How to become a Therapy Aide

Therapy aides assist professional staff by visiting clients, preparing written and verbal reports, and helping clients and carers with personal care tasks.

Personal requirements of a Therapy Aide

  • Emotional maturity
  • Able to relate well to frail, sick or people with disability of all ages
  • Caring, understanding, patient and calm

Education & Training for a Therapy Aide

You can work as a therapy aide without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications and you may like to consider a VET course. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a therapy aide through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

A Provide First Aid Certificate is usually required.

Duties & Tasks of a Therapy Aide

Therapy aides:

  • provide general care, comfort and ongoing therapy to patients as directed
  • assist patients with recreational and leisure activities
  • instruct and assist people with a disability with self-care and daily living activities
  • assist patients with performing routine physiotherapy or hydrotherapy exercises on an individual or group basis
  • report on action taken, client progress and any unusual circumstances.

Working conditions for a Therapy Aide

Therapy aides are not qualified to diagnose conditions or prescribe treatment. They work under the direction of professional staff such as doctors, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, nurses, home economists, occupational therapists, diversional therapists and social workers.

Employment Opportunities for a Therapy Aide

Therapy aides work in hospitals and hospices, physiotherapy and occupational therapy practices and private homes. They also work in community health centres, aged-care facilities, respite care, clinics and private practices. Employment prospects are expected to grow due to the ageing of the population.

Avg. weekly wage:

$900

Future growth:

Strong

Employment by state:

ACT ACT 1.6%

NSW NSW 29.4%

NT NT 1%

QLD QLD 19.8%

SA SA 8.1%

TAS TAS 2.3%

VIC VIC 29%

WA WA 8.9%

Hours worked:

33.9

Unemployment:

Average unemployment

Gender split:

Male 24.1%

Female 75.9%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 1.9%

Not completed Year 12: 9.9%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 18.3%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 43.8%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 7%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 15%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 4.1%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 2%

20-24 - 10%

25-34 - 23.6%

35-44 - 17.2%

45-54 - 22.5%

55-59 - 12.8%

60-64 - 8.7%

65 and Over - 3.1%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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