Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver HLTMSG003, 'Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements define the essential outcomes

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Determine scope of client needs

1.1 Explore and clarify client expectations

1.2 Provide clear information about scope and limits of services to be provided

1.3 Collect an accurate, relevant and organised health record, and document in a form which can be interpreted readily by other professionals

1.4 Recognise needs that are beyond scope of own practice and make referrals to other health care professionals as required

1.5 Identify and respond to any barriers to information gathering and assessment

1.6 Seek client information respectfully and sensitively, using purposeful, systematic and diplomatic questions

1.7 Manage information in a confidential and secure way

2. Make a physical assessment

2.1 Provide information about the physical assessment process and obtain client consent to proceed

2.2 Follow clinical and practitioner hygiene procedures

2.3 Respect client dignity and anticipate sensitivities

2.4 Seek client feedback on comfort levels

2.5 Assess client through palpation, observation and ROM testing

2.6 Identify variations from normal posture or structural function in relation to presenting symptoms

2.7 Analyse static and dynamic variables of posture through use of functional and special testing indicated by presenting condition

2.8 Use ongoing questioning with client to gain further information as required

2.9 Accurately document information from the physical assessment

3. Develop treatment plan

3.1 Correlate results of physical assessment with case history

3.2 Consider available medical information and incorporate into analysis within scope of own practice

3.3 Identify condition according to stage and related implications

3.4 Identify and respond to indications or contraindications for remedial massage

3.5 Determine optimum type, duration and frequency of treatments

3.6 Use professional judgement to draw substantiated conclusions about treatment needs

3.7 Establish expected treatment outcomes based on the remedial massage framework and evidence

3.8 Accurately document proposed treatment plan

4. Confirm assessment and treatment plan with client

4.1 Discuss assessment, its implications and rationale for treatment with the client

4.2 Assign and agree treatment priorities and expectations in consultation with the client

4.3 Schedule times and session lengths suited to the required techniques and sequences

4.4 Respond to client enquiries using language the client understands

4.5 Discuss referral and collaborative options with the client as required