Therapy support

Therapy support can help people achieve rehabilitation outcomes such as using public transport or developing every day living skills.

Therapy support is a service that can help you to undertake a therapy program and achieve your rehabilitation goals. Therapy support is provided by an Allied Health Assistant (AHA), under the direction and supervision of your therapists. This could include your physiotherapist, occupational therapist or speech pathologist.

An AHA has completed Certificate III in Health (Allied Health Assistance) and has the knowledge and skills to work with you and your therapists to achieve your agreed individual therapy goals.

How it works

Allied Health Assistants work within community health centres, community rehabilitation teams, rehabilitation hospitals, allied health assistant agencies and for therapists in private practice.

Your treating therapist will suggest an AHA if you need help with your community therapy program. The AHA will help you to become as independent as possible.

Your needs are unique. You may want to talk about your rehabilitation program and your individual plan with your therapists, TAC support coordinator, Rehabilitation officer or case manager.

The benefits of using an AHA

Experienced AHA’s work closely with you and under the supervision of your therapists to make sure your therapy goals and plan are right for you. Using the specialist skills of an AHA can help you achieve your rehabilitation goals and increase your independence.

If you would like more information please contact your TAC support coordinator or Rehabilitation officer.

Issues to consider

Therapy support is available as one part of your rehabilitation program. Where an AHA is not available, an attendant care worker may provide therapy support.

When considering your need for therapy support, the TAC looks at:

  • Your treating therapists recommendation,
  • Your current status,
  • Your rehabilitation plan and goals, and
  • TAC policy.