Course Title: Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5357 Diploma of Remedial Massage

Course Title: Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 240

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.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Face-to-Face or Internet or Workplace

Term1 2016,
Term2 2016


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Face-to-Face or Internet or Workplace

Term1 2017,
Term1 2018,
Term2 2018,
Term1 2019,
Term2 2019,
Term1 2020,
Term2 2020

Course Contact: Laura Yeomans

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4289

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assess the needs of clients presenting with soft tissue dysfunction, musculoskeletal imbalance or restrictions in range of motion (ROM). It requires the ability to gather client information, conduct specific tests and bring information together to develop a remedial massage treatment plan. There is a strong focus on functional anatomy. This unit applies to remedial massage therapists.
The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course is co-delivered with:
HLTMSG005 (SPRT5104C) Provide remedial massage treatments

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

HLTMSG003 Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments


1. Determine scope of client needs

2. Make a physical assessment

3. Develop treatment plan

4. Confirm assessment and treatment plan with client

Learning Outcomes

Please refer to the Elements of Competency.

Overview of Assessment

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 Task 1 – Knowledge assessment - Assessment and Anatomy Portfolio

Assessment Task 2 – Practical Skills assessment tasks

Assessment Task 3 - Clinic checklists

Assessment Task 4- Client assessment knowledge quiz

Assessment Task 5- Clinical practice