Early Links Supporting Inclusion

Allied Health Assistants

Welcome to Early Links Allied Health Assistants

Allied health assistants work under the direct supervision of allied health professionals and can work in settings, like hospitals, schools, and community centres. Our allied health assistants support our clients in various disciplines such as occupational therapy and speech pathology, assisting with therapeutic programs. They cover all areas of the Hunter Valley and surrounds.

What does an allied health assistant do?

An allied health assistant (AHA) supports the implementation of a therapy program prescribed by an allied health professional, such as an occupational therapist, speech pathologist or physiotherapist.

Allied health assistants work under the direct supervision of allied health professionals. allied health assistants can also create specific client resources as directed by the therapist involved.

Who can our allied health assistants help?

Our allied health assistants can help support any client receiving therapy services at Early Links.

Our allied health assistants are highly qualified

An allied health assistant either has a certificate level qualification in allied health assistance or is training at university to become an allied health professional. This means they have good background knowledge and basic skills to help them deliver specific prompting, strategies, and overall supports.

Which areas do our allied health assistants cover?

Aberdeen, Abermain, Bellbird, Beresfield, Bolwarra, Branxton, Cessnock, Chisholm, Cliftleigh, Dungog, East Maitland, Gillieston Heights, Greta, Heddon Greta, Hinton, Kurri Kurri, Laguna, Lochinvar, Lorn, Maitland, Morpeth, Muswellbrook, Paterson, Raworth, Raymond Terrace, Rothbury, Rutherford, Singleton, Stroud, Tarro, Telarah, Tenambit, Thornton, Vacy, Windella, Wollombi, Woodberry and more.

Telehealth sessions are also an option if appropriate for the individual or group participants instead of face-to-face sessions.


How do I start with an allied health assistant at Early Links?

    If you’re ready to get started or just want to find out more, you can use the form below to get in touch with us.

    We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have, explain what would be involved and tell you all about the support we can offer.

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      Frequently Asked Questions

      Does this mean that I won’t have a therapist anymore?

      No, not at all. Your therapist will stay on board and oversee everything the allied health assistant does. Your therapist will draw on their expertise to refine your program and may step back in more frequently as your needs change.

      Are allied health assistants appropriate for everyone?

      Everyone’s needs are different, which means so are their supports. Allied health assistants are great for implementing programs designed by experienced therapists. These are usually where the therapist would like to provide many opportunities for practice of skills. If your support needs do not offer lots of skills practice, then an allied health assistant might not be suitable for you.

      Can the allied health assistants target goals from more than one therapist?

      Absolutely. Our therapists will collaborate when writing therapy programs so that the allied health assistant can help you develop skills in multiple areas.

      How will this affect my funding?

      Incorporating an allied health assistant into your supports will increase the number of hours of support your plan will fund. This means that your funding will spread further, allowing you more face-to-face support hours than if you had the therapist alone involved.

      What do I do if it isn’t working?

      If you are concerned about any part of the process of working with an allied health assistant, please speak to your therapist or key worker so that we can help address any issues.