Course Title: Perform myotherapy clinical assessment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: COTH5004

Course Title: Perform myotherapy clinical assessment

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6135 - Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy

Course Contact: Joshua Davies

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8367

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Joshua Davies



Mark Kelly




Nominal Hours: 100

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 course: 

  • VU21417 Provide 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 knowledge and skills required to accurately gather information to assess a client’s condition in order to provide myotherapy treatment. It focuses on being able to effectively interpret information gathered during an examination and make an accurate appraisal for myotherapy treatment. It assumes that the participant already has the competency to perform remedial massage health assessment and to apply a remedial massage assessment framework.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21415 Perform myotherapy clinical assessment


Collect a thorough and relevant medical history of the client

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Information required from the client for the client's history is sought in an appropriate manner
2.2 Information forwarded by other health professionals is evaluated
2.3 Principles of confidentiality are explained and adhered to
2.4 Severity of client symptoms are identified and probable conclusions investigated
2.5 Information is collected and organised in a format
that can be interpreted by other health professionals


 Evaluate the client’s needs

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Client’s purpose for consultation is established and symptoms being experienced are investigated
1.2 Services able to be provided and limitations of available services are clearly explained
1.3 Factors likely to have a negative impact on assessment are investigated in consultation with the client and strategies implemented to minimise the effects of these factors wherever possible
1.4 Personal abilities, level of professional competence and parameters of role are discussed with the client
1.5 Clients are referred to other health care providers where their needs are identified as beyond the scope of the services able to be provided, or if the needs of the client are best met by doing so
1.6 Legal rights of the client are promoted


 Inform the client

Performance Criteria:

5.1  Rationale of the myotherapy assessment plan is
discussed with client
5.2 Client enquiries are responded to using appropriate language and terminology
5.3 Client compliance and informed consent is negotiated
5.4 Client expectations/ prognosis is informed and educated
5.5 Any relevant information from medical or diagnostic reports is communicated to the client where appropriate
5.6 Any indications for referral and other collaborative options are discussed with client


 Perform an appropriate, examination of the client and analyse findings

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Appropriate areas of the client's body are exposed during the examination
3.2 Severity of symptoms, irritability of the pathology and the nature of the pathology/condition are evaluated during the examination
3.3 Client feedback is sought on comfort levels,  and effect of clinical test
3.4 The client is positioned appropriately for therapist access and suitability for specific reliable tests
3.5 Client comfort, stability and modesty is observed and maintained
3.6 Preliminary assessment is made, documented and communicated to client
3.7 Specific details of signs and symptoms of the presenting complaint/s are elicited if appropriate
3.8 Suitable myotherapy assessment techniques are applied and analysed, including observations and tests of a client
3.9 Contraindications or precautions are assessed, and testing is modified accordingly
3.10 Findings are interpreted to determine whether:
- there is a relationship between the symptoms
- there is any diurnal pattern in the behaviour of the symptoms
- there are predisposing factors present that are related to the symptoms
- there are aggravating factors relating symptoms


 Plan appropriate client management strategy

Performance Criteria:

4.1 The interpretations of all data from examinations (subjective and objective) are correlated and evaluated to determine an appropriate differential clinical assessment
4.2 Information gathered is assessed and assigned priorities in consultation with client
4.3 Indications for referral are identified and noted.
4.4 Management of selected treatment in relation to any
other current therapies is negotiated
4.5 The appropriate treatment evaluation strategy is planned
4.6 Relevant documentation is prepared

Learning Outcomes

To be considered competent in this course the candidate must provide evidence that they can:

  • Utilise effective client interview and examination techniques
  • Observe the condition of the client and gather relevant information
  • Apply good communication skills with a range of clients in providing and gaining appropriate information
  • Evaluate the client’s needs
  • Conduct assessment and plan appropriate myotherapy treatment

 In particular assessment must confirm:

  • knowledge of physical signs and symptoms
  • skills in observation, record keeping, communication, testing and assessment procedures
  • ability to use correct terminology
  • ability to recognise and adjust to contraindications for treatment
  • application of appropriate treatment protocols

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

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Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

• Brukner, P & Khan, Clinical Sports Medicine, 3rd revised edn, McGraw Hill, Sydney



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


Students are required to wear closed toe shoes and bring 2 clean towels to practical classes.

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



Assessment Result Information:
All assessments must be satisfactory to be deemed competent in this subject and unit cluster.

Assessment Tasks


1. Myo AxRx Clinic skills checklist


All clinic skills in the Myo AxRx section of the clinic skills checklist must be completed in the RMIT student Myotherapy clinic.  Each skill must have the required satisfactory observations by the clinic supervisors. Please see clinic checklists for a list of these skills.

 2. Myo AxRx Case Study Based Assessments

 4 case study based assessments will be held during class time.  Students will be assessed on practical skills and knowledge.

Cervical practical case study

Hip, Pelvis and lumbar practical case study

Gleno-humeral joint practical case study

Neurological and neurodynamic practical case study

All components of the assessment must be shown to a satisfactory level for the student to be deemed competent for this course.















Assessment Matrix

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