OPTM15 Professional Practice within Aoteoroa

From WikiEducator
Jump to: navigation, search

Level: 6
Credits: 10

Directed Learning hours: 40
Self Directed Learning hours: 60
Total Learning Hours: 100


This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the issues relating to practice as a healthcare professional within Aoteoroa.



  • None

Learning Outcomes

At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the meaning of the articles of the treaty of Waitangi, their historical context and their significance to health practice in New Zealand
  2. Reflect on ethical principles relevant to massage practice
  3. Consider legal requirements relevant to massage practice in New Zealand
  4. Discuss the place of supervision and multi-disciplinary work in professional practice
  5. Describe professional development options for therapists within New Zealand
  6. Discuss issues of sustainability and how they relate to massage practice


  • Treaty of Waitangi
  • Ethics & Law
  • Supervision
  • Multi-disciplinary practice
  • Massage New Zealand
  • Professional Development
  • Sustainable massage practice


The following strategies may be used: • Assignments • Theoretical examination • Discussion • Reflective blogging • Oral presentations • Online quizzes/exercises • Group projects • Case studies

Attendance Requirements

Students will be expected to engage with online discussions and activities and in some instances, participation may be required.

Completion requirements

Students must achieve competency in all assessment tasks for completion of this course. Students attendance and participation must also comply with the attendance requirements of the course.

Student Reading List

Required Reading Resources:

  • Fritz, S. (2004). Mosby’s fundamentals of therapeutic massage (3rd ed.). Missouri: Mosby.

Recommended Reading Resources:

  • The course coordinator may recommend additional reading resources.