For Massage Therapists
Last Saved: 9/Jul/2021
The Programs listed below are designed for Tactile Therapists - ie, those students who have at least one of the following qualifications:
- A Diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy (HLT52015)
- A Certificate IV in Massage Therapy (HLT42015)
- A Certificate IV in Bowen Therapy (10846NAT)
- A Diploma of Myotherapy (22316VIC).
Although in the past we have allowed anyone to participate in our Oncology Massage Module 1 (OM1) Course, it has become increasingly clear that there is an expectation that anyone who successfully completes OM1 should be able to progress to OM2. That has never been the case - although some Students have been successful in doing so in the past.
To more clearly manage student expectations, to enrol for OM1, students must acknowledge that they may not be able to proceed to OM2 without one of the above qualifications. This is an area of ongoing discussion within OML. Our aim is to get as many people trained as possible but not by allowing Students to complete OM1 without a transparent and realistic possibility of being allowed to progress to OM2.
Programs for Tactile Therapists
The following OML Programs are available for qualified Tactile Therapists:
- The Oncology Massage Foundation Program
- The Oncology Massage Advanced Program
Notes on the Foundation Program
Once an OML Student has successfully completed the Foundation Program, they are qualified to work in private practice. Unlike the Advanced Program, if you register for the OM1 Module, you do not need to register for the OM2 Module at the same time.
The two Modules are linked but generally students should complete the OM2 Module no less than 3 months and no more than 12 months after completing the OM1 Module.
To make it a little easier for all concerned, we do encourage students to enrol for the Oncology Massage Foundation Program as a whole - it is cheaper than paying for the OM1 & OM2 separately (see here) and it helps OML with Course scheduling.
Notes on the Advanced Program
Once an OML Student has successfully completed the Advanced Program, they are qualified to work in multidisciplinary teams in large public and private institutions. Unlike the Foundation Program, if you register for the OM3 Module you must also register for the OM4 Module. The two Modules are linked and must be completed within about a month of each other.
Unfortunately, the Advanced Program is not currently available as we are seeking a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with whom to partner.
The following Courses are available to all OM2 & OM4 Graduates to allow them to refresh their techniques and ensure that they remain skills-current, or re-enter the field after a break:
- Half-Price Oncology Massage Refresher for Tactile Therapists - Module 1 (OM1R)
- 1-Day Mini Tutorial
- Technique Refresher.
The following OML Programs allow OM2 Graduates to focus on specific areas of Oncology Massage:
- 1-Day Mini Tutorials
- Abdominal Massage
- All Things Head & Neck
- Massage & Breast Cancer (under development)
- Scar Management
- Safe Massage for People in Care (under development).