Course Title: Adapt remedial massage treatments to meet specific needs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: SPRT5105C

Course Title: Adapt remedial massage treatments to meet specific needs

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

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Nominal Hours: 120

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

There are no pre-requisites for this unit. 

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to adapt remedial massage assessment and treatment strategies to meet the needs of clients of different genders and at different stages of life. It also includes the requirement to be able to identify and respond to other specific needs with which the practitioner may be unfamiliar.

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:

HLTMSG006 Adapt remedial massage treatments to meet specific needs


1. Adapt assessment and treatment strategies to stages of life

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Anticipate and take account of client sensitivities to ensure client dignity is maintained 1.2 Tailor approaches that take account of different cognitive abilities of clients at different stages of life 1.3 Adjust physical processes to take account of client capabilities and physical body features 1.4 Recognise norms and deviations associated with age and gender 1.5 Obtain consents from others when appropriate


2. Respond to unfamiliar presentations

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Recognise situations where presenting cases or aspects of presenting cases fall outside current knowledge base or expertise 2.2 Refer client to other practitioners when case is not appropriate to own scope of practice 2.3 Identify, access and interpret sources of additional information and advice when appropriate to continue with the case 2.4 Enhance own capacity to deal with the case by conducting case specific research 2.5 Integrate findings into client treatment plans and record details


3. Extend and expand own knowledge base

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Pro-actively identify and respond to professional development opportunities 3.2 Develop and adjust work practices as part of ongoing practice development

Learning Outcomes

Please refer to the Elements of Competency above.

Details of Learning Activities

one 3 hour class per week for 9 weeks. 

Teaching Schedule

course schedule


Provide specialised remedial massage treatment 2018


Date Group


Date Group B

Class & Activities


5th Feb

16th Apr

Library research guide

Introduction  negotiated assessment


12 Feb

23rd Apr

Provide specialised remedial massage for children and adolescents/ Treatment


19th Feb

30th Apr

Provide specialised remedial massage for women/Treatment


26th Feb

7th May

Provide specialised remedial massage for men/Treatment


5th Mar

14th May

Provide specialised remedial massage for geriatrics/ Treatment


19th Mar

21st May

Provide specialised remedial massage for mental Health/ Treatment


26 Mar

28th May

Treatment Case Studies


9th Apr

4th June

Final Assessment



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

The skills and knowledge to be assessed within this unit replicate real work skills within the industry. 

Assessment Tasks:

1. Observation skills checklist

2. Negotiated Assessment: Specific research and treatment options

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task 1.  Specific skills must be observed in clinic and in class time.  All the skills must be observed on or before the final class (depending on the group: Group A 9th of April.  Group B 4th of June)

Assessment Task 2. The negotiated assessment must be submitted on the final day of class depending on the group: Group A 9th of April.  Group B 4th of June)



Assessment Matrix

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