Course Title: Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2018

Course Code: SPRT5102C

Course Title: Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

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

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

This course is co-delivered with:
HLTMSG005/SPRT5104C Provide remedial massage treatments

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assess the needs of clients presenting with soft tissue dysfunction, musculoskeletal imbalance or restrictions in range of motion (ROM). It requires the ability to gather client information, conduct specific tests and bring information together to develop a remedial massage treatment plan. There is a strong focus on functional anatomy. This unit applies to remedial massage therapists.
The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTMSG003 Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments


1. Determine scope of client needs

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Explore and clarify client expectations 1.2 Provide clear information about scope and limits of services to be provided 1.3 Collect an 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 Provide information about the physical assessment process and obtain client consent to proceed 2.2 Follow clinical and practitioner hygiene procedures 2.3 Respect client dignity and anticipate sensitivities 2.4 Seek client feedback on comfort levels 2.5 Assess client through palpation, observation and ROM testing 2.6 Identify variations from normal posture or structural function in relation to presenting symptoms 2.7 Analyse static and dynamic variables of posture through use of functional and special testing indicated by presenting condition 2.8 Use ongoing questioning with client to gain further information as required 2.9 Accurately document information from the physical assessment


3. Develop treatment plan

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Correlate results of physical assessment with case history 3.2 Consider available medical information and incorporate into analysis within scope of own practice 3.3 Identify condition according to stage and related implications 3.4 Identify and respond to indications or contraindications for remedial massage 3.5 Determine optimum type, duration and frequency of treatments 3.6 Use professional judgement to draw substantiated conclusions about treatment needs 3.7 Establish expected treatment outcomes based on the remedial massage framework and evidence 3.8 Accurately document proposed treatment plan


4. Confirm assessment and treatment plan with client

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Discuss assessment, its implications and rationale for treatment with the client 4.2 Assign and agree treatment priorities and expectations in consultation with the client 4.3 Schedule times and session lengths suited to the required techniques and sequences 4.4 Respond to client enquiries using language the client understands 4.5 Discuss referral and collaborative options with the client as required

Learning Outcomes

Please refer to the Elements of Competency.

Details of Learning Activities

There will be 2 three hour classes in semester 1 and one 3 hour class in Semester 2. 

Teaching Schedule

AxRx - Semester 2, 2018


Tuesday 8:30am – 12:30pm Lecture / 1:30pm – 3:30pm Case Study Clinic



Class Topics and Assessments


3rd July

Introduction to Ax Rx: Subjective Examination and Postural Assessment


10th July

Postural Assessment


17th July

SKILLS ASSESSMENT 1 – Postural Assessment


24th July

Cervical region


31st July

SKILLS ASSESSMENT 2 – Cervical Region


7th August

Shoulder Region


14th August

Shoulder Region


21st August

SKILLS ASSESSMENT 3 – Shoulder region


28th August

Mid Semester Break


4th Sept

Elbow & Wrist Regions


11th Sept

Elbow & Wrist Regions


18th Sept

SKILLS ASSESSMENT 4 – Elbow & Wrist Regions


25th Sept

Thoracic Region


2nd Oct

Lumbar Region


9th Oct

Hip Region


16th Oct

SKILLS ASSESSMENT 5 – Tx, Lx & Hip Regions


23rd Oct

Knee Region


30th Oct

Ankle Region


6th Nov



7th Nov

Wednesday night Clinic


8th Nov

Thursday night clinic



Class & Activities

4th July

History of Manual Lymphatic Drainage &  Lymphoedema in Australia

11th July

Hand techniques  & opening up the lymphatic system  

18th July

Re-cap opening up the lymphatic system  &  head &neck techniques

25th July  

Re-cap head &neck techniques  & arm   

1st Aug

Re-cap arm & chest  

8th Aug

Re-cap chest & abdominal  

15th Aug

Re-cap abdominal  & upper leg

22nd Aug

Re-cap upper leg and lower leg


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Task 1

Knowledge Assessment x 5

Task 2

Skills assessment x 5

Task 3

Clinical Practice

Assessment Tasks


Assessment Task




Cervical Knowledge Assessment 

1st March 2018


Shoulder Knowledge Assessment 

2nd March 2018


Elbow and Wrist Knowledge Assessment 

19th April 2018


Tx, Lx and Hip Knowledge Assessment

17th May 2018


Knee and Ankle Knowledge Assessment 

14th June 2018


Assessment Task




Cervical Skills Assessment 

6st March 2018


Shoulder Skills Assessment 

27th March 2018


Elbow and Wrist Skills Assessment 

24th April 2018


Tx, Lx and Hip Skills Assessment

22th May 2018


Knee and Ankle Skills Assessment 

12th June 2018


  • On-line assessment: 15th July 2018  

All content taught during the week 1&2 will be assessed via an on-line quiz in canvas. You have 45 min to complete the written assessment.


  • Practical Assessment: 25th October 2018

Please refer to integrated remedial assessment for full details of the practical assessment. 


Clinical Practice:

There will be aspects of these co-delivered units that need to be demonstrated within your clinical practice in the student clinic. Please see your Clinic Manual. 


Assessment Matrix

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