MISP training

The MISP intensive two day training course is offered in various locations around Australia. If there is not a course in your area listed below, please contact us to register your interest and one of the trainers will get back to you, or contact a trainer directly by clicking on their name below. Please note that minimum numbers apply for courses to run.


MISP trainers are experienced instructors who have completed a specialised training course with the founders of the program.

Anne Elston

Anne is based in Tasmania and is available to run courses in Tasmania, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth.

Kerry Neale

Kerry is based in Perth and conducts training in Kalamunda.

Maria Hart

Maria is based in Perth and is available to conduct training in every State & Territory apart from Tasmania

Debbie Cann

International Trainee. Based in Donnybrook WA, conducting co-training events in Bunbury WA.

Who can become a MISP Instructor?

Anyone with a desire to improve the health and wellbeing of children is welcome to apply to become a MISP Instructor.  People who have completed the training in the past come from a varied range of backgrounds, and include teachers, principals, teacher assistants, massage therapists, infant massage instructors, childcare workers, pre-school staff, family support staff, school and community nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, educational kinesiologists, children’s activities coordinators and others.

Child protection is of course a key factor in our program, and MISP Instructors are bound by state laws and requirements for working with children.

In-House training and workshops

Need some specialised training for your school or other organisation? Want to have your whole staff up-skilled? Can’t get to one of the courses listed? the trainer directly by clicking on their name above, or contact us and have the trainer get back to you. Minimum numbers apply for all courses and workshops.


Instructor training

The 2 day training is a very practical, hands-on and fun course that covers a range of topics from child development to marketing the program. For a complete list of curriculum topics see the MISP Instructor Training page. There are no prerequisites for the course, apart from a desire to be part of the growing group of caring adults willing to bring nurturing touch to children.
There are a couple of major factors to consider here:
  • do I have the confidence to present to groups of children, teachers and/or parents?
  • am I prepared to market the program to schools or other groups?
While teaching skills and marketing strategies are included in the course curriculum, it is ultimately up to each instructor to decide whether this program suits their needs and preferred ways of working. Some schools may be more open than others to employing a visiting presenter, for financial or other reasons. There are also alternative options covered for those who would rather seek work in a context other than the school system (see next point).
Part of the course looks at other settings where massage can be used either child to child, or in family groupings. These may include before and/or after school care, vacation care, Girl Guide groups, through agencies such as family support centres, or by creating your own course or workshop. To see what some of our members have achieved in this area, see the MISP in Australia page.