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Complementary Health Training Package Project: Endorsed - Awaiting Publication

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Complementary Health Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has undertaken a project to update the existing Training Package Products within the HLT Training Package relating to Massage, Remedial Massage Therapy and Reflexology job roles.
SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Complementary Health Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has undertaken a project to update the existing Training Package Products within the HLT Training Package relating to Massage, Remedial Massage Therapy and Reflexology job roles.


Background

The Training Package Products allocated to the Complementary Health Industry Reference Committee (IRC) were last endorsed on 05 August 2015. The IRC identified the need to review its Qualifications packaged in the HLT Health Training Package during preparation of its 2018 Industry Skills Forecast (ISF). The Case for Change outlined within this ISF was approved by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) and the IRC therefore began the update of the Products in order to meet current and future industry needs.

Stakeholder consultations held in 2017–2018 identified an increasing acceptance by the general public of Complementary Health disciplines as key contributors to an individual’s overall physical and psychological wellness. As a result of this acceptance, the number of establishments in the sector has increased, and this growth has been projected to drive annual revenue by at least +2% through to 2022 with an estimated value of at least $4.4 billion.

The IRC, in its 2018 ISF submission to the AISC, proposed the review and development of the Massage Therapy Training Package Products. These were initially to be carried out during 2018–2019, but because these Products had been extensively reviewed in 2015, the IRC proposed they be reviewed during 2019–2020 instead. As a result, the IRC again included these Massage Therapy Training Package products to be reviewed in its 2019 ISF submission, and the AISC approved the project to proceed to Training Package development at its meeting of 26 March 2019.

This IRC has responsibility for two Massage-related Qualifications and associated Massage-related Units of Competency within the HLT Health Training Package. These are as follows:

Qualifications

  • HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy
  • HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage.

Under the direction of the IRC, SkillsIQ will be undertaking a number of key activities to engage industry stakeholders and VET professionals during the Draft 2 validation period.

    Project Governance

    This project is being overseen by the Complementary Health IRC. Membership of the IRC is as follows:



    The IRC has convened a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to provide specialist input into the review and development of these Training Package Products. Membership of the Massage Therapy TAC is as follows:

      Project Status - Endorsed - Awaiting Publication 

      Qualifications

      • HLT42021 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy
      • HLT52021 Diploma of Remedial Massage
      • Units of Competency

        • HTLMSG009 Develop massage practice
        • HTLMSG010 Assess client massage needs
        • HLTMSG011 Provide massage treatments
        • HLTMSG012 Apply relaxation massage clinical practice (New)
        • 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 (New)
        • HLTMSG017 Apply remedial massage clinical practice (New)
        • HLTMSG018 Adapt massage practice for athletes
        • The Advanced Diploma of Remedial Massage which was proposed in Draft 1 format previously, has been withdrawn. Instead, an additional two Skill Sets are proposed for inclusion as below.

          Skill Sets

          • HLTSS0074 Pain Management Skill Set (New)
          • HLTSS0075 Applied Massage for Management Skill Set (New).
          • The Case for Endorsement and Final Drafts of the Massage Therapy Training Package Products were approved at the November 2021 AISC meeting and have been endorsed by State and Territory Skills Ministers. However, due to the delay in finalising the Individual Support project (see here for further details) the Massage Therapy Training Package Products are currently awaiting publication on training.gov.au. At this time, we are unable to provide a date for publication, however, we will advise stakeholders via an e-blast when this occurs.