HLT50307 - Diploma of Remedial Massage

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The Diploma of Remedial Massage will teach you the hands on practical skills of remedial massage as well as the theoretical knowledge required to assess your clients' soft tissue dysfunction.

You will learn how to provide remedial treatment to clients with a specific need. Your studies will include injury management and rehabilitation, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pathology and postural assessment.

By studying this course you are eligible to apply for a paid Cadetship with AFL club the Western Bulldogs. Successful students are supervised by the club's medical team with the possibility of ongoing employment. The aim of the Cadetship is to assist in launching a career specialising in Remedial Massage to elite athletes.

Massage clinic

Students practice massage techniques on clients in the VU massage clinic - open to all staff, students and the general public.

Course essentials


Upon completion you will be eligible to register for Provider Number status with private health insurers and WorkCover, and with one of the Professional Massage Associations across Australia. You will be able to work in the following areas:

  • self employed as an independent Remedial Massage Therapist
  • as a part of an Allied Health Practice or health organisation
  • health spas
  • gyms and sporting clubs
  • hospitals or aged care facilities

Course objectives

The Diploma in Remedial Massage is designed to develop workplace skills and knowledge in relaxation, therapeutic, sports and remedial massage. This incorporates the planning, applying and performing basic health assessment necessary for massage treatments. It covers the provision of remedial massage to a variety of clients with specific needs such as injury management, rehabilitation and palliative care.

Units and electives

In the Diploma of Remedial Massage there are 6 compulsory units, 5 specialisation units and 3 electives required for award of this qualification.

To gain entry into HLT50307 Diploma of Remedial Massage a candidate must demonstrate competence through a recognised training program or recognition process, in the following units of competency from the Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice: BSBWOR203B Work effectively with others HLTAP401B Confirm physical health status HLTCOM404C Communicate effectively with clients HLTCOM406C Make referrals to other health care professionals when appropriate HLTCOM408D Use specific health terminology to communicate effectively HLTFA311A Apply first aid HLTHIR301C Communicate and work effectively in health HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes HLTREM401D Work within a massage framework HLTREM406D Provide massage treatment HLTREM407C Plan massage treatment HLTREM408C Apply massage assessment framework HLTREM409C Perform massage health assessment

Admission information

  • Year 12: Successful completion of Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice HLT40307
  • International: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent and Successful completion of Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice HLT40307
  • Mature: Successful completion of Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice HLT40307

How to apply for this course

Apply through VTAC

Applications close on 7 November 2014.

When you're ready:

  1. Apply via the VTAC website.
  2. As part of the application you may need to complete extra requirements such as:
    • submit a VTAC Personal Statement
    • attend an interview, audition, information session or workshop
    • submit a folio
    • sit a test

Extra requirement details are available in the VTAC Guide.

You need to complete all extra requirements by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered.

Apply direct to VU

You can submit an application for this course directly to VU via our online Admissions Centre

Note that your direct application will not be assessed until all VTAC applications have been processed.

Transferring between VU courses

Want to swap into this course from another VU course? You can apply online at the Admissions centre .

Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current course.

You can also contact us directly:

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