Diploma of Remedial Massage
This program will help you to learn and apply the skills and knowledge used in remedial massage.
Graduates will be able to work as a remedial massage therapist in the following areas:
- self-employed as an independent remedial therapist
- multi-disciplinary practice as part of a team of other allied health practitioners
- hospitals, aged care facilities and other health organisations
- gyms or sporting clubs
- health spas
You'll learn a variety of treatment techniques and assessment skills to provide remedial massage to clients with specific needs.
These skills are based on comprehensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology, regional musculoskeletal and systemic pathology as well as injury management and rehabilitation.
You'll learn to apply your skills and knowledge in practical situations with most of your industry experience taking place at RMIT's city-based myotherapy teaching clinic.
RMIT's strong links with industry will also give you opportunities to put your skills to work while you study through industry placement opportunities.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including face-to-face and/or online lectures, simulations, tutorials, online discussions as well as self-directed study.
Face to face learning includes instructions, presentations, role-play, group work and completion of worksheets. Self-directed learning consists of a mix of online engagement and completion of individual assignments.
The myotherapy teaching clinic gives you the opportunity to gain experience in a simulated work environment. You will observe, practise and be assessed by a qualified supervisor while treating members of the public.
Ongoing assessment throughout the program typically includes written and online tests, assignments, journals, evidence portfolios, logbooks and practical demonstrations.
You'll have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
You'll gain knowledge and understanding of key areas including anatomy, client care and massage therapy (therapeutic, sports and deep tissue).
You'll be introduced to remedial massage assessment and treatment, along with pathologies and expanded anatomical study. You will begin remedial massage to athletes and be exposed to exciting placement opportunities within sporting clubs. There will also be placement opportunities within community health.
You'll continue remedial massage treatment and assessment (including manual lymphatic drainage and corrective exercises), and consolidate your knowledge and skills.
You will learn new specialist remedial massage and additional treatment options for people with chronic conditions and diseases.
You will also learn how to monitor and manage small business operations.
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Students with Cert IV-12 Months (2 Semesters);Students without Cert IV-18 Months (3 Semesters)
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Program code: C5357
National curriculum code: HLT52015
Graduates will be able to practise as remedial massage therapists in their own practice or as members of a health clinic.
A remedial massage therapist can also function as a specialist member within an interdependent multi-disciplinary team of health professionals.
Graduates have the option of continuing their study with the Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy.
The Diploma of Remedial Massage is recognised by more than 10 professional organisations, including:
- Massage and Myotherapy Australia (MMA)
- Associate membership of MAA is available to students currently studying remedial massage.
- Association of Massage Therapists (AMT)
- AMT offers free student membership to enrolled full or part time students of massage therapy.
Graduates will be eligible to register for provider number status with private health insurers and WorkCover.
Non-academic abilities you'll need to complete this program
Some inherent requirements for this program include:
- reading, writing and number skills for understanding and recording client assessment notes and performing accurate measurements of client movement
- vision and touch to accurately gain information and treat clients
- physical skills to perform massage therapy
- managing your behaviour and emotions to provide safe and competent massage therapy
- time-based problem-solving when working with clients
View the full list of the Diploma of Remedial Massage inherent requirements:
Who are they for?
Inherent requirements apply to every applicant and may be worth considering if you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition.
Why do you need to know?
By understanding the types of activities you’ll participate in, and the non-academic abilities you may need in this program, you can:
- understand more about the program
- determine if you may need support during your studies
- make an informed decision about whether the program is suitable for you
What support is available?
If there are any activities outlined which may be difficult for you to undertake, please discuss this with RMIT program staff or the Equitable Learning Services (ELS).
If you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition, we may be able to support you by making adjustments to activities in your program so that you can participate fully in your studies.
To receive learning adjustments, you need to register with ELS.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
- 2018 government subsidised place: AU$9500* per annum
- 2018 full-fee place: AU$16000* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
Tuition fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide. Learn more about fees for vocational study.
VET Student Loans
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme (VSL), which allows eligible students in eligible programs to defer payment of their tuition fees, up to the maximum loan amount for their program.
How does a VET Student Loan work?
If your VSL application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT your tuition fees on your behalf, up to the maximum loan amount for your program.
If your program is eligible for the VSL scheme and has a loan cap that doesn’t cover the total amount of the tuition fees for your program, then you’ll need to pay RMIT the difference once you exceed the cap.
Your VET Student Loan becomes part of your Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debt. You will start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is adjusted each year (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2018 is $298.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.