Diploma of Remedial Massage

This qualification provides the skills required for competence in remedial massage practice and practitioners at this level may be self employed as independent practitioners or may work within a larger health service. It covers the provision of remedial massage treatment to clients with specific needs such as injury management, rehabilitation, palliative care, aged care, women and children. Practitioners at this level may supervise other massage therapists.

The intent and application of this qualification is defined within the content of the units themselves. RTOs should examine this content when determining the appropriateness of this qualification.



14 units of competency are required for award of this qualification, including:

11 core units, comprising 6 common units and 5 specialisation units

3 elective units

A wide range of elective units is available, including:

Group A electives which are recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Other relevant electives listed below

Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Health and/or Community Services Training Packages

Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in other relevant Training Packages

Core units

Common units

add topic CHCORG428A Reflect on and improve own professional practice

add topic HLTAP501B Analyse health information (Note pre-requ: add topic HLTAP401B )

add topic HLTCOM502C Develop professional expertise

add topic HLTCOM503C Manage a practice

add topic HLTHIR501B Maintain an effective health work environment

add topic HLTHIR506C Implement and monitor compliance with legal and ethical requirements

Specialisation units

add topic HLTREM502C Provide remedial massage treatment

add topic HLTREM503C Plan remedial massage treatment strategy

add topic HLTREM504C Apply remedial massage assessment framework

add topic HLTREM505C Perform remedial massage health assessment

add topic HLTREM510B Provide specialised remedial massage treatments (Note pre-requs: add topic HLTREM502C , add topic HLTREM503C , add topic HLTREM504C , add topic HLTREM505C )

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice

All workers undertaking work in health need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Health Training Package.

Group A electives - recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Where work involves a specific focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and/or culturally diverse clients or communities, one or both of the following electives is recommended:

add topic HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

add topic HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

Other relevant electives

Other electives are to be selected in line with the specified Packaging Rules. The following sample units of competency are suggested as appropriate for this qualification. Employers may specify that certain electives are required to address specific workplace needs.

add topic CHCAC318B Work effectively with older people

add topic CHCICS301A Provide support to meet personal care needs

add topic HLTCOM509B Provide services for people with a life challenging illness

add topic HLTCOM510B Provide services to clients with chronic diseases or conditions

add topic HLTREM511B Provide remedial massage treatment for women and children

add topic HLTREM512B Provide remedial massage treatments within a corporate setting

add topic HLTREM513B Provide remedial massage treatment to athletes

add topic HLTSHU509C Maintain personal health and awareness as a professional responsibility


    Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

To gain entry into this qualification, candidates must demonstrate competence through a recognised training program or recognition process, in the following units of competency from the Certificate IV in Massage:

BSBWOR203A Work effectively with others

HLTAP401B Confirm physical health status

HLTCOM404C Communicate effectively with clients

HLTCOM406C Make referrals to other health care professionals when appropriate

HLTCOM408C Use specific health terminology to communicate effectively

HLTFA301C Apply first aid

HLTHIR301B Communicate and work effectively in health

HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures

HLTOHS300B Contribute to OHS processes

HLTREM401C Work within a massage framework

HLTREM406C Provide massage treatment

HLTREM407C Plan massage treatment

HLTREM408C Apply massage assessment framework

HLTREM409C Perform massage health assessment

Occupational titles for these workers may include:

Remedial massage practitioner

Remedial massage therapist

Remedial therapist

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries