About the course

A wide range of activities including pushing or pulling, holding or throwing, lifting or carrying can be classified as manual handling. Most jobs involve one or the other form of manual handling and therefore workers are at risk of handling injury. It might not always result in disfiguration or death, but may often be disabling or long term.

Nurses are involved with complex patient handling tasks every day at their workplaces. It is therefore very important that they are well educated about its effects. Practicing good posture and techniques can help alleviate the risks.

This course aims at improving the knowledge of nurses and health workers regarding manual handling, its risks and prevention. It includes an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the spine, the common injuries seen, causes, risks and the possible ways to eliminate manual handling injuries. Practicing safe techniques will result in lesser injuries, more comfort and thus lead to quality health care outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define the meaning of manual handling.
  • List the common types of manual handling injuries.
  • Recognise common causes of manual handling injuries.
  • Describe manual handling hazards, risk and elimination of risk.
  • Use mechanical devices for manual handling.
  • Adapt manual handling principles.

CPD Credit Points

0.75 points


2 hours (self-paced)

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Manual Handling

    • Student Handbook - Part 01

    • Student Handbook - Part 02

  • 2

    Manual Handling Video

    • Manual Handling - Part 01

    • Anatomy and Manual Handling

    • Manual Handling - Part 02

    • Material Handling Safety Training

    • Manual Handling - Part 03

    • Nursing: Move a Patient Up In Bed

    • Manual Handling - Part 04

    • Safe Patient Handling

    • Manual Handling - Part 05

    • Safe Lifting

    • Manual Handling - Part 06

    • Slipper Slide Sheets - Safe Patient Handling

    • Manual Handling - Part 07

    • Lateral Transfer Sliding Board

    • Manual Handling - Part 08

    • Mobile Hoist for Home Care

    • Manual Handling - Part 09

    • CEILING LIFT (Also applies to VIKING, GOLVO)-Transfer: Seated Position from Bed to Chair

    • Manual Handling - Part 10

    • Ambulate with a Gait Belt

    • Manual Handling - Part 11

    • Manual Handling for Healthcare Safe Lifting Techniques Training

    • Manual Handling - Part 12

  • 3

    Manual Handling Journal Articles

    • Patient manual handling risk assessment among hospital nurses

    • Training in manual material handling: what is going on in the field?

    • Screening of risk from patient manual handling with MAPO method

    • Manual handling incident claims in the healthcare sector: Factors and outcomes

    • Manual handling risks associated with the care, treatment and transportation of bariatric (severely obese) clients in Australia

  • 4

    Manual Handling Assessment

    • Manual Handling Test

  • 5

    Manual Handling Evaluation

    • How did we do?