Course Title: Work within a myotherapy framework

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: COTH5008

Course Title: Work within a myotherapy framework

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

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6159 - 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


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

Co-requisite - COTH5010 - Plan Myotherapy treatment strategy (VU81277)

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work effectively within a myotherapy framework.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21875 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's guidelines and relevant 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 are 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

See elements of competency above

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

Myotherapy teaching clinic schedules are available on the timetable (Canvas).


Each student must complete 1 allocated 3 hour shifts in the Myotherapy student clinic per week as well as Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placement activities as rostered.





Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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



Other Resources

Overview of Assessment


 Assessment Tasks


Task 1

Clinic skills Observation  Checklist


Task 2

Attending all clinic shifts



To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.

Assessment Tasks

  1.  Clinic Skills Observation Checklist.  Must be completed prior to end of final clinic shift in semester 2 of 2018
  2. Students must attend all rostered clinic shifts 

Assessment Matrix

Other Information


Students must attend and be punctual to all rostered clinic shifts and WIL placements.

Student must arrive in clinic with clean clinic uniform and closed toes all black shoes

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