Course Title: Apply remedial massage assessment framework

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: SPRT5065C

Course Title: Apply remedial massage assessment framework

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5207 - Diploma of Remedial Massage

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: 40

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 unit should be assessed in conjunction with the following related competency units:
•    HLTREM505B Perform remedial massage health assessment
•    HLTCOM404B Communicate effectively with clients

This unit is delivered in combination with the following units:
HLTREM408B    Apply Massage Assessment Framework
HLTREM409B    Perform Massage health Assessment
HLTREM505B    Perform Remedial Massage health Assessment

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to interpret information gathered in the health assessment and make and review an accurate assessment over the course of remedial massage treatment.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTREM504B Apply remedial massage assessment framework


1.    Analyse and interpret information received

Performance Criteria:

1.1    Correlate results of the health assessment with case history
1.2    Recognise signs and symptoms of condition in the client and identify as pre-requisites or contra-indication for treatment/care
1.3    Assess information gathered and assigned priorities in consultation with the client using the knowledge and experience and theoretical principles applied by the practitioner
1.4    Gather, record and organise in a way which can be interpreted readily by other professionals
1.5    Analyse body patterns and differentiate by assessing signs and symptoms
1.6    Identify condition according to stage and related implications (eg acute/chronic) by applying principles of assessment
1.7    Use professional judgement to draw sound conclusions and prognosis from the data collected
1.8    Elicit all assessment signs and symptoms in a thorough and objective manner to avoid premature conclusions on the treatment plan
1.9    Monitor the client’s progress systematically in order to confirm the clinical impression
1.10    Combine history and clinical data effectively to obtain a differential assessment, prognosis and treatment plan


2.    Inform the client

Performance Criteria:

2.1    Discuss rationale of the treatment assessment plan/prognosis is discussed with the client
2.2    Respond to client enquiries using language the client understands
2.3    Discuss referral and collaborative options with the client if necessary

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.

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
11/07/11    Foot & Lower Leg Architecture & ROM
13/07/11    Foot & Lower Leg Gait Analysis
18/07/11    Foot & Lower Leg Testing
20/07/11    Knee & Thigh Architecture and Mechanics
25/07/11    Knee & Thigh ROM & Testing
27/07/11    Lower limb & Thigh Revision
01/08/11    Practical Assessment of the Lower Limb & Thigh
03/08/11    Pelvis & Hip. Architecture, ROM & Goniometers
08/08/11    Pelvis & Hip, Global Assessment
10/08/11    Palpation of the Pelvis & Hip
15/08/11    Pelvis & Hip Revision WETLAB TBA
17/08/11    Lumbo -Sacral Architecture & Mechanics
22/08/11    Lumbo -Sacral Palpation
24/08/11    Revison LX Sx
05/09/11   Practical Assessment of the Hip  or Lumbo-Sacral region
07/09/11   Thoracic & Abdominal Architecture & ROM
12/09/11    Thoracic & Abdominal Palpation
14/09/11    Scapula & Glenohumeral Region Self Directed Learning
19/09/11    Scapula & Glenohumeral Region Self Directed Learning
21/09/11    Scapula & Glenohumeral Worksheet Submission  WEDNESDAY 21st
26/09/11    Scap GH Revision
28/09/11    Cervical /Brachial Plexus pathways
03/10/11    Cervical /Brachial Plexus
05/10/11    ANATOMY WETLAB Assessment TBA
10/10/11    Elbow, Hand & Wrist Architecture
12/10/11    Elbow, Hand & Wrist Palpation & Neural Pathways
17/10/11    Elbow, Hand & Wrist Revision
19/10/11    Practical Assessment of Cx, Brachial Plexus or Wrist & Hand
24/10/11    Tutorial
26/10/11    Tutorial
31/10/11    EXAM PERIOD

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

Assessment may consist of quizzes, practical demonstration, work based assessment or simulation, submission of your learning and assessment guide and assignments.

Assessment Tasks


  • This unit is assessed in conjunction with others in the subject Remedial Massage Assessment.  
  • 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: Practical Assessment of the Lower Limb & Thigh                       01/08/11
Task 3: Practical Assessment of the Hip  or Lumbo-Sacral region          05/09/11
Task 4: Practical Assessment of Cx, Brachial Plexus or Wrist & Hand   19/10/11
Task 5: Written History Taking test                                                           06/06/11
Task 6: Submit Learning Activity . Differentiation of Muscle                     08/06/11                                                           
Task 7: Scapula & Glenohumeral Worksheet Submission                        21/09/11

Assessment Matrix

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