Diploma of Remedial Massage (HLT52015)

A remedial massage practitioner has the ability to provide a comprehensive treatment plan based on their evaluation to address the underlying cause of many musculoskeletal problems.

Students undertaking a Diploma of Remedial Massage (HLT52015) at SSNT will learn about remedial massage in real-life scenarios and have practical training experience available within their own clinic and in external settings.

  • Recognised nationally
  • Satisfies the academic requirements of AAMT at Remedial Massage Therapist level
  • Recognised by the Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA)

We understand that the ability to claim rebates with private health insurance companies is important to many Remedial Massage practitioners. For this reason, we have designed our latest HLT52015 qualification to meet all major association and private health fund current requirements. The process of applying for health fund provider status can be a complicated one, so we have answered some of the frequently asked questions here.

Please note that these are guidelines only and subject to the changes of individual health funds and associations. Students are advised to speak with their chosen industry association for the latest provider eligibility criteria from each health fund.


Qualification Title


Qualification Code


Study Options – Domestic Australian students

Full-time blended

Part-time blended*.

* Blended – face to face on campus plus facilitated online learning

Study options – Overseas students

On campus

Start Dates

February, June, September

For specific dates visit the website

Up to 3 mid-term intakes may also be available

Course Length

Full Time: 1 year

Part Time: 2 years

Admission Criteria

Domestic students seeking a VET Student loan:

  • A completed Australian secondary education qualification or equivalent; OR
  • Undertake Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) testing and demonstrate competency at exit level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy.

International Students

Equivalent IELTS 5.5 (Academic) with no skills band less than 5.0

Note: Students who are under the age of 18 at course commencement will require an interview to assess their suitability for the course and entry will be at the discretion of the Head of Academic Services.

Finance Options - Domestic Australian students

Payment Options –International Students

Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.

VET Student Loans

VET Student Loans is a Government loan program that helps students pay for their tuition fees up to a set amount (known as a loan cap).

Estimated Maximum Course Cost: AUD 15,445 (domestic student)

Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.

Course study requirements*

Full-time blended
3 trimesters
21-24hrs p/w (up to 3hrs facilitated online learning)

Part-time blended
6 trimesters
9-15hrs p/w (up to 3hrs facilitated online learning)

It is expected that students spend an additional 1/3 of each subject’s duration on self-directed study


Competency based assessment. Usually 2-5 assessments per subject where students can demonstrate their skills and knowledge in written assignments, learning portal activities and practical demonstrations.


Fitzroy (Melbourne)

Delivered by

Southern School of Natural Therapies (SSNT)

Regulatory body

Australian Skills Quality Authority

CRICOS Course code


Registered Training Organisation

Think: Colleges Pty Ltd

RTO number


RTO obligations

Think: Colleges is responsible for all aspects of the student experience, including the quality of training and assessment, in compliance with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 and for the issuance of the certification documentation.

Training Package


Course Fees

Estimated Maximum Course Cost: AUD 15,445 (domestic student)

Any other fees

For details, refer to the website

* Note: The First Aid Unit of Competency is provided through a Think approved third party accredited RTO and delivered at each Think location. Students can complete this Unit of Competency with the preferred third party or can complete elsewhere and apply for Credit Transfer.

Career Prospects

A SSNT Diploma in Remedial Massage creates many career paths:

  • Medical or multi-discipline clinics
  • Health such as aged care, palliative care and hospitals
  • Health retreats and day spas

The results of massage therapy are generally immediate and effective. Helping patients to connect with their bodies and relax makes this a rewarding profession.

Enquire above to receive a full course guide with greater detail about the courses.

Assessment Methods

Assessment for your diploma will include the following methods:

  • Business plan assignment
  • Clinic/treatment log book
  • Journal entries
  • Practical assessment
  • Quizzes
  • Written assignment

What You Will Learn

Throughout this diploma of remedial massage course, you will be educated and trained in:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Clinical management
  • Remedial techniques i.e. Myofascial, Trigger points, Lymphatics, Reflexology
  • Therapeutic relaxation massage techniques

Your clinical practice begins at the Wellebing Clinic at Fitzroy Campus where you'll treat public patients under the guidance of experienced massage therapists. This prepares graduates to confidently commence their own practice in the community.

A Day In The Life Of A Massage Therapist

Day-to-day a massage therapist experiences:

  • Working with a variety of patients
  • Assisting patients with tension, stress and relaxation

The results of massage therapy are generally immediate and effective. Helping patients to connect with their bodies and relax makes this a rewarding profession.

Subject Name

Subject Code

Unit(s) Name

Provide First Aid


HLTAID003 Provide first aid

Ethical practice and small business


CHCLEG003 Manage legal & ethical compliance

HLTMSG001 Develop massage practice

BSBSMB404 Undertake small business

Aging and chronic disease management


CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people

CHCCCS001 Address the needs of people with chronic disease

Massage assessment techniques


CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships

HLTMSG002 Assess client massage needs

HLTINF004 Manage the prevention and control of infection

Massage treatment techniques


HLTMSG004 Provide massage treatments

HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety

Remedial massage techniques


HLTMSG005 Provide remedial massage treatments

Musculoskeletal assessment


HLTMSG003 Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal

Research and evidence based


CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice

Professional practice


CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice



CHCPRP005 Engage with health professionals and the health system

HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client

Specialised massage techniques


HLTMSG006 Adapt remedial massage treatments to meet specific needs

HLTMSG007 Adapt remedial massage practice for athletes HLTMSG008 Monitor and evaluate remedial

For a full description of each unit please contact your Course and Career Advisor on 03 9415 3333.

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