HLT50307 - Diploma of Remedial Massage

Details for Australian residents

You are considered an Australian resident (domestic student) if you:
  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen; or
  • Are an Australian permanent resident; or
  • Hold a permanent Australian humanitarian visa
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Course essentials

This remedial massage diploma 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.


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 will be guaranteed entry into the following Bachelor degrees and in some cases receive credit for your degree:

Bachelor of Sport Coaching

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Bachelor of Exercise Science (Sport Practice)

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Bachelor of Exercise Science (Clinical Practice)

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Bachelor of Sport Science (Exercise Science)

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Bachelor of Sport Science (Human Movement)

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Bachelor of Sport Management/Bachelor of Business

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Bachelor of Sport Management

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Bachelor of Physical Education and Sport Science

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on +61 3 9919 6100 to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

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.

Course structure

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 requirements

  • Year 12: Successful completion of HLT40312 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice
  • Mature: Successful completion of HLT40312 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice

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