Acute Care

The Acute Care stream works through a range of common situations that may occur to a patient in a hospital such as;
  • Rolling in bed.
  • Moving in and out of bed.
  • Sitting and standing.
  • Bed to trolley transfers.
The Work Health and Safety Act and the risk management process are embedded within the theoretical elements of the course. The course also includes developing skills in manual tasks assessment and problem solving.

This stream comprises of the Acute Care Basic (4 days) and the Acute Care Advanced (4 days) courses. These two courses, and a workplace assessment enable a competent participant to train in their workplace. The Acute Care Basic course focuses on developing safe postures and actions where only one staff member may be required. The Acute Care Advanced course builds on the Acute Care Basic and develops competency when working with a more dependent person and in transfers requiring two staff. Equipment commonly used when working with patients is also used and discussed.


Stream Pre-Requisite:

Successful completion of the Health Care 2.

Stream Aims:

The aims for this stream are:
  • Use Manutention postures and actions in transfers in the acute care setting.
  • Embed the principles of work health and safety within the context of providing assistance with manual tasks in the acute care setting.
  • Use a range of equipment appropriate to the acute care setting.
  • Develop skills to be a workplace trainer in the acute care setting.
  • Work as a team to complete transfers.


Stream Outcomes:

A competent participant will be able to:
  • Describe and demonstrate normal movement and use these principles within a transfer.
  • Apply fundamental postures and actions to a variety of manual tasks within the acute care setting.
  • Give and receive feedback according to adult learning principles.
  • Apply the Work Safety and Health Act and risk management processes within the acute care setting.
  • Demonstrate application of patient care and safety.
  • Apply Chaput's principles for risk control to a variety of manual tasks.
  • Give instructions that are clear and precise.
  • Work as part of a team.

Stream Assessments:

A participant must successfully complete the following formal assessments to be deemed competent in Acute Care:

Acute Care Basic:

A participant will be required to:
  • Demonstrate a learned Manutention technique from the Acute Care Basic course.
  • Demonstrate a reference type.
  • Critically review the presentation of a peer within the course.
  • Complete and pass a theory test on facilitation effects, achieving at least 60% mark.
  • Achieve competency in the 3 physical tests.Evaluate an acute care task to identify risk factors.
  • Develop objectives for a workplace based manutention training session.

Acute Care Advanced:

A participant will be required to:
  • Demonstrate a learned Manutention technique from the Acute Care Advanced course.
  • Review the presentation of a peer within the course.
  • Achieve competency in the 3 physical tests.
  • Complete and pass (60%) a fundamental postures and actions theory test.
  • Teach a fundamental posture or action to the group.
  • Evaluate an acute care task to identify risk factors.
  • Deconstruct a manutention task into its essential components.
  • Develop a pedagogy teaching order suitable for use in a short course training session using manutention principles.

Workplace Trainer:

In order to complete the requirements to be a Level 3 Workplace Trainer and train small groups within your workplace, the participant will be required to:
  • Develop a short course session plan with theory and practical elements relevant to Acute Care.
  • Incorporate work health and safety into the session plan.
  • Demonstrate a minimum of three manutention transfers.
  • Provide corrective feedback to participants during the allocated practice time for the manutention transfers.
  • Conduct the training session using adult learning principles.

For further information please contact:

    Larry Demers
    Administration Assistant, AAMP (WA)
    E: admin@manutention.org.au
    P: 0450 800 592
    M: AAMP(WA)
    PO Box 18
    Subiaco 6904 WA