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Duration: 
1 year full time
Location: 
City King St
Other
Delivery mode: 
Blended
Face to Face

Applications for next intake due 31 August 2018

Overview

Develop essential skills to work across a range of industries from sport to rehabilitation with a Diploma of Remedial Massage at Victoria Polytechnic.

This course teaches you practical skills in remedial massage, which uses massage, stretching and associated techniques to improve wellness, health and relaxation.  You’ll gain the theoretical knowledge required to assess your clients' soft tissue dysfunction, and to provide treatment to clients with a specific need.

You will gain experience with real clients in the Victoria Polytechnic massage clinic. You’ll study at our City King campus during the first semester then at Whitten Oval for second semester. By studying this course you are also eligible to apply for a paid cadetship with the Western Bulldogs AFL club.

This course gives you a qualification as well as the small business skills needed to thrive in the industry.

This qualification is recognised nationally by Service Skills Australia.

This course gives you the opportunity to apply for a paid Cadetship with AFL club the Western Bulldogs. If successful, you’ll be supervised by the club's medical team with the possibility of ongoing employment. You’ll have the chance to work with elite athletes who see remedial massage as a vital part of their performance. The aim of the Cadetship is to assist you to launch a career specialising in remedial massage for professional sport players.

Everything you learn at Victoria Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. You’ll develop practical skills through hands-on learning. You’ll gain 200 hours of clinical experience in massage clinics. This gives you the opportunity to practice massage techniques on clients including students, staff and the general public.

In second semester, you’ll learn at our multi-million dollar Victoria University Community Sports Stadium (home of the Western Bulldogs). Here, you’ll work with the players and manage and run our Whitten Oval clinic which is also open to the public.

This course is delivered through Victoria Polytechnic’s award-winning blended learning model that combines face-to-face workshops with flexible, user-friendly eLearning activities.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

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You will gain hands-on experience with real clients in the Victoria Polytechnic massage clinic.

Careers in remedial massage

Remedial massage is an increasingly popular form of health therapy. This emerging industry has seen an increase in demand for qualified remedial masseurs, with employment expected to grow very strongly (JobOutlook). This diploma provides a solid foundation for a diverse career in allied health.

Career paths vary enormously. You will be able to work as a remedial massage therapist in a range of areas, including:

  • allied health practices or health organisations
  • sporting clubs
  • gyms
  • wellness retreats
  • health spas
  • corporate massage environments
  • private clinics
  • cruise ships
  • hospitals
  • aged care facilities.

A qualification in remedial massage gives you the option to work as an employee or as a subcontractor, and the freedom to work anywhere. Many massage therapists are self-employed, running successful private practices. Working for yourself allows you the flexibility to choose your hours. You can also travel and work around the world.

The earnings of remedial massage therapists vary greatly depending on working arrangements and hours (freelance/employee, part time/full time). The average hourly rate for a massage therapist in Australia is $27.96 (Payscale).

Upon completion of the Diploma of Remedial Massage, you will be eligible to register for provider numbers with private health insurers and WorkCover.

You can also register with one of the professional massage associations across Australia (AMT, AAMT, ATMS, MAA).

On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following degrees and in some cases receive credit for your study:

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Course structure

To be awarded HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage, a student must successfully complete a total of twenty-one (21) units of competency, comprising of:

  • sixteen (16) core units, and;
  • five (5) elective units, of which:
  • at least one (1) unit from the Business Management group listed in the HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage qualification;
  • up to four (4) units from the electives listed in the HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage qualification, any endorsed training package or accredited course – these units must be relevant to the work outcome.

All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.

This qualification reflects the role of remedial massage therapists who work with clients presenting with soft tissue dysfunction, musculoskeletal imbalance or restrictions in range of motion (ROM). Practitioners may be self-employed or work within a larger health service.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs. For employment and practical placement purposes, this vocational sector typically requires a current and satisfactory Police Record Check. Failure to provide the required documents in the timeframe specified by the Course Coordinator, means you will be unable to undertake practical placement in a workplace and therefore not eligible to progress in this course. The following is a suggested site you could visit to obtain this check: • Police record check - http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=274

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

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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 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

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