Allied Health Careers

Allied health​​​​Allied health professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech pathologists play a vital role in supporting the development, health and wellbeing of young children, including babies and toddlers.

Physiotherapist

Physiotherapists play a vital role in the early childhood sector supporting the development, health and wellbeing of young children including babies and toddlers. Physiotherapy is a professional medical treatment focussed on restoring function after disease or injury. Physiotherapists may work as part of a health care team, independently in private practice, within the school system or as industry consultants in metropolitan, regional or rural locations.

To practice in Victoria, physiotherapists must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority (AHPRA) and hold a:

  • Bachelor Degree in Physiotherapy; or
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) (four years); or
  • Master of Physiotherapy

Completion of Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance may provide some credit to the degree program.

For more information about being a physiotherapist working in early childhood intervention, see:

Speech pathologist

Speech pathologists assess and treat children and adults who have a communication disability. Speech pathologists work in hospitals, community health centres, rehabilitation centres and schools in metropolitan, regional or rural locations.

To practice in Victoria, speech pathologists must hold a:

  • Bachelor of Health Science (three years); or
  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology (three years); or
  • Master of Speech Pathology (two years)

Entry can be from Certificate III and IV in Allied Health Assistance. Completion of Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance may provide some credit to the degree program.

For further information on being a speech pathologist working in early childhood intervention, see:

Occupational therapist

Occupational therapists help support the development, health and wellbeing of young children. Occupational therapists work with children and adults to assist them to develop, recover or maintain daily living and work skills. They work in a range of settings in metropolitan, regional or rural locations.

To practice in Victoria, occupational therapists must be registered with the AHPRAand hold a:

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (four years); or
  • Postgraduate Studies in Occupational Therapy, such as Master of Occupational Therapy Practice or Master of Occupational Therapy

Some degree programs may provide credits for units from Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance and Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance.

For further information about being an occupational therapist working in early childhood intervention, see: