WORKING FOR MFHPA

BASICS WE NEED

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Certification

Diploma level as a basis

Insurance

$2 million minumum

Association Membership

AMT, AAMT, ANTA, MAA

WHAT WE HAVE FOR YOU

This is not all, but part of working for MFHPA

From all over the country no matter how far-flung

All metropolitan areas, but we are particularily looking with rural or regional areas. From Kiama to Katherine to Kununurra to Koroit. We want to hear from you!

Stable long-term work at same location

Once you find you fit into a facility, you get at least 3 months work between 5 to 30 hours at different times of the day. Over 26 weeks, this is equivalent to a full-time wage.

Potential employee status to increase security

If you have been with us for six months or more, reliably turning up for work and getting rave reviews, talk to us about moving from contractor to employee status.

The longer you work, the higher your pay rate goes

After 14 weeks at one facility and location for minimum 5 hours a week (no upper limit), your pay rate goes up to $50 an hour. After 27 weeks, it becomes $55.

MAIN QUESTIONS

WHO ARE WE AFTER?

PHILOSOPHY

You. Or rather, someone who wants to use their massage skills for more than just a hot stone massage, spa relaxation or a pampering.

Our mission is to help everyone, but particularly, people out of difficult times and help them get back on their right track, through massage.

Think about those you know who have been or is in nursing, worked as a doctor or had something to do with healthcare. Friends, family, co-workers. What did most of them say? Odds are that their hospital experience wasn’t that comfortable or even safe. It’s been this way for a long time.

We believe that massage can help change this paradigm. By just doing what you have learnt, you help bring massage to an environment that needs what we have.

So, if this small blurb inspires you to give us a call, then we are happy to take that call.

HOW AND WHY WE PICK YOU

Working successfully within a healthcare setting (like hospitals, mental health facilities or palliative care) means you have something else other than the right bureaucratic markings. That is compassion and empathy. Yes, you are a physical therapist, so I take it that you have more of this to use on the job than other professions.

We’re curious about some of your experiences as a PT, what lessons you took away from those experiences and how you apply them in life. How PT has changed you.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO HAVE (our vetting process)?

BUREAUCRATIC MARKINGS: ESSENTIAL

Need to get most of the stuff below? Read about it here.

• live in any location - metro, regional, rural and even remote. Are you a physical therapist who lives outside our cities and would like some work? We really want to hear from you.

• have a minimum of a Certificate IV in Massage Therapy from a reputable RTO. Here is our list.

• done or will do a police check.

• have Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance (over $5 million is recommended).

MORE BUREAUCRACY: HELPFUL

• provider numbers from health funds (not having Medibank Private and/or HCF is fine)

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU NEED TO HAVE?

Essential:

  • massage chair (only if not roving or table massage).
  • massage table (only if not roving or chair massage).
  • towels.
  • equipment and hand disinfectant, and wipedowns.
  • your MFHPA branded shirt.
  • music on a player (with or without speakers).

Also useful (or may be requested):

  • balm (for neck massage on skin).
  • diffuser with essential oils.

Do you have a massage chair? Here is a good place to start. Talk to us if you are having trouble sourcing a chair.

HOW DO WE INTERVIEW?

Within Sydney:

We set up a space and time for the interview. We will ask you to bring all your normal equipment, as if you were turning up for a normal mobile home/office massage. Here is a typical full list of equipment.

30 minutes will be the total practical component - with 10 minutes roving massage (the interviewer sitting on a normal chair) and 20 minutes on a table (for mobile residential jobs or where the facility wants a massage table used).

HOW DO YOU SUPPORT PRACTITIONERS?

MFHPA was set up by Eric Vigo, a currently practiticing massage therapist who works for a number of other mobile massage providers in Sydney.

Generally, mobile massage agencies are their for them, and individual massage therapists are just the vehicle for advertising the agency. You are working kinda for yourself, but not totally. If you don’t get a job, that’s how it goes. This needn’t be this way.

MFHPA would like to work with you in three ways (optional):

 

  1. Go ahead and spruik: you are signing a non-compete clause in your agreement with MFHPA in regards to offering services to the hospital BUT not for offering private home visits to individual health professionals. You can bring your own practice business cards with you, and hand them out if asked. This answers the question “what if a client asks me to go private?”. They are meant to say “no, go through the correct channels of my agency”, and most do, but the temptation is there. But you know it is only for the client to save themselves $10 or so.
  2. Free webpage: you can have a webpage (and an email address) through our domain advertising your services for free, if you haven’t got your own site up yet. This can involve uploading videos, images, text, attachments to do with your own practice. We have a template that can allow your page to go up in minutes.
  3. Beyond contracting: those who do one job through 52 weeks in one location have shown their loyalty to take on that position and stick with it. We will be developing different structures to offer these practitioners, which can include everything from becoming an employee, an affiliate, a franchisee owner, shareholder, entrepreneur or a half dozen other ideas. We haven’t made any decisions in this area, but once have hit certain sales targets, we will open up opportunities for a select few.

 

How do you like these options? Massage therapists often find it hard to build a career in massage when the pay is quite low, no tenure, and the inability to take out a mortgage as a massage therapist means that the best minds move off to other modalities (chiro, physio) or leave altogether. A lot of MTs are just not good business people, or think outside the box. You can, and if you would like to, talk to us.

WHAT IS THE PAYRATE?

Base set rate is $45 for all practitioners. For those who stick consecutively with the same job, location and facility, we offer increases in hourly rate once the next set of weeks is accrued. In this example, we take each job to amount to 5 hours (20 participants @ 15 minutes each)

# WEEKS FULL HOURLY RATE CHARGED TO CLIENT HOURLY PRACTITIONER RATE BONUS TOTAL PAY TO PRACTITIONER OVER NUMBER OF WEEKS
13 $80 $45 $2,925.00
26 $75 $45 $5 $6,175.00
52 $70 $45 $10 $13,325.00

Some providers pay around $75, but that is for one-off or one-hour jobs. Work for MFHPA is set for months of continual work, guaranteed at specific locations. We aim to pay more than most other corporate massage services.

OTHER QUESTIONS

RISK: Healthcare facilities like mental health or emergency wards are stressful. How do I know I will be OK?

For hospitals, massaging patients is quite common worldover, as seen here, here and here.

For all facilities (mental health, aged care, palliative care, public hospitals, private hospitals and others) you will be in a private room, away from any patients or other staff, or within their administrative office environments (finance, HR, executive etc).

Each facility’s layout is different, and in the Induction (for more information, read here) we will list all the potential risks, and how they are mitigated.

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