Course Title: Analyse and respond to client health information

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: NURS5359C

Course Title: Analyse and respond to client health information

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

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5357 - Diploma of Remedial Massage

Course Contact: Joshua Davies

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4333

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 60

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 unit.

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to analyse client health information and then to plan appropriate health services within scope of own role. It requires an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology. This unit applies to individuals who plan and provide services with some level of autonomy. Some disciplines will require a state/territory regulatory determination regarding delegation and supervision.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information


1. Assess client health status

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Analyse client health information in relation to planning services and in line with organisation requirements 1.2 Recognise normal readings on the findings of available tests, observations and physical assessments that assist in determining health status 1.3 Identify pathophysiologies, or changing pathologies, through observation, physical assessment and analysis of other available information 1.4 Identify the likely impact of specific interventions


2. Plan action to address identified health status

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Apply detailed understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of disease to a problem solving approach to service planning. 2.2 Consider and note implications of any contra-indications in relation to health assessment findings. 2.3 Document action plan in accordance with organisation policies and procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Please refer to the Elements of Competency above. 

Details of Learning Activities

During your time in clinic you will be providing the following to all clients who attend the clinic:

Manual treatment : this includes all forms of therapy whereby the soft tissues of the client’s body are treated with direct application of the massage therapist’s hands, elbows and forearms, manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), stretching, TENS, mobilisation etc.


(Whilst there may be many various forms of manual treatment, it is imperative to note that the forms of manual therapy to be used in the RMIT Remedial Massage Clinic shall be limited to that taught within the Diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy course, at RMIT University.)

 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

This Clinic runs over Semester 1 2019 and finishes at the end of semester 2 2019. 

Clinic runs for 3 hours -during those 3 hours you will see 2 clients within the 3 hour clinic during Semester 1 2019. During Semester 1 2019 you will see 3 clients during the 3 hour clinic session.

During clinic you are expected to treat and assess various clients of all ages and genders. If you are not treating you will be required to be the clinic manager or assist the manager in all aspects of running the clinic.


WIL placements are timetabled throughout the 2 semesters. You will be given a WIL placement timetable that will compliment you RMIT clinic placement when WIL placements are finalised and confirmed.

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 -  Log of successful completion of a clinic shift

Assessment Task 2 -  Log of client consultations

Assessment Task 3 -  Log of review client consultations

Assessment Tasks

This course requires you to complete the following assessments:

  • Assessment Task 1: Appendix 1: Log of Successful Completion of a Clinic Shift (Refer to page 31 of the clinic manual for more information)
  • Assessment Task 2: Appendix 2: Log of Client Consultations (Refer to page 35 for more information)
  • Assessment Task 3: Appendix 3: Log of Review Client Consultations (Refer to page 31 for more information) This assessment task is due on the last day of your 3rd semester within the Diploma of Remedial massage, where you will need to submit the above three assessment tasks and have completed all three assessments to a satisfactory standard)

You must be punctual and attend all of you clinic shifts. 

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

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


It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensure the maximum opportunity to gain competency.


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to: for more information.

Working with Children Check and Police Check

This course requires a Working with Children Check and Police Check

Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer

If you think you have some or all of the knowledge and competencies described, please discuss the Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer options with may be available to you with your Course Coordinator: For more information go to:


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