Course Title: Perform remedial massage health assessment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: SPRT5066C

Course Title: Perform remedial massage health assessment

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: 200

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:
•    HLTCOM404B Communicate effectively with clients
•    HLTIN301A Comply with infection control policies and procedures in health work
•    HLTHIR301A Communicate and work effectively in health

This course is delivered concurrently with the following units of competency:
HLTREM408B    Apply Massage Assessment Framework
HLTREM409B    Perform Massage health Assessment
HLTREM504B    Apply Remedial Massage Assessment Framework

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 to enable correct assessment, planning and provision of a remedial massage. 

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTREM505B Perform remedial massage health assessment


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

Performance Criteria:

1.1    Establish the client’s purpose for consultation and identify the symptoms experienced
1.2    Determine the client’s eligibility for using clinic/personal policies
1.3    Explain the services able to be provided and the limits of available services clearly
1.4    Explore and clarify the client’s expectation of the service/clinic
1.5    Identify factors likely to have a negative impact on assessment in consultation with the client and implement strategies to minimise the effects of these factors wherever possible
1.6    Ensure personal abilities, level of professional competence and parameters of role are defined to the client and determine practice and at all times
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 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.    Manage the health assessment

Performance Criteria:

3.1    Ensure informed client consent is obtained prior to conducting tests, in accordance with relevant legislation and regulations
3.2    Allow adequate time during consultation to gather critical information
3.3    Identify and minimise factors that may interfere with the information gathering process
3.4    Identify, establish and routinely observe essential requirements for the maintenance of clinical and practitioner hygiene
3.5    Anticipate potential sensitivities of the client, adapt approach accordingly to take these into account and take steps to ensure the client’s dignity is maintained at all times
3.6    Pursue and investigate abnormal findings in a deliberate, logical and appropriate manner
3.7    Assess reliability of data obtained and establish appropriate clinical correlation with the client’s complaint as soon as possible
3.8    Record all information accurately in a systematic manner in accordance with clinic guidelines


4.    Prepare the client for assessment

Performance Criteria:

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


5.    Make a comprehensive assessment of the client

Performance Criteria:

5.1    Identify signs of condition according to massage therapy framework
5.2    Elicit specific details of signs and symptoms of the presenting complaint/s
5.3    Assess client through palpation, observation and sensory information gathering techniques
5.4    Conduct physical assessment
5.5    Use other appropriate assessment techniques
5.6    Use questions to clarify results and gain further information in a manner relevant to the client’s needs and test results
5.7    Identify contra-indications to treatment
5.8    Conduct functional and special tests and make differential assessment
5.9    Observe and analyse static and dynamic variables of posture 

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.

 Ant. Cervical   
 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
 Learning Activity.-Upper Body muscle comparison 01/06/11 Learning Activity.-Lower Body muscle comparison
 06/06/11 EXAM PERIOD      08/06/11 Submit Learning Activity
 11/07/11 Foot & Lower Leg Architecture & ROM 13/07/11 Foot & Lower Leg Gait Analysis
Foot & Lower Leg Testing 20/07/11Knee & Thigh Architecture and Mechanics
 25/07/11 Knee & Thigh ROM & Testing 27/07/11 Lower limb & Thigh Revision
 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 & GH Region Self Directed Learning
 19/09/11 Scapula & GH Region Self Directed Learning  21/09/11 Scapula & GHWorksheet Submission  WED 21st
 Scap GH Revision 28/09/11   
 Cervical /Brachial Plexus pathways
 Cervical /Brachial Plexus 05/10/11   
 Elbow, Hand & Wrist Architecture 12/10/11 Elbow, Hand & Wrist Palpation & Neural Pathways
 17/10/11 Elbow, Hand & Wrist Revision
 Pract Assessment of Cx, BrachPlex or Wrist & Hand
 24/10/11  Tutorial 26/10/11 Tutorial

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 integrate skills and knowledge.  Learners may also be required to demonstrate competency through completion of 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 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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