AAMT Student Case Study Contest 2015

The Australian Association of Massage Therapists (AAMT) is pleased to invite students of massage, remedial massage and myotherapy to participate in the 2015 Student Case Study Contest. AAMT under the National Conference Scholarship Scheme will provide funding to support the contest winner to attend and present their case study at the AAMT National Conference in 2015. This scholarship will support any student seeking to develop their professional capacity in the massage therapy industry. Applications are invited from students of massage therapy from all States and Territories who have not attended the AAMT National Conference previously and who are currently a student, who will be a student in 2015 or who will graduate in 2014. On submission, the applicant must be willing to join AAMT as a student member to be eligible for contest consideration.


AAMT believes that the delivery of high quality, evidence-based research generates professional progress and improved standards within the massage industry. Writing case reports is a great opportunity for massage students to develop their research skills, critical thinking skills, and allows them to contribute to future research and clinical practice. By presenting their case study at the AAMT National Conference, the contest winner also develops their communication skills and their ability to provide knowledge-based massage for their clients and for the education of the general public.


  • The successful applicant will receive the opportunity to present their case study at the AAMT National Conference 2015, May 9 – 10, in Perth. They will be able to discuss their work with their peers, giving them instant professional exposure and the potential for various networking opportunities.
  • The successful applicant will also receive due recognition for their efforts by having their case study published in the AAMT journal – Massage Therapists, and the AAMT website.
  • The contest award will take the form of payment of, or reimbursement for, agreed applicant costs for travel and accommodation/conference registration including the conference dinner and clinical workshops to a maximum value of $2000. All other costs including any necessary leave to attend the national conference must be met by the applicant. Successful applicants will be entitled to state the following in their curriculum vitae: ‘AAMT Student Case Study Contest Winner 2015’.
  • The successful applicant must attend a promotional/media meeting at the national conference. The successful applicants will be required to provide a completed evaluation questionnaire of the conference and how winning the Student Case Study Contest contributed to their professional development. The review will be published in the AAMT journals – Massage Therapists and HandsOn! and on the AAMT website.

Case Study Structure

Students must report on an independent clinical intervention on one client, as follows:

  • Conduct an assessment on the client and their presenting condition, within your scope. Discuss the details of the client’s profile including client history, current treatments. Describe the nature of the presenting condition as you see it; and how your client sees it. Describe the results of the massage assessment including movement limitations.
  • Discuss the anatomical structures comprising the affected region e.g. bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, blood/nerve supplies; discuss relationships with other body structures/functions; discuss normal function compared to client function of the affected region.
  • Conduct a literature review on the presenting condition.
  • Devise a hypothesis and a treatment objective based on your client assessment and literature findings.
  • Create a treatment plan in accordance with the literature, the needs of the client, the assessment results, and your scope of practice. Present the short term and long term goals of the treatment plan. Discuss self-help practices the client could use.
  • Discuss treatment results; describe any implications of the outcomes and adjustments throughout the treatment plan.
  • Offer suggestions for future study, other techniques, and referrals to other practitioners.



The following eligibility criteria must be completed for the case study to be valid for submission.

  • Applicants must be enrolled in one of the following courses at an Australian RTO, or have graduated in 2014 from one of the following courses at an Australian RTO:

– Diploma of Remedial Massage HLT50307

– Bachelor of Health Science (Musculoskeletal Therapy)

– Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy 22248VIC

– Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Myotherapy)

– Certificate IV in Massage Therapies Practice HLT40307

  • Applicants must first obtain written consent from the client, for the use of the client’s case in the writing of the case report and for submitting it for the purpose of this contest. The client must agree to the case study being presented in the public arena, should the student win the contest. See Appendix 1 for the required consent form.
  • Case studies are based on a sequence of a minimum of six massage sessions.
  • Applicants are encouraged to use an advisor (i.e. someone who is experienced in research) to help guide the planning and execution of the treatment series, and who can make recommendations in the preparation and editing of the case report. Possible advisors could be:

– Research staff at academic institutions;

– Staff at Massage schools;

– Practicing health professionals e.g. doctors, nurses, psychotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, other massage therapists.

  • The application must be received in a typed format, adhere to the word count and be presented in the required structure as outlined in the Document Presentation criteria.
  • Applicants must have current liability insurance or confirm they are covered by their College insurance.
  • The Case Study must be your own work



    – 3000-6000 words, excluding cover page, headings, tables and labels and references.
    – Case study should have a research question that is interesting and relevant to the massage therapy profession.
    – Case study must be concisely and coherently written.
    – Case study must be typed using the English language.
    – Case study must be submitted single sided, with double-line spacing, using black Arial 11 pt. font size. The left hand margin should be 2.54cm (1inch) wide. Each new paragraph is indented without additional double spacing between paragraphs.
    – Diagrams to be clearly labelled, relevant to the case study, and sources acknowledged.
    – Correct use of referencing required including within text and full list of references at the end (refer to College Guidelines).
    – Document must be received by the AAMT office electronically in word format (.doc or .docx) to mailto:execassist@massagemyotherapy.com.au
    – Include a title page with the title/research question of the case study (please do not list your name or contact details on this page).
    – Fill out the Submission cover sheet (Appendix 2) and place in front of the title page.



All Case Study submissions must be received by 5pm (EST), Friday March 27, 2015. Submissions received after this closing date will not be considered. Selection criteria will be weighted as indicated on the Assessment Criteria form (Appendix 3) by the maximum score possible for each criteria/theme. A selection panel from the National Conference Committee and the National Education Committee will independently assess all case study submissions according to the eligibility and selection criteria. Non-adherence to any part of the submission process will result in a 20% reduction on the overall score achieved. The successful applicants will be notified in writing at least three weeks prior to the event. Please direct any questions to the contest guidelines and criteria, to:
Executive Assistant E: mailto: execassist@massagemyotherapy.com.au T: 1300 138 872


– Submissions are now closed –


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