HLT52021 Diploma Remedial Massage


Up to 52 weeks

On Campus | Blended

Domestic Students
International Students
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Massage is the practice of influencing soft tissue by physical, functional, and in some cases psychological purposes and goals by accredited professionals. Massage involves acting on and inspiring the client’s body with pressure (structured, unstructured, stationary, and/or moving), tension, motion, or vibration done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, and/or organs. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, forearm, and feet.  (Source: Australian Association of Massage Therapists)

Massage therapy has become widely accepted by the public as well as the health and medical communities. EQUALS’ nationally recognised massage course covers specialisations in areas such as:

  • pre and postnatal care
  • aged care
  • pre and post operative care
  • palliative care
  • rehabilitation
  • management of injuries


Our Educators work at the leading edge of the wider healthcare industry and focus on imparting effective therapeutic and clinical techniques. As more people turn to massage for its health benefits, a growing number of individuals and existing health professionals around the world are successfully combining massage with their practical and clinical skills to promote healing within the conventional medical community.

Our goal is to help you balance caring for yourself while caring for others, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Successful completion of HLT52021 Diploma of Remedial Massage qualifies graduates to register with the Australian Association of Massage Therapists and to work as an accredited Massage Therapist.

Important Note: This course is endorsed by industry and meets the requirements for registration as a Provider with most major health funds, including HCF and Medibank Private. However, students are advised that information may change without notice and to confirm eligibility as a graduate with the Health Fund(s) you intend to register with as a registered Massage Therapist.

For other important information, please read the Extended Course Information section and review our  Student Handbook.

Subsidy available


Traineeship available


Entry Requirements

Current and valid Provide First Aid certificate, Department of Communities & Social Inclusion (DCSI) Screening Checks for working with Vulnerable People, with Children, and in the Aged Care Sector, & Physical Fitness are required for this course.

If you do not hold a current DCSI check, you are required to apply through DCSI at the time of application for enrolment at EQUALS. A DCSI check must be acquired prior to industry placement. Visit http://www.dcsi.sa.gov.au/services/screening for further information.

Please note that the outcome of your DCSI screening check may affect student clinic participation opportunities, and that this is at the discretion of EQUALS.

A First Aid certificate is a prerequisite for a student clinic. You will complete the unit early in your first study period.

Study Units

Core Units

  • BSBESB401: Research and develop business plans
  • CHCCOM006: Establish and manage client relationships
  • CHCDIV001: Work with diverse people
  • CHCLEG003: Manage legal and ethical compliance
  • CHCPOL003: Research and apply evidence to practice
  • CHCPRP005: Engage with health professionals and the health system
  • HLTAAP002: Confirm physical health status
  • HLTAAP003: Analyse and respond to client health information
  • HLTINF004: Manage the prevention and control of infection
  • HLTMSG009: Develop massage practice
  • HLTMSG010: Assess client massage needs
  • HLTMSG011: Provide massage treatments
  • HLTMSG013: Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments
  • HLTMSG014: Provide remedial massage treatments
  • HLTMSG015: Adapt massage treatments to meet specific needs
  • HLTMSG016: Apply principles of pain neuroscience
  • HLTMSG017: Apply remedial massage clinical practice
  • HLTWHS004: Manage work health and safety


Elective Units offered by EQUALS

  • HLTAID011: Provide First Aid
  • HLTHPS010: Interpret and use information about nutrition and diet
  • HLTMSG018: Adapt massage practice for athletes

VET Student Loans

Eligible students will be entitled for loans up to a capped amount. Students will need to contribute the difference if the total course fee exceeds the loan cap for a course. A loan cap of $18,097 applies to this course.

Domestic Study Mode

On Campus | Blended

Work Integrated Learning

Students participate in a minimum of 200 hours of structured and supervised student clinic where skills, knowledge and attitudes and developed as they work towards mastering therapy practice.

EQUALS works collaboratively with the leading health and healing centre, Aspects of Healing for selected industry placements. Our students grow to become confident, work ready Therapists while being supported in a nurturing, challenging and professional environment.

This course is recognised by the Australia’s leading natural medicine industry body, the Australian Traditional Medicine Society.

Nationally Recognised Training


National Recognition (Credit Transfer) and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have related prior education and experiences, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Please follow this link for more information on applying for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have successfully completed units of competency from this qualification previously, you may be eligible for National Recognition, please follow this link for more information on National Recognition (Credit Transfer).

International Study Mode

On Campus | Blended

Domestic VET Student Loans Eligible


Domestic VET Loan Cap