Course Title: Plan myotherapy treatment strategy

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: COTH5005

Course Title: Plan myotherapy treatment strategy

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 4333

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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

Bianca Alivizatos
Contact Phone: 9925 4333
Contact e-mail:

Caitlin Smith
Contact Phone: 9925 4289
Contact e-mail:

Kristy D’Angelo
Contact Phone: 9925 4291
Contact e-mail:

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

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:

  • VU21414 Work within a myotherapy framework            

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 enable the participant to prepare for myotherapy treatment and to negotiate with client the planning of myotherapy treatment. It assumes that the participant already has the competency to plan remedial massage treatment strategies.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21416 Plan myotherapy treatment strategy


Determine the overall objective/s and purpose of the myotherapy treatment

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The purpose for a specific treatment strategy in myotherapy is specified

1.2 Factors and limitations that may have an impact on the structure of the treatment strategy are proposed

1.3 A communication strategy to inform the client of myotherapy practices and techniques is formulated

1.4 The indications for referral in myotherapy treatment are discussed with the client.

1.5 A strategy is selected to communicate with other health care professionals, as required.


Evaluate the treatment options available to the myotherapist

Performance Criteria:

2.1 The possible treatments available for specific conditions are compared

2.2 The factors influencing possible treatments are formulated

2.3 The sequence and possible outcome/s of a myotherapy treatment strategy are formulated

2.4 The benefits and/or limitations to each of the above myotherapy treatment strategies are assessed.

2.5 Specific treatment options consider possible client

compliance issues


Evaluate treatment plan on an on-going basis

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The outcomes/s of positive, adverse or neutral responses to treatment are assessed

3.2 Appropriate measurement tests to assess progression of treatment goals are designed and implemented

3.3 Responses to treatment are assessed

3.4 Adjustments required to treatment plan are formulated to ensure treatment goals

3.5 The need for referral to other health care practitioners is assessed


Plan and implement an appropriate myotherapy treatment strategy

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Client’s goals and expectations of the myotherapy treatment are discussed

4.2 The practitioner’s goals and treatment strategy is communicated to the client

4.3 Informed consent is gained to perform treatment plans
4.4 Any physical functional limitations and lifestyle factors are assessed and discussed with the client

4.5 Contraindications and precautions to treatment are ascertained and treatment strategy is modified according to myotherapy principles

4.6 A treatment strategy appropriate to the client’s
phase/stage of injury is selected

4.7 A suitable myotherapy treatment strategy is determined and documented, which includes client position and limitations

4.8 Treatment plan and outcome/s are communicated to client ensuring nature of the condition, related factors, prevention of recurrence and improved recovery are discussed

4.9 Responsibilities of practitioner and client within the treatment plan are clarified

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

Please refer to course schedule detail on MyRMIT

Semester 1 2014 Timetable

        Term 1
10 Feb- 23 Apr






09:00 - 12:00

        Break     01:00 - 03:00

    01:00 - 04:00 

       Term 2
28 Apr -20 Jun     09:00 - 12:00

        Break     01:00 - 03:00

    01:00 - 04:00 

Public Holidays
Labour Day Holiday - Mon 10-Mar
Easter Break - Thur 17 -24 Apr
Anzac Day Fri 25-Apr
Queens Birthday Mon 6-Jun

Semester 2 2014 Timetable
Term 3
07 Jul - 29 Aug






09:00 - 10:00


10:00 - 12:00


09:00 - 12:00  




01:00 - 04:00  





Public Holidays
Cup Day Tues 4-Nov

Please note: Timetable subject to change. Any change will be notified via student e-mail. 
Re Clinical Placement OR Student Clinic - Each student will commit to at least one shift per week from 1:00 – 4:00 
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, 2012, Brukner & Khan's Clinical Sports Medicine, 4th edn, McGraw Hill, Sydney, Australia 


Cook, G, 2010, Movement - Functional Movement Systems: Screening, Assessment and Corrective Strategies,  On Target Publications, California, USA



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 Remedial Massage (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

This clustered course is subdivided into the following course topics which will be assessed as follows:

  • Myotherapy assessment and treatment:
    • Four written assessments (Formative). The pass mark for all written assessments is 70%. All tests must be passed to show competency in the course topic.
      Week 2 – Subjective & Objective Examination
      Week 5 – Cervical and Lower leg, foot & Ankle 
      Week 8 – Knee Thigh & Hamstring and Hip & Pelvis
      Week 13 – Scapula and Gleno-Humeral joint 
    • Practical assessment (Summative) - Week 18: Students will be assessed on knowledge, skills and practical application of myotherapy assessment and treatment techniques.
      All components of the assessment must be shown to a satisfactory level for the student to be deemed competent.   
  • Myofascial dry neesling (MDN):
    • Reflective Journal - due week 17: Following each class you are required to write a reflection of the session
    • Online theory test on Myofascial pain - due Week 11 
    • MDN Fact Sheet - due week 10: This task requires you to investigate the possible contraindications and precautions associated with myofascial dry needling, and then develop a patient information card
    • Practical assessments: There will be 3 theory tests (formative) and 2 practical assessments (summative, weeks 9 & 17). These assessments are designed to assess your competence in the application of dermatome needling and myofascial dry needling.
  • Functional Movement and Corrective Excercise (FMCE)
    • Logbook due week 17
    • The following competencies will be assessed during clinical practice:
      • Rocktape application
      • Movement testing
      • Self-treatment
  • MYO Clinic- Ongoing assessment of 13 practical competencies – Weeks 3 to 17 (Sem 1) & Weeks 1 to 8 (Sem 2)
  • Outside placements with industry partners - Supervised placement is required for your portfolio of eveidence - Weeks 3 to 17 (Sem 1) & Weeks 1 to 8 (Sem 2)

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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