Allied Health Assistants / Therapy Assistants

 

Therapy Assistant

At Peninsula Speech, we are always on the lookout for new and innovative ways to deliver services that meet our quality standards and optimise client progress.

We host Allied Health Therapy students and supervise their completion of clinical course work.  Throughout this process, we see have seen firsthand how their work complements our services and supports clients and families.

The NDIS has opened the way for an increasing range of service options. We are continually finding ways to make services functional and relevant to your goals.

Peninsula Speech Plus is designing a Therapy Assistant program as a choice for our clients.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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?

Depending on timetabling we would encourage your therapy assistant to attend the therapy sessions with your Speechie or OT.  Between scheduled sessions, the therapy assistant continues to work on goals and activities as prescribed by the Therapist.  The Therapy Assistant would maintain notes within our practice management system. In the event that attendance at the therapy session is not possible the program will be communicated through video and email.

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?

We have set the Therapy Assistant rate at the NDIS rate of $45.66 an hour.  We anticipate an increase in this rate come the 1st of July.  We will let you know when the price guide is released

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.  However, as with new programs, we anticipate that there may be some teething issues as we move to this new way of delivering services.  We are working to minimise these.  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.

If you think we can help. We would love to hear from you.

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