Leader Training

Training programs for health professionals and peer leaders

Training programs for health professionals and peer leaders

We run warm water and chair-based exercise training programs for health professionals and peer leaders. Whether you’re a health professional and work with people with musculoskeletal conditions, or you have a musculoskeletal condition (e.g. arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis) and want to run classes for your peers, we have something for you.

Our training will give you the knowledge and skills to assist you in providing exercise classes for people with musculoskeletal and other health conditions.

Participants may enrol in either one or both components of the course. As well as leader training, we also run updates for our trained leaders.

Our warm water and chair-based training programs are conducted by health educators with tertiary qualifications in health-related disciplines and extensive experience in training.

Please note that our new leader training course is no longer accredited with a professional association (e.g. Physical Activity Australia or Fitness Australia), but our leader update training is accredited with Physical Activity Australia (2 PDPs for each for warm water and chair-based exercise update training).

For more information or to speak to our staff about leader training, contact us on (03) 8531 8000 or toll free 1800 263 265, or email programs@msk.org.au

Update Training 

In 2021 and 2022, there is a change to the delivery of the leader update training for warm water and chair-based exercise – it is online!!

This change will make the update training more accessible (for people who have previously travelled a distance to attend the training), more flexible (the training can be undertaken within a couple of months of when you would normally have attended an update training session in person), COVID-proof (we will not be at the mercy of any disruptions caused by COVID-19) and cheaper (providing the training online will enable MSK to reduce the price)!!

The training will be undertaken by individuals, but people will also be able to work together in groups to do the training, if they choose (just as you would in a face-to-face training session). The training will involve viewing two videos, doing some written work and attending an optional discussion session via Zoom (for anyone who may have some specific questions or issues about which they wish to gain advice).

Leader Training – 3 days training


Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May 2022
+ Saturday 18 June follow-up


Musculoskeletal Australia: 263-265 Kooyong Road, Elsternwick 3185


  • Individual
    • Both components – $680
    • Warm water only – $630
    • Chair-based only – $530
  • MSK peer support groups
    (groups of more than 8 receive a further discount)

    • Both components – $350
    • Warm water only – $300
    • Chair-based only – $280

All prices are inclusive of GST.

Application form:
If you prefer not to book online, download an application form and send it with payment to Musculoskeletal Australia.

If you need more information, please phone the MSK Health Promotion Coordinator on 8531 8045 (toll free 1800 263 265) or email programs@msk.org.au

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