Aged Care

The Aged Care/ Geriatric Stream places great emphasis on assisting and encouraging the aged person to retain, or regain their physical independence following a decrease of function. This may include a fall, an illness or relocation from their home to a care facility. 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 Aged Care Basic (4 days) and the Aged Care Advanced (4 days) Courses. These two courses, and a workplace assessment enable a competent participant to train within their workplace.

The Aged Care Basic course focuses on developing safe postures and actions for use with the predominantly ambulant older person. These transfers include sitting, standing, walking, moving up from the floor and moving around in bed. The Aged Care Advanced course builds on the Aged Care Basic and develops competency when working with a more dependent person and in transfers requiring two staff, including equipment commonly used.

Stream Pre-Requisite:

Successful completion of the Health Care 2.

Stream Aims:

The aims for this stream are:
  • Develop a partnership between the aged person and the carer to facilitate independence and a productive working relationship.
  • Use Manutention postures and actions in transfers in the aged care sector.
  • Embed the principles of work health and safety within the context of providing assistance with manual tasks in the aged care sector.
  • Develop skills to be a workplace trainer in the aged care sector.
  • Work as a team to complete transfers.

Stream Outcomes:

A competent participant will be able to:
  • Describe and demonstrate the independent movement of the older people.
  • Apply fundamental postures and actions to a variety of manual tasks within the aged care environment.
  • Give and receive feedback according to adult learning principles.
  • Apply Work safety and health and risk management within the aged care environment.
  • Demonstrate application of resident care and safety.
  • Give instructions and directions, which facilitate and encourage ‘resident’ participation.
  • Apply Chaput’s principles for risk control to a variety of manual tasks.
  • Recognise how poor handling can increase risk and dependence.
  • Work as part of a team.

Stream Assessments:

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

Aged Care Basic

  • Demonstrate a learned Manutention technique from the ACB course.
  • Critically review the presentation of a peer within the course.
  • Complete and pass a fundamental postures and actions theory test, achieving at least 60% mark.
  • Achieve competency in the 3 physical tests.
  • Complete worksheet on aged care theory.
  • Evaluate an aged care task to identify risk factors.
  • Develop objectives for a workplace based manutention training session.

Aged Care Advanced

  • Demonstrate one learned Manutention technique.
  • 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.
  • Teach an independent movement pattern of an older person to the group.
  • Evaluate an aged 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 Aged 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:

    Sandra Orr
    Administration Assistant, AAMP (WA)
    P: 0450 800 592
    M: AAMP(WA)
    PO Box 18
    Subiaco 6904 WA