Massage Training for People Working in Care

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Last Updated: 29/Jun/2019


OML has always known that our Oncology Massage modality can be a powerfully effective intervention for most people in frail health, not just those with a history or a diagnosis of cancer.  In early 2018, OML started to consider the development of a new training program to meet the needs of massage therapists working with people in Residential Aged Care with comorbidities such as cancer, dementia, chronic pain, etc.

Subsequently, OML has consulted with a number of peak organisations - Dementia Australia (ACT)Pain Australia, and Palliative Care Australia (ACT).  We have been encouraged by their support have been provided with much valuable information.


In Sep/2018, OML brought together a number of our most qualified and experienced Oncology Massage Therapists - Tania Shaw, Tubi Oyston, Ronna Moore, and Cathie Stoffell - to discuss and start designing the Massage Training for People Working in Care Program.

In Oct/2018, OML kicked off a Crowdfunding Campaign and raised over $4,000 for the development of this Program.  And in Nov/2018, under the leadership of Tania Shaw, OML commissioned the Massage Training for People Working in Care Project (MT4PWC) to develop the Course Documentation

In Jan/2019, OML was invited to present and exhibit at the first Oceanic Palliative Care Conference to be held in Perth from 10-13/Sep/2019.  The invitation has been gratefully accepted and Tania Shaw and Bronwyn Sutton will be attending.

In Feb/2019, a draft of the Course Material was submitted for comment to our internal Project Board.  Feedback is currently being incorporated into the Course Documentation.

The next steps are to:

  • Circulate the draft Course Documentation to the Program's external stakeholders for feedback
  • Negotiate levels of support and involvement with the Program's external stakeholders
  • To raise profile, establish contact with the relevant Parliamentary Friendship Groups
  • Pilot the Program in the second half of 2019
  • Deliver the Program in 2020.

Get a Wicking Headstart

If you are interested in enrolling for this Program, please register your interest now - email us and we will add your name to the Program Wait List.

You will be learning more about Dementia from industry experts during this Course. Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia and, with an estimated 250 people joining the population with it each day, our graduates may already be working with those exhibiting signs and symptoms of Dementia without realising it.

You can get a really Wicking Headstart by enrolling for the University of Tasmania Wicking Dementia Centre's Understanding Dementia MOOC.  A MOOC is not a furry marsupial - it's a Massive Open Online Course - it's free, it's open to anybody regardless of training or experience, and it's online - but it's no pushover.  This particular MOOC is recognised worldwide, and has made our "Highly Recommended Further Learning" list.

Enrollments are now open for the next Understanding Dementia MOOC which starts on Tuesday 9/Jul/2019 and finishes on Friday 20/Sep/2019.  Having recently completed the course, I can honestly say that it has helped me to understand what my Mum, my family and her carers went through before she passed away - I wish I could have finished it before she was diagnosed.

More information on the topics you will be discussing on this Course can be found on the following websites:

Project Funding via Community Rewards

The quarterly contributions from the Canberra Southern Cross Club Community Rewards Program for which OML is very grateful continue to be allocated to this Project.

If you live in or around the ACT and you are a member of the Canberra Southern Cross Club, link your membership number to Oncology Massage Limited here or ask Club Reception to help you out, and $7.50 of every $100 you spend at the Club will go to straight to OML. This Program has contributed around $50,000 to OML over the last few years.

If you would like to financially contribute to the development of this worthwhile Project, please do so here.

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