Allied Health Internship: A Look Back at the BAPA Module with Ex-Student Ambassador, Tianah.

by Bryanna Sweres, on 11/02/2021 8:43:46 AM

Both an AHA (Allied Health Assistant) and Physiotherapist Assistant will support and assist the work of an Allied Health Professional by undertaking a range of tasks - both clinical and non-clinical.

This enables the Allied Health Professional to focus on more complex clinical work and provide care to a greater number of patients.

While the work of an AHA sits within defined parameters, the role is often very flexible, involving a mixture of direct and indirect patient care.

Ex-Student Ambassador, Tianah, gives us her insight on the 2019-20 Internship BAPA (Becoming A Physiotherapist Assistant) Module.

Classes: BAPA Assessment

Today's class involved a large assessment that is part of our BAPA module. The first assessment was an observation assessment where we had to deliver a program to a person with a shoulder injury. Our trainer, Dan, provided us with the guidance on which exercises can be completed and which exercises should be avoided. I also needed to make suggestions for modifications and Dan would advise whether my suggestions were correct.

Throughout the session we were required to monitor the client's shortness of breath and the their level of pain throughout each exercise.

Tianah - BAPA class for blog

Placement: PhysioHealth

The most enjoyable part of this module has been the placement!

I have been placed at PhysioHealth which is a private practice physiotherapy clinic. I have been able to work directly alongside a physiotherapist. It's been really engaging and has enabled me to learn hands on skills and get a real insight into the day in the life of a Physiotherapist.

I have been able to sit in the room and watch while the physio treat their clients. I get to see the whole process from consult and treatment, right through to review and I've also been able to assist the physio in the treatment of the client. 


Review: BAPA Module

The most challenging part of this module has been trying to refine my skills.

As I come towards the end of my experience with ERA, the lessons become more about refining my skills and how I can translate these skills into the workforce.

Being able to work on my communication skills, my delivery skills and also correcting technique properly has been vital in my growth within the industry.

In this module, we have learnt policies and procedures, evacuation drills and OH&S which is all so crucial to know when going into the workplace.

After completing this module, I feel more confident in my communication skills. From the placement I've undertaken during this module, I've been able to communicate with the clients 1 on 1 and it has forced me to put into practice what I've learnt in class.


ERA's on-site Allied Health Educator, Daniel Browne, elaborates on Tianah's experience and the benefits of practical scenario classes.

This component of the BAPA module focuses on the culmination of student skills developed throughout the BAPA program including; interpretation of medical terminology in the form of a physiotherapy handover, functional application of anatomy and physiology of an injured shoulder joint,  prescription and identification of appropriateness of exercises for the client based on their rehabilitative time frame, as well as the construction of a medical handover in the form of a SOAP note.

This class offered the students a key opportunity to blend the theoretical information and practicum experiences gathered through university studies with the practical scenario based offerings of ERA, in order to gain exposure in a complete client assessment, intervention and subsequent handover.

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Topics:Allied Health Internship

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