Recently, Massage Therapy as a career has become increasingly popular in Australia, the benefits include lower academic entry requirements, high employment rate and an opportunity to migrate to Australia! In this article, we are going to illustrate the massage industry in Australia and university pathway courses in Myotherapy. Let’s have a look together!
Why massage is so popular in Australia?
ustralian’s consider Health Care important; therefore, the job demand is significant in Australia. According to Job Outlook’s website, the number of people working as Massage Therapists (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years from 2014 to 2019. The demand for Massage Therapists is expected to increase to 18,000 people by 2024.
Moreover, the employment rate of Massage Therapist in each state are more than average.
The most common place for Massage Therapists to work are:
- Massage clinics
- Age care facilities
- Health Services
- Spa facilities
- Palliative Care facilities or hospitals
As seen from above, the massage industry is not only developing but also offers many job opportunities in Australia! In the next section, the most popular type of Massage Therapist will be introduced.
The popular type of Massage Therapist
Nowadays, massage therapy is one of the way to relieve stress. Below are the most popular types of massage therapist in Australia:
General Massage Therapist
To become a general Massage Therapist, specific certificates and examinations is not mandatory. Workers usually could start to work after training. The main job duty is to comfort customers and ease their stress through basic knowledge and massage technique. The salary is about 60 AUD/ hour.
Remedial Massage Therapist
The Remedial Massage Therapist utilise different techniques to relax muscles and relieve pain; they have made great contributions to improving medical treatment. To become a Remedial Massage Therapist, you need to study a 1 year Diploma and obtain related accreditation. The salary is usually 95-110 AUD / hour.
The word ‘Myotherapy’ comes from the Greek word ‘myo’ or ‘muscle’, and it is system of healthcare which focuses on the treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal pain.
To become a Myotherapist, you need to obtain a specific Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy after completing a Diploma of Remedial Massage . The salary is about 95-120 AUD/ hour.
According to CAREER FAQS (n.d.), the tasks of Myotherapist includes:
• Interview clients to determine specific problems
• Identify areas of muscular dysfunction and Myofascial pain
• Advising patients on stretching and exercise routines they can employ at home.
- Maintaining client records
- Utilising massage, trigger-point therapy, dry needle application and other natural techniques to treat issues. The pictures below illustrate the natural techniques of Myotherapy.
In general, this occupation requires the completion of an Advanced Diploma in the related field with relevant certificates. To get certification, you must be interned with a licensed myofascial massage therapist or related service company. Furthermore, you are required to take a test every two years; otherwise you may lose the certificate.
Chinese Tuina Therapist
Chinese Tuina Therapist focus on techniques, cupping is also one of the therapies. If you would like to be a Chinese Tuina Therapist in the future, a relevant certificate and knowledge of meridian and acupoint is required. Expected salary is about 95-110 AUD / hour.
All of the Massage Therapist listed above, except the General Massage Therapist, are eligible to join the Massage Association of Australia.
Salary of a Massage Therapist in Australia
In Australia, the average of salary is $26-28 AUD per hour, and weekly income is about $1,038 AUD. The annual income is up to $55,200 AUD! According to the picture below, the salary, future demand and skill level of Massage Therapist are pretty good. Moreover, they have the freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
Taking Myotherapist as an example, the hourly rate of this occupation is about $39.12 AUD/ hour (PayScale n.d.), which is much higher than the Australian minimum rate of $20.33 AUD /hour. Based on this a Myotherapist could be included in the upper-middle income group, this salary would also adjust base on experience.
It can be seen above that the career prospects of Massage Therapists in Australia are quite good, they not only have the opportunity to earn a good salary but are also in high demand. Next, we are going to talk about the pathway to Permanent Residency for Massage Therapists.
Pathway to Permanent Residency
ANZSCO 411611 Massage Therapist
• MASSAGE THERAPISTS perform therapeutic massage and administer body treatments for health, fitness and remedial purposes.
• Performs therapeutic massage and administers body treatments for relaxation, health, fitness and remedial purposes.
Skills Assessment Authority
Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)
Indicative Skill Level
Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below:
- AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)
The qualification of Skill Assessment
- Qualification(s) assessed at least AQF Diploma level with a highly relevant field of study and at least one year of post qualification highly relevant employment in the last five years; Or
- Qualification(s) assessed at least AQF Diploma level with an additional qualification at least AQF Certificate IV in a highly relevant field of study and at least one year of post-qualification highly relevant employment in the last five years; Or
- Qualification(s) assessed at least AQF Diploma level without a highly relevant field of study and at least two years of post-qualification highly relevant employment in the last five years.
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How to become a Massage Therapist in Australia?
Max Therapy Institute (MTI)
CRICOS No: 03401C
In this section, we would like to introduce a valuable option – Max Therapy Institute (MTI). Max Therapy Institute provides professional Massage Therapy courses located in the heart of Melbourne CBD. The Institute offers excellent student service and high-quality education and is experienced in preparing students for careers in the Massage industry.
Uni pathway courses – Myotherapy
Furthermore, MTI now provides current and future students the opportunity to pathway into Higher Education! After completing the Diploma of Remedial Massage and Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy students are eligible to enter the Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Myotherapy)!
- Able to transfer credit
- Save time and money
- Enter diploma courses and bachelor’s degree with a lower threshold
- Upon graduation from a Bachelor Degree, students are eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Visa, permitting them to remain and work for two years in Australia.
Diploma of Remedial Massage
CRICOS COURSE CODE: 090003G
Duration: 1.5 years
- Minimum 18 year of age
- IELTS score of 5.5 (Academic) or equivalent
- A minimum of Australian Year 12 or equivalent
- In this course, you will learn First Aid, Aromatherapy and Reflexology.
•Students are required to complete a minimum of 200 hours practical experience in MTI’s fully supervised Student Massage Clinic
•The practical experience include prepare and managed at least 60 remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments
Remedial Massage Therapist, Sport Therapist, Clinic Supervisor and Clinic Manager
Association Recognition/ Health Fund Providers:
Once complete the course, you could choose the Massage Association to join and your client are able to use insurance.
- ATMS (Australian Traditional Medicine Society)
- ANTA (Australian Natural Therapists Association)
- MAA (Massage Association of Australia)
- Massage and Myotherapy Australia (Formally AAMT)
Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy
CRICOS COURSE CODE: 094665C
Duration: 1.5 years
In this course, students will be prepared to become a Myotherapist specialising in the assessment, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal condition. The techniques include Dry needling, Cupping and Tens machine are used in conjunction.
Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Myotherapy)
CRICOS Course code:084579F
Duration: 3 years (full-time)
Intake: Feb, June and September
Career Outcome: Medical and allied clinics, Complementary health and wellbeing clinics ,Sporting clubs and Industries that require the treatment of pain management and musculoskeletal treatment
- MA (Myotherapy Association Australia)
- MMA (Massage and Myotherapy Australia)
Thank you for reading this article, the Massage Industry is not only high-demand but also with a range of study options! Just for IELTS 5.5, you could obtain both Diploma and Bachelor’s degree! If you would like to know more information, please leave your details below and we will provide the best service to you!
CAREER FAQS n.d., How to become a Myotherapist in Australia, Course & Career Resource, viewed 27 July 2021, <https://www.careerfaqs.com.au/careers/how-to-become-a-myotherapist-in-australia>.
JobOutlook n.d., Massage Therapists, JobOutlook website, viewed 27 July 2021, <https://joboutlook.gov.au/occupations/massage-therapists?occupationCode=4116>.