The following letter from one of our regular Australian contributors provides an interesting insight into some of the difficulties facing Australian massage therapy industry. This introduction describes how the Australian healthcare and education systems have contributed to creating this situation and how we in England and Wales can perhaps avoid ending up in a similar position.
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Brad Hiskins BSc, RMT is one of Australia’s most experienced soft tissue therapists. He has a BSc (majoring in exercise physiology), an advanced diploma of health science (soft tissue therapy) and a diploma in remedial massage.
He was head of the soft tissue therapy service at both the 2004 (Athens) and the 2008 (Beijing) Olympic games and the Manchester and Melbourne Commonwealth Games. He has also been a soft tissue therapy service provider to the Australian team at the Atlanta, Sydney, Athens and Beijing Olympic Games.
He was president of the ACT branch of Sports Medicine Australia between 2007 and 2009, a soft tissue therapist at the Australian Institute of Sport from 1994 to 2005 and the soft tissue therapist to the National triathlon team between 1998 and 2012. He also was an author of the first competency standards for RMT and MT in Australia.
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