Course Title: Work within a myotherapy framework

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: COTH5003

Course Title: Work within a myotherapy framework

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6135 - Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy

Course Contact: Joshua Davies

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9924 333

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Josh Davies
Contact Phone: 9925 4333
Contact e-mail:

Sonny Shoduri


Nominal Hours: 80

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

Learners must complete the Diploma of Remedial Massage HLT50307 (or equivalent) prior to enrolling in this program.

This course is delivered concurrently with the following courses:       

  • VU21416 Plan myotherapy treatment strategy        

Successful progression in this course is required for clinical practice. Unsuccessful progression may lead to exclusion from further clinical practice classes.

Course Description

This course is designed to provide the skills and knowledge to enable the participant to work effectively within a myotherapy framework. It assumes that the participant already has the competency to work within a remedial massage framework.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21414 Work within a myotherapy framework


Apply the central principles and practices of myotherapy

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Myotherapy principles and role of therapy and therapist are explained to the client
1.2 The relationship and characteristics of myotherapy practice and system of treatment are specified to the client.
1.3 Myotherapy principles and practices are related to the client’s health issues.
1.4 Recent developments and new practices are integrated into client services
1.5 The relationship and methods of treatment used in myotherapy and in other complementary therapies are compared and evaluated.


Ensure ongoing development of self and team

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Personal performance is regularly monitored against work plans, clinic objectives and client needs
5.2 Opportunities for formal and informal development of skills and knowledge are explored and accessed to optimise performance
5.3 Workplace knowledge, skills and attitudes are developed and enhanced through appropriate coaching and mentoring.



Manage the achievement of quality standards

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Personal hygiene and infection control guidelines are established and practised throughout the organisation
3.2 Hazard control measures, workplace health and safety, and reporting procedures are undertaken according to clinic guidelines
3.3 Individual and clinic performance are reviewed against established standards


Prepare client education and health strategies

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Lifestyle factors that may affect the client's condition, responses to treatment and recovery are evaluated
4.2 Health promotion strategies are presented to diverse audiences
4.3 Sample client strategies for a given set of conditions are formulated and communicated


Work effectively with other services and networks

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Services and networks relevant to the work of the myotherapist are identified and utilised

6.2 Correct communication protocols are followed for referral of clients to other services and networks.


Work within clinic and regulation guidelines

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Clinic, legal and regulatory requirements are sourced and adhered to.
2.2 All relevant documentation is organised and a strategy developed to communicate this to other relevant work personnel.
2.3 A strategy/response to a range of given clinic scenarios is designed to ensure that appropriate guidelines are followed.
2.4 Work practices are reviewed periodically to ensure that best practices are utilised
2.5 Work practices are used that show respect for staff and

client rights.
2.6 Measures are implemented to ensure accountability for professional practices

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

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


Each student must complete two allocated 3 hour shifts in the Myotherapy student clinic per week.


Myotherapy student clinic times and dates:

Week 7 (09/02/15) - Week 25 (19/06/15)

Tuesdays 13:30 - 16:30

Wednesdays 13:30 - 16:30

Thursdays 13:30 - 16:30

Fridays 13:30 - 16:30

Please note: Timetable subject to change. Any change will be notified via student e-mail. 

As part of our commitment to your training, students will be placed with some of our industry partners. These placements are compulsory and RMIT as well as its industry partners have an expectation of a regular commitment to treatment days. 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Brukner, P, Brukner & Khan’s Clinical Sports Medicine, 4th edn, McGraw Hill, Sydney, Australia 



Other Resources

Overview of Learning Resources:
Students will be expected to utilise a range of recent and appropriate library, electronic, text and other resources.
Students will be provided with resources and tools for leaning in this course through myRMIT.
Readings given in class times and relevant literature as it comes to hand are important in order to maintain an up to date knowledge of the industry.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course forms part of the Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy.
Primary assessment involves on-going practical and applied assessment in a clinical workplace or simulated environment such as a supervised student clinic.
Assessment is typically based around written and/or online tests, assignments, reflective journals, evidence portfolio’s, logbooks and/or practical demonstrations.
Competency based training requires the student to be in attendance in order for assessment to be undertaken.
Assessment is undertaken through successful completion of all assessment activities and classroom, project & industry participation.
Assessments are spaced across the duration of the course, in order for your teacher to provide you with progressive feedback.
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
An RMIT assessment charter ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document, the Assessment policies and procedures manual (;ID=ln1kd66y87rc).


Assessment Tasks

Attendance and participation:
Competency based training requires the student to be in attendance in order for assessment to be undertaken.
Final assessment in this course is a combination of a number of "formative" assessments.
To achieve competency in this course students need to successfully complete and achieve sufficiency in ALL of these formative assessments.
Please refer to RMIT’s assessment policy for more details:
Should a student be unable to attend an assessment or require an extension to a due date please refer to the following webpage:

Direct credit transfer and RPL:
Direct credit transfer is available to students who have already completed the same or similar courses. Recognition of prior learning is available to students who have relevant prior skills or experience. Please refer to;ID=8u7jborsx9dy

Work submitted for assessment:
Assessments that require work to be submitted must be handed in by the due date designated by the course instructor.
Details of the due date for each assessment item are included in this course guide and are in the Course Schedule in myRMIT (Blackboard).
Students are expected to prepare all assignments and other written work in a professional manner. More information on general academic study and writing skills can be found on the “Learning Lab”
All work submitted for assessment must be submitted electronically.
Harvard style is used for all referencing and for bibliography.
Care must be taken to reference all work correctly and to avoid plagiarism. Be sure not to plagiarise unintentionally.
Students must keep a copy of all submitted assessments including electronic copies.

Penalties for late submission:
All assignments will be marked as if submitted on time then the mark awarded will be reduced by 10% for each day (or part of a day) it is late, unless an extension is approved.
Assignments that are late will not be marked and will be awarded zero marks (unless prior extension has been requested and approved. Please refer to

Assessment Result Information:
All students will receive a All students will receive an HD, D, CR, P (High Distinction, Distinction, Credit, Pass), an NYC (Not Yet Competent) Mark or a DNS (Did Not Submit)  for the assessment.
Students must receive P marks for all Assessments to receive an overall Pass mark for the course.

Assessment Tasks

  •  Students must attend and be punctual to all rostered clinic shifts and WIL placements
  • Students will be assessed on treatments and clinic management within the student myotherapy clinic. In the student manual (available in student academic folder and blackboard) is a myotherapy treatment protocol document which outlines what is required to be deemed satisfactory.
  • Outside placements with industry partners (WIL) - Supervised placement is required for your portfolio of evidence 

In order to gain competency in this course, students must complete ALL assessment activities AND gain a pass mark in each assessment activity. If one assessment activity is deemed “Not Yet Competent” then it may be included in the following assessment activity, until all assessments have been completed successfully.


Assessment Matrix

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