Course Title: Assess client massage needs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: NURS5361C

Course Title: Assess client massage needs

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5357 - 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

Sonny Shoduri

9925 4212



This unit of competency is co-delivered with:



Nominal Hours: 150

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

The unit of competency is co-delivered with the following units of competency HLTMSG001 and HLTMSG004.

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to gather client information, make a physical assessment of the body and determine massage treatment options. This unit applies to massage therapists providing general health maintenance treatments. It does not include remedial massage assessment techniques. This unit applies to massage therapists.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTMSG002 Assess client massage needs


1. Determine scope of client needs

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Clarify client expectations
1.2 Provide clear information about scope and limits of
services to be provided
1.3 Collect accurate, relevant and organised health record
and document in a form which can be interpreted readily
by other professionals
1.4 Recognise needs that are beyond scope of own
practice, and make referrals to other health care
professionals as required
1.5 Identify and respond to any barriers to information
gathering and assessment
1.6 Seek client information respectfully and sensitively,
using purposeful, systematic and diplomatic questions
1.7 Manage information in a confidential and secure way


2. Make a physical assessment

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Advise client about the physical assessment process
and obtain client consent to proceed
2.2 Follow clinical and practitioner hygiene protocols
2.3 Respect client dignity and anticipate potential
2.4 Seek client feedback on comfort levels throughout
assessment process
2.5 Assess client through palpation, observation and
range of motion (ROM) testing
2.6 Identify and respond to contra-indications to massage
2.7 Accurately document assessment findings


3. Determine and communicate treatment approach

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Determine treatment needs by integrating findings
from physical assessment, observation and
3.2 Discuss assessment and rationale for treatment with client
3.3 Respond to client enquiries using language the client
3.4 Discuss referral and collaborative options with the
client as required

Learning Outcomes

Please refer to the Elements of Competency.

Details of Learning Activities

All class learning materials, notes and other key learning resources can be accessed via myRMIT


A combination of activities will support student’s learning in this course, such as:

• Face-to-face &/or online lectures to cover theoretical and practical concepts for each topic in

the course

• Students will learn to apply their skills and knowledge to work integrated learning (WIL) in the

student & clinical practice environment, during simulations and classroom based learning

• Work experience &/or placements observation of performance in the workplace will be a

valuable part of your learning experience

• Tutorial activities (individually and in teams) to discuss, debate, critique and consolidate your

ideas and extend your understanding around key concepts within specific topics

• Online discussions and activities to support and collaborate with other students in your course

and debate and discuss ideas

• Utilise and develop critical research and cognitive skills to find credible sources of health


• Self-directed study time (eg. readings or activities around theory) to enhance and strengthen

your knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts

• To further facilitate learning students are strongly encouraged to use a range of communication

tools between themselves and their course instructor as well as between themselves and fellow

students by using the online learning platform

• It is strongly recommended that students partner up with fellow students in order to practice

assessment, treatment and palpation techniques

Teaching Schedule



Develop massage practice                                                                              HLTMSG001/EMPL7096C

Assess client massage needs                                                                          HLTMGS002/NURS5361C

Provide massage treatments                                                       HLTMSG004/SPRT5103C



Class & Activities


15th Feb

What is massage? & Basic massage strokes


22nd  Feb

Getting started with anatomy & Basic massage strokes


29th Feb

Endangerment sites, massage strokes & anatomical positions  


7th Mar

Types of massage within the health care system & Range of motions


14th Mar

Labour Day


21rd Mar

Put together a full body massage sequence 1 & History taking


28th Mar

Easter Break


4th Apr

Physical assessment techniques & Start massage sequence 2


11th Apr

Start Massage sequence 2


18th Apr

Contra-Indications & Tissue repair


25th Apr



2nd May

Factors and Barrier to massage & Massage sequence 2


9th May

Factors and Barrier to massage & Massage sequence 2


16th May

Massage sequence 2 preparation for mock assessment


23rd May

Massage sequence 2 preparation for mock assessment


30th May

Massage sequence 2 preparation for mock assessment


6th Jun

Massage sequence 2 final assessment

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

The tasks to be assessed within this unit replicate the necessary skills and knowledge required to assess client massage needs within the industry. The assessment tasks for this unit of competency include the following:

1. Clinic Skills Checklist

2. Referral Letter

3. Theoretical and Practical Exams 

Assessment Tasks


Develop Massage Practice -  HLTMSG001/EMPL7096C






Massage client fliers: Due 10th  June 2016 & submitted via black board


·       Development of goals for your business is the essential first step to provide an understanding of how you will reach your target audience. Once you have developed these goals you will be asked to select 3 target audiences within the community and design a flier for each of these audiences. Write a detailed summary of how the philosophies of massage therapy fit into your target audience and the historical significance of these types of therapies and where they have come from. Your will then create a flier for each target audience, write how you  will be able to help your chosen section of the community, how massage can work alongside other therapies, what are the key messages alongside massage therapy, special consideration and how the client will be able to find you.










Assess Client Massage Needs -  HLTMSG002/NURS5361C




Clinic skills observation log:  Due 10th June 2016 & submitted to clinic supervisor on due


·       During semester 1 you will be required to satisfy the requirements of your observation checklist within the clinical setting.




On-line quiz: Due 10th June 2016 & submitted via black board:


·       This quiz will cover content which has been taught over the last 17 weeks and will be available for completion on Blackboard.








Provide Massage Treatments -  HLTMSG004/SPRT5103C




Clinic skills observation log:  Due 10th June 2016 & submitted to clinic supervisor on due


·       During semester 1 you will be required to satisfy the requirements of your observation checklist within the clinical setting. During a clinical shift you will be required to assess the needs of a client and follow treatment protocol to satisfy the clients treatment expectations  




Practical assessment:  Due 6th June 2016 & submitted to clinic supervisor on due


·       You will be required to complete a full body therapeutic massage within 60 and demonstrate where the endangerment sites are located within the body.   













Assessment Matrix

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