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Manual Handling for Community Care Workers


This course of learning provides practical advice to Health and Community Service Workers about management of work health and safety issues pertaining to manual handling tasks when working in people’s homes.

The guide outlines many common hazards found in the community services sector, primarily in the home environment, and provides solutions based on the principles of risk management. Aimed at both Nursing staff and Care Workers performing both clinical and non-clinical tasks considered hazardous in nature, as well as offering appropriate strategies of control to mitigate risk where possible. This course also endeavours to encourage workers to optimise, enhance and promote a consumer of care/services ability to self-help in their own mobility.

This competency assessment will be undertaken by yourself without the aid of others or cheat sheets in accordance with APRHA Professional code of conduct for Nurses.  It is expected that you will achieve 100% in this course to perform your role within your organisation. Multiple attempts can be made.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the current legislation as it relates to you and your well-being when working in a consumer of care/services in the home/community setting.
  • Identify the specifics of musculoskeletal disorders and how these injuries can occur and be prevented.
  • Describe the meaning of hazardous manual tasks and risk mitigation using the hierarchy of controls.
  • Identify specific risks and measures in place to control high risk tasks in the community setting.
  • Know the importance of reporting problems of equipment malfunction or maintenance issues that may or may not be in your control.
  • Demonstrate safe manual handling techniques & perform tasks safely through several activities and scenario’s in risk management and control.

Course Code: COMMC

Standards Incorporated in this Course: 5&8