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What about insurance? 

OAMPS Insurance Brokers are proud supporters of the natural therapy and complementary medicine industry. If you insure yourself through OAMPS, AND you have completed at least Module Two of our Oncology Massage Limited courses, you do not require a doctor’s approval to work with Oncology patients (if there have been no prior claims). Please go to the following link for more information or call Natural Therapies on 1800 222 012.

http://www.oamps.com.au/Default.aspx?alias=www.oamps.com.au/naturaltherapists

How many CPE (CEP, CEU) points can I obtain? 

The following CPE (CEP) points are awarded by the following organisations;

  • MMA have confirmed that they will award 20 points per Module
  • AMT - have confirmed that they will award 120 CEUs for Modules One and Two. Module Three will attract 160 CEUs and Module Four attracts 200 CEUs.
  • ATMS have confirmed that they will award 24 points each for Modules One and Two, and 32 points each for Modules Three and Four on presentation of your certificate
  • BTFA have confirmed that they will award 10 points per module
  • Massage Australia have confirmed that they will award 15 points per module
  • ANTA have confirmed that they will award CPE points at their discretion (approx 1 point/hour) on presentation of your certificate of attendence
  • MAA have confirmed that they will award 10 points each for Modules One and Two if both completed within 12 months, 15 points each for Modules Three and Fours and 20 points will be awarded each for the Advanced Tutorial and Understanding Palliative Care courses.
  • Massage NZ offer 30 points each for Modules One and Two

How do I order product? 

Oncology Massage Limited sell items in the Webshop that will expand your knowledge, help prepare you for our courses or generally enhance your practice. To order them, you just need to send us the details through the Contact Us page, and make payment into our account. A receipt will be send out with the items. Any profits from the sale of these items help fund OML and to keep course costs low. Unfortunately we cannot sell the required pre-course reading text books.

How can I contact/find a therapist? 

Oncology Massage Limited maintains a database of over 500 therapists who have completed at least one of our courses. Please click here to find one in your state.

How do I get on the database? 

Once you become a student of Oncology Massage Limited, you are automatically placed on our database, (unless you request otherwise), for communication purposes.

All students that have completed and passed Module 2 will be eligible for the National Therapist Listing which can be accessed via this website.  

Why do we have to use Melrose Almond Oil? 

We have a general rule of thumb with OM body work and that is: if you can’t eat it or drink it then don’t put it on your skin! You may remember from your studies that our skin is our largest organ which absorbs as well as excretes, doing a magnificent job of protecting our inner body from the pollutants that circulate freely now on the planet. When we work with clients who have bodies and immune systems already compromised from the treatment of cancer then we like to do our best for them by not exposing them to more biological strain. H2 Superfine oils are keenly promoted in the massage industry and once on the skin are absorbed, processed in the liver and excreted via the kidneys.

  • Rapidly absorebed into the skin.
  • Low in odour.
  • Excellent carrier for essential oil blends.
  • Safe for those with nut allergies as it's a seed from the Drupe family, and not a nut. However, it is recommended that those living with nut allergies do a skin test prior to their massage.
  • It has a PH of between 4-5 and is close to the skin's ideal PH of 5-5.5. Aids in protection from bacteria and fungus by keeping the skin close to its PH.
  • Ingestible.

Did you know? The H2 Superfine oil has Laureth-3 (surfactant/emulsifier) in it which is a synthetic compound obtained by extensive chemical modification of lauric acid, a natural fatty acid, and oxirane (ethylene oxide), and is also included in: Dishwashing Powder, Fabric softener, Laundry and Surface care.

Where can I buy Melrose Almond Oil? 

You can order this product online at Melrose Health or click here for a list of distributers for each state.

For therapists in New Zealand...

We know that in New Zealand you are having some difficulties obtaining Melrose Sweet Almond Oil. OML has had discussions with Tui Balms and we are happy for students to use Tui Balms "Tui Coconut & Aloe Vera Massage Butter". This is the only Tui Balms product we will accept on OML training courses. There are many more in their product range, however due to volunteer sensitivities only Melrose Sweet Almond Oil and Tui Coconut & Aloe Vera Massage Butter are authorised products on course.

When can I advertise as an Oncology Massage Therapist? 

You may advertise as an Oncology Massage Therapist after you complete and pass Module 2.

What are the Module Two assessments? 

Before enrolling in Module Two, please ensure that you have been able to adequately practice the techniques demonstrated in Module One (we recommend at least 4 weeks). Colleagues, family or friends may act as suitable clients to practice on, so that when you work with folk experiencing cancer you will feel more confident and you will ensure the best outcomes for Module 2. 

The online, open book exam is based on the final patho-physiology exam you did in your massage training. It is a pre-requisite of the course and if you do not achieve the pass mark on your first attempt, you will then have the opportunity to rewrite your incorrect answers before you bringing your exam results to Module Two. Please do not let any fear of exams deter you from undertaking this course of study!

The practical assessment will take place with a volunteer cancer client on Day Three of Module Two. This assessment requires you to take a full medical history, create a treatment plan and then demonstrate the relevant OM techniques.

Any participants that require reassessment will be provide with a course transcript, for CPE purposes only, and the certificate will be sent out once a participant has passed the required reassessment/s.

How much time do I have to finalise my Module Two assessments AFTER the course is completed?

Online Exam resubmissions – These must be presented to the facilitator by COB on Day Two of the course. If exam resubmission are not able to be marked before the end of the program, then a deadline of no more than 4 weeks from the end of the program, is set. Each resubmission after the 4-week deadline will attract a $20 fee, which is payable to the marking facilitator.

Hands-on Prac Reassessments – Prac reassessments need to be arranged and completed within 6 weeks of the course completion. These already attract a fee, which is the re-assessing facilitators practice hourly rate. If the prac reassessment if not completed within this time frame, then the student may be requested to repeat Module Two as a refresher student.

NB. Prac reassessments are NOT a teaching environment. If you require further tuition after the Module Two has finished, this this can be arranged with your nearest facilitator at their practice hourly rate.

Are oncology massage services a voluntary service or can they form a part of a massage therapists income base?

Qualified Oncology Massage therapists are highly specialised massage therapists. At OM Ltd we beleive that OMTs should be remunerated for providing this specialised therapy, in the same way as they are for other massage services. Some therapists offer volunteer hours to cancer support groups to improve and broaden their experience with cancer clients, and some are lucky enough to be able to finance volunteer hours on a more regular basis. We support volunteering, but believe that everyone has a right to earn a living.

Do any organisations (eg. hospice, hospitals, clinics) ever request information from OM Ltd about how they might access practitioners in their area?

In 2012, OM Ltd set up a national oncology massage therapist register. This listing now numbers around 160 and is regularly accessed by the Cancer Council, BCNA, Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre, the Petermac Institute, Gawler Foundation, Quest For Life and Chris O'Briens Lifehouse to name a few. This year, COSA (Clinical Oncology Society of Australia) also added us to their practitioner referral list.

How much practical experience do I need before I would be considered for the Module Three and Four program?

We would generally like to see a minimum 6-12months of hands on, full time experience with cancer clients before we would consider Module Three/Four program applications (approx 30-50 clients). Acceptance onto the in-hospital program is also dependent on the practitioners performance in the Module Two assessments and their course participation. The Module Three and Four program is rigorous, pushing therapists out of their comfort zone in an environment that they are often not familiar with, so experience and confidence in your oncology massage skills is essential before undertaking this training.

Can massage therapists do the "Oncology Massage for Beauty Therapists" course?

Absolutely! Although this course is aimed at those working in the beauty and spa industry, we welcome massage therapists on this course as well. It's a fantastic way to refresh your Module One information and learn the new head, neck and shoulder technique. However, if you are keen to qualify as an OMT and join the National Therapist Listing and S4OM, you need to complete and pass the Module One and Two program. Click here to learn more about Oncology Massage for Beauty Therapists.

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