The desire for a professional identity: what DQMT’s want from a new professional body
Publish Date: Sunday, 2 December 2018

Jen Mason, Donna Smith, Jo Smith & 2018 Year 3 BTSM Researchers

Massage New Zealand (MNZ) is the only massage therapy specific membership body in New Zealand (NZ). It has four levels of membership1 that relate to massage therapy qualification levels 4-7. The majority of level 7 MNZ Registered Massage Therapists (RMT) hold a bachelor’s degree qualification in massage therapy, which has been taught in NZ since 2002. However MNZ makes minimal differentiation in their RMT levels, and previous research suggests that MNZ may not be meeting the needs of degree qualified massage therapists (DQMT). It is 14 years since the first DQMT graduates entered the MT industry. It is timely to explore whether DQMT graduates need a stronger voice.  The purpose of this study was to determine if DQMT’s supported the development of a new professional body, solely to represent them: and if so, why?

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