​​​​​Palliative Care Massage Training

​​​​Palliative Care Massage In Melbourne


Working in the Palliative Care sector, we have the opportunity to offer massage to people of all ages, different cultural backgrounds and life experiences. Many of these people are journeying with cancer, and have diverse personal beliefs about massage therapy. Unfortunately, there are still some misconceptions that exist about "massage spreading cancer", and these are not only held by the patient and their families, but some massage therapists. Some clients have been turned away by therapists, and have been told that they shouldn't have massage, which has left the "potential client" unsupported, misinformed and confused.  The opposite has also occurred where clients who have received massage, experienced a heavy-handed, demanding massage that exacerbated their symptoms.

In response to this insight, Palliative Care Massage Training was founded to address the needs of therapists and ultimately clients.  We look forward to evolving and expanding, to bring therapists a variety of courses that will support them on their journey in the care of their clients.

Dip HSc. Remedial Massage

Cert IV Assessment & Training

Preferred Practitioner - Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM)
Registered member of MMA


Dip HSc. Remedial Therapies

Cert IV Assessment & Training

Complex Lymphatic Therapist

Reiki Master Teacher

Preferred Practitioner - Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM) Recognised Education Provider

Registered member of MMA 


Gillian is a qualified Remedial Massage Therapist and has been working in Palliative Care for various community-based organisations since 1999. She successfully developed the massage programs at these two organisations and is currently employed by two community-based Palliative Care services in Melbourne, providing massage for clients in their homes.  In addition to these roles, Gillian provides massage for clients from other community organisations and hospitals. Consultations are made available to clients in a diverse range of settings, including the oncology or palliative care unit of both public & private hospitals, as well as aged-care facilities and also clients’ homes.  

Gillian has specialised in Palliative Care massage having trained with Gayle MacDonald (Medicine Hands) in her courses Massage for People Living withCancer and Massage for the Hospital Patientand Medically Frail Client. Gillian has also undertaken Irene Smith’s (Everflowing) course Providing Massage inHospice Care, and has attended a number of training seminars and conferences relating to palliative care, both in Australia and abroad, to support her continued development in this field. 

Gillian is qualified to offer Manual Lymphatic Drainage and is a long-standing member of the Australian Association of Massage Therapists and a founding member and Preferred Practitioner of The Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM).

Gillian has a long-standing association with MND Victoria, and specialises in massage therapy for those clients living with neurological disorders. As part of her association with MND Victoria, Gillian periodically instructs volunteers in massage for the hands and feet. Feedback from attendees consistently acknowledges Gillian's depth of knowledge and experience with MND clients and her willingness to share her knowledge, which she does in a clear and concise manner. Attendees also express how they now feel confident to offer massage therapy to MND clients, following Gillian’s tuition.

Over the past 16 years, Gillian has treated many patients, and their carers, and recognises that when a person is living with a terminal illness, the whole family unit is affected. This is never more apparent when the patient is a child. Gillian has found that she has been able to instruct parents and carers in how to provide "safe" massage for their loved one, which has been a valuable contribution to the whole family.

Gillian is one of Australia’s leading massage therapists in the Oncology and Palliative Care sector, and is often sought out by other oncology facilitators and therapists for her guidance and mentoring. 



Jan is the founder of Palliative Care Massage Training, and is a Remedial Massage Therapist with 12 years experience who has attended training courses locally and internationally. Jan has worked with palliative clients for the last 9 years.

Following her initial qualification as a Remedial Massage Therapist, Jan studied a number of modalities including Complex Lymphatic Therapy (Casley-Smith method), Polarity Therapy, Reiki, Matrix Energetics, Access Consciousness Techniques, The LifeLine Technique and shamanism. All of which have contributed to her personally, as well as being fundamental to her role as a therapist, working with people at all stages of life.

In addition to attending the course - Massage, Cancer and More at the Quest

for Life centre, Bundanoon NSW in 2005, Jan spent time in the USA training with Gayle MacDonald, a pioneer of Oncology Massage. Gayle is the author of Medicine Hands, an Oncology Massage Therapist of 25 years and international teacher who is based in Portland, Oregon.

Jan was employed as a massage therapist with Eastern Palliative Care, a community-based Palliative Care organization for four years, where she visited patients in their homes to provide appropriate massage therapy. She currently sees clients at her home clinic in Viewbank and provides at-home visits for palliative clients. Jan also undertakes contract work for a Melbourne based hospital and is a Preferred Practitioner of the Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM), a member of Palliative Care Victoria, Australian Association of Massage Therapists (AAMT) and Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA).

Attuned as a Reiki Master Teacher in 2007, Jan offers Reiki classes to those interested in working with this Universal energy on a personal or professional basis. In her experience, Jan has found that Reiki can be blended effectively with massage therapy to offer a wholistic treatment that is non-demanding of the client, and meets them where they are in that moment. Reiki also allows the therapist to practice self-care, so that they can nurture their own wellbeing.

Jan is the principal facilitator of Palliative Care Massage Training, and is dedicated to ensuring that therapists have the opportunity to learn how to provide appropriate and safe massage therapy to all clients, whilst supporting their own physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.