Course Title: Chinese Manual Therapy Theory and Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chinese Manual Therapy Theory and Practice

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2011

Course Coordinator: Dr George Lenon

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99256587

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.4.51

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Chinese Medicine Theory 1

Course Description

Chinese Manual Therapy Theory and Practice is a one semester course. This course will help you to understand the origin, development, achievements and current applications of Chinese manual therapy as well as develop knowledge and skills in the physical exercises used by Tui Na practitioners, the range of techniques and materials used in Chinese manual therapy, the correct positioning of the client, and the application of routines using Tui Na and other manual therapies for each section of the body. This course also introduces you to the broader practice of Chinese medicine. It includes an introduction to ethics that will encompass the basic principles of ethics that will be relevant to students once they start to treat patients in the teaching clinic and an introduction to the Australian health system that will cover the basic aspects of public health from national level to individual patient level.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain the characteristics of Chinese manual therapy including its scope, range of methods and applications, and its roles within the overall framework of Chinese medicine and within the contemporary healthcare system. 
  • Perform exercises designed to promote the development of strength, flexibility, correct posture and breathing in preparation for long-term practice of CMT and the avoidance of strain. 
  • Identify each of the key CMT and other techniques and explain the functions and therapeutic indications of these techniques. 
  • Demonstrate key manual techniques including the correct positioning of the client for the application of manual therapy routines for each section of the body. 
  • Explain the cautions and contraindications of CMT and other techniques including the general contraindications as well as the specific cautions and contraindications for the application of CMT and other techniques to particular parts of the body, and specific cautions and contraindications for the application of specific manual techniques. 
  • Explain the applications and demonstrate the use of the use of liniments, oils, poultices and/or ointments. 
  • Apply infection control regulations when performing Chinese manual therapy. 
  • Understand the procedures and requirements of the teaching clinic especially in reference to privilege and responsibilities as well as professionalism. 
  • Describe the principal features of the Australian health 22 system and understand the role of Chinese medicine. 
  • Explain the basic principals of medical ethics and how these apply to the clinical practice of Chinese medicine.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will be delivered through lectures, tutorials and  practical classes.

Overview of Learning Resources

Your learning is supported by resources in the library and online which provides you with lecture notes.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment for this course focuses on your understanding of key concepts, skills and knowledge in Chinese manual therapy that are required to enable them to apply manual methods accurately and effectively. This could take the form of practical attendance, assignment, practical and written exams. It is compulsory that you attend at least 75% of practical classes to be eligible for practical assessment.