​​​​​Palliative Care Massage Training

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Location: Eastern Palliative Care

               First Floor, Building 2, 630 Mitcham Rd, Mitcham 3132
               Victoria, Australia
Cost: $1295


Due to the Coronavirus this course  is on hold 

Advanced Palliative Care Massage (4 Days)

This course provides specialised training for massage therapists, physiotherapists and osteopaths, who wish to work with clients who are living with life-limiting illnesses. Participants will explore their own perceptions of loss and grief, mortality and how they can BE with clients who are approaching end of life. During the four days, participants will be given an overview of Palliative Care, including specific illnesses that are life-limiting and how bodywork can support the individual and their carer/s at all stages of life.  This is a journey that allows participants many opportunities for self-reflection, and provides the skill set for therapists to specialise in the palliative care sector.

Enrolment Requirements:

To undertake this course, participants must have attained a minimum qualification of a Diploma of Remedial Massage (or equivalent), with a minimum of 12 months experience in client work.  Participants also need to have successfully completed the 3-Day Intensive in Oncology Massage (or equivalent). Consideration will also be given to those working in a palliative care setting, and individuals will be assessed on their massage qualifications, client experience and current role within the palliative care sector. 

Applicants must provide copies of:

- a current first aid certificate

- Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance

- Membership to a Professional Association

Course Preparation:

Pre-reading of the following books is required:

Gayle MacDonald, Massage for the Hospital patient and Medically Frail Client (2005,Lippincott Williams and Wilkins) Chapters 5 - 8

Kathleen Dowling Singh, The Grace in Dying - A message of hope, comfort and spiritual transformation (1998, Harper Collins Publishers)

Books may be purchased through Amazon via the S4OM website or through The Book Depository.

Participants will be required to complete four weeks of preparatory exercises leading up to the course commencement. This will consist of reading, researching, submitting answers to questions and providing a case study for discussion. 

Course Requirements:

Participants are asked to bring the following items for the duration of the course:
* 2 towels
* 2 pillows
* 1 blanket
If you are unable to bring these items, they will be supplied at an additional cost of $15 payable at the beginning of the course.
Massage tables will be supplied for the duration of the course at no cost.