Diploma of Shiatsu and Oriental Therapies

This qualification provides the skills required for competence in shiatsu therapy and links these skills to the wider oriental therapies framework. It also covers the provision of shiatsu treatment to clients with specific needs such as women and children.

Occupational titles for these workers may include:

Shiatsu therapist

Shiatsu practitioner



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

22 core units, comprising 13 common units and 9 specialisation units

Core units

Common units

add topic CHCORG428A Reflect on and improve own professional practice

add topic HLTAP401B Confirm physical health status

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

add topic HLTCOM404C Communicate effectively with clients

add topic HLTCOM406C Make referrals to other health care professionals when appropriate

add topic HLTCOM408C Use specific health terminology to communicate effectively

add topic HLTCOM502C Develop professional expertise

add topic HLTCOM503C Manage a practice

add topic HLTFA301C Apply first aid

add topic HLTHIR501B Maintain an effective health work environment

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

add topic HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures

add topic HLTOHS300B Contribute to OHS processes

Specialisation units

add topic HLTSHU501C Apply oriental therapies assessment framework

add topic HLTSHU504C Plan the shiatsu therapy treatment

add topic HLTSHU505C Provide oriental therapies treatment

add topic HLTSHU506C Provide specific shiatsu therapy assessment and care (Note pre-requ: HLTSHU507C )

add topic HLTSHU507C Provide shiatsu therapy treatment

add topic HLTSHU508C Work within a shiatsu framework

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

add topic HLTSHU510C Perform shiatsu therapy health assessment

add topic HLTSHU511C Apply shiatsu therapy assessment framework

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.


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

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