Course Title: Develop massage practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: EMPL7096C

Course Title: Develop massage practice

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

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5357 - Diploma of Remedial Massage

Course Contact: Laura Yeomans

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4289

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish the foundations of massage practice, evaluate what makes a sustainable practice and then to develop an approach to own practice.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTMSG001 Develop massage practice


1. Establish foundations of massage practice

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify, access and interpret information on the central philosophies of massage practice

1.2 Evaluate the massage system of treatment and its application to current health issues

1.3 Compare and contrast massage, other complementary health modalities and broader health practice


2. Represent the massage framework

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Determine information needs of different individuals and groups

2.2 Identify key messages that represent the philosophy and practice of massage

2.3 Communicate information about massage at level of depth appropriate to audience needs


3. Determine requirements for sustainable massage practice

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify key issues that affect the development and sustainability of professional practice

3.2 Identify economic, environmental, human and social considerations, and their impact on professional practice

3.3 Establish a personal health strategy that supports massage practice

3.4 Access, interpret and collate current information that supports professional practice


4. Develop approach to own practice

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Reflect on professional goals and aspirations

4.2 Identify and assess professional opportunities in massage

4.3 Reflect on the opportunities and constraints of individual personal circumstances

4.4 Make decisions about practice direction, based on reflection and research

4.5 Develop practical strategies that address own practice goals

Learning Outcomes

Please refer to the Elements of Competency.

Details of Learning Activities

This course will be conducted face-to face.

Teaching Schedule


Class & Activities


Develop goals to own practice


Establish foundations of massage practice


Represent the massage framework


Labour Day


Establish foundations of massage practice & Requirements for sustainable massage practice

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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 - Quiz

Assessment Task 2 - Personal reflection

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task1: Quiz - Key features of the massage industry: Due 12/3/20 via Canvas


  • The values and philosophies of massage therapy and their historical development 
  • Definitions of reflexology & aromatherapy
  • The key features of the following health services and their relationship to remedial massage:
    • Physiotherapy
    • Osteopathy
    • Chiropractic
    • Exercise physiology
    • Dietetics
    • Naturopathy
  • The role of remedial massage within modern Australian society
  • Professional industry bodies that represent Remedial Massage and the role they play within the massage industry



Assessment task 2: Personal reflection: Due 20/2/20 via Canvas

  • Identify three populations within Remedial Massage that you would be interested in working in once you are qualified (eg. athletes, oncology, general population).
  • Choose one of these populations and outline the most common types of treatment you think most suitable.
  • Develop goals and aspirations for treating this population.
  • Give an example of how your goals and aspirations align with the values and philosophies of Remedial massage.
  • Give one example for each of these three populations the possible employment opportunities you could undertake in these areas.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Important information regarding Assessment Tasks:


You are permitted to have a maximum of 2 resubmissions for this course. However each individual assessment may only be resubmitted once. 

Resubmissions are not automatic and will only be approved at the discretion of the Program Coordinator, after consultation with the teacher.

All students will be contacted with 7 days by their course coordinator in regards to  resubmission completion dates.


Please note an opportunity to repeat clinical placement is not guaranteed and will be at the discretion of the Clinical Coordinator/Program Manager.



If due to illness or other unforeseen circumstance, you are unable to attend on the due date of an assessment (e.g. test, examination, oral, etc.) OR you do attend, but your performance has been affected, you may submit an APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL CONSIDERATION within 5 working days of the due date. If Special Consideration is granted, you will be given the opportunity to complete/repeat the assessment task at a later date. For advice on this application please visit or speak to your Program Coordinator.
If due to illness or other unforeseen circumstance, you are unable to submit by the due date (e.g. assignment, report, project etc.):
you may submit an APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK for an extension of time of up to seven (7) calendar days or less. This must be lodged with the Program Coordinator 1 working day before the original due date. If granted, you will have the opportunity to submit up to 7 days later than the original due date. For advice on this application please visit or speak to your Program Coordinator.

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION. 

If you require further information please contact your teacher or Program Coordinator.


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