Course Title: Perform massage health assessment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: SPRT5061C

Course Title: Perform massage health assessment

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4208 - Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice

Course Contact: Priya Atkinson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4212

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jeremy Sager                                         
+61 3 9925 4294                                  
Office Hours 8.30 - 4.30 Mon- Wed

Caitlin Smith

Nominal Hours: 100

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

This course is delivered concurrently with the following units of competency:
HLTREM408B    Apply Massage Assessment Framework
HLTREM504B    Apply Remedial Massage Assessment Framework
HLTREM505B    Perform Remedial Massage health Assessment

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to observe the condition of the client and gather information relevant to the case in order to provide a basic massage.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTREM409B Perform massage health assessment


1.    Determine the scope of the assessment and the client’s needs 

Performance Criteria:

1.1    Establish client’s purpose for consultation and identify the symptoms experienced
1.2    Determine client’s eligibility for service using clinic/personal policies
1.3    Explain services able to be provided and limits of available services clearly
1.4    Explore and clarify client’s expectation of the service/clinic
1.5    Define personal abilities, level of professional competence and parameters of role to the client and determine practice at all times
1.6    Identify factors likely to have a negative impact on assessment in consultation with the client and strategies implemented to minimise the effects of these factors wherever possible
1.7    Refer client to other health care professionals where the needs of the client are identified as beyond the scope of the services able to be provided, or if in the opinion of the practitioner the needs of the client are best met by doing so
1.8    Identify and promote the legal rights of the client 


2.    Obtain and record an accurate history of the client 

Performance Criteria:

2.1    Seek information required from the client for the client’s history in a respectful way with all enquiries asked in a purposeful, systematic and diplomatic manner
2.2    Collect and record accurate, relevant and well organised information in a form which can be interpreted readily by other professionals
2.3    Manage information in a confidential and secure way


3.    Prepare the client for assessment 

Performance Criteria:

3.1    Ensure the client’s body is not unnecessarily exposed during assessment/treatment
3.2    Respect client boundaries at all times
3.3    Seek client feedback on comfort levels


4.    Perform an assessment of the client  

Performance Criteria:

4.1    Obtain informed client consent prior to conducting assessment, in accordance with relevant legislation and regulations
4.2    Identify, establish and routinely observe essential requirements for the maintenance of clinical and practitioner hygiene
4.3    Anticipate potential sensitivities of the client, adapt approach is adapted accordingly to take these into account and take steps to ensure the client’s dignity is maintained at all times
4.4    Assess client through palpation, observation and sensory information gathering techniques
4.5    Identify contra-indications to treatment 

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is delivered in the subject cluster: Remedial Massage Assessment.  Students will have a regular face to face classes, during which skills and knowledge and demonstrated, discussed and applied.  There will  also be some online worksheets and work-based learning activities.  

Teaching Schedule

This unit is delivered in the subject cluster: Remedial Massage Assessment. Students are also required to attend a fortnightly clinic shift, to practice their skills in a workplace environment.  The clinic roster is available on the learning hub.

21/02/11    Course Guide/Sub. Hx & Intro to palp.
23/02/11    Palp review/AROM/Global Obs/9pt flex. test
28/02/11    Posterior Leg Palpation- lwr leg, HS rev./Online test
02/03/11    Posterior(rev.)/Anterior Leg Palpation- Quads 
07/03/11    Anterior Leg- Tib ant/EDL/peroneals
09/03/11    Anterior Leg- directed palp./directed post leg. 
16/03/11     Palpation Assessment Lower Leg
21/03/11    Vertebral Landmarks Depth and Measurement
23/03/11     Back, Lx to Tx Depth and Measurement
28/03/11    Note Taking Palpation depth & Critical thinking
30/03/11    Wetlab Excursion     
04/04/11    Scapula,Thoracic and Humerus     
06/04/11    Scap, Tx, and Humerus          
11/04/11    Scapula,Thoracic, Hum practice           
13/04/11    Palpation Assessment Back & Scapula
02/05/11    Sub/Obj Review; Submission of note taking exercise
04/05/11    Posterior Cervical     
09/05/11    Ant. Cervical          
11/05/11    Wetlab Excursion
16/05/11    Ant./Post. Cx Review Forearm Palpation
18/05/11    Forearm
23/05/11    Forearm
25/05/11    Palpation Assessment of Neck or Forearm
30/05/11    Learning Activity.-Upper Body muscle comparison
01/06/11    Learning Activity.-Lower Body muscle comparison

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Biel, A 2005 Trail guide to the body, 3rd edn, Discovery books.

Brukner, P & Khan, K  2007 Clinical Sports Medicine, 3rd edn, McGraw-Hill. NSW.


Other Resources

Learning materials and online assessments for this unit are available on the learning hub, in the subject folder Remedial Massage Assessment .

Overview of Assessment

Primary assessment involves on-going practical and applied assessment in a clinical workplace or simulated environment designed to assist the learner to integrate skills and knowledge.  Learners may also be required to demonstrate competency through completion of a range of assessments including;  quizzes, practical demonstration, submission of learning and assessment guide and assignments. Achieving competency in each assessment is required to achieve competency for the unit.

Assessment Tasks


  • This unit is assessed in conjunction with others in the subject Remedial Massage Treatment.  
  • In order to successfully complete this unit, you must be assessed as competent for each the of the assessment items detailed below.
  • Complete details, including assessment criteria, for each of the assessment tasks outlined below will be provided on the learning hub.
Task 1: Practical Assessment of Neck or Forearm                           25/05/11
Task 2: Written History Taking test                                                    06/06/11
Task 3: Differentiation of Muscle                                                       08/06/11         

Assessment Matrix

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