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

Study pathways

On completion of this course, you may be guaranteed entry into a related bachelor degree, and in some cases receive credit towards your degree.

Find out if this course is your pathway to a degree.

Advanced Standing (previously known as Recognition of Prior Learning)

Get credit for your work, study and life experience through our Advanced Standing process.

Find out more about Advanced Standing.

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 HLT40312 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice
  • International: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent and Successful completion of HLT40312 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice
  • Mature: Successful completion of HLT40312 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice

How to apply for this course

Apply direct to VU

Direct applications close on 9 February 2015.

Before applying:

Note that campus locations may offer different options (e.g. study mode, fee type). You may wish to review:

  • The course index to confirm the study options available at each location.
  • Advice to applicants which provides information about how to apply for your course and what happens when you submit your application.

Also consider whether you wish to apply for:

  • Special consideration: For people with specific life circumstances, you can request these be taken into consideration when assessing your course application.
  • Extra credit for past skills and study (this is known as 'Advanced standing').

When you're ready:

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You'll be able to submit applications for one or more courses and track the progress of these whenever you like.

After you apply:

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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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