This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to adapt remedial massage assessment and treatment strategies to meet the needs of clients of different genders and at different stages of life. It also includes the requirement to be able to identify and respond to other specific needs with which the practitioner may be unfamiliar.  This unit applies to remedial massage therapists.

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - performed the activities outlined in the performance criteria of this unit during a period of at least 200 hours of massage client consultation work; - managed at least 60 remedial massage assessment and treatment sessions - clients must include males and females from different stages of life with varied presentations; - effectively adapted communication, assessment and treatment strategies to meet client needs, and; - conducted case specific research for at least 3 cases, where key aspects of the condition are not known to the candidate.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - legal and ethical considerations (national and state/territory) for working with specific groups; - treatment management factors that must be considered for clients of different genders and at different stages of life; - major developmental milestones for different stages of life; - features of common health conditions that affect the following groups and how those conditions are assessed and treated in the remedial massage framework; - factors for consideration when providing any form of palliative care; - professional responsibilities when presenting cases fall outside of practitioner's current scope; - when referral is appropriate or required; - information and advice sources, and; - case research techniques.

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