Course Title: Plan remedial massage treatment strategy

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: SPRT5064C

Course Title: Plan remedial massage treatment strategy

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5207 - Diploma of Remedial Massage

Course Contact: Priya Atkinson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4212

Course Contact Email: priya.atkinson

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Meghan Ambrens
+61 3 9925 4289

Nominal Hours: 40

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

This unit should be assessed in conjunction with the following related competency units:
•    HLTCOM404B Communicate effectively with clients
•    HLTREM504B Apply remedial massage assessment framework

This course is delivered concurrently with the following units of competency:
HLTREM406B    Provide Massage Treatment
HLTREM407B    Plan Massage Treatment
HLTREM502B    Provide Remedial Massage Treatment

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare for remedial massage treatment of a clients and negotiate a treatment management plan with them.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTREM503B Plan remedial massage treatment strategy


1.    Select the remedial massage principles to determine treatment strategy

Performance Criteria:

1.1    Determine appropriate remedial massage principles of treatment according to assessment of client and within the skills of competence of the practitioner
1.2    Ascertain contra-indications to treatment and possible complicating factors and modify  treatment strategy used according to massage principles
1.3    Take into consideration treatment, information and advice provided by other health care professionals in determining the strategy to be used in treatment
1.4    Select treatment strategy appropriate to the client’s condition and supported on the basis of established massage practice
1.5    Ensure specific treatment options take into consideration possible client compliance issues
1.6    Select an appropriate package of massage techniques
1.7    Consider client constitution in selecting treatment


2.    Discuss the treatment strategy with the client

Performance Criteria:

2.1    Allocate sufficient time to conclude sessions at a pace appropriate to the client
2.2    Discuss treatment strategy according to the client’s  needs
2.3    Negotiate client compliance
2.4    Clarify discrepancies between the practitioner’s and the client’s perception of the condition
2.5    Explain any perceived risks of the client’s condition and treatment
2.6    Discuss responsibilities of practitioner and client within the treatment plan
2.7    Negotiate management of selected treatment in relation to any other current therapies
2.8    Discuss treatment evaluation strategies

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is delivered in the subject cluster: Remedial Massage Treatment.  Students will have regular face to face practical skills classes, as well as some online and work-based learning activities. 

Teaching Schedule

This unit is delivered in the subject cluster: Remedial Massage Treatment.   The following lesson schedule shows face to face classes for this subject:

12/5/11    Stretching Workshop
17/5/11    Friction Massage
19/5/11    Myofascial Trigger Points
24/5/11    Myofascial Tension Technique
26/5/11    Practical Assessment of Thermal Therapies
31/5/11    Cupping Therapies
2/6/11      Case Studies
12/7/11    Practitioner Assisted Stretching
14/7/11    Remedial Massage for Foot & Ankle 1
19/7/11    Remedial Massage for Foot & Ankle 2
21/7/11    Treatment Modalities Written Assessment
26/7/11    Remedial Massage for knee/thigh 1
28/7/11    Remedial Massage for knee/thigh 2
2/8/11      Practical Assessment Foot - Thigh Treatment Skills
4/8/11      Remedial Massage for Hip 1
9/8/11      Remedial Massage for Hip 2
11/8/11    Remedial Massage for Lx 1
16/8/11    Sports Massage 1
18/8/11    Remedial Massage for Lx 2
23/8/11    Sports Massage 2
25/8/11    Remedial Massage for Tx 1
6/9/11      Remedial Massage for Tx 2
8/9/11      Practical Assessment Hip - Tx Treatment Skills
13/9/11    Remedial Massage for Scap/GHJ 1
15/9/11    Remedial Massage for Scap/GHJ 2
20/9/11    Remedial Massage for Scap/GHJ 3
22/9/11    Remedial Massage for Scap/GHJ 4
27/9/11    Remedial Massage for Cx 1
29/9/11    Remedial Massage for Cx 2
4/10/11    Practical Assessment Shoulder & Cervical Treatment Skills
6/10/11    Remedial Massage for Elbow 1
11/10/11    Remedial Massage for Elbow 2
13/10/11    Remedial Massage for wrist 1
18/10/11    Remedial Massage for wrist 2
20/10/11    Revision

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Learning materials for this unit are available on the learning hub, in the subject folder "Remedial Massage Treatment".
From time to time you will be asked to access other resources, including websites and journals. Information on these additional resources will be published on the learning hub.
Students are also required to bring 2 large towels with them to each class.  All other supplies will be provided.

Overview of Assessment

Primary assessment involves on-going practical and applied assessment in a clinical workplace or simulated environment designed to assist the learner integrate skills and knowledge.  Learners may also be required to demonstrate competency through completion of a range of assessments including; quizzes, practical demonstration, submission of learning and assessment guide and assignments. Achieving competency in each assessment is required to achieve competency for the unit.

Assessment Tasks


  • This unit is assessed in conjunction with others in the subject Remedial Massage Treatment.  
  • In order to successfully complete this unit, you must be assessed as competent for each the of the assessment items detailed below.
  • Complete details, including assessment criteria, for each of the assessment tasks outlined below will be provided on the learning hub.
Task 1: Progressive Practical Assessments:
There will be 3 Practical Assessments that assess your ability to apply the skills and knowledge learned in class. These assessments will be grouped into specific regions of the body as studied in class. Dates are outlined in the teaching schedule.

Task 2: Case Study Practical Assessment:
At the end of each semester you will complete a practical case study assessment, where you will be assessed in a simulated clinic environment. You will be assessed on your ability to provide a complete initial consultation based on a simulation of a common client presentation.

Task 3: Thermal Therapies Practical Report:
At the end of semester 1 you will complete a practical class on thermal therapies. You will be required to complete the practical and write a report on your findings.

Task 4: Written Assessment:
There will be one written assessment in semester 2, delivered as an in-class test on your knowledge and understanding of the general principles of remedial massage treatment.  The pass mark for this assessment is 70%.          

Task 5: Patient Quota:
Whilst in clinic you are required to provide massage and remedial massage treatments to your peers and members of the public. Each student is required to competently treat a minimum of 15 patients by the end of their last rostered clinic shift.

Assessment Matrix

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