Musculoskeletal Therapy (MST)


  • Certificate IV in MST
  • Diploma of MST

Bowen therapy


  • Diploma of Bowen Therapy
    (unavailable until 2018)

An explanation of the modalities

Musculoskeletal Therapy

The AOIT development of MST came out of Neil Skilbeck’s experience in private practice spaning almost 50 years as a Chiropractor and Osteopath. It combines rigorous assessment processes, including skeletal assessment, with the treatment of muscles to realign the body to its more ideal state. The Bowen style cross fibre technique combined with Roy Brown’s neural methods is our preferred approach. However other successful muscle based treatment techniques are employed where appropriate

Bowen Therapy

Developed originally by Tom Bowen, an outstanding body therapist in Geelong Victoria. It uses a cross fibre method of addressing muscle problems and its work particularly in the sporting field is legendary. To this modality Neil Skilbeck has added his essential body diagnostics of monitoring bone positions, orthopaedic, manual resistive and range of motion tests. .

Length of training

The Cert IV can be completed in 6 months and the diploma in one year. If both diplomas are being taken concurrently they can still be completed in one year.

Training details

The Bowen and MST courses are normally divided up into Specialisation units and common units. Training of the former is mainly via hands on weekend workshops, the latter is via some guided self-study and webinars.

Common units

These are units that are common to each of the courses and are skills that have been considered necessary across the industry as a whole. These include communication skills such as “Working effectively with others”, “Communicate effectively with clients” and “Communicate and work effectively in health”. Then there are units that teach you financial skills in running your business and methods to ensure that you are working safely. It includes research techniques and knowledge of the human body. Human diseases are dealt with including the ability to analyse the available health information and the client’s health status. These units are studied at home via a manual during set hours that you allot in conjunction with time set aside to attend a virtual classroom where you will be able to join into a live classroom via the phone and a video cam for each one of these units.

Specialisation units

These are the units that are relevant to the particular modality that you are learning. For example in Bowen Therapy  you are leaning how to assess the muscles to see which ones are relevant for treatment and you will also learn the various types of treatment techniques. As these units are highly practical they are learned in a class room situation, although assignments and case studies are required outside of these classroom hours.

Student clinical practice and skill refining

A student clinic has been set up designed to train students in the practical skills of working directly with real clients. Skill refining is an on going process that occurs during special supervised days designated for that purpose.

Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL)

If you have completed courses of training in the past or have work experience or even life experience in certain areas then you may be able to apply to us for recognition of those skills. To be successful you need to prove your claim which will include currency.


The common units are assessed via an electronic document sent via email. The specialisation units are assessed within the classroom.

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