Course Title: Provide remedial massage treatment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: SPRT5063C

Course Title: Provide remedial massage treatment

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5207 - Diploma of Remedial Massage

Course Contact: Joshua Davies

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4333

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Meghan Ambrens
+61 3 9925 4289

Nominal Hours: 240

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


Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to administer client remedial massage treatment according to the philosophy and practices of a remedial massage framework.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTREM502B Provide remedial massage treatment


1.    Manage treatment

Performance Criteria:

1.1    Explain factors which may interfere with the effectiveness of the treatment
1.2    Explain mode of administration and management of the treatment to the client
1.3    Request client to monitor reactions and contact practitioner as required
1.4    Ensure consent for treatment
1.5    Drape client to expose only the part of the body being worked on
1.6    Provide massage according to the treatment plan
1.7    Recognise reactions to treatment and promptly responded to if necessary
1.8    Explain time, location and content of future sessions clearly to the client
1.9    Document recommendations 


2.    Apply remedial massage techniques

Performance Criteria:

2.1    Apply massage techniques
2.2    Apply remedial massage techniques to achieve specific therapeutic outcomes


3.    Advise and resource the client

Performance Criteria:

3.1    Educate the client in relevant and practical techniques for promotion and maintenance of optimum health
3.2    Answer client queries with clarity, using the appropriate language
3.3    Use honesty and integrity when explaining treatment plans and recommendations to the client
3.4    Use appropriate interpersonal skills when explaining treatment plans and recommendations to the client
3.5    Promote client independence and responsibility in treatment wherever possible


4.    Review treatment

Performance Criteria:

4.1    Evaluate progress with the client
4.2    Identify and record effects of previous treatment
4.3    Review previous treatment plan
4.4    Evaluate need for ongoing and/or additional treatment
4.5    Negotiate changes to the plan with the client to ensure optimal outcomes 

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is delivered in the subject cluster: Remedial Massage Treatment.  Students will have regular face to face practical skills classes, as well as some online and work-based learning activities.  

Teaching Schedule

This unit is delivered in the subject cluster: Remedial Massage Treatment.   The following lesson schedule shows face to face classes for this subject:

12/5/11Stretching Workshop17/5/11Friction Massage
19/5/11Myofascial Trigger Points24/5/11Myofascial Tension Technique
26/5/11Practical Assessment of Thermal Therapies31/5/11Cupping Therapies
2/6/11Case Studies12/7/11Practitioner Assisted Stretching
14/7/11Remedial Massage for Foot & Ankle 119/7/11Remedial Massage for Foot & Ankle 2
21/7/11Treatment Modalities Written Assessment26/7/11Remedial Massage for knee/thigh 1
28/7/11Remedial Massage for knee/thigh 22/8/11Practical Assessment Foot - Thigh Treatment Skills
4/8/11Remedial Massage for Hip 19/8/11Remedial Massage for Hip 2
11/8/11Remedial Massage for Lx 116/8/11Sports Massage 1
18/8/11Remedial Massage for Lx 223/8/11Sports Massage 2
25/8/11Remedial Massage for Tx 16/9/11Remedial Massage for Tx 2
8/9/11Practical Assessment Hip - Tx Treatment Skills13/9/11Remedial Massage for Scap/GHJ 1
15/9/11Remedial Massage for Scap/GHJ 220/9/11Remedial Massage for Scap/GHJ 3
22/9/11Remedial Massage for Scap/GHJ 427/9/11Remedial Massage for Cx 1
29/9/11Remedial Massage for Cx 24/10/11Practical Assessment Shoulder & Cervical Treatment Skills
6/10/11Remedial Massage for Elbow 111/10/11Remedial Massage for Elbow 2
13/10/11Remedial Massage for wrist 118/10/11Remedial Massage for wrist 2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Learning materials for this unit are available on the learning hub, in the subject folder "Remedial Massage Treatment".  From time to time you will be asked to access other resources, including websites and journals. Information on these additional resources will be published on the learning hub.  Students are also required to bring 2 large towels with them to each class.  All other supplies will be provided.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course forms part of the Diploma of Remedial Massage.
Assessment is typically based around written and/or online tests, assignments, reflective journals, evidence portfolio’s, logbooks and/or practical demonstrations.
Assessment may also take place in a simulated work situation such as a supervised student clinic.
Competency based training requires the student to be in attendance in order for assessment to be undertaken.
Assessment is undertaken through successful completion of all assessment activities and classroom, project & industry participation.
Assessments are spaced across the duration of the course, in order for your teacher to provide you with progressive feedback.
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
An RMIT assessment charter ( ) summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document, the Assessment policies and procedures manual (;ID=ln1kd66y87rc).

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: Progressive Practical Assessments:
There will be 3 Practical Assessments that assess your ability to apply the skills and knowledge learned in class. These assessments will be grouped into specific regions of the body as studied in class. Dates are outlined in the teaching schedule.

Task 2: Case Study Practical Assessment:
At the end of each semester you will complete a practical case study assessment, where you will be assessed in a simulated clinic environment. You will be assessed on your ability to provide a complete initial consultation based on a simulation of a common client presentation.

Task  3: Thermal Therapies Practical Report:
At the end of semester 1 you will complete a practical class on thermal therapies. You will be required to complete the practical and write a report on your findings.

Task 4: Written Assessment:
There will be one written assessment in semester 2, delivered as an in-class test on your knowledge and understanding of the general principles of remedial massage treatment.  The pass mark for this assessment is 70%.          

Task 5: Patient Quota:
Whilst in clinic you are required to provide massage and remedial massage treatments to your peers and members of the public. Each student is required to competently treat a minimum of 15 patients by the end of their last rostered clinic shift.

Assessment Matrix

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