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Allied Health Assistance Sunshine Coast

At Community NeuroRehab Service, our experienced allied health assistants are a vital part of our Sunshine Coast therapy team. Working with an allied health therapy assistant is a budget-friendly way to get regular support on your road to feeling and functioning better. Under instruction from our allied health professionals, your skilled and caring allied health assistant (AHA) will work with you one-on-one to help you complete your therapy program. We work with people who have neurological disorders, disability and mental health conditions across the Sunshine Coast, Gympie and Tin Can Bay. Our AHAs can see you in our leading-edge Buderim clinic, or at your home, gym, pool, park or another suitable location.

What can an allied health assistant do for me?

Allied health assistants work under the supervision and direction of fully qualified allied health professionals. They are trained to assist people to complete therapy programs developed by professionals such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, exercise physiology and allied health assistance.

They help you do your program safely and effectively, so you get the most benefit from it. Allied health therapy assistants might also:

  • order and stock therapy equipment
  • supervise group exercise programs
  • monitor your health and report back to your allied health professional
  • conduct joint therapy sessions with allied health professionals
  • gather medical documents and information.

How our allied health assistance help you

Our allied health assistance spend time getting to know you, your circumstances and the supports you have available. We’ll work with you to clarify your goals. Then we’ll use evidence-based strategies to help you reach them.

  • Clinic and GYM Programs
  • Hydrotherapy Exercises
  • Community Engagement
  • Hand Therapy
  • Mental Health
  • Outdoor Exercises Programs
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What are our clients saying about us?

Richard and his team have been supporting me and my family (daughter and son too) with both Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology services. I am so grateful that Richard comes to my home to provide physiotherapy as I feel I get a lot more long term benefit. Thank you Richard


How our Sunshine Coast
allied health assistants help you

Our allied health assistants work closely with our physios, OTs and EPs. How this looks will depend on which type of therapy they’re supporting you with. Here are some examples of how our Sunshine Coast allied health assistants might be involved in your care.

Allied health assistant occupational therapy support
  • Functional task practice
  • Arm and hand exercises
  • Falls prevention monitoring
  • Equipment set up
  • Relaxation training
  • Hygiene care support
Allied health assistant physiotherapy support
  • Balance and coordination exercises
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Functional task training
  • Gait and mobility training
  • Strengthening exercises
Allied health assistant exercise physiology support
  • Fitness and conditioning exercises
  • Strength training
  • Balance activities
  • Core strength exercises
  • Flexibility and stretching exercises
  • Hydrotherapy

Our allied health assistants
support people with neurological conditions

Our allied health assistants work with people on the Sunshine Coast and Gympie living with:

  • Stroke
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Mental health conditions
  • Functional neurological disorder (FND)
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Alzheimer’s disease/dementia
  • Dizziness and vestibular conditions
  • Physical and intellectual disability
  • Motor neuron disease (MND)
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Down syndrome
  • Balance problems
  • Other neurological and developmental conditions
  • Ataxias
  • Huntington's disease (HD)

Don’t see your condition listed? Contact us to see if our team can help.

What is allied health assistance?

Allied health assistance is a healthcare support role. Allied health assistants complete certificate-level training which enables them to work under the direction of a university-qualified allied health professional. They perform various duties that revolve around caring for people and helping allied health professionals. In neurological rehabilitation , AHAs often support people to complete their therapy programs.

Some allied health assistants have completed additional study, such as massage training. Our senior allied health assistant Tiffany has over 10 years’ experience as a registered nurse, so she brings a wide range of skills to her role.

Is allied health assistance right for me?

For many people with neurological conditions, working with an allied health assistant is a cost-effective way to use your funding. Your AHA can see you regularly to assist you with your program. Your allied health professional can check in to update it or to deal with any concerns.

Here’s what working with an allied health assistant at CNRS can look like.

Getting to know each other

First, one of our physiotherapists, occupational therapists or exercise physiologists will see you. They’ll take the time to get to know you and understand your goals. They will do some tests to see how you’re functioning right now. If they think it’s suitable, they will talk to you about doing some of your sessions with an allied health assistant. Your family and support people are welcome to take part in your assessment and ongoing care.

Building a roadmap for success

Your allied health professional will work with you to create a personalised plan for reaching your goals and pass your therapeutic program on to your allied health assistant. You might do some joint sessions together to begin with. Your sessions might be weekly, fortnightly or monthly, with the frequency changed as needed. Your AHA can see you in our Buderim clinic or at home, the pool, or gym. If our AHA has any concerns about your health or progress, they’ll let your therapist know.

Your goal is our purpose

Our allied health assistants will do all they can to help you reach your goals. They’ll work closely with you to make sure you work hard enough to get the benefit, without pushing you too hard.

As part of your therapy team, our AHAs will support you to achieve what matters – from staying steady on your feet at home to getting out into the Sunshine Coast’s beautiful bush and beaches.

“At CNRS our passion is to empower each individual to live their lives the way they dream. Dream Big, Dream Small, Dream Obscure – whatever you dream let us know and we will do our best to help you achieve it because that’s The CNRS Way.”

Frequently asked questions

Find out what our clients are asking

What does an allied health assistant do?

An AHA will help to support, motivate, encourage and monitor your therapy program designed by your health professional. They will be alongside you to help you get the most out of your program, answer your questions and work towards your goals. They will keep your health professional informed of your progress and ensure your therapy program is always up to date.

Can I just see my allied health assistant and not a health professional?

All participants and clients of CNRS will be seen and assessed by at least one of our physiotherapists, exercise physiologists or occupational therapists before being set up with our AHAs. This is mandated by national laws, which we uphold seriously to ensure everyone’s safety.

What does a treatment session with an AHA look like?

Your session will be designed specifically for you by your health professional. It will be a 60 minute therapy session usually including strengthening, stretching, and movement exercises.

I find it difficult to leave my house. Do I have to come into your clinic?

At CNRS all our therapists can provide treatment either in your home, local community, or in our Buderim clinic space. Let us know your preference and we will meet you there.

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