Manual Handling Aged & Community Care Services




This manual handling course is designed specifically for health workers working in the Aged and Community Care Industry. Our course is designed to teach workers safe manual handling techniques and provide them with the background knowledge about why safe manual handling is essential. You may need to undertake or update your manual handling training before you can get a job in the Aged Care industry or you may want to learn more about manual handling techniques. This online eHealth course takes you through all of the manual handling techniques relevant to the health industry including bed mobility, sit to stand transfers and the use of lifters with examples of poor manual handling techniques and common injuries resulting from poor manual handling. These eHealth courses are informative and delivered in an entertaining format with various videos and special effects to engage the participant while completing the online course. The course should take approximately 45 to 60 minutes to complete and may be completed in more than one session.


This course covers the following topics:

  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Causation/Relationship of Injury
  • Inflammation & Healing Processes
  • What is a Manual Task
  • Protecting your lower back
  • The role our trunk or abdominal muscles play in protecting our lower back
  • Practical and adaptable lifting techniques
  • Workplace Specific Manual Handling Techniques
  • Preventing shoulder injuries
  • Preventing overuse injuries to the elbows, wrists and hands
  • Preventing foot and calf pain and injury
  • General prevention strategies


Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the link between the way in which they perform their daily working tasks and the physical effect it will have on their body.
  • Identify the most appropriate movement patterns for bending, leaning and reaching tasks.
  • Understand the relationship between centre of gravity and base of support and how this effects the way force is transferred through our body.
  • Identify which bending, lifting and reaching movement patterns are likely to have detrimental effects on the lumbar spine or lower back structures.
  • Understand the role our core trunk muscles play in protecting and supporting our spine.
  • Identify specific techniques for use in tasks associated with the Aged and Community Care Service Industry.