Course Title: Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2020

Course Code: SPRT5102C

Course Title: Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments

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

John Bogle

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.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

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

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.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTMSG003 Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments


1. Determine scope of client needs

Performance Criteria:

1. Determine scope of client needs

1.1 Explore and clarify client expectations 

1.2 Provide clear information about scope and limits of services to be provided

1.3 Collect an accurate, relevant and organised health record, and document in a form which can be interpreted readily by other professionals 

1.4 Recognise needs that are beyond scope of own practice and make referrals to other health care professionals as required 

1.5 Identify and respond to any barriers to information gathering and assessment 

1.6 Seek client information respectfully and sensitively, using purposeful, systematic and diplomatic questions

1.7 Manage information in a confidential and secure way


2. Make a physical assessment

Performance Criteria:

2. Make a physical assessment 


2.1 Provide information about the physical assessment process and obtain client consent to proceed 

2.2 Follow clinical and practitioner hygiene procedures

2.3 Respect client dignity and anticipate sensitivities

2.4 Seek client feedback on comfort levels

2.5 Assess client through palpation, observation and ROM testing 

2.6 Identify variations from normal posture or structural function in relation to presenting symptoms

2.7 Analyse static and dynamic variables of posture through use of functional and special testing indicated by presenting condition

2.8 Use ongoing questioning with client to gain further information as required

2.9 Accurately document information from the physical assessment


3. Develop treatment plan

Performance Criteria:

3. Develop treatment plan



3.1 Correlate results of physical assessment with case history 

3.2 Consider available medical information and incorporate into analysis within scope of own practice

3.3 Identify condition according to stage and related implications 

3.4 Identify and respond to indications or contraindications for remedial massage 

3.5 Determine optimum type, duration and frequency of treatments

3.6 Use professional judgement to draw substantiated conclusions about treatment needs 

3.7 Establish expected treatment outcomes based on the remedial massage framework and evidence

3.8 Accurately document proposed treatment plan


4. Confirm assessment and treatment plan with client

Performance Criteria:

4. Confirm assessment and treatment plan with client


4.1 Discuss assessment, its implications and rationale for treatment with the client

4.2 Assign and agree treatment priorities and expectations in consultation with the client

4.3 Schedule times and session lengths suited to the required techniques and sequences

4.4 Respond to client enquiries using language the client understands

4.5 Discuss referral and collaborative options with the client as required

Learning Outcomes

Please refer to the Elements of Competency.

Details of Learning Activities

There will be 1 three hour MSA2 class and 2 three hour AxRx classes 

Teaching Schedule


Class Topics

Week 1 

Intro to MSA2, Anatomy & The Nervous System

Week 2 

Fascial System

Week 3 

Cervical Region

Week 4

Cervical Region

Week 5 

Scapula and Glenohumeral Joint 

Week 6 

Scapula and Glenohumeral Joint

Week 7

Brachium, Forearm, Hand

Task 2.1 Cervical Region Skills

Week 8

Brachium, Forearm, Hand

Week 9

Abdomen, Thoracic and Vertebral Column


Mid Semester Break

Week 9

Abdomen, Thoracic and Vertebral Column

  Week 10

Abdomen, Thoracic and Vertebral Column

Week 11

Hip and Pelvis

Task 2.2 Shoulder Region Skills

Week 12

Hip and Pelvis

Week 13

Thigh and Knee

Week 14

Thigh and Knee

Week 15

Lower leg and foot

Task 2.3 Elbow & Wrist Region Skills

Week 16

Lower leg and foot

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 – 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







Assessment Tasks

There will be 5 assessment tasks to assess your ability to apply the skills and knowledge delivered in class and outlined in the course notes.


Assessment Task 1 - Assessment and Anatomy Portfolio                                      7th May 2021


Assessment Task 2 - Skills Assessment (2.1 – 2.6)

2.1 Cervical Region                                                                                                       17th August 2020

2.2 Shoulder Region                                                                                                     21st September 2020

2.3 Elbow & Wrist                                                                                                         19th October 2020

2.4 Tx, Lx & Hip                                                                                                              23rd February 2021

2.5 Knee, Foot & Ankle                                                                                                 23rd March 2021

2.6 Industry Skills                                                                                                           25th May 2021


         Assessment Task 3 - Clinic Skills Checklist                                                                  4th May 2021


         Assessment Task 4 - Client Assessment Knowledge Quiz                                        2nd April 2021


         Assessment Task 5 - Clinical Assessment Skills Observation                          18th June 2021                                                                              





There will be aspects of these co-delivered units that need to be demonstrated within your clinical practice in the student clinic. Please see your Clinic Manual.



Students must demonstrate competency in each listed assessment task in order to be deemed satisfactory for the unit.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Important information regarding Assessment Tasks:


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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