The Disability Stream places great emphasis on assisting and encouraging the person with a disability to retain, or regain, their physical independence. The course respects that there may be multiple causes for the disability, the person may have multiple disabilities and that the disability can impact at any stage in the life span of a person. 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 Disability Basic (4 days) and the Disability Advanced (4 days) Courses. These two courses, and a workplace assessment enable a competent participant to train within their workplace. The Disability Basic course focuses on developing safe postures and actions for use with the predominantly ambulant person with a disability. The Disability Advanced course continues on with assisting and encouraging the person with a disability to retain, or regain, their independence. It builds on the Disability Basic training and develops competency when working with a more dependent person.

Stream Pre-Requisite:

Successful completion of the Health Care 2.

Stream Aims:

The aims for this stream are:
  • Develop a partnership between the person with a disability and the carer to facilitate independence and a productive working relationship.
  • Use Manutention postures and actions in transfers in the disability sector.
  • Embed the principles of work health and safety within the context of providing assistance with manual tasks in the disability sector.
  • Develop skills to be a workplace trainer in the disability 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 person with a disability.
  • Apply fundamental postures and actions to a variety of manual tasks within the disability environment.
  • Give and receive feedback according to adult learning principles.
  • Apply work safety and health and risk management within the disability environment.
  • Demonstrate application of care and safety when assisting a person with a disability.
  • Give instructions and directions, which facilitate and encourage participation with the person with a disability.
  • 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 Disability:

Disability Basic

  • Demonstrate a learned Manutention technique from the Disability Basic 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 the impact of disability and mobility.
  • Evaluate a manual task from the disability sector to identify risk factors.
  • Develop objectives for a workplace based manutention training session.

Disability 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 person with a disability to the group.
  • Evaluate a disability 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 the Disability environment.
  • 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)
    E: admin@manutention.org.au
    P: 0450 800 592
    M: AAMP(WA)
    PO Box 18
    Subiaco 6904 WA