Alfred Hospital Integrative
Cardiac Wellness Program:
Post Operative Massage Therapy
intensive care following their surgery,
before being transferred to this ward for
The massage therapy program generally
begins for most patients from about
4 days post-surgery. The patient will
generally be released from the hospital
6-7 days after surgery.
All participants will undergo an
orientation session to prepare them for
the course. Orientation sessions will
provide information about the program,
a tour of the cardiothoracic ward
and the hospital and have presenters
from physiotherapy, nursing, surgery,
pharmacy and the integrative cardiac
Overview Australia and will allow participants wellness group.
to gain valuable industry leading
In 2009-2010 a randomised controlled Following the orientation session, you
trial was conducted at the Alfred will have seven weeks of clinical
Hospital, evaluating the therapeutic placement in the hospital.
benefits of massage therapy in post- Who is eligible to participate?
At an initial briefing session, the
surgery outcomes in cardiothoracic Graduates with a Diploma of Remedial program coordinator and tutors will
patients. The trial was staffed by Massage, Bachelor of Musculoskeletal outline the patients that will be seen
Endeavour College of Natural Health Therapy, and Bachelor of Naturopathy that day. The patient’s cases will be
clinic students and staff. The positive (with Certificate IV in Massage Therapy reviewed, and allocated to a therapist.
outcomes of the study resulted in a Practice). Graduates of other institutions The therapist will then proceed to check
permanent contract to provide a post- with equivalent qualifications (including with the nursing staff that their patient
operative massage therapy program in Myotherapy) are welcome to apply. is stable, before meeting with the client
the cardiothoracic ward, as part of the
and designing a treatment plan for them.
Integrative Cardiac Wellness Program
at the hospital.
The Setting The treatments will vary according to the
The Cardiothoracic ward is a busy 48 individual client presentations, including
An exciting opportunity exists for
bed acute treatment ward, with patients surgical wounds and attachments
a limited number of applicants to
under the care of the Cardiology, of medical apparatus. Likewise, the
participate in this supervised program,
Cardiothoracic, and/or Heart Failure/ techniques employed will vary according
and gain work experience in one of
Transplant medical teams. Heart surgery to the client and may range from basic
Australia’s leading hospitals. This
patients generally spend a day in Swedish massage, to myofascial
program is the first of its kind in
release, muscle energy techniques, notes in the patient’s medical files Outcomes
positional release techniques, ischaemic following the treatment. Therapists
Participants will gain invaluable
compressions, joint play, trigger point will see up to 3 clients per session.
experience in an Acute Primary
therapy, and frictions. Treatment times Therapists will be supervised by a tutor
Care setting working alongside
will likewise vary. and the program coordinator during
physiotherapists and the allied
Whilst the treatments themselves their time on the ward and a debriefing
medical team. This will be beneficial
will not be complex, the presenting session will occur at the end of each day.
for graduates because it will broaden
complaints of the patients require In the final week, you will be ‘buddied knowledge and experience in a very
careful consideration in choosing up’ with an incoming therapist from the specialised area of health. Therapists
appropriate techniques. Cardiothoracic, next group, to give you the opportunity will be eligible to receive CPE points
cardiology, heart failure and transplant to pass on your knowledge and for their participation in the course.
patients will all be eligible to receive experience, as well as ease them into
treatment. Therapists will write case the program.
Program Dates and Times for 2011
Orientation days Day and time Start date End date
Group 3 October 26th & 28th Wednesdays November 2nd December 7th
2 – 5pm 10am – 1pm or
12pm – 3pm
Group 4 Fridays November 4th December 9th
10am – 1pm or
12pm – 3pm
Clinic placements are limited to four per group.
How to Apply Cost
1. Collate your application including 2. Email your application to The full cost of the program
responses to two reflective questions email@example.com. (7 weeks x 3 hours) is $745.
listed below, and copies of supporting Successful applicants will be notified
documentation including current
association membership, relevant
by email or phone, at which time you Further Questions
will be able to accept your place, and
qualification certificate, proof of If you would like to discuss your
provide payment. After payment is
insurance and current senior first application before submission please
received you will be enrolled. On
aid certificate. contact the program coordinator, Lisa
acceptance into the program students
Casanelia, at lisa.casanelia@endeavour.
will be provided
What personal qualities would edu.au or phone (03) 9655 9514.
with a study pack for refreshing
you bring to the program?
knowledge of the normal physiology
What clinical experience would and common clinical pathologies of
you bring to the program? the cardiovascular system.
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