healthcare manual task training

Healthcare Manual Task Training - ViCARE

Viva Health At WorkWork, through our ViWORK programs provides our unique, ViCARE healthcare manual task training (manual handling training).

It can be presented in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, or throughout Australia (we travel!).

Our unique ViCARE Healthcare Manual Task training is created specifically for workers in the healthcare or aged care. Unfortunately, traditional manual handling training and teaching methods do not work.

The unique training is:

  • Progressive
  • Evidence based
  • Interactive
  • Cost effective

The training provides participants with the ability to identify manual task hazards, communicate findings, analyse risk, plan effective approaches, mitigate risk, and perform manual tasks comfortably, but also achieve competence using aids and devices that they may need to assist in providing safe aged and patient care.

It empowers staff to make effective decisions every day with each manual task.

Viva Health At Work has developed this unique training to enable workplaces to meet requirements of the Work Health and Safety Act of 2011, Manual Tasks Involving the Handling of People Code of 2001, Queensland Hazardous Manual Tasks Code of Practice 2011 and the Queensland How to Manage Work Health and Safety Risks Code of Practice 2011.

Injury Statistics

Between 2009 and 2014, the health care and social assistance industry accounted for the highest percentage (18 percent) of serious MSD claims and the industry also had the highest frequency rate (7.1 claims per million hours worked). The serious injury claim rate for health care and social assistance was 12.6 claims per 1,000 workers recorded for all Queensland industries (2013 – 2014).

The unique ViCARE program provides for Communication, Assessment, Response, Evaluation. Participants learn about the biodynamics of their body with applied anatomy and physiology, the interface of person-equipment-environment, an introduction to the science of participatory ergonomics, manual task risk controls, hazard identification, a hierarchy of controls, risk analysis, good work design and control methods, and smart work strategies.

Each course is unique and may include training on correct equipment use and safe transfer practices. This includes: full sling hoists, stand-up lifters (electric/manual), returns, shower chairs/commodes, wheelchairs, bed and chair transfers, home care car transfers, wheelchairs in and out of the trunk/boot of the car, use of walk belts, slide sheets and other transfers as required. This course is ideal for new employees or refresher training.

Manual handling trainingis provided in Brisbane; Sunshine Coast – Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Coolum, and Noosa; north to Gympie, Maryborough, and Bundaberg; and Gold Coast. We have provided services in Far North Queensland – Townsville, Cardwell, Tully, Innisfail, Cairns, and remote locations such as Chillagoe and will travel interstate upon request.

Our trainers are certified workplace assessors and trainers (TAE 40110) and qualified health care and/or safety professionals.

ViCARE health care manual task training is about LEARNING, ASSESSING, IMPLEMENTING and REVIEWING:

  • Injury trends
  • Define: hazardous manual tasks
  • Worker capabilities, health status
  • Work demands: task, equipment, organisation, environment
  • Practical training, C.A.R.E and 123 Method & Assessment
It’s about how your workers think and apply sound hazard identification and risk management principles on an on-going basis rather than how they demonstrate one single lifting technique.

Natasha Bhatnagar, Occupational Advisor/Program Coordinator

Our training is tailored to meet specific job demands in your industry.

Training can be provided on-site or as part of a safety training day in other suitable training location.

Contact us for a quote to present ViCARE Healthcare Manual Task Training at your workplace.

1. Worksafe QLD 2009-2014 Sources: QEIDB, Feb 2015, employee claims. ABS, Labour Force, Australia, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003
2. Healthcare social assistance statistical update
3. Edwards, R.H.T. (1988). Hypothesis of peripheral and central mechanisms underlying occupational muscle pain and injury. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 57, 275-281.
4. Ferreira, J. J., Boocock, M. G., & Gray, M. I. (2004) Review of the risks associated with pushing and pulling heavy loads. Health and Safety Executive UK.

Book Now

To book your Health Care Manual Task Training sessions please call 0421 824 644 or send us an enquiry from our website.

Did You Know

Health care and aged care workers are:

  • 3 x more likely to sustain an injury with awkward or forceful exertion when LOWERING an item versus LIFTING? (eccentric phase work)
  • More likely to sustain an injury during push or pull rather than lift or lower (especially if the push/pull object does not have wheels)? And Pulling may represent 12% greater injury risk than pushing?
  • At greater risk if what they carry (over 9 metres) is more than or equal to what they are expected to lift?
It’s about how your workers think and apply sound hazard identification and risk management principles on an on-going basis rather than how they demonstrate one single lifting technique.
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