
Principles and practices of active support
Respect and encouragement
Communicating with client’s family
Constructive feedback to client
Pain management and assessment
Health and safety legislation and flow chart
Performance indicators and review
Evaluation of participation
Progress and outcomes
Cause and effect diagram
Emergencies and client difficulties
Duty of care
Reporting client injuries or difficulties
Equipment maintenance and cleaning
Policies and procedures
Equipment maintenance, storage and stock levels
Unit 5 - Assist with managing WHS implications of return to work
Identify return-to-work requirements
Legislative requirements for return to work
Facilitating an injured worker returning to work
Worker’s compensation schemes
Rights, roles, duties and responsibilities (worker, schemes and employer)
Injured workers supervisor’s responsibilities
Return to work coordinator’s responsibilities
Insurer’s roles, rights and responsibilities
Health providers duties and responsibilities
Injury management coordinator’s duties and responsibilities
Organisational requirements for return to work
Assist and preparing for injured worker to return to work
Identify suitable return-to-work duties
Involving all parties to confirm duties
Identifying barriers to a worker returning to work
Preparing and designing a return to work program
Identify and manage health and safety risks to other team members
Establish a return to work agreement
Other information to include in agreement
Assist with implementing return to work
Identify hazards in the work environment for injured worker
Changes and modifications to work environment
Consulting with rehabilitation coordinator
Monitor and evaluating return to work
Gather feedback from all parties
Facilitate communication between parties
Monitor return to work plan
Identify and address any non-compliance
Address any hazards
Hierarchy of controls model
Evaluate case manager’s and rehab providers performance
Were the organisations policies and procedures effective?
Estimated duration 75 hours
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